Shed becomes Vintage Palace
FROM the outside, the backyard shed at Stacy Star’s Eureka property seems like any other shed, but step inside and a vibrant, antique-infused, vintage wonderland is revealed.
You are greeted with champagne at the entrance and ushered to one of many antique velvet lounges. This is one of the region’s best-kept secrets, and the service is no less than perfect.
A lifelong vintage collector, Ms Star has a clothing, decor and furniture collection that would impress any fashion enthusiast.
The former Sydney resident has transformed her boring old shed by draping it in clothing from the 1920s to the 1960s.
And these items aren’t found at the average town thrift shop.
“I trade with antique buyers from all of Australia and America,” Ms Star said.
“I have been collecting and selling these items for about 20 years.
“I just love being able to start with a blank canvas like this shed and turn it into something.”
Stepping into the Vintage Palace feels like stepping into a whirlwind of sequins, lace, silk and velvet.
As extravagant as it sounds, Ms Star also keeps it local by trading at markets around the region.
Before vintage became her passion, Ms Star worked with disabled people and homeless teens in Sydney.
“When I hear the kids I helped have gone on to succeed, like graduating or going to university, it is very satisfying,” she said.
“I love it when people have these clothes on and they feel and look great.
“I want to remind people to create their own style and to back away from corporate mass markets.”
The Vintage Palace is an appointment-only location.
The Eureka shed transforms into a mini nightclub frequently and doubles as a jam studio for the jazz band Ms Star also manages.
She will sell her treasures at the Bangalow RSL over the Easter weekend.