Every Sunday you can find us out at Old Petrie Town, (Dayboro Road, Kurwongbah Qld..it is near Petrie), where Lilly Cottage lives at Coutts cottage...a little confusing I know but the story goes like this 6 years ago I opened a little cottage store on the Main Street of Old Petrie Town, which is a historical village, we were right next to the Lolly shop..yay and we painted the doors pink to stand out. I registered the name Lilly Cottage and we hit the ground running after selling most of our stock on the first day we opened. The little shop grew and grew as we added more and more vintage items and shabby rose inspired giftware. Now I started my little shop after I had been diagnosed with MS and it helped keep me sane and gave me a reason to get up in the morning and put on some lipstick.
Now anyone who knows anything about MS knows, it doesn't play fair and I have had lots of admissions to hospital for MS related things and it was after a particularly bad year of MS relapses and a 5 week hospital admission that I made the heartbreaking decision to close Lilly Cottage as we were unable to open the 5 days a week that we had a licence for and could really only cope with the weekends...so we closed. (Little did we know that the next tenants would choose to only open on Sundays despite the same licence and oh...they took my business name as well - all sorted now)).
Well to tell you the truth it felt like a little bit of me had died, what was the fun in creating items if there was no shop to sell them in? Where was the thrill of a vintage find if there was nowhere to display it and share it with like minded people? Needless to say, several market stalls later Old Petrie Town still had the same appeal to me 8 months later when we reopened in another cottage in the second street down, Coutts Cottage and we have been there ever since.
I have been doing markets or opening a store at the markets for the past 6 years and something about Old Petrie Town is a bit magical and is full of lots of lovely memories. Despite the fact we have a cottage there we still take a good hour or more setting up our displays out the front of the shop and then...I get the camera out and start snapping pictures of our pretties.
The weather has been much more market friendly lately and I love these dapply sunshine photos of our little shop, so we thought we would share them with you too. I do love some dapply sunshine.
So we will be back there again this Sunday ( Father's day here in Australia) and we will be back creating beautiful spaces to imagine in..and sometimes that works out just like I have seen it in my head.
Kiss Noises Linda