Memorabilia on Smith
269 Smith St, Fitzroy
Friday! WOO! Made it through another work week! I’m feeling a trip to Fitzroy/Collingwood this weekend, hopefully… I like to go there every few weeks, not to do anything in particular, just to be in the area and enjoy the sights and people and shops, like this one…
There are so many second hand/pre-loved/vintage stores in Fitzroy, so it really takes a lot for one to actually stand out. This is one of those stores. Literally overflowing with fascinating trinkets from yesteryear (I’m talking spilling out onto the footpath out the front and piled high in the store creating walk-ways so narrow I’m too scared to breath on my way through), this is chaos at its most fascinating and I LOVE it!
While AFL (Australian Rules Football) memorabilia tends to dominate the stock, there is so much more you’ll notice once you start digging around. The hardest thing is to stop looking at it as one giant mess (which it totally is, and I say that with love because it’s a fantastic mess), and try to narrow your attention on one item at a time. You truly have no idea how difficult this is until you’ve visited.
What initially looks to be a display case of dirty old plastic reveals, upon closer inspection, 90s Pez dispensers, action figures that every child either had or begged their parents for, and vintage yoyos with old Coca Cola logos. The shelf that looks like a dusty old medicine cabinet reveals perfectly kept glass bottles and vials, old Arnott’s biscuit tins, gum ball machines and a giant old-fashioned Streets ice cream cone sign hovering above your head. It’s a beautiful, nostalgic wonderland…