Fabric-a-brac is now a great excuse to get out of Wellington. Grab some girlfriends, raid your coin jar and head on up to Palmerston North to grab some fabric bargains, clean out the local op shops and have a great catch up over some yummy food and coffee. It’s only two hours away (unless you get distracted by the seconds shopping in Otaki).
Here’s some ideas – and I’ve even done a wee fabric-a-brac Google Map
All of the below suggestions except the Herb Farm are no more than 5 min drive from the fabric-a-brac venue.
Palmy has a disproportionate amount of second-hand and charity shops where you can pick up some real gems. Arohanui Hospice, Red Cross, Salvation Army and a huge SaveMart– they’re all here. See the map for more.
Recyling Boutique on The Square sells second-hand designer and vintage clothing. Lovely staff and a buyer with a sense of discretion mean I rarely leave this shop without having bought something.
If you are desperate to buy more fabric The Cloth Shop 48 Victoria Ave has an great selection of high-end quilting fabric. There’s a big Bernina shop too which sells lots of cotton, sewing machine accessories and parts and do sewing machine maintenance.
My favourite street in Palmerston North is George St. It is short, but it’s lovely, all wrought iron detail and tucked-away little boutiques. It has a lovely little bookshop – Bruce MacKenzie – and some great clothes stores.
While you’re in town – head down to see the Yarn Bombed statue -those Wool Guerillas have done a great job.
George St runs into Cuba St, although far from the bohemian Wellington version, it has a Café Cuba that has pretty good coffee and a yummy menu. If you are REALLY on a girlie trip though, you can’t go past Alexandre’s Patisserie and Chocolaterie. I can recommend the Pain au Chocolat myself. You even get a “Bonjour” when you arrive.
If all the crafty-ness of fabric-a-brac gets your creative juices flowing, why not organize a sess at the Bead shop in George St – come away with your own creations or just marvel at the collection of lovely beads and dream up crazy projects.
Yes, you can get a GREAT coffee
When your poor tired feet need a break from all that shopping, there’s a few good cafes in Palmerston. Great food, ice cream and coffee to be had lovely old building in Victoria House Esplanade Cafe and of course my favourite local hangout Joseph St Kitchen.
The Herb Farm café is a wonderful spot about ten minutes out of town. They have an awesome range of beauty products made right there out of all natural ingredients and the café is set in lovely gardens. If you’ve got a group of people you can book a therapeutic body product workshop.
In the evening
Palmerston North’s Centrepoint Theatre is actually the only professional theatre in New Zealand to operate outside the four main centres of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.