From the road, The Most Amazing Shop looks amazing/terrifying, depending on how much Jurassic Park traumatised you as a child. You know those weird houses that have their front yards filled with statues of gnomes and animals? Well, this store is like that on crack. Instead of tiny gnomes there are giant ones, and instead of cute bunnies, there are velociraptors and huge Halloween statues. At first I didn’t want to leave the car with the the fear that I too would turn to stone as soon as I passed the gates. Then my boyfriend spotted the racks of vintage clothes and shoes and told me I ‘better come in.’
To describe The Most Amazing Shop in pop culture terms, it’s like Labyrinth meets the house fromRoseanne. If you can brave it past the scary statues, you’ll find yourself in a courtyard filled with racks of miscellaneous wares, some weird, some as awesome as Jennifer Connelly’s eyebrows. It’s a mixed bag, but a fun adventure. Once you reach the door to the store, this is where the Roseanne references begin. A talking parrot toy will yell at you to ‘go fuck yourself’ while creepy Halloween paraphernalia roar and scream throughout the labyrinthine aisles. I was hoping Danwould be around the corner playing harmonica, but alas, it was just a skeleton singing the blues.
Amongst the craziness there is vintage jewellery, lots of shoes, exotic homewares, DVDs, stuffed toys, doilies and just heaps of ‘stuff.’ As you can imagine, from the word picture I’ve painted here, the lady who owns the place is brilliantly bat-shit crazy. She knows how much everything is so just ask if you can’t find a price tag.
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Items I bought from the store pictured above