Melbournalia

When you think about Australian souvenirs, what comes to mind? Mass produced, made-in-China crap? It doesn’t have to be that way any more – at least, not if you know where to look.

For the next few weeks in the lead up to Christmas, there are four Melbournalia pop-up shops opening in the city, stocking (in order of appearance) homewares, gentlemanly goods, lady things and (inevitably) coffee-related paraphernalia. I went to the opening of the first shop, Home, the other night, and highly recommend a trip if you are looking for locally made gifts with a Melbourne theme.

Stationery with trams on it – how much more Melbourne could you get?

Oslo Davis’ observations are hilarious sometimes…

Here’s his cartoon of a guy on his mobile on Swanston Street saying “Can I call you back? I’m in a meeting”…

Some more items including jewellery from Emily Green…

This cushion is based on an old tram roll… although I have a feeling that the last stop is just a cheeky joke…

There are tea towel versions too!

Soap wrapped in Melways maps…



I only found out the other day that MacRob Girls’ High School was named after (and built with the funds of) the MacRobertson confectionary company…

Organic cotton bags with cockies and koalas printed on them…

“I’d go to Zone 2 for you”… going to Frankston for someone really is a big sacrifice, haha…

“Nothing to declare, Officer, except my love”

Bike-themed scarves by Otto and Spike, a firm that makes knitwear the old fashioned way.

A bit of bling from Obus…


Whimsical art…

Sweet pink BYO coffee cups…

… and a display on a ladder…

… and two more artworks for good luck…

Have I inspired you to go and have a little look for yourselves?
Oh, and if you want a FREE gift, don’t forget to enter my giveaway

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