More reasons to like Tokuya
Further to this tip about various kawaii-merchants in Melbourne, we’d like to point out that last night Tokuya saved our life. On Saturdays it is open until 8pm, which is useful when you’re rushing about trying to put together a Halloween party costume and all the other shops in the city have shut. We bought a paint pen to draw a slogan on a T-shirt to wear to a Ghostbusters theme...
Glossary: "Making art"
Don’t say to a fine art practitioner, “That’s a nice drawing you’ve done.” She’s more likely to describe her job as “making art”, and the resulting objects as “works” or “pieces” of art. So when you run into the artist at one of her shows (not “exhibitions”), say something such as, “I really like this piece...
Things to do with nectar
We don’t really feel we need to explain why fruit nectar is so delicious. Put it this way: they don’t say “fizzy drink of the gods”, do they? Summer’s coming, so make it Bellini time. Or turn your nectar into a smoothie or granita. Bruno Distributors (which licenses San Pellegrino in Melbourne) is open to the public on Saturday mornings between 8am and midday. You...
Kawaii crap in Melbourne
If you haven’t got into 100-yen shops yet, you’d better familiarise yourself with Japan’s answer to $2 shops, and fast. Soon every doofus will know where to buy fun little toys or cute, useful homewares at low, low prices, and you’ll have lost your reputation for being an edgy gift-giver. If you’re in Melbourne, there’s already Tokuya, but the big gun is Daiso...
How to make tissue paper pom-poms
We’re spotting these fluffy paper pom-poms in shop windows and as hanging mobiles in hipster homes. For a sculptural look, try hanging a cluster of different-sized pom-poms close together, at slightly different lengths. Just hang them out of reach of your cat. You can buy kits online, but here’s how to make your own. It helps if you have friends or relatives who teach primary school...
We’ll be opening a 3rd store in Melbourne. It’s set to open in...– We know we were just hanging shit on IKEA before, but it’s definitely good news that there will now be more room for hipsters at the Richmond store. We just pity poor old IKEA Tempe. Opening soon, with a floor space of 39,000m2, it had better enjoy its brief moment in the sun as...
Moleskine iPhone covers →
As Michael ‘The Postman’ Pham says, “So obvious you wonder why it took this long…”
Things you need to know about Savers →
You probably already know about Savers, right? But did you know that students get 20% off, every Sunday? If Savers is seriously relevant to your interests then you should probably also sign up for their newsletter. Get advance warning about their famous 50% off Mondays, at which you can have trolley wars with vintage clothing shop owners.
Free ironic greeting cards
If you want to give a funny card to someone, but you can’t afford to buy one and don’t have time to make something adorably hand-crafted, head to Melbourne Surf Shop. They’ve got a postcard rack out the front with lots of old-school (read: ’80s-era) greeting cards, and there’s a sign on it that says: “FREE – PLEASE TAKE ONE”.