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Antique Browsing in Frankston and Mornington Peninsula

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by EricaL (subscribe)
Freelance writer. Editor of:
Published November 21st 2012
I'll never forget my disappointment, when my family and I found out the Mornington Antique Centre on Tyabb Road, closed its doors to be demolished for a new hardware store development.

It used to be one of the biggest treasure troves we'd been luckily enough to stumble upon, all 60,000 square feet of it. We'd spend hours browsing rows upon rows of furniture, memorabilia, toys, trunks, second hand and vintage clothes, paintings, cameras, old knitting patterns, and more.

A few years have passed now, and we're in the market for antique furniture to fill our new home, so after a little research on the internet, we found a few replacement options, and took ourselves off on an adventure through Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, in search of second-hand wonders.

First stop: Frankston Auction Mart

A warehouse filled with retro, vintage and second-hand furniture, as well as a few new pieces.

As the name suggests, Frankston Auction Mart started out as an auction house, and evolved into the second hand furniture and decor showroom that it is today.

Prices are reasonable, and selection is good.

42 - 54 New street Frankston 3199 VIC
Showroom phone: (03) 9783 9613

Second stop: The Vintage Shed, Tyabb

A mere 20 minutes drive from Frankston, and we've arrived at our second antique venue, The Vintage Shed.

Much more than a shed, it is a department store of antiques, collectables and gifts. With over 60 stalls selling retro, vintage and antique items from past decades.

A quick hop across the gravel path to the Vintage Emporium, and you'll find the best selection of vintage clothing to be found on the Peninsula.

93 Mornington-Tyabb Road,
TYABB, Vic, 3913

P: 03 5977 4195

Open Thurs - Sun 10-5
Mon 11-3

Third stop: Tyabb Packing House

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A second-hand antique complex of gigantic proportions, which is known to be one of the largest old wares centres in Australia.

The main building was originally used to store apples and pears grown on the Mornington Peninsula, here they were packed for transport to Melbourne and beyond via the Stony Point train line through Frankston.

Furniture is the more common artifact found throughout this humungous centre, but much more retro and vintage memorabilia can be purchased, whether you're into comic book collectibles and vintage posters, crockery, books, jewellery, lace or needlework, you can spend many, many hours losing yourself in the memory of by gone era's.

To finish off, Tyabb Packing House has a licensed cafe Elixir, where you can rest your weary shopped-out bones. I am told their lemon slice is to-die-for.

14 Mornington – Tyabb Road, Tyabb, 3913
Thursday to Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
Public holidays: 10 am – 5 pm
Phone: 03 5977 4414

Licensed Café
PH: 03 5977 3166
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I love looking at odd bits of bric-a-brac. Antiques are not something I'm interested in buying, but they are interesting.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12388) 2399 days ago
Don't forget the Rosebud Vintage Bazaar - 1017 Pt Nepean Rd, Rosebud


Factory Antiques Dromana - 2 Collins Road Dromana VIC 3936
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