Vintage shopping in Byron Bay

Recently I visited Byron Bay and other nearby towns including Mullumbimby, Bangalow and Brunswick Heads. Not only is Byron Bay an amazing place to visit for beautiful beaches, a hippy culture (sadly fading) and great places to eat and drink, the region also has some great shops.

I visited about ten vintage and retro stores in the region (while my partner enjoyed the surf!) and wanted to tell you about my three favourites.

The first store I wanted to share with you is RAW VINTAGE.

Raw Vintage Byron BayRaw Vintage. Photo courtesy of Arnhem

Located in an old warehouse in the Byron Bay Arts and Industry Estate, Raw Vintage showcases old architect drawers, pigeonholes, benches, maps, skittles and more. Here you’ll find large-scale furniture, primitive farmhouse finds and unique one-of-a-kind objects that are rustic, industrial and packed full of character.

Next, I recommend visiting the town of Bangalow, just 15 minutes out of Byron Bay and home to beautiful historic old buildings.

In Bangalow you’ll find HEATH’S OLD WARES.

Heaths Old WaresPhoto courtesy of Heath’s Old Wares

Heaths Old Wares 4Heath’s Old Wares. Photo by me.

Heaths Old Wares 3Heath’s Old Wares. Photo by me.

Heath’s Old Wares has at least ‘one of everything’ from old jars, ladders, baskets and old tools to signs and posters (and so much more). Each time you look down an aisle you’ll see something you didn’t see when you walked down five minutes earlier. This store gives a new meaning to the phrase ‘there is so much to see’.

Another great store in Bangalow is POLISH.

PolishPolish. Photo by me.

Polish showcases beautiful furniture. Furniture that I love to admire however unfortunately cannot afford. Polish is situated in an old grand hall that sets the tone for its grand furniture. In Polish, you’ll find old benches, catalogue drawers, chests of drawers and other high quality antique pieces.

In addition to these stores, for more retro finds I suggest checking out The Retro Shop in Bangalow and also Resould in Brunswick Heads.

For a list of more stores in the region I’d also recommend Heath’s Old Trail. Please note this list also includes vintage clothing stores. Another great source for vintage shops while traveling throughout Australia is Vintage Shops Australia.