881 High Street Thornbury VIC 3071 Australia Telephone: +61 3 9484 6001
Trading Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 - 5

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Our first supplier

The manufactory is proud to now be the Australian stockist of firehouse moustache wax.

We decided that the steampunk corner needed quality moustache wax for sale, and being a firie I could not go past firehouse moustache wax. John and Kristine from firehouse moustache wax have been wonderful, they have already boxed up our first order and sent it on its way to us, and they are advertising our store on their website!

Wend your way to for more on wax.

Meanwhile - Easter was spent travelling to Adelaide and back and filling the car with stock from the many antique stores we visited. We managed to fill the 'family truckster' to the limit.

So - back to renovating the store, Peter our fantastic electrician has finished the re-wiring and painting starts this week.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Walls come down - walls go up again

Ahh the fun of renovating a shop.

Saturday was well spent cladding the wall of the corner office, back room part of the store, as well as some fine filling and sanding work by our good friend and store sign writer Mitch. With only one piece of timber left to put up and a few spots to sand, we will be into the painting after easter.

Before we left the shop on Saturday, we did have time to instal our first window display, a big old funnel hanging in the window over an old cast iron outdoor table.

So now passers buy will peek in and wonder 'what sort of store sells old funnels and tables?

Ours of course!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

First stock delivery

Well, the old walls are down, the new wall frames are up, there is a huge pile of rubbish to be removed on Saturday, some of the holes in the walls have been patched...

... and the very first of our stock found its way to us last night, delivered to the store!

We are getting to know our neighbours too. Umberto Espresso is only a few doors up and already a great place for coffee, food and big Peroni beers. And a few other folk have stopped by to see what we are up to.

I think we are going to enjoy life on the High Street.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Two days with a hammer

It is amazing what you can do in a couple of days when you need to smash things apart. Here in the above photo is our new shop, looking all nice and quiet from the street, meanwhile inside...

Nathan and Cliff are busy ripping out internal walls, suspended ceilings, disconnected wiring, timber flooring, carpet, plaster, etc, etc...

The find of the day was the concrete ramp into the store under the timber steps, yay - we are pram friendly!

Another couple of days like the last two and we shall have a big empty store space ready to patch and paint.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Day one...

This is the story of a little shop in Thornbury, Victoria, Australia called the manufactory.

A small clean space, full of light.

A place where you will find old industrial artefacts, botanical curiosities, scientific ephemera, collectable kitchenalia, strange repurposed devices and the odd bit of steampunk - all artfully displayed and all for sale.

So - day one.

We got the keys after work today. We walked up the hill to the shop, looking at life in the High Street along the way. As soon as we got there and opened up, we got the power on at the meter box and started poking around. It might be a small space but there is a whole lot of work to be done, and starting tomorrow with the demolition tools, we start to create the retail space we want.

The plan is to open for business in June, not sure of the date yet but we will be letting you know.