Weekend Wanderings – Second Hand in Inglewood
My mother lives in the Mallee, many of you know this and to get there it takes about four to four and half hours to get there. About half way is a small town called Inglewood. I have driven through this town, I don’t know how many times, and I always think, I should stop and take photos. I never did, infact, I never stopped in the town at all, until recently. On the way back from my last trip up there my daughter and I decided to stop. A shop caught our eye.
Since stopping there earlier in the year, we have been back to check out the shops there two more times, the last time being this week.
There are a whole heap of antique/second hand stores. Some are a bit expensive, others more reasonable, and some I can’t walk out of without spending money. It was a great find this town, and I can’t believe I had never stopped there before. Of course the thing I love the most is that most of the shops have vintage clothing in them. I have found some fantastic stuff in them.
I think this is the town hall, great building for such a small town. It has a population of just over a thousand. Though looking at this building I think the town had money at some stage, I just looked it up and it was an important gold mining town during the gold rush. So lots of money was around.
I have to tell you about this trip a little, I took my Nikon D800 and the only lens I had was the 50mm. I couldn’t get back far enough to get the whole building in, so I tried doing a series of shots and then had Photoshop merge them altogether. It is the first time I have ever done that. It isn’t perfect and I had to fix a few things, but it was pretty good.
Like many towns in country Victoria their populations are not enough to maintain the thriving businesses that were once there and you see a lot of this, old stores that have just been left empty. They look good now though, but maybe that is just me. The paint was peeling off this and I took lots of photos for my texture directory.
A friend of my daughters came with us and she was very taken with this house. It was built, I think, in the 1880’s and there was a little plaque out the front giving more information, but I don’t remember, sorry. She thought it looked like a haunted house and wanted to go and take a look, but it was obviously someone’s home, so we didn’t trespass. I found a link to some information about it, click here.
I did lots of other photos and will show them to you in a gallery now. I hope you have fun this weekend, maybe visit somewhere like Inglewood and help boost the local economy. You will definitely find a bargain there. If nothing else, you will have a lovely trip down memory lane, I always find things that remind me of my childhood there.