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Top 6 Antique Centres in Brisbane

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Published September 2nd 2012
6 centres, hundreds of dealers, thousands of antiques await
The best kind of recycling

Are you looking for a unique Art Deco gift or unusual decorative piece? While it's fun to visit an individual antique shop, there's something wondrous about the scale of a big warehouse full to overflowing with antiques.

Follow this trail of antique centres across Brisbane, with a mass of eclectic delights around every corner. Money will be spent, senses will be overwhelmed, and plenty of fun will be had along the way.

1. Nudgee Road Antiques and Design Centre:
277 Nudgee Rd, Hendra

Beginning in the north, close to Doomben Racecourse, this family run centre has just undergone impressive renovations. They have collected a substantial number of indoor and outdoor statues and specialize in European and Oriental antiques.

Doorway into Brisbane Antique Emporium

2. Brisbane Antique Emporium
Cnr. Junction & Sandgate Rds, Clayfield

Not far away, and full to the brim with shiny furniture, paintings and ceramics, this antique centre has a focus on estate jewelry. Have a coffee break across the car park at Buy Design.

3. Commercial Road Antiques & Decorative Arts
85 Commercial Rd, Newstead

Formerly known as New Farm Antiques Centre, from chandeliers to carpets, you'll feel like you've entered Aladdin's Cave at this long term member of the antique scene. Visit Cobblestone Teahouse around the corner for some well earned elegant refreshments.

4. Paddington Antique Centre
167 Latrobe Tce, Paddington

There always seems to be a strange animal gracing the window display here - a life size cow and calf at the moment and other taxidermied creatures in the past. Paddington Antique Centre is worth visiting just to see the building - The Plaza Theatre with its gorgeously painted ceiling. The Plaza Theatre Cafe is also a highly recommended spot to refuel. They have regular themed events, such as "Frocks, Docs and Diamonds" - a popular vintage fashion parade.

Plenty of old world charm on offer

5. Woolloongabba Antique Centre (WAC)
22 Wellington Rd, Woolloongabba

Moving to the south side, WAC boasts over 60 dealers to choose from and a quirky 50s style milkbar - see Julie's reviews of this mid shop pit stop here and WAC itself here.

If you visit on the weekend, expect some smooth live jazz with the Butter Brothers performing in the foyer. On the last Sunday of each month, Woolloongabba Antique Centre hosts the pop up barbershop, Bare Bones Barber Boys - with free live music while you shop and/or have a clip and coiffe.

6. Bayside Antique and Collectables Centre
162 Bloomfield St, Cleveland

Over 30 shop spaces offering the whole gamut for anyone traveling around Brisbane's east side. Plenty of parking, wheelchair access, and even complimentary tea and coffee.

Will grandma and grandpa find a home?

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Why? Follow the trail of antique treasures
When: Most Centres open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm
Where: Begin at 277 Nudgee Road, Hendra, then work your way across Brisbane
Cost: Depends on your budget!
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Make sure you check out the Antique Guild under the Stamford Plaza in Brisbane City. This store has some of the most unique items Ive seen here or around the world. Must do when in Brisbane
by mynam (score: 0|4) 2364 days ago
Thank you so much for the info - any kind of feedback is always appreciated.
by Lucy (score: 3|1157) 2397 days ago
Brisbane's largest independent Antique, Vintage & Retro store & warehouse is located at 199 Logan Road Woolloongabba with parking for up to 30 cars at the rear via Taylor Street. James & Bell Antiques 07 38915233/0438677788
by info (score: 0|2) 2397 days ago
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