In need a good dose of retail therapy, or just plain love the thrill of the hunt?

The quaint and charming seaside town of Portarlington is a treasure-trove of unique stores boasting beautiful clothing, modern gifts and home wares – all just waiting to find their new forever homes. So go on, be hero and rescue that pair of shoes.

Feature Image Credit: Visit Geelong & The Bellarine

Mishka + Mikki

Mishka + Mikki owner Michelle Rathgaber left a trail of broken hearts when she left Stawell for Portarlington to open up Mishka + Mikki. But Stawell’s loss (sorry Stawell) is Portarlington’s mighty gain. Occupying the old IGA building on the Geelong Road in Portarlington, Mishka + Mikki is a store of absolute delights – so be sure to set a bit of time aside if you’re planning on visiting this Aladdin’s cave of artwork, home wares, gift-ware, furniture and beautiful resort-wear style clothing and accessories.

1-5 Geelong Road, Portarlington VIC 3223
10am – 5pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
and 11am – 4pm Sunday
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Just Next Door

Keep an eye out for the astro-turf, leave your weary husband seated at the cute yellow table out front and step into the marvel that is Just Next Door – for here you’ll find the latest in quality womens clothing, footwear, jewellery, handbags and accessories. With a gorgeous assortment of clothing from labels like Ellis and Dewey, Alessi, Elm, Olga dePolga and Pupucci, a new outfit from Just Next Door will have people stopping you in your tracks needing to know where your ensemble came from and how they can get their hands on them, and fast.

60 Newcombe Street, Portarlington VIC 3223
Open 7 Days. 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 3pm on Sunday
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Collective Found

If your personal style is more eclectic or you just fancy yourself the ultimate Picker, Collective Found is warehouse of treasures that is true to its name. Collective Found has a beautiful assortment of varied and vintage curios that have been around the block or are made with love. Stop by and wonder at the perfect pre-loved homewares, handmade gifts, locally-made accessories and native flowers. And if you’re having trouble deciphering the secrets of the stars you can also stop by for a cheeky coffee and Tarot reading.

32 Geelong Road Portarlington, VIC 3223
Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
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Hive

At Hive, if you seek you shall find. From boho-luxe clothing to provincial furniture and coastal homewares – Hive offers a relaxed and inviting shopping experience. Nestled under a quintessentially seaside blue and white striped awning, Hive is modern, fresh, fun and oozes coastal charm.

46 Newcombe St, Portarlington VIC 3223
Open 7 Days, 10am – 4pm
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Montana’s Fashion and Accessories

Montana’s Fashion and Accessories is a small fashion boutique with a big heart. Selling Ladies wear, handbags, wallets, jewellery, hats, gloves, belts and so much more, a new outfit from Montana’s will have you walking out of the store tall and living your very best life.

54 Newcombe Street, Portarlington VIC 3223
Open 7 Days. 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 3pm on Sunday
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Nautical Clearance Centre Pop-Up Shop

Well, shiver me timbers. As bonafide nautical enthusiasts it goes without saying that we were quite excited when we heard about the Nautical Clearance popping up in Portarlington. Fine purveyors of top nautical decor, these guys know the ropes and are full to the gunwales with everything and anything to do with ships & sea, time & tide, wind & weather and stars & skies – plus a vast range original “one off” maritime antiques. Don’t give this one a wide berth. Shake a peg leg and get to it.

49 Newcombe street Portarlington VIC 3223
Open Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 3pm
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Stop-by and Shop Awhile

We’ve heard on the rumour-mill that the festive season is around the corner. But who says gift shopping needs to be stressful?

Cruise away from the hustle and the bustle of the city aboard Port Phillip Ferries to the Bellarine and get ahead of the dreaded Christmas shopping rush AND pick up some truly unique presents while you’re at it.