Antiques and Vintage
Brisbane’s vintage scene is the envy of the rest of the country. From large antique emporiums and collectives to small vintage shops and market stalls, Brisbane is a bargain-hunter’s delight.
Brisbane is home to a number of massive antique centres where small, independent dealers sell direct to the public. Together they have ensured a lively and robust market in rare finds, antique goods and retro fashion.
Making up Brisbane’s two main vintage and antique hubs, inner-city suburbs Paddington and Woolloongabba have attracted an eclectic range of stores around the large antique centres.
The biggest of them all, The Woolloongabba Antiques Centre, is a massive air-conditioned warehouse of antique and vintage treasures and features a quirky, ’50s style milkbar that does great coffee and retro milkshakes.
Nearby, Colonial Collectables (as the name would have it) specialises in Colonial-era wares, Absolutely Fabulous blends old and new, Urban Antiques is stocked with furniture, and Woolloongabba Antique Fineart Auctions sell off estates.
Snap up a bargain at Briscoe’s Furniture, James & Bell Antiques or Michael Allen Antiques, or those with finer tastes and bigger budgets should look for fine English, French and Italian antiques and furniture at Lavin Antiques, or vintage Louis Vuitton bags and Rolex watches at Harringtons.
Down the road in Annerley, the Southside Antiques Centre is surrounded by a stack of Brisbane’s best op shops. This two-storey mecca is well-organised and categorised with everything from fine china and fashion to military and furniture.
Even the coffee shop next door – Dudley Street Espresso & Collectables – gets in on the antique action. Also in Annerley, AddVintage is a cafe and collectables space, and It’s Vintage Darling stocks clothing from the 1950s to ’80s.
Not far behind the massive Woolloongabba Antique Centre size-wise, The Paddington Antique Centre found a home in the old Plaza Theatre and boasts more than 50 dealers.
Also in Paddington, Retro Metro has two shop fronts – a main store selling top-quality retro finds (mostly clothing) and the other being a clearance market stall with bargain buys from $5. More vintage finds can be had at the back of the Vinnies op shop on La Trobe Tce, or at the Endeavour Foundation store.
Adornments and Hobohemia are filled to the brim with knick-knacks of all varieties, and last but not least, Estelle’s Antiques and Collectables is home to a large stock of furniture.
Over in New Farm, the Commercial Road Antiques is full of art and sought-after collectables from 43 stallholders. Further out, Bulimba is home to hoarder-haven Anne’s Second-Hand Shop, Greenslopes has Can You Keep a Secret?, and Coorparoo’s Vintage Closet also boasts a cafe.
Box Vintage in West End is a local favourite, while Atomic Martini Vintage and Brisbane Antique Emporium in Clayfield, Hoarders in The Gap, Wallrocks in Albion and Nudgee Road Antiques & Design Centre in Hendra are a few drawcards for the northside.
Take a road trip to check out these antique and vintage treasure troves dotted around Brisbane’s greater region. To the north, try the Samford Valley Antique & Vintage, The Dayboro Shed or Tikki Boo Antiques.
To the west, visit Sherwood’s Turn O’The Century Antiques and Sherwood Bazaar Antiques, or head to Ipswich’s The Vintage Advantage or the Ipswich Antique Centre – located in a heritage-listed hall.
To the south, Logan is home to the Brisbane Antique Centre, complete with French-themed cafe, and the Scenic Rim has Odd ’n’ Olde and Witches Falls Antiques & Gifts. Towards the bay, Cleveland’s Bayside Antique and Collectables Centre hosts 30 stores and has complimentary tea and coffee.