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 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.