We are quite lucky to be surrounded by stores and warehouses selling second-hand furniture in Melbourne, and a plethora of op shops that occasionally sell house furnishing gems for a bargain price.
If however, your furniture requirements date back before mid-century modern, then you might get a little stuck for suppliers. True antiques come at a price, usually due to limited supply and availability, and most stores in Melbourne and beyond sell such wares for a huge price.
If you do think antiques are somewhat of out reach for Melburnians, think again, as there is a hidden warehouse situated on a small industrial part of Seaford that might just meet your furniture desire.
Run by Mother and Daughter team, Bailey & Co Antiques and Collectables has been sourcing French antique furniture and shipping it in by container to its Seaford warehouse. This is a family run business, a generational history of sourcing antiques from Europe.
Containers arrive from Europe approximately 6 times a year, filled with genuine antiques you'd expect to find in old homesteads; big timber wardrobes, armoires, parlour chairs, dressing tables, drawers, bedside tables and mirrors to the most magnificent Grandfather Clocks.
Although Bailey & Co Antiques is accessible to the general public, I am informed by Nicole, one of the business owners, that antique dealers are commonly found on the premises, and a selection of pieces have also been used on film and TV series sets (such as Channel 9's Underbelly).
Before you race off to Baileys & Co Antiques with your trailer, you need to be aware that opening hours are Fridays from 10am - 1pm and Saturdays 10am - 3pm, although you can keep up to date with the latest arrivals on facebook and you can actually buy pieces online.
Baileys & Co Antiques can arrange for delivery all over the country, costs depend on location. A quote for a delivery to Melbourne from Seaford would be approximately $85.
If you are a fan of furniture from a bygone era, do schedule a visit to Baileys & Co Antiques, and make sure you give yourself enough time to rummage through this treasure trove of beautiful wares found in Melbourne's South East.