Buying local has never been so easy. The way we shop and dress has been altered dramatically but there’s still joy to be found in scrolling through websites or socially distancing in stores. Supporting local has never been so important, so here are some local businesses that you can support online or in-store. Your wallet and heart will thank you.
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Located in Fyshwick, Dirty Janes is a massive mazes of stalls. Originating in Bowral, Dirty Janes is a true Australian family business. The store is perfect if you love to spend hours browsing, buying vintage oe second hand pieces or for exploring on a cold Winters day. There’s even a cafe to keep your coffee addiction in check while you look at flowers, furniture, jewellery, art, clothes and more. My favourite find to date was beautiful Louis Vuitton bracelet.
A fashionistas dream, the Designer Op Shop Emporium is a collective group of local small businesses specialising in vintage and modern fashion and interiors. The store is a family owned business that have a passion for recycling fashion and homewares to sustain a healthier environment, driving its impressive and drool worthy collection of clothes, accessories and more. If you have an eye for brands and bargains, I recommend dropping in, grabbing a coffee and exploring. High fashion brands like Chanel, Chloe and Louis Vuitton often grace the store briefly before being snapped up, so get in quick.
Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on a light…or take a visit to Quizzic Alley in Fyshwick. Brought to life by athlete Michael Milton, the store has the biggest range of official Harry Potter merchandise in Australia. With a Ford Angelia parked inside and their own version of butterbeer on tap, what’s not to love? Pop (or apparate) in, don you best wizard get-up and have some fun.
Canberra’s first and only Pagan shop can be found near Federation Square. For those interested in Paganism, Wiccan, Shamanic and New Age practices, this store has the best range of supplies, including books and a collection of crystals that can keep you busy for hours. I stumbled across The Crystal Chalice while writing a story on Witches in Canberra and I love popping in and browsing. The Crystal Chalice hosts regular workshops and meditation nights and has a team of professional tarot and psychic readers available most days by appointment. The staff are amazing and are always happy to answer any questions or just have a chat. if you do visit please treat everyone respectfully even if your beliefs differ.
Previously located in the city, this Canberra boutique has some amazing clothes online. Mussen Boutique was founded by Mia and Zimona as a place for beautiful, affordable fashion that celebrates Australian design. They have a beautiful collection of clothes and accessories. It’s feminine, fun and very affordable.
Bianca Pavlic The Label is a beautiful handmade boutique that focuses on feminine form, quality clothing and unique and interesting silhouettes. Bianca is a talented woman with an eye for style. She hand sews all of her designs in her home studio in Wamboin N.S.W, ethically sourcing and using all of her material. Pop online to her website to see her range of clothes, from festival fashion to cosy comfort.
There are so many more treasures in Canberra worth exploring, from fashion to food and everything in between. I hope this small list inspires you to go somewhere new and support local.
Love, Erin xx