Are you sick of your wardrobe or perhaps the soullessness of your living room? It's time for you to pick up some more unique pieces and Newcastle has you sorted! With a growing focus on individualised, small business and bespoke wares, quirky clothing and gift stores are popping up all around our community. So set aside a day, enlist a friend with expert opinions and have a wander through the quirkiest shops Newcastle has to offer.
ABICUS (Cooks Hill)
Blending boutique fashion, art and music, the Darby Street venture Abicus has been running since 2000. With a strong focus on style, Abicus menswear stocks only the best of the best, supporting both local and international designers within their store. Pieces are unique, often a little fashion forward and almost always influenced by the style present in music. The specialist records available at Abicus and the many ventures undertaken with local and interstate artists attest to this. So pick yourself up a 12 inch record and peruse the latest looks Abicus has to offer.
Location: 103 Darby Street, Cooks Hill NSW 2300
BETTY MIM (Cooks Hill)
Betty Mim is a store as adorable as it sounds. Rocking demure pink walls, industrial exposed lightbulbs and a series of vintage wall fixtures - the eclectic store is a must-visit. It's filled with brightly coloured homewares, cutesy paper goods, independent jewellery from the likes of labels like Dinosaur Designs and an ever-changing range of well sourced clothing items. Colourful and playful, the store is sure to brighten up your day.
Location: 167 Darby Street, Cooks Hill NSW 2300
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YARDSALE TRADING CO (ISLINGTON)
This Islington venture functions as a quirky take on the old school general store. With garden goods on offer out the front, a well stocked 'pantry' complete with organic and ethically sourced food inside, and a seriously impressive (and undeniably eclectic) array of clothing items and accessories strewn throughout the store, its got all you could ever desire and more. The look of the store as well as the well curated array of clothing brands are sure to impress any shopper, so head in and see what you can (or more likely can't) find at this Islington hub!
Location: 94 Maitland Road, Islington NSW 2296
HIGH TEA WITH MRS WOO (Cooks Hill)
Tea for two, or just High Tea with Mrs Woo? Located on bustling Darby Street, Mrs Woo's is a great addition to any novelty store list. The women of Mrs Woo are artisans and clothiers, creating a selection of beautifully handcrafted fashions that are woven to last. Fast fashion is a consideration at this ethical store. The clothing at Mrs Woo is designed to stand the test of time. With a focus on high quality and handmade garments, the store is also committed to supporting local artists. Alongside the clothing, fair trade tea is expertly sourced and made available in this slow paced store, reminding us that sometimes the best things take a little time.
Location: 74 Darby Street, Cooks Hills NSW 2300
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SOBELLE LIVING (Lambton)
Next time you're in Lambton, we'd recommend you had a wander through this quaint homeware, gift-ware and clothing store. Think luxe living, neutral palates, faux fur throws and ethically sourced cowhide rugs. A trip to Sobelle Living will have you conjuring up an entirely new living space within your home. You'll be dreaming of indoor pot plants and luxurious throws draped over your neutral lounge. So get inspired and head into Sobelle Living!
Location: 96C Elder Street, Lambton NSW 2299
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