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Published January 11th 2016
Hunters & gatherers, decorators & artists
That's some bird bath; better keep it indoors.
Lancasters Toowoomba Antique Centre
With two floors of every conceivable antique, put some time aside for a careful search at Lancasters Toowoomba Antique Centre. A Great Silky Oak display case houses the best china, including old Doulton figurines. You'll find a decent selection of Limoges including a brooch and display plates. There are cherished teddies and dolls, jugs and ewers, furniture, cutlery, silver, frocks, hats, bags, glassware, memorabilia, signs, toys, jewellery, marigold and turquoise carnival glass and books. Artists and producers also hunt for their craft here.
Open 7 days 10am-5pm, 3 Railway St.
Antiques on Burke
An old doctors' bag rests beside a gilded bird bath and leadlight lamp, but Antiques on Burke are mostly about furniture including desks, tables and side tables. There's also a limited collection of other items including chrystal vases, stunning mantle clocks, statues, paintings and china. Antiques on Burke compliment their neighbours, Range Antiques.
Open Wed-Sun 10am-5pm.
Range Antiques and Antiques on Burke may not be the place to catch a bargain but their merchandise is of high quality. It includes estate jewellery, chrystal, china, glassware, cabinets, vases, silverware and lots of mirrors. To care for your purchases select silver polish or furniture polish in lavender or lemon.
Range Antiques will also gift wrap. If you are selling estate jewellery they will only consider large, interesting pieces.
Open Mon,Wed,Thu,Sat,Sun 10am-5pm.
A tandem team of antique stores at 1 Burke St, Toowoomba.
Genuine antique prints are the specialty of Broken Books Antique Print Gallery & Custom Framing. Flip through basket-loads of small prints or view larger prints including birds of prey, albatrosses and cormorants. Big cat art by J. Wilkes of London, include The Lioness and Whelps and The Royal Bengal Tiger. Other prints range from chickens, to platypus, to humourous and still life.
Several volumes of Chambers' Encyclopedia are available. Gorgeous floral ceramic bowls and vases dot the shop. Upstairs you can find more antique prints plus exquisite contemporary paintings. Broken Books will also frame pictures.
Open Tue-Fri 8:30am-4pm, Sat 8:30am-3pm, Sun 8:30am-2pm. After hours appointments by mobile 0419 739 329. Southtown on South St.
Cyrano, French Elegance, Evans Rd, Highfields.
Cyrano: French Elegance
Cyrano: French Elegance is where 'mate' meets 'mon ami'. With its off-highway country setting, Cyrano's is surrounded by the fragrance and sounds of the Australian bush. Zithering cicadas predict a warm day and invite you indoors to browse the French antique furnishings.
Split levels and multiple rooms to hunt through at Kinnears Antiques could find you a partial suit of armour, book shelves, a large birdcage, nostalgic gumball machine, quilts and cushions, chests, maps, lanterns and other intriguing items. Specialising in Australian Colonial furniture.
Open Wednesdays 10-2 and anytime by appointment, 57 Brook Street Toowoomba.
Coins & Collectibles
The dark and narrow appearance of Coins & Collectibles may have a hint of 'spooky' about it, but could get you some cash for coins. Coins & Collectibles also buy scrap gold, bullion, sterling silver, antiques and collectibles. Collectors may find better prices than certain online stores for coins and paper money. Stunning marble lions watch over the counter. Red Venetian glass and a smattering of other antiques are also available.
Open Wed-Fri 10am-4:30pm, Sat 10am-1pm, 339 Ruthven St.
Aussie Antiques, 134 Campbell St.
If you love to sift through cluttered jumble, Aussie Antiques is the shop for you. Exciting finds are piled up in this historical house, including figurines, chairs, vases, ceramics, lamps, radios, dolls' prams, a grandfather clock, tall-boys, trumpets and bulls' horns. Modern paintings are also in stacks and on walls. A marigold carnival glass bowl was a bargain buy. A Medieval leather cup was an interesting item. Worth checking for that unusual something at a reasonable price.
East of Toowoomba, drive 45 minutes to Scotland Yard Antiques, cnr Edmond & Queens Sts, Marburg. Open seven days 9-5.
If travelling west, drive 30 minutes from Toowoomba to Goombungee Antiques Countrywares & Café, 105 Mocatta St. Open Thurs to Sun 10.30-4.30.
A marble lion watches the counter at Coins & Collectables.