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The sneak peek into the Dirty Jane’s vintage precinct

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Already, aesthetically-minded Canberrans have been taking a turn at the big Dirty Jane’s sign at the entrance of Domayne in Fyshwick and have been pressing their noses up against the imported French antique glass bistro doors. We don’t blame them.

Canberrans need only hold out a little while longer, but because we like to be first with the news, we convinced the Dirty Janes team to give us a sneak peek. Here’s what to expect.

The 2000m2 site, which used to be the former Geological Survey building, has been transformed from a red brick office block into a dark grey warehouse containing a magical array of furniture, homewares, art, clothing, jewellery and garden items.

To say it is a feast for the senses barely covers the array of objects currently displayed within these four walls and vaulted ceiling.

Suffice to say, if you’ve been on the hunt for giant taxidermied waterbuffalo head, then you’ll find one, and don’t be alarmed to look up and find a vintage car hanging from the rafters.

Dirty Jane’s is the brainchild of Jane Crowley and her dad Athol Salter, who ingrained in Jane a love of vintage one-offs as a child after he opened Antiques Hall in the 1970s.

He has been accompanying Jane on her numerous trips to Canberra to watch the entire precinct come to shape.

Indeed, it’s not just one shop, but 90 bespoke and contrasting stalls within the main building, a larder and tea-room at the front and an inviting outside area containing two smaller buildings—one a blacksmith’s forge and the other a tiny cottage just screaming to be hired for private functions.

There are veggie patches and little enclosures to welcome the two pygmy goats (Will and Burkey) who will soon call Canberra home, with some chicken friends.

Kids will be free to roam and play while parents negotiate how to get the horse—or any number of enormous statement pieces—home.

The larder and tea house will offer “nostalgic meals” according to operator Caleb Evans. These include baked bean, black pepper and smoked cheese jaffles, a selection of toasties, baguettes, salads, sandwiches, pies and pastries.

Coffee is Red Brick and a licence will ensure that special occasions can be marked with a champagne.

Dirty Janes’ Jane Crowley with her father, Athol Salter.

Jane, who went to the ANU, is excited to see the project finally close to finishing.

“We have always wanted to do something ambitious in Canberra, and it was just a matter of timing, and finding the right space.”

While coronavirus is on everyone’s mind, Jane noted that the vast cavernous space will allow for everyone to keep a safe distance from each other as they browse, and in these difficult economic times, she said people would no doubt appreciate buying from local and Southern Highlands traders.

And just remember, the official opening date is not until Wednesday 25 March, with Dirty Janes opening seven days between 10 am and 5 pm after that. Until then, just dream about what you’ll buy.





the essentials

What: Dirty Janes Canberra
Where: 80 Collie Street Fyshwick
When: Opening Wednesday 25 March 2020
Opening hours: 10 am–5 pm seven days a week

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