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I enjoy writing about Adelaide and its many attractions. If you think Adelaide is boring, the problem is not with Adelaide. adelaideunearthed.blogspot.com.au/
Published May 17th 2013
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Valve Wireless & Transistor Radio @ Sueclays


Visiting an antique and collectable store in Adelaide for the first time can be a journey into the unknown.

At the lower end of the scale many second hand shops are littered with things that you may already have in excess. By contrast some antique stores are packed with exotic antiques in large numbers, but at prices to make your eyes water.

Whichever shop you visit, there is always the possibility of a unique find - a surprise that delights and feeds the fascination to browse even more.

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Old Models and Toys @ Sueclays


While researching this article I stumbled over a few fascinating finds which I will share with you. If they trigger memories of things that you have discovered during your exploration of exotica, please do tell us in the comments.

On my way to see the Tetratologists Inc Art Exhibition I passed Sueclays Antiques in Unley and decided to stop. There were a good selection of old models and toys which were well priced, an interesting postcard collection, some very unusual ornaments, and quite a few prints.

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A Transvestite Around 1900?


I asked if there were any old photos of Adelaide, and was told that there were only a couple of part filled family photo albums available. On browsing one of these I discovered a rather remarkable photo. It shows what appears to be a man and a woman from around the 1900 period - but the woman is in fact a man in women's clothing. Could it be an early example of transvestism?

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Bric a Brac @ Cross Rd Collectables


The selection of goods for sale at busy Cross Road Collectables was rather more prosaic and practical, and no less colourful. But there were still a few surprises.

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1940 Letter @ Cross Rd Collectables


A letter written personally by the owner of M.S McLeod Tyre Stores in 1940 to a complaining customer provided an interesting insight into past times. The same complaint probably still happens now, but regarding GST instead.

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1906 Fireman's Helmet @ Cross Rd Collectables


There was a well preserved NSW Fire Brigade helmet from 1906 on display, perfect if you have a child with ambitions to become a fire fighter. It made me wonder what experiences its owner had been through, and how many times the helmet had saved his life.

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Vintage Soft Drink Bottles @ Cross Rd Collectables


My memories were jolted as I browsed the large bottle collection, with long forgotten brand names like Cottees, Loys, Woodroofe's and Halls. All of these household names (some with home delivery) were eventually bought out by larger competitors, and the brands have all but disappeared.

Not far away on Winston Avenue you can find The Upcycling Shop which finds new ways to re-use old goods. I paricularly like the way owner Sue can usually tell the story behind an item on display - she is well acquainted with all her stock.

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Colourful Glassware @ Philicia Antiques


Back on Goodwood Road you can find Philicia Antiques and Collectables, which also has an online shop through Ebay. Possibly the most remarkable thing at Philicia's is the astonishing size of their collection of photographs.

The photos are grouped into albums with similar content, so there are albums dedicated to Boy Scouts, others to water sports, trams, circuses, Sydney Harbour, Tailem Bend, road accidents, railways, and hundreds of other topics. If you are looking for an old photo in Adelaide then you simply must visit here.

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Motoring Ephemera @ Philicia Antiques


Philicia doesn't stop at collections of photos - there are collections of other things ranging from motoring and sport ephemera to badges and boxes of matches.

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1910 Antique Figure @ Philicia Antiques


It's not all dry collections though - one of my favourites was a 1910 French figure of a boy with his German Shepherd dog, although way beyond my price range at $1295!

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Violin Maker's Trunk @ Philicia Antiques


Other extraordinary items on display included a trunk once owned by successful Adelaide violin maker Henry James Shrosbree, containing violin templates and a book on how to play the violin.

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Teddy Bears @ Adelaide Antique Market


Back in the city the Antique Market on Grote Street is bursting with things over two floors. This is one of the boutiques stores stocking vintage clothing with a much larger range than Dulcie the Boutique Bus.

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Vintage Clothing @ Adelaide Antique Market


On the ground floor you can find jewellery, books and LP's, Wedgewood pottery, and silverware, while upstairs is a toy collection to feed your nostalgia.

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Vintage Yoys @ Adelaide Antique Market


In our tour of suburban antique and collectable stores we haven't even touched on Strathalbyn, with it's concentrated collection of stores. It's one of my favourite places in the Adelaide Hills to visit, and the prices there are very reasonable too.

So what do you think? Have I missed your favourite store? Is there somewhere bulging with bargains that I missed? Do you know where to find antiques even cheaper?

Please don't hold back - tell us all!
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Great question, and I love the colourful pics, Dave.

I haven't been in awhile so won't comment too much, but Noddy's Curios at Port Noarlunga is a fave of mine. I bought a piece of jewellery there for a couple of bucks and haven't taken it off in about 15 years.
by Hayley (score: 3|1012) 1500 days ago
Any of the Antique Shops in Strathalbyn
by soupson (score: 2|133) 1500 days ago
*One of my uber-favourites is Hoffs Furniture Mart at 1 Woolnough Road, Semaphore...great old furniture and bits and pieces.
*Another is Pedlars Antiques on Magill Road - a real treasure-trove.
*Lots of other great vintage/antiques stores on Magill Road including
*Rock n Rustic for great industrial/vintage treasure: 187a Magill Road, Maylands
* McKay's Mart, 99 Unley Road, Unley has been around for decades and has a huge range from cheap and cheerful, vintage and antique pieces - including interesting old paintings. Well worth a look.
by Keryn James (score: 1|38) 1461 days ago
Hole In Ya Bucket - Rustic, Vintage & Collectables store. It's a home business so you have to call for the address but once you go there it's amazing! It has so much character with lots of history.
by holei (score: 0|3) 601 days ago
Does anybody know anything about the string instrument shop on the corner of William st and Cross Rd (clarence park)? Its been there for years looking dusty and abandoned -ive never seen it open and there's no signage- but is full of violins and cellos. thought since this article covers businesses in thr area, someone might know the story.
by KrisR (score: 0|5) 903 days ago
https://www.facebook.com/NoddysCurios
by nc311 (score: 0|5) 984 days ago
I agree with you about cross road collectables ...very friendly staff ..always willing to help find things for you..never know what they you will find...always getting new stuff in
by fly1o (score: 0|5) 1053 days ago
Found a great shop at 140 magill road norwood cottage antiques they also have mid century modern 20th C danish design in the same building
by micha (score: 0|5) 1259 days ago
I love Pedlars Antiques on Magill Road !!! They not only have this wonderfully looking old landmark building but they have more of a variety of antiques and collectable items that I have ever seen. A great retro area upstairs, china, collectables, jewellery and room after room of the most interesting stuff, I actually hate going in there because I always find something to spend my money on. Seriously though if you want to see one of the best antique stores in Adelaide go there and there prices are not ridiculous !!!!!
by apspr (score: 0|5) 1381 days ago
Hello,
I'm looking for a multi-track reel to reel tape players, (8 or 16 track)

Ian – Adelaide
0417 040 449
by ian.e (score: 0|2) 594 days ago
Wayville market for next two Sundays 11th and 18th December for retro teak furniture
by kathy (score: 0|2) 204 days ago

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