Shake off those winter blues, baby — let’s shop up a storm in the beautiful Clare Valley.
It’s known for rolling vineyards, premium wines, country pubs, salt-of-the-earth people, and being a foodie’s delight — but there’s more than one way to enjoy a girls’ day out in the Clare Valley region. Forget busy malls and crowded suburban strips — off the beaten track is where you’ll find amazing boutiques with statement clothing, jewellery, homewares and gifts that are sure to thrill.
As you do when you want the lowdown on the best places to shop, we asked the locals. Grab your girls and get set for a serious dose of retail therapy, Clare Valley style.
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Passion for self-expression is the name of the game at Mickelloo! Mama-of-three Nicky White is living her dream, offering you hand-selected timeless fashion, a stunning range of handcrafted accessories and personalised jewellery (that she creates herself!) from a working studio on her family farm.
Mickelloo delights with a range of hand- stamped sterling silver and gold-filled jewellery, vintage-inspired accessories, high quality leather goods, bohemian- style leather jewellery and textiles, including Nicky’s versatile ‘Scardi’ range. And visiting the boutique venue, just 20 minutes from Clare’s main street, is an experience in itself. When she’s not busy creating, Nicky welcomes you into ‘The Studio’ to shop with a hot coffee or glass of bubbles in hand. Hello, heaven! Nicky also loves lending her eye for style, with private one-on-one styling sessions to help you nail a sustainable wardrobe that works with your lifestyle.
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THE JOYFUL BUNCH STORE, AUBURN
Just the name of this store raises the endorphins — go on, admit it, you’re smiling too — and a visit will leave you feeling all kinds of goosey-good! On Auburn’s Main Street, tucked between Terroir and the Rising Sun Hotel, you’ll find a charming, historic cottage. Wander down the path beneath the giant loquat tree and enter into a wonderland of gifts, an aura of loveliness and the warmest of welcomes.
The Joyful Bunch Store is bursting with unique gifts for all ages and ‘treasures you don’t know you need until you see them’. For your shopping pleasure, owner Dianne Tilley has carefully selected everything on offer, including quality fashion crafted from natural fibres from Who’s Charlie, Eliza Piro, Bird and Blossom, Louenhide, and Alfie and Evie. You’ll find coffee table books, yummy recipe books and children’s stories, as well as luscious plants and pieces to make your home feel just right.
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In the heart of Clare’s main street, Anneva is a women’s clothing and lifestyle boutique that says a big welcome to everyone! This relaxed store is all about encouraging you to feel confident in your beautiful body — and we’re all for that, sister! Anneva supports Australian fashion labels and brings you pieces from some of our absolute faves — eeek! — including Cartel & Willow, ELK, Iris & Wool, jac + mooki, Mink Pink, The Eighth Letter and oodles more!
You can pick up a stunning new outfit, everyday threads, a gorgeous leather bag, a fun set of earrings, makeup, books, everything you need for a picnic or the perfect pressie. Regardless of whether you’re shopping for someone special or just treating yo’self (as you absolutely should!), Anneva has got you sorted.\
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SASSY LASS, RIVERTON
Move over wallflowers — Sassy Lass is here to help you express your style with confidence! Offering you a big kick of retail fun, Sassy Lass is known for great customer service in their boutique store in Riverton. Their ethos, ‘Fashion is what you purchase, style is how you wear it’, speaks volumes about their passion for helping you to find your perfect personal style, and you’re guaranteed genuine opinions when you shop here.
Sassy’s racks are lined with a range of sizes from 8 to 18 from incredible Australian labels, including Brave + True, eb&ive, Daisy Says, Betty Basics, Wacoal lingerie, a bra fitting service and more. And you can really make an occasion of it with an out of hours group booking to spree with your besties, complete with cheeseboards and local bubbles. We hear you apologising to your credit card already!
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And when you’re all done getting your shop on, you won’t be stuck for places to recharge, with some of the state’s best wineries, restaurants and breweries in the region, too. Purchasing buzz, incoming
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