Melbournalia Pop-Up Shops
Christmas shopping that thinks out of the (gift) box
Face it: Christmas shopping is a chore. It’s expensive. It’s stressful. It’s painful. If you’re still running around like a headless reindeer trying to fill everyone’s stocking, stop it. Get some sense into you and head to one of Melbournalia’s four pop-up shops.
Melbournalia brings together over 30 creatives who favour the right side of their brain. Prices range from a few to a few hundred dollars, and they’ll even post any presents you purchase. The smarts behind this crafty showcase are pretty darn creative themselves: Alasdair MacKinnon (designer at Otto and Spike), Jenny Brown (ex-buyer at Wilkins & Kent) and Michael Brady and Dale Campisi (Arcade Publications).
For the ladies, the Parlour pop-up shop in The Nicholas Building on Swanston Street has sugar and spice and all things nice… or at the very least a colourful combination of textiles, tea, ceramics, jewellery, hosiery and accessories. For the fellas, the Captains pop-up shop at Captains of Industry offers everything from knitwear cycling accessories and custom notebooks to maps and stationery.
The League pop-up shop sprouted last Thursday at the League of Honest Coffee in Exploration Lane. Alongside the daily roast, Melbournalia will be serving up stationary, cards, books, jewellery, prints, accessories, bags and more.
But for a little bit of all of the above, head to the Home pop-up shop around the corner from the Queen Victoria Market. Down a laneway, behind a fishing tackle store and up some rickety stairs, you will find the Melbournia hub. The giant recycled Melbournalia Christmas tree alone is worth a visit.
All the shops are open until Christmas Eve, but if you’re too lazy, you can shop online. With a vintage-meets-festive feel and a collection of odds and ends to please everyone, the Melbournalia pop-ups are spreading a bit of holiday cheer to our Christmas shopping.
Where: Various pop-ups in Melbourne’s CBD
When: Now until Christmas Eve
Addresses & opening hours: melbournalia.com.au