It was a good thing I only had a day and a half in Melbourne. Anymore than that and I would have had to sell off some vital organs to pay for the shopping damage. This is a very small list of establishments that I would happily set up house in if it were possible.
Shappere - 191 Smith St, Fitzroy
Vintage clothes and shoes for men and women. Whoever does the buying in this store has a great eye. I snared a beautiful pair of vintage boots at a good price. Nice rack of frocks.
Zetta Florence - 197 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Paperie of the kind found usually in the backstreets of Venice.
Zakkaya - 52 Johnson St, Fitzroy
Japanese wabi-sabi inspired goodness. I spotted some lovely Shinzi Katoh bags and beautiful wooden toys here.
Moustache - Gertrude St, Fitzroy
CHEAP and gorgeous. I bought natty frocks for the small people and was highly tempted by a pair of chocolate ex-rodeo cullottes but I don't have the yodel to pull them off.
Mr Lincoln - 102 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Innovative eco-florist, I particularly liked the crushed cardboard boxes serving as coffee tables.
Lost and Found Market - 12 Smith St, Collingwood
Vintage shopping emporium. Seek and ye shall find.
Books for Cooks - 233-235 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
A whole bookstore devoted to the culinary arts, I could have taken up residence quietly in the corner.
Meet Me at Mikes - 63 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Does this establishment really need an introduction? Cuteness, kindness and loveliness all wrapped up in a big scarlet ribbon. Don't visit Melbourne without visiting Mikes.
Dr Follicles Barber Shop - 240 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
This is the place to bring your bloke for a spiff-up prior to a night on the town. An old-fashioned barber shop that takes the edge off with a complimentary glass of Coopers. Need I say more?
Arthur's Circus - 631 Queensberry St, North Melbourne
I was really disappointed to not get a chance to check-out this jewel-box of a vintage shop. When you go say hello from me.
Job Warehouse - 56-58 Bourke St, Melbourne
'Curiouser and curiouser', said Alice, (no doubt referring to this fabric shop). I like the slightly dodgey air about the place. Come for the habadashery if you've got the time and energy to rifle through.