I have always loved antique furniture, although still living in the family home, I’ve never had a reason to purchase any of it. As soon as I had decided on the space for The Sweet Meadow I knew vintage furniture was the way to go. Modern tables and chairs would just look out of place in the 1920s cottage. Sourcing furniture found in salvage yards, vintage dealers and flea markets also minimises the environmental impact of the store’s creation and ties in with the brand's sustainability values.
I’m not exactly sure just how many hours I’ve spent driving around the Victorian countryside - sometimes with company, but mostly alone – trawling second-hand, antique, and vintage stores trying to find pieces that would be at home at The Sweet Meadow.
Having just found my last café table in Benalla last week, I’m so relieved that all the searching for the main pieces is now done. There were a few stores that were so beautifully curated that I found myself going back there regularly to see what new pieces the owners had sourced. Here is a selection of stores that I know I’ll keep returning to, especially when I get the chance to finally furnish my own home.
Red Cart Vintage
14 Piper Street Kyneton
Kyneton, in central Victoria, is known for its antique stores (Piper Street is full of them), but Red Cart Vintage is my favourite. Owner Kathy is super helpful in sourcing specific pieces (I bought most of my chairs here), with her store packed to the brim with rustic finds.