David Gilet, Byron Bay
What is happening in the world?! The Vinnies store in Byron Bay is no longer selling bric-a-brac!
They have set up the shop to resemble a smart department store, and have largely succeeded.
However, without the small decorative items the result is an uninviting and uninteresting place. I used to visit regularly but I don’t bother anymore. I also used to have in Sydney friends who made a living from doing the rounds of the op shops and selling their finds to dealers.
The bric-a-brac shelves were an important resource for artists and poorer people who needed a small cheap indulgence or a gift for someone. BRING BACK the BRIC-A-BRAC!