Hobby and craft stores to check out this weekend

Looking to find some new board games to play with your mates, add more Disney characters figurines to your collection or unleash your inner artist? Ipswich has plenty of hobby and craft stores for people of all ages and interests to enjoy.
07 Jan 2021
Ashleigh Howarth, Freelance writer

Whether you are looking to build your very own model plane, find some new board games to play with your mates, add more Disney characters figurines to your collection, unleash your inner artist or enjoy a fast-paced action game with gel guns, Ipswich has plenty of hobby and craft stores for people of all ages and interests to enjoy.

Arttime Supplies

Whether you are a novice or experienced artist, Arttime Supplies has a wide range of materials to get your next project started.

Selling everything from paint to brushes, pencils, pens, paper, canvas, clay, wood products and jewellery making equipment, Arttime Supplies can help you unleash your creative side.

If you are looking to try something new, or expand on your current skillset, why not try your hand at one of the store’s classes – Watercolours, assemblage, pastels, paper making, origami or silver smithing.

Find out more instore at 203 Brisbane St, Ipswich.

CJ Vogler and Son


This charming family owned business in Ipswich’s Top of Town precinct has been delighting hobby enthusiasts since 1877, making CJ Vogler and Son the longest running hobby shop in Australia.

Stocking everything from old-school model trains, planes, ships, cars and tanks, right up to the newest remote-controlled helicopters and camera operated drones, there is something for everyone and every passion.

If you are into racing cars, CJ Vogler and Son stock a number of authentic V8 collectables to add to your collection, as well as slot cars, built-it-yourself racing track kits, mini monster trucks and motorcycles.

In addition, the store also sells Meccano construction kits to build at home, wooden model boats, rubber powered models, steam engines, launch rockets, games, chess sets, jigsaw puzzles, doll houses and more.

Find them at 134-140 Brisbane St, Ipswich, or check them out on Facebook.

Rare and Pretty Dolls

If you are looking for something cute and cuddly to admire at home, don’t walk past Rare and Pretty Dolls in the Ipswich CBD.

Featuring an array of vintage toys including Carebears, Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, Barbie and Littlest Pet Shop, this store is sure to have you reminiscing about your childhood.

There are also shelves full of Monster High characters, Charlie Bears and Pop Vinyls to browse, or if you would like to take home something truly unique, you can choose from a wide range of custom-made dolls.

The owners also offer a range of classes and workshops, including Dollightful Repainting and My Little Pony Repainting and Restoration.  

Visit them at 22 West St, Ipswich.

Zing Pop Culture

For everything comic books, games and cards, collectables, toys, gadgets and Pop Vinyls related, drop by the Zing Pop Culture at Riverlink Shopping Centre in North Ipswich.

If you are a big fan of Disney, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Marvel, Dragonball Z, Pokemon, DC Comics, Super Mario, Rick and Morty, Minecraft or Fortnite, Zing Pop Culture has a wide range of collectables, clothing and things for around the home for the young and the young at heart to enjoy.

Hardcore Blasters

Queensland’s first dedicated Indoor Gel Ball Field is located right in the heart of Ipswich, where players can battle it out in a unique, custom-made layout and target each other with gel guns.

Hardcore Blasters offers fast-paced gameplay, catering to both new and experienced players in the one session, with the aim of the game being to eliminate your competition and avoid being hit yourself.

It’s a hobby with a twist, where instead of the action being played out on a board game or computer screen, you’re actually living it.

There is also the Blasters Supplies Shop selling gel blasters and gear, along with onsite tech work, repairs, and designing and manufacturing aftermarket parts and accessories.

Join the action at 42 The Terrace, North Ipswich.

How about lunch?

Fourthchild Snickers cheesecake

The great thing about all these businesses being in the Top of Town precinct, and right next door in the suburb of North Ipswich, means you can make a day of it and visit all of them if you wish.

But if you are going to do a full day of shopping, stopping for a bite to eat is a must.

Thankfully, there are lot of great cafes and restaurants where you can get a caffeine hit, or put your feet up and enjoy a long lazy lunch.

Be sure to drop by many of these great eateries in the Top of Town precinct to treat your tastebuds, including Fourthchild, Indian Mehfil, Heisenberg Haus, Oikos Cafe, Rafter and Rose, Dancing Bean, Bakehouse Steakhouse, The Retro Diner and Memories of India.

Ashleigh Howarth Freelance writer
Ashleigh Howarth is a journalist with more than 12 years experience in the media industry. Her passions include travelling, dessert bars, cocktails and attending music concerts. She aims to inspire others to unlock their own sense of wanderlust to explore this beautiful big world, whether that be on a local or more global scale. You can keep up to date with her stories by following @journo_ash_ on Instagram.

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