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Travel Diary – Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

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Well, it’s no secret I’m a lover of ‘things of old’ and ‘not things of new.’ So it was with a lot of excitement – insert squealing –  that I set off on a quick little buying trip to the old gold rush town of Fryerstown, Victoria, for the yearly antique market.

I wanted to go for a few different reasons; one, for a bit of a shop (who doesn’t love a spin around the trestle tables at a country market)… and two, to do a little research for my up and coming Australian made product range! I know – exciting right!.. more on that later!

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

… I love country Victoria, there is something about the openness. You can fly in, hire a car and be in the country in less than an hour…. and for me it’s this sort of landscape which stops me in my tracks…. you can drive and see nothing, yet see and feel everything at the same time…

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

… to be honest, I felt unexpectedly sentimental while visiting this time. I visit this pocket of Australia regularly, though it’s the seasons which stir my emotions and take me back to certain points in life.

The heat, the dry winds, the glaring bright light – In the height of summer two years ago, in January, I had just started shooting the material for Shelter in country Victoria…. and when you are ‘throwing a few pebbles into the pond’ so to speak, and don’t entirely have a structured plan on ‘how to meet strangers and photograph their homes’ (and do a book on it), you don’t forget the emotional side too easy….* emotional side meaning the sheer fear and real panic of hunting down material. Ohmygosh. So, it was nice to reflect and drive around and be reminded of the journey.

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

… I quickly parked my soft sentimental side, toughened up and got amongst it on the tables, haggling… I always come to this market the day before it opens to the public, commonly known as ‘the buyers day’, with not much footfall you can buy before the crowds and the public. Insider tip!

Though if you are serious you should come to each of the days it’s on – the three days, as lots of stock changes hands between the stall holders and sometimes ‘new stock’ magically appears from under the tables and boots of cars… antique dealers – dodgy folk they are :)

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

… just like the buyers who come from all over, the sellers do too.. they travel the country following interstate market dates, buying and selling as they travel.

There is always a couple of favourites I beeline for when I arrive, one of them is Hugh Webb, who used to have a shop in Castlemaine and sells the best selection of kitchenalia and the other is Jane from Vintage Etc….

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

.. I should of bought that top bag… ah, regrets….

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

… buying aside, it’s the whole country market atmosphere which brings me back each year.

Old ‘Bushies’ smoking rollies and selling dug up antique glazed ginger beer bottles, still covered in earth; bearded blokes with cockney accents who almost make you think you are in East London, not standing in the heat of the Australian bush and the familiar smells of the sausage sizzle from the volunteer Victorian Fire Brigade… just a simple day out.

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

… some of my finds from the days.. including the kitchen sink!…. I know…. insert kitchen sink joke here….. Leather, wood, enamel, wire, cane and glass…. timeless additions for the the home… my favourite find was the initialled D.R. enamel plate, my Dads initials.

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

Kara Rosenlund | Buying Trip - Fryerstown, Victoria

… and after a dose of the country it was then a quick slap dash drive back to the airport and home. Fryerstown, put it in the calendar for next year!

K x

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13 Comments to “Travel Diary – Fryerstown, Victoria”

  1. My hubby would absolutely love you We now have 2 full of furniture and "stuff"containers sitting behind the courthouse, that he will restore and sell one day ! Gorgeous post as always xxx

  2. Oh my be still my beating heart! Soo on my calendar for next year!
    Actually I was at Camberwell market on the weekend and a lady had a mini 'Kara' stall…reminded me of you, your work and your home styling. She was chatting to another lady about the Fryerstown market and how good it was!
    Sounds like my type of heaven…

  3. Hi kara
    Do you know of any other similar antique markets in vic coming up?

    Shame I did not know this looks awesome

    Thanks !

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