GREAT MOVE: Christine Miller in the new Alstonville location of Adornments.
GREAT MOVE: Christine Miller in the new Alstonville location of Adornments. Cathy Adams

Brisbane vintage wares store finds new home at Alstonville

AFTER 15 years on the fashionable Paddington strip in Brisbane, vintage wares store Adornments has found a new home in Alstonville.

Husband and wife team Christine and Robert Miller have been living at Bexhill for the past seven years and looking for the right location to relocate the shop.

They have had their eye on Alstonville for a few years and jumped at the chance when a space became available on the main street.

The Brisbane store occupied six rooms in a converted house in Paddington's arts and antiques strip.

The move to Alstonville has seen them scale down the volume of items they are able to carry, but Christine said the shop is still a treasure trove of beautiful and unexpected items.

With an extensive range of clothes, jewellery, furniture and exquisite objects from different periods in history, Christine said people love to take their time and just browse.

"Trends change and the market for vintage wares is probably a little flat at the moment, but there will always be a market for beautiful things," she said.

And while she wouldn't reveal her trade secrets as to where they source their stock, she did say lots of people come to them when they are ready to part with a particularly special item.

"If they've got to let it go, some people want to know that it's going to go to somebody who values it."

As well as the Brisbane store, the couple have been running a pop up shop in the Bangalow A&I Hall each month to coincide with the Bangalow market.

They plan to continue doing this, despite the 4am starts and also to run a vintage fair at the Woodburn Hall over the Easter long weekend.

"The people here have been so welcoming and so complementary since we opened, more than we could have wished for," she said.


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