University of Canberra students no longer have to venture further than their doorsteps to get their retail therapy fix. The Yellow Canary, a new vintage clothing shop, has just opened up on campus.
Filled with kooky knits, cute dresses and jeans, the store caters to guys, girls and kids, and also stocks vintage shoes, accessories and home wares.
The owner of the store, Bridget Perman, has previously worked at Felt, a quirky clothing store in the city. But after hosting a regular stall at the UC market day, she decided to take the plunge and open up her own brick-and-mortar store. Raised in Canberra, Bridget inherited her love of vintage from her parents, who are both avid op-shoppers. “I’m very inspired by old pictures of my Mum in her leggings and crop tops”, she explains. “My favourite era is the 90s, I love all the crazy weird jackets and high-waisted jeans. But I think people should just wear what they feel comfortable in.”
While many vintage stores hike their prices up, Bridget is mindful of her key audience. “You don’t need to spend too much money to look good. I know uni students struggle to afford things, so I try to keep most of my items under $40”.
The Yellow Canary is just one of businesses opening up at Cooper’s Lodge, the newly built student accommodation at the UC. A number of others, including a beauty salon and a student bar, will open in the coming months.