When it comes to homewares stores, it’s fair to say there’s a lot of sameness in the market – especially if you don’t venture off the main streets or outside the big shopping centres. So when you find a great little store tucked away in the suburbs that offers a unique range of beautiful products, it’s worth remembering!
One such store is Own Little World.
Located in the suburb of Camberwell in Melbourne, Own Little World is the fulfilment of a life long dream for owner Nicole Sipos, whose passion for locally crafted, handmade goodies is clearly evident in her gorgeous shop. Thanks for sharing your story with us Nicole
Why did you decide to open “Own Little World”?
Opening up a gift shop has been a dream of mine for a very long time. I’ve always dabbled in various crafts myself and wanted to open a shop that showcased the talents of local crafts people. I want to give our customers an experience of enjoying handmade treasures from the many amazing artists we have on our doorstep.
Where did the name “Own Little World” come from?
Own Little World comes from the feeling you get when you are focused and in your ‘own little world’ creating or making something with your own two hands.
What’s your ethos when sourcing products to stock in the store?
I’m passionate about buying Australian handmade products. I source a few handmade treasures from overseas as well to ensure I have some unique items that are only found at Own Little World. Customers can enjoy reading stories behind the products. You will find small cards around with a photo of the maker, their story and what inspires them.
What are some of your favourite brands or products?
I have so many favourites! Some of the stand out products for me personally are ‘A little Vintage’ handmade koalas, the gorgeous bright, bold and happy ‘Emeldo’ necklaces and the new ‘Marvellous’ range of leather laptop cases, clutches etc.
Which do you prefer, magazine or blog?
I can’t choose! I love them both. Sitting down with a good magazine and a cuppa is hard to beat, but I also love all the amazing blogs around and inspiring ideas I get from them.
Fresh flowers or scented candle?
My gorgeous ‘Zen Moments’ candles in their old style apothecary jars – the fragrance combinations are simply divine. But love a simple bunch of fresh flowers too!!
What are you looking at next for “Own Little World”? Any good products coming up for Christmas?
I have new products arriving weekly! Some gorgeous clothing arriving for summer and also a range of beautiful ladies sandals and many more gorgeous gift ideas.
In 3 words, how would you describe what people can expect to find in “Own Little World”?
Beautiful handmade treasures.
You can find Own Little World at 122 Fordham Avenue Camberwell, 7 days from 9.30am until 3.00pm.