Explore the City of Ipswich’s vintage artisan trail

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but these days it’s all about upcycling and making the goods bigger and better than before. Lucky for us, a new vintage artisan trail has arrived in the City of Ipswich where you can explore the best of this heritage city’s vintage, handmade and eclectic shops… all on the one trail!

The trail is cleverly coined CRAVE… with businesses from across the region banding together to showcase all things Creative, Retro, Antique, Vintage and Eclectic…  it’s the perfectly crafted synonym, really.

There are more than 20 businesses that are a part of this inspirational trail, all of which feature an abundance of treasures just waiting to be discovered. The best part is: you can craft the trial to be whatever you desire.

The first stop on our trail is Dinmore Cottage – a quaint heritage home serving up high tea and scones while you get creative with your hands. They run weekly workshops in collaboration with B’s Quirky Creations, offering succulent beehive, dream catcher, Christmas wreath workshops and more… with morning/afternoon tea provided by Dinmore Cottage. You can book in and read more about these workshops here.

And so, from creative to retro, our next stop on the Crave Trail is just around the corner… and what’s more retro than good old-fashioned china painting? Jules Art Studio/Gallery offers the traditional art of on-glaze painting on porcelain cups, plates, vases and even jewellery! All materials are provided in the classes run by Julie Maddocks, and while china painting can be quite complicated with some of the methods used, you’re sure to walk out with a work you’ll love.

Next on our trail… a place that ticks the vintage and eclectic criteria! If you’re a theatre-lover, or you just appreciate architecture, then the Incinerator Theatre in the City of Ipswich is a must-do. After this old girl was decommissioned in the early 1960s, Ipswich Little Theatre came to the rescue and has called her home ever since. What makes this society unique is that it’s one of Queensland’s oldest amateur dramatic companies, offering four productions a year, on average. You can become a member of Ipswich Little Theatre to study the craft of acting, to hone your voice and bodywork, and to learn more on the technique of rehearsing and auditioning. Alternatively, you can enjoy an array of productions in this iconic building by visiting their website to purchase tickets.

Want to know more about the Discover Ipswich Crave Trail? See here to craft your own!