Funky Vintage on the Central Coast

Bringing vintage to the Central Coast, Fairhaven Services @ the Vintage Fair - the Collective

Vintage Fair – The Collective at Point Clare has to be one of the Central Coast’s best kept secrets. Starting out as an op shop run by Fairhaven Services the Vintage Fair has been successfully expanding and now includes:

  • upcycled vintage fair and store
  • the Schoolhouse bookstore, with a kids story time
  • secondhand furniture shed
  • an op shop
  • art gallery
  • the Fare Cravin’ Cafe

Fairhaven Services is a social enterprise dedicated to ensuring that disability is no boundary for people living on the Central Coast. The Vintage Fair is just one of the contributions that Fairhaven Services makes to the Central Coast.

The Vintage Fair Store

Set in an old schoolhouse, the Vintage Fair Store is a gorgeous little craft store offering items that have been handmade or upcycled. The items included in the Vintage Fair are unique, creative and offer a positive contribution to our community.  All creations are upcycled from goods and services donated to Fairhaven Services, with the proceeds from the shop going back to support community activities.

Upcycled vintage furniture at the Vintage Fair, Point Clare with Central Coast Weekender

Fell in love with this one! Such as sweet set.

The products available at the Vintage Fair Store include upcycled furniture, hand-made soap and beauty products, vintage homewares, art and a variety of other craft items. The items are well priced, with the upcycled furniture offering really great value for money.

The greatest thing about the Vintage Fair Store is the cycle of community involvement, donated items are upcycled or handmade, creating opportunities for employment and then sold for profit to support more community services.

Does it get better than that?

Upcycled pallets at the Vintage Fair, Point Clare with Central Coast Weekender

Upcycled style @Vintage Fair

Schoolhouse Vintage Bookstore

In the back section of the Schoolhouse is a great collection of second hand books covering both fiction, non-fiction and childrens books. It is a homely space that uses cleverly handmade shelves.

Kids are more than welcome at the Schoolhouse, there is a small spot for them to play at whilst you browse. Our little cherubs were heartily entertained during our visit. Grab a seat and enjoy the inspirational space for a while on the comfy chairs provided.

Secondhand books at the Vintage Fair,Looking for things to do? Head to the Schoolhouse bookstore at Point Clare with Central Coast Weekender

The Schoolhouse Bookstore is a beautifully created space.

Blind Date with a Book

An absolutely gorgeous idea created by the Schoolhouse Bookstore is a ‘Blind Date’ with a book. Do you judge a book by its cover?

If you do, then the Schoolhouse Bookstore is for you. Wrapped to hide the cover, the Blind Date books only have the style of the book written on the cover encouraging you to take a chance.

Check out a blind date with a book with Central Coast Weekender

Take a chance on a blind date with a book at the Vintage Fair Schoolhouse Bookstore

Activities for Kids

The Schoolhouse bookstore runs a free story time for kids every Thursday from 10 am to 11 am.   The ladies that run the story time are lovely. They do a wonderful job of continuing the education tradition of the schoolhouse.

Kids story time is a great free activity on the Central Coast at the Vintage Fair, Point Clare. Read about it with Central Coast Weekender.

Story time at the Schoolhouse @ Vintage Fair, Point Clare

Vintage Furniture @ The Green Shed

The Vintage Fair also offers a second hand furniture shed. The furniture at the shed is in great condition and is suitable for use as is as well as upcycling. On the day Central Coast Weekender visited, we snapped up four Parker dining chairs for $10 each! Bargain!

Secondhand furniture bargains can be found at the Vintage Fair, Point Clare. A Central Coast Weekender favourite.

Save something unique from landfill and find it here!

Fare Cravin’ Café

The newest addition to the Vintage Fair is the Fare Cravin’ Café.  A new funky industrial style café offering sweets and drinks. Central Coast Weekender is looking forward to road testing the coffee next time we visit.

Opening hours: 8 am to 3 pm Monday to Saturday.  Check out more about Fare Cravin’ Café on Facebook.

Location

You can find the Vintage Fair at 209 Brisbane Water Drive, Point Clare.

 

There are many more activities available at the Vintage Fair including craft workshops, the original op shop and opportunities for volunteering. For more information check out their Facebook page.

Central Coast Weekender Jen and Allie

 

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9 Comments

  • Reply Toni September 12, 2015 at 8:54 am

    I have driven past so many times but you have inspired me to go inside and check it out. I am heading there today! Thanks central coast weekender.

    • Reply Jen and Allie September 12, 2015 at 8:56 am

      Wonderful! We hope you enjoy your first visit, be sure to let us know how the new cafe is!

  • Reply Jodie Frost-Foster September 13, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Thanks Jen and Allie for the wonderful story and pictures on our space at Fairhaven. We have put a lot of work and thought into growing the Vintage Fair Collective to create a destination for people and those on the vintage shopping trail. It was very exciting to read the story from a visitor’s perspective and we are sincerely grateful to you for featuring us and sharing our story with your followers. Thanks again!

    • Reply Jen and Allie September 14, 2015 at 7:56 am

      Hi Jodie, Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the feature, the Vintage Fair truly is a lovely space. We hope that our story encourages others to come and visit you. We will look forward to returning and checking out Fare Cravin’, we visited only a few days before it opened.
      x. Jen and Allie

  • Reply Jim Buultjens September 13, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Jen and Allie, thank you so much for sharing your positive comments on Vintage Fair with us. You have beautifully captured the essence of what Vintage Fair is. Jodie and our team including several volunteers have lovingly restored the many relaxing places at Vintage Fair to give our community the opportunity to browse, take a walk down memory lane, chat with some lovely people and enjoy a coffee at Fare Cravin, the coffee shop. We would love to see you at 209, Brisbane Water Drive. Jim Buultjens

    • Reply Jen and Allie September 14, 2015 at 8:00 am

      Hi Jim,
      Thanks for taking the time to enjoy our feature on the Vintage Fair. The team has done an amazing job creating a beautiful space and we were keen to share the story with our followers. We will look forward to returning!
      x. Jen and Allie

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  • Reply gillian mcgillicuddy March 19, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Looking forward to see this week for the first time..

  • Reply Russell Sparks September 8, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Seriously the best Cafe in the greater Sydney area including country areas of Orange and Forster! The BEST sandwiches, full lunch menu including special pancakes and a great looking frappe with lyches, pineapple and cocconut (my fav 3 ingredients),great coffee, very pleasant surrounds including kids play area with sand pit, little boat and the bric-a-brac, vintage clothes, etc. Op shop to make it a destination!

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