Dirty Janes, located at the southern end of Bowral, New South Wales, is a large antique store selling all types of antiques, vintage items, clothing, furniture, and collectibles from Australia and overseas. Covering more than 1600 square meters of covered space, Dirty Janes Bowral is the largest covered market in the Southern Highlands.
Dirty Janes is named after a young Irish woman, Jane Dumphry. After a run-in with the law, she was transported to the colony of New South Wales in 1840. Nicknamed “Dirty Jane” because of the muddy state in which she arrived in Gundagai, NSW, she turned her life around and built a successful business in New South Wales by buying and trading local items.
Dirty Janes’ original building in Bowral underwent a major renovation in 2016, transforming the facade and interior fit-out of the building at the corner of Bong Bong and Banyette Street (formerly The Emporium) into the landmark building known as The Acre.
With 90 individually styled stalls to explore, there is so much to discover. From handmade jewelry to vintage clothing, antique furniture, vintage toys, antique mirrors, books, old vinyl records, and cameras, there is something to enthrall everyone. You’ll have to go around 3 or 4 times to see it all. As you walk by, something else is captured out of the corner of your eye.
As you walk through the aisles of the store, you are transported back to a time when furniture was made with care and quality. Lamps, glassware and tableware had an elegance that made their owners proud to display them not only for their guests but also for themselves. Browsing the militaria section will take you back to a time when individuals were rewarded for their actions, not just for watching. The faint smell of sawdust draws you to an old workbench covered with chisels, planes, and hand drills.
Some visitors are drawn by nostalgia for their parents’ or grandparents’ homes, while others are enticed by the idea that they can walk through a museum and buy items to take home. Each room has a story or narrative of its own. Others like the idea of finding something unique, one-of-a-kind pieces to display in their homes with pride. Dirty Janes Bowral caters to everyone from interior designers, store owners, architects, collectors, and new homeowners looking to add a unique touch to their homes.
The friendly and helpful staff will be happy to help you find the item you are looking for. If the item is not in stock, it can be placed on the “wish list” so you will be notified when it becomes available. Dirty Janes Bowral will let you experience the Southern Highlands while discovering the art of recovering fascinating old items.
In 2020, Dirty Janes Canberra opened its doors to the delight of local antique lovers. The store houses 90 exhibitors in a fully converted 21,500 square foot warehouse with a magical array of new and recycled furniture, home goods, home accessories, fashion, art, clothing, jewelry, garden items and vintage finishes.