A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published April 21st 2015
Online and in-shop antique sources
Antiques and second-hand furniture are not only a budget-friendly shopping option, but an opportunity to turn someone else's 'no longer needed' bookcase (or couch, or mirror, or whatever it may be) into a stunning addition to your home. Here is a list of places where Sydney-siders may get their paws on some of these pieces.
A good first port of call is Gumtree, an online catalogue of goods that are waiting for a new owner. Being online, it is accessible from all reaches of Sydney. It has the added bonus of being a free listing system - if you are wanting to part with any items of your own, this is an easy option and saves you advertising costs.
With well-organised categories (from bedroom to backyard and everything in between), finding what you want is made simple. There are pages of vintage furniture, decorative pieces and home wares that you can browse through, from the comfort of your own room - with tea in hand as I've done!
2. Glebe Antiques
If you prefer seeing items in-person prior to purchase, there are a number of shops around Sydney that stock antiques and second-hand furniture. Glebe Antiques is a two-level vintage-lover's paradise.
Victorian mahogany bookcase and drawer set from Glebe Antiques - image from Glebe Antiques Website
There is a big range of quality antiques on display, all of which have been carefully restored and cared for. This includes antique beds, bookcases, lighting and much more - from periods such as Edwardian, Victorian, and Australian Colonial. Perhaps that perfect addition to your home is waiting amongst this collection.
Glebe Antiques on Parramatta Road - image from Glebe Antiques website
3. The Meadows Antiques & Interiors
A rich collection of antique furniture can be found at The Meadows Antiques & Interiors, based in Camden. They have two warehouses full of these goods and a focus on the Victorian era. They often also stock William IV and Georgian pieces.
Antique English Rosewood dining table - image from Antiques & Interiors website
The company recommends that those interested in antique furniture regularly visit. The stock is constantly changing and it suggested that returning visitors will see different collectibles.
4. Southern Antique Centre
This centre, located along the Princes Highway in Kogarah, specialises in providing a distinctive yet budget-conscious selection of furniture. Browsing this store, complete with a cafe for a bite in between, is recommended for porcelain and china ware collectors, as well as those with a soft spot for authentic Royal Doulton, Shelley China, and Royal Albert.
This brass stabiliser from Japan stocked at Southern Antique Centre may add a nice touch to your home! Image from: Southern Antiques website
5. Admiralty Antiques
In the suburb of Lidcombe, you will find Admiralty Antiques. If Asian antiques are your thing, this is the shop for you. Visit and venture through the store full of Chinese antiques and home wares. Pick up decorative and practical pieces full of oriental history.
Ancient Chinese warrior room divider - image from: Admiralty Antiques website.
An extensive range of affordable and collectible furniture is housed at this store in Marrickville, a suburb that is quite central in the Sydney-metropolitan. It's a great place to hit up if you are looking for rare items to take home. Antique furniture of old English, French, and various other styles await new owners here.
Image from Sydney Used Furniture website
If you're in quest of bric-à-brac collectibles amongst the suburbs of Sydney, be it modern or second-hand, then look no further than Gumtree, one of Australia's leading providers for classified adverts, designed to connect people in search of what they're after. Or, visit these local stores (amongst many others) for a vast array of antique knickknacks at convenient prices.