Freelance writer specialising in serendipity: the art of finding wonderful things by accident or sagacity. Comments and suggestions always welcome!
Published May 12th 2012
Fremantle may have the cappuccino strip but if it's antiques you're after, Guildford is the place. Just a short walk along James Street offers a great choice of furniture, old wares and bric-a-brac.
Start at Effie's Emporium for five rooms of retro decor with many items from the 50s, 60s and 70s. How about a Barbie Airplane for the next birthday girl?
Next stop is the long-established Jones of Guildford. As well as furniture they have an extensive china collection and a good selection of vintage magazines. See how the Beatles compare to One Direction!
Basic Elements concentrates on imports from Southeast Asia. The small courtyard showcases some of their unique wares and offers design ideas.
Courtyard at Basic Elements
George's Furniture Restoration is indeed packed full of furniture but there's still room for wicker prams and old cameras. Their bric-a-brac includes a great selection of eggbeaters. Just the thing for the retro kitchen.
Curio Warehouse is exactly that - a varied collection, some furniture, old bikes and everyday items. Pick up a classic steamer trunk or leather suitcase to hold all your purchases.
For those with time and money left, the last stop must be Pink Champagne for a recycled designer fashion bargain. The sale rack out front often has great buys.
There's a new Quirky/shabby kitchen and industrial one called Annies Vintage Wonderland. And most recent is Retrofind with MCM gems and Dr Russell's Imaginarium. What do you imagine you'd find there behind George's?? Don't tell, they'll all want one!