On Sunday, the weather was bright and lovely. Ross suggested that we take advantage of the glorious day by taking a drive together. After much umming and ahhing, we finally decided to head to Dookie. Dookie is a tiny villiage about thirfty-five minutes drive from Benalla. One of the drawcards of this quaint little place is the Dookie Emporium.
The Emporium is a collection of vintage treasures, with everything from clothing to homewares, from books to furniture. They also have a lovely little cafe, so that you can indulge in a sausage roll and a jelly cake while you decide which treasures you’re going to take home with you.
One thing that I adore about the Emporium is the prices. They are much more reasonable than a lot of other vintage boutiques. Items are carefully labelled and the prices accurately reflect the quality and the value of the items. I have never come across anything at The Dookie Emporium that I thought was overpriced. The staff are also willing to haggle over the price. I found a dress which I loved that had a little pull in the skirt, and the cashier happily knocked ten dollars off the original price for me.
The Emporium stocks a dazzling array of vintage clothing, and I felt my head spinning just looking at it all. There were so many high-quality pieces to choose from, that it took me forever to settle on just four pieces. The decision process was pretty arduous, and it involved a lot of comparing, measuring, deliberating and chatting to the clothes. (Yes, that’s right, I have little conversations with clothing in stores. Especially vintage pieces. I’ll pick them up and mutter, “you’re gorgeous, aren’t you? Just look at your buttons! And that adorable collar, oh, you’re just a beauty! Would you like to come home with me? ” Some people find it weird and creepy. Luckily for me, my boyfriend finds it cute).
In the end though, these were the items I settled on:
I got this lovely pair of long brown gloves for just $5. I have a similar pair in black, but I’ve been on the lookout for a brown pair to go with more casual outfits.
I fell head-over heels for the print on this 1960’s shirt-dress. I’m planning on wearing this as a mini dress over patterned tights and boots, or as a long-line top over jeans.
Here’s a close-up of the print. This dress doesn’t have any tags sewn into it, and by the looks of it, I’d guess that this was handmade.
This blue beauty doesn’t look much on the hanger. This picture doesn’t do justice to her flowing skirt and billowing sleeves. I adore the midnight blue shade too. When I put this on, it just feels lovely to wear. The fabric is soft and the skirt sways and swishes with every step. It’s very fancy, but I don’t give a toss, I plan on wearing her often.
This nautical number is my favorite treasure of all. Why? Well, its not just because it has a whimsical striped print, or that it’s a flattering cut. It’s because it is from the 1970’s and still has it’s original swing tags on it:
Amazing, no? I debated with myself about whether or not I would actually wear this dress. I thought that perhaps I should preserve it, keeping the tags on and never letting it see the light of day. Then I decided no, this lovely lass has been kicking around since the 70’s and she’s never been worn. That’s just tragic. She deserves to be strutted about town, with a pair of red shoes and some fun earrings as her companions.
So there you have it, my vintage treasures. What did you get up to this weekend?