They say that when a vintage shop closes in Auburn, one opens in Goderich - well, nobody says that, but in the case of Vinylly Vintage, it’s actually true. Owner Melissa Vaughan moved her funky shop to Canada’s prettiest town just under a year ago, moving into a dual shop with her husband Kevin DeLong, who uses the store’s flip side to work on race cars, including his own.
Vinylly Vintage focuses on vinyl records (hence the name), vintage clothes and all kinds of kitsch, from tiny bowling alley pins to a fully playable pinball table.
It’s a record store with a range - dig through a bin of $3 platters that still have a ton of spin left in them, hunt down a mint condition Husker Du box set, or find that hard to locate indie record you’ve been trying to track down for years. Or just spend an hour or two flipping through the whole collection.
As soon as you walk in, the checkerboard floor lets you know that, if you’re a fan of vintage, you’re in the right place. Classic atomic print glassware can be found in one corner, terrifying child clown costumes from the 1960s in another. The clothing collection is small, but full of 70s maxi dresses and bowling shirts. Vintage postcards and covered Pyrex kitchen wares pack the shelves, and the walls are adorned with records, original comic art and the good kind of tacky velvet paintings.
There’s a story behind each one of the pieces that Vaughan has collected, and she knows a lot of them. A pair of pig statues once lived their lives outside a bbq restaurant and a tiny train was just brought in by a local miniature railroad enthusiast. Vaughan also accepts consignment items, and has teamed up with several local antique vendors to create their own little micro stores within her store.
This retro paradise of sunglasses, obscure board games, and rainbow headbands is open 7 days a week from 10 am to 6 pm. 88 Brittannia Rd E, Goderich.