Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Newcastle: relax at the Blackbird Corner

Tell us a little bit about your store?

Blackbird Corner was set up by me (Nici) my Sister Jen & my partner Sean in 2006 in Cooks Hill - Newcastle NSW.

When/why did you open your store?
After years of wearing clothes we'd designed & made ourselves we realised there was a demand for what we were into. Because we design/make most of our stock we pretty much just make what we like and have never really been particularly interested in what’s in or out of fashion. We all love anything to do with birds and oriental fabric/styles are definite faves too.

We also wanted to create a store where people can feel comfortable, be greeted with a mixture of subtle scents from our incense & the handmade scented "Touch of Bohemia" Soy Wax Candles. Customers can spend as long as they like browsing, or take a seat & flick gently through one of the gorgeous Aussie Mags we stock whilst listening to our fave tunes.

What labels designers do you stock in your store?

The things we make & sell include: unique Clothing + Printed Tees + Accessories + Cards + Homewares. We cater for Women in sizes 4 to 18+ and Men from Small to 2XXL with a teeny range for babies & toddlers. My labels are called Wayward Girl & LINT. Jen's is Hex(6) + Jen & I make a range called My Fascist Mother. Sean's label Anorak is our biggest seller. We have also taken a few select items on consignment but only from long term customers due to the size constraints of our tiny shop. Oh and we happily stock a collection of Zines by Suzy Pow from Bird in the Hand Zine Distro too!

Why do you love handmade so much?

We love making & selling quality limited run & one off handmade wares. Seeing someone walking down the street wearing an outfit we made is immensely satisfying & rewarding. We also try to support other Crafty Folk
whenever we can - we recognise that these things are Labours of Love! Admittedly we do sell some “mass produced” things too - toys & trinkets that remind us of the those we had when we were young, which make us feel nostalgic & happy. We also stock a pretty good range of Aussie Magazines (including Frankie, Peppermint & Wooden Toy Quarterly - yay!) + LOMO Cameras too!

Name 5 feelings that your customers will feel when they enter your store.
Comfortable, Welcome, Relaxed, Inspired, Happy

Visit Blackbird Corner at
70 Darby Street, Cooks Hill, Newcastle
(cnr Queen & Darby Streets Next to Cooks Hill Books)
Phone: 02 4929 4350

Open Tues 12-4, Weds - Fri 11-5, Sat 10-3, Sun 11-3 (closed Mondays)

For more directions visit their website


  1. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  2. makes me think I will spend hours in your shop if I travelled up to Newcastle :D

  3. Love your shop! I would love to have a shop too!! If I am in your neck of the woods I surely drop in. Happy crafting in 2010!

  4. I live around the corner and they have great clothes and nik nacs. They have funky calico totes too!

  5. I always look forward to going to Blackbird Corner when I go back to Newcastle, it's always a great day of Darby St coffee shops and checking out all the great stuff in Blackbird corner and the other shops along there.


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