Mayfield is a small country town near Methven on the South Island of New Zealand. I had heard about the Mayfield Overflow store from sweet Miss H of Boo Love Vintage. When I saw her photos I knew I had to take a detour to see this store for myself. It's a bit like a vintage urban legend, like one of the best vintage dreams you could have. It's rarely open, but you can call the owner & she might pop in & open it for you. It just happened to be open when we drove past, which was a miracle in itself. I was excited & so impressed when I first walked in, I really didn't know where to begin. Mr P told me there were more rooms further back....MORE???? It was one of those shaking & hyperventilating with excitement moments. My heart rate was going through the roof & I was totally overwhelmed in a wonderful kind of way. This place has EVERYTHING you could want....vintage clothing, accessories, hats, shoes, bags, china, nick-nacks, fabric, kitchen things, books & on & on. It is SO worth a visit, I felt it was almost worth the plane fare alone. One thing to note is that nothing is priced. The owner says that way she doesn't have to open every day. So I had to take armfuls of stuff to the counter & ask for the prices. Clothing is priced from $10, bags $5, nick-nacks $2. Jewellery seemed to be a bit overpriced to me compared to everything else. After an hour & a half I was thoroughly exhausted from all that adrenaline, & I had to drag Mr P away, as he kept going around again to see what he had missed. He seemed particularly taken with a Seventeen magazine from the early 1970's of all things. I think you could spend hours here as there is so much to see.
The store owner even has old junk piled in her van in front of the shop! Organized chaos I think.
First glimpses inside
Getting stuck into the clothing
The outside overflow of Overflow....junk paradise!
My sister & I spent countless hours on our round-a-bout seesaw when we were young.
A pile of clothes to try on
Hmmm to maxi or not to maxi???
The china room
HUGE fabric stash!
And back to all that clothing!
It's like a dream!
Even Mr P had a ball
Step away from the 17 Magazine Mr P!
I can't wait to go back again!
Mayfield Klondyke Rd
Tel: 03 303 6072
So what did I buy?????? I tried on stacks of stuff, but I was quite restrained in the end.
A couple of vintage maxi skirts
A 1970's frock
A few badges thrown in for free
A kitschy deer salt & pepper shaker
A frolicking fawn