Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Coastal Garage

Welcome to Coastal Garage Vintage

This pelican hanging out at the fish cleaning station waiting for his treats
Batemans Bay, NSW

If you follow my Instagram you'll know we finally got to the coast last weekend.  After losing our summer to bush fires and our autumn to COVID, we've had to create a winter coastal escape plan instead.

As the waters turn cold, the whales move north and the lifeguards pack up their inflatable rescue boats, we're finding ways to make the coast feel like the summer weekend retreat we missed this year.

Alfred Winston waiting for someone to throw the ball.
Beach dog, Durras, NSW

Last weekend included reading on the beach, climbing the rocks, trekking along the clifftops, walking along the sand and lining up for socially distanced and COVID safe coffee.

We ordered fish and chips wrapped in paper, visited beaches we don't normally frequent and kept our eyes open for new and wondrous things we haven't seen before.

Coastal Garage Vintage.

This quaint boutique store combines Aussie coastal bliss with Hamptons styling, selling unique glass, art, home wares and curated vintage pieces.

On the main road, backing onto a small beach and tucked in between residential housing, this gorgeous little shop is a home decorator's dream.

The Coastal Garage Vintage is visually exciting with so many pieces to examine, but it doesn't overwhelm the senses as many over-packed stores can do because of its peaceful coastal colouring.  The aqua, turquoise and white decor creates a feeling of tranquility which nurtures the coastal spirit and opens the heart to taking a piece of the NSW South Coast back to city suburbia.

Artist Naomi Crowther is part owner of the store and has her pieces hanging throughout.  She not only sells her own art but runs "sip and create" classes to teach others how to craft their own coastal masterpieces.

Needless to say we've signed up for one of her weekend workshops.  They are so popular we've had to wait 2.5 months for the next booking, but rest assured I'll be blogging about it afterward. So watch this space!

Coastal Garage Vintage opened just a few weeks ago and can be found 149 Beach Road, Sunshine Bay, NSW.  You can find them on Facebook and on Instagram @coastalgaragevintage. It is open Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 am to 4.00pm.  If you choose to buy something but don't want to cart it home, or don't have the space to transport it, they will organise delivery for you.

So if you're on the NSW South Coast, make sure you pay them a visit! Tell them Deep Fried Fruit sent you.

Have you visited Coastal Garage Vintage?

Any new finds in your local area?

Has anyone else had a coastal getaway recently?

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  1. A nice find, Leanne! I look forward to hearing about your "sip and create" workshop after you attend it. My "coastal getaway" has been going to the lake most days of the week. If I want ocean, it will require flying :) #lovin'lifelinky

  2. What a find! I love the sound of 'sip and create'!!

    SSG xxx

  3. I was so pleased to see you and the fam got back to the coast last weekend. Woo hoo! Lovely story and photos. Denyse

  4. Great that you got a beach getaway! I'm craving one as we had to cancel our planned beach holiday. I love the look of that shop and fantastic that the artist does classes. I'd have signed up too. I look forward to seeing what you create from it once you've done the class!

  5. Coastal Vibtage Garage looks great - & I love the sound of the sip and create workshops.

  6. What a gorgeous little place - there were so many things that I wanted to touch! That vase in the first pic - the colours!! Be still my heart.

  7. Hi Leanne, I was introduced to your blog by Denyse Whelan who featured me in her Women of Courage series this week. That looks like a lovely shop - I've never been to the NSW South Coast but I'd love to go one day. It reminds me of the lovely shops we have hidden away in Burleigh. Regards, Christina

  8. Ah, I recognised those artworks of Naomi's before I read the name. I've had a few of her paintings and my daughter still has one. Lovely to be able to get away to coast.

  9. What a wonderful place and those paintings are amazing.

  10. It's nice to see some places in Australia that I've never visited! As a west Aussie now living in Europe I haven't spent a lot of time on the east coast of Australia, so thank you for introducing me to some of the beautiful places you've visited. :-)

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