Ballan store D&M Traders is reluctantly closing after more than six years.
“We would have liked to have lasted a decade but it wasn’t meant to be. COVID19 is just making it so hard. For a long time we weren’t even able to open,” business owner Dean Myers said.
“The community has been absolutely great. People have come in from Ballarat, Bacchus Marsh, Daylesford, Blackwood, Trentham, and Geelong.”
The shop is stocked with everything from candles and photo frames, to mirrors, bookshelves, flower seeds and bags.
Shoppers will remember the iconic wall of retro clocks – with many of them already gone, just a few days into a closing down sale.
But what you may not know is that Mr Myers and his wider family are skilled upcyclers – turning sturdy old wooden furniture into modern classics you would never recognise.
“I did a lot of dining settings. I’d just go to an op shop and find something I could sand and repaint,” he said.
“I remember a table and set of chairs I painted a few years ago. I re-upholstered it with matching fabric from Spotlight.
“I think I sold it for $800. It had originally cost me $20.”
D&M Traders has also been a champion of waste-reduction, using gift-wrap made from recycled paper and selling recycled cards.
Dean and partner Matt Barbetti are planning to stay in Ballan for the time being, before moving to Central Victoria.
The 147 Inglis St shop is open Fridays and weekends
A post from late March:
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