Who’s behind the counter?
Owner Maryanne Loughland opened Vintage Stash in Collingwood in 2013, after running a store of the same name in the NSW town of Wagga Wagga three years earlier. The bowerbird worked in finance, but found herself wishing she could buy up all the secondhand furniture at the country clearing sales she visited each weekend. The success of the Wagga store got her thinking about taking her wares to the big smoke.
What’s in store?
Vintage Stash stocks a selection of old and new, with vintage furniture out the back and homewares in the front of the shop. Think pure wool blankets with a cool geometric print from Finland; Australian-made and designed ceramics, jewellery and wall hangings; leather satchels from London; bags from Seattle and photographic prints from Geelong artist Amelia Anderson.
Maryanne says the shop attracts customers from students furnishing their first house with affordable vintage furniture to young professionals and families looking for a signature piece. She travels extensively to stock her store, so customers can find unique pieces from all over Europe and the US.