Do you enjoy going through vintage and collectible furniture stores? There are many opportunities to buy secondhand items for vintage enthusiasts or take a weekend drive to a country town and pick through a large selection of collectibles and furniture on offer. Different people have different bents when It comes to decorating their homes from vintage, retro, right through to timber and modern pieces. There are places online and offline selling everything from the cheap and nasty to more expensive items.
This article came about by a piece I saw in the ABC on a vintage furniture auction in Melbourne. The Melbourne option was for contents of a long closed secondhand furniture store on the north side of Melbourne known as the former Brooks and co furniture building in Thornbury. Under the hammer was an unreserved option of more than 450 lots. The auction was being managed by auctioneers Leonard Joel for this densely packed Melbourne store. That was held back in February 2016.
For the serious collectors that want to travel there is no shortage of places to pick up vintage furniture and collectibles. The mill markets at Daylesford are an eye-opener. A big storage area with rows and rows of stuff to pick through. Daylesford is great for a day trip and around 1.5 hours easy driving north west of the Melbourne CBD. The town has a nice vibe and there are numerous places to eat. Also while your in Daylesford there are weekend markets and also a number of well stocked opshops.
For more information on the Daylesford mill markets you can check their website. The mill market at Daylesford is a selection of vintage clothes, vintage furniture, collectibles, antiques, memorabilia, home decor, fine china, works, glass arts and coins, jewelry, books and other things to name a few. It’s an absolute treasure trove and is open from 10 AM to 6 PM seven days a week except Christmas Day. I have it visited the mill markets and highly recommend dropping by when in Daylesford or in Melbourne for that matter. There is an on-site café and you can read more information in trip advisor about reviews of this place
here are some of my photos I took when at the Mill Markets in Daylesford.
another interesting site that I’ve come across is called the jumk map. Featured in particular is a store called lost Ark which is located at Williamstown North in Victoria.
If driving around is not your thing well then you can buy and browse furniture pieces online.
Here are 9 of the best online stores for furniture pieces that you can check.
- Modern times – this is a Melbourne-based store with a specialist area in vintage Danish furniture and contemporary Australian art/homewares.
- Vintage Vampt – a store with original homewares, furniture and lighting from mid century and featuring a collection of vintage pieces. Located in Sydney.
- Collectika – another Sydney store specialising in restoring 1950s to 1960s retro furniture and vintage and midcentury collectibles.
- Etsy itsy is a place where people around the world connect online and off-line to make, buy and sell unique goods.
- EBay.com.au – has some pieces that you can find but be sure to ask questions before you place a bid on the product. Can pickup direct from the owners and pay cash.
- Kitsch please this is a Melbourne store and is a buying and selling platform.
- all bids.com.au online website with furniture for sale.
- Lastly you might want to check out Sydney based company Lawsons.
- Gumtree – One of my favourites is gumtree.com.au, I’ve used gumtree for many years and have found and sold a lot of things on the website. Unfortunately bigger businesses taken it over and turned it from once was a active community into a more commercial model. For the restorers and bargain hunters, gumtree you never know your luck as there is a section on Gumtree unrelated to collectible items but may from time to time have an old timber piece that someone is giving away for free and that may need some loving. You never know your luck!
If you are in Melbourne Melbourne West is the place to go for various furniture stores appears. There is another featured store on the junk map called one in a mill. This store is located at Newport about 23 km south-west of the Melbourne CBD. There is another website here that you can check featuring vintage furniture stores in Melbourne and in particular this store.
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