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Top 3 Antique Centres in Brisbane

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by Kath Chown (subscribe)
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Published March 27th 2015
Buy antiques with stories and soul in unique centres
In Brisbane, we have some of the best antique centres in the country, each with their own unique character and collections. With the recent resurgence of vintage fashions becoming more popular and people opting to buy second hand pieces to complement their home design, antique centres are again growing in popularity with youth and older generations alike.

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Southside Antiques - Photo by Kath Chown


We have many centres in Brisbane, but here's the cream of the crop and all with a distinct difference in style and focus.

1. Southside Antique Centre - this Brisbane stalwart has been operating under the same owner since 1986 and has one of the most extensive collections of militaria and porcelain.

I go here primarily for the incredible retro section with beautiful glass beads, tea dresses, sterling silver jewellery and vintage handbags to add to my wardrobe. I often find amazing bargains here which is unusual for an antique centre and it always makes me happier to pay a little extra for a special item I have my eye on.

The owners are extremely helpful and can help you to find whatever you're looking for. With the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli this year, the militaria section is being continually refreshed and I often find little pieces which I would love to collect once I have the room at home.

Southside has around 150 cabinets and countless other spaces to peruse and would always be my first preference and I often check in here once a week to see what's new and add something fun to my collection.

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Southside Antiques - Photo by Kath Chown
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Southside Antiques - Photo by Kath Chown


2. Paddington Antique Centre - Over the other side of the river, this large centre has a spectacular interior since it is inside an old picture theatre. This adds to the luxurious ambience of your shopping experience and you can often get lost among the stalls and stalls of amazing wares.

There is a really fabulous fabric and sewing notions section which is the main reason I come to this particular centre, but I also love to rummage among the jewellery and trinkets to find special pieces to take home with me.

They have an onsite cafe which serves up old fashioned favourites such as spiders, tasty scones and cakes so you can have a pit stop to relax before you get some more shopping done.

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Photo Courtesy of Paddington Antique centre
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Photo Courtesy of Paddington Antique centre


3. Woolloongabba Antique Centre - This is a much more modern centre focussing on Vintage and Retro pieces rather than a large amount of older antiques. They have very clear dealer sections where you can find pieces which have been carefully curated for their particular style and age.

This is one of the smaller centres but you can definitely still get lost among the treasure trove of beautiful furniture pieces which appears to be their main focus. Beautiful Eames chairs and distressed wooden tables are to be found among 60's lamps, chaise lounges and a variety of kitchenalia.

There is also a cafe on site here which is styled as a 50's milkbar where you can catch a bite before you start your shopping or as you finish up and need a coffee before you're onto your next stop.

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Photo Courtesy of Woolloongabba Antique Centre
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Photo Courtesy of Woolloongabba Antique Centre


There are other great antiques centres in Brisbane but these are my first port of call when looking for something unique to add to my home. I also often find amazing fashion and accessories which I know are going to be one of a kind.

I love pouring over all the items in these centres but perhaps my favourite piece came from Southside Antiques, which is a string of green beads made from wood and bakelite. I treasure these and the memories which they hold secret from years gone by.

If you have a favourite Antique centre in Brisbane, please comment below!
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Why? Shop antique, retro and vintage across Brisbane
When: Most days
Where: Across Brisbane
Cost: $5 - $5000
Your Comment
Thanks for this list Kath. So far I've only been to Paddington, which was a great browse.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|3737) 871 days ago
Paddington Antique Centre has the best original 50's fashion ,...very reasonably priced compared to some op shops in the area !!!
by remem (score: 0|2) 873 days ago
The lady who runs the coffee shop in the Paddington Antique Centre is very lovely and helpful. I will visit there again soon just for the cold drinks. The lady said she would make me something special, and she did!
by rosha (score: 2|120) 872 days ago
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