Last week Tara and I ventured out (despite ominous rainy grey skies) to discover a whole new array of shops, galleries, and cafes around the southern end of Surry Hills and the northern end of Waterloo. Our adventure took us to one of my favourite and ever-so-magical places in Sydney: Doug up on Bourke.
Imagine a huge dimly-lit warehouse space crammed with all manner of intriguing antiquities, everything from old signs to school desks, pigeonhole shelves (which I adore!) to little wooden boxes, industrial furniture to assorted rustic bits and bobs, and you can begin to see why I find the place so charming. Too busy exploring the place for new market stall display ideas, I only took this one photo. Means you'll have to go there to experience it fully for yourself...
I was delighted to pick up a couple of new items to use for displaying products on my next few market stalls (Sydney Writers Festival zine fair and the Hope Street Markets both coming up in May!), including this little set of metal drawers and the envelope rack. The wooden 'religious' hand I found in the bargain bin at David Met Nicole, and the wonderful typesetters tray was a swap-deal with my boss who claims to have a whole lot of these in his garage!!
With these new goodies now ready to fill with lots of new handmade goodies, it's shaping up to be a very interesting newly-refurbished market stall next month..!
But back to the Surry Hills/Waterloo adventure... After Doug up on Bourke, Tara and I wandered around to a few of the cafes along Danks Street, stopping to explore the cluster of art gallery spaces in the PYD building. I discovered a lovely little jewellery gallery tucked up the back, and admired these 'married metal' rings by Melanie Ihnen.
I'd hoped to have lunch at Strangers With Candy, but alas it wasn't open. So Tara and I had tea and cake at the delightful Patisserie (yummy plum madeira cake and black vanilla tea!) before continuing on to Surry Hills via the designer furniture stores Anibou and FY2K.
Along Cleveland Street we stopped in at the Bargain Bazaar op shop before making our way to David Met Nicole (another shop of delights!) and then Bird textiles across the street. A quick detour down Crown St to visit the paper shop P2, and we were done - happy, but all adventured out for the day... :)