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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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