Have you ever had one of those dreams where there are rooms and rooms of fabulous old things, everything you’ve ever possibly wanted and they’re all terribly cheap? I call them “heaven” dreams and I have them all the time – but I’ve never seen anything real that comes close to the dream. Until now!
I was recently in Berrima, Southern Highlands NSW and on a friend’s recommendation, paid them a visit. Of course, being a real business and not a dream, the prices aren’t really 20c each, but imagine room after room of all kinds of beautiful old things, grouped together in quantity – old cutlery, crockery, coloured glass vases, hand-painted china, tortoiseshell plastic knitting needles….buckles, buttons, old linen hand embroidered dress collars….and the largest collection of vintage hand made quilts I’ve ever seen.
A rack of Victorian silk gowns, babies shoes from the turn of the 20th century….silk scarves, doileys, 1920s childrens adventure books, old floral fabrics by the truck load….I started to take pics for you but my camera ran out of battery before I even got onto the 1930s silk petticoats and 1950s aprons. You’ll just have to go and see them for yourselves.
Click on the photos to get a sense of the incredible amount of the historic wealth – here’s Carina first up, the wonderful woman who has brought all of this together.
You’ll find this amazing shop at The Market Place, Berrima, phone (02) 4877 1488