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Published December 10th 2017
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Follow the signs to Treasure Road (by Jones of Guildford)

Antiques, from the Latin antiquus, offer a sensation that the latest smartphone is yet to replicate, leading to record auction prices for Chinese porcelain and Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpieces.

Find your own priceless piece of history with a handcrafted collectable, worthy of going straight to the pool room.

Begin your antique search in Perth at one of these top 5 antique stores.

Louis' Antiques - 83 Nanson St, Wembley - (08) 9383 9239
Although Louis XVI died under the blade of a guillotine in 18th century Paris, his spirit travelled south into Wembley 35 years ago, creating an antique aura at Louis' Antiques. The eras, styles and categories of antiques on display in this vast showroom are overwhelming, but you'll soon feel at ease as you're drawn closer to the lovingly restored collection.

A pair of experienced restorers, as though plucked from Paris by King Louis, have prepared the European and British furniture, with highlights including bergère armchairs, Louis XV writing desks, refectory, vigneron and coffee tables, buffets, bookcases and cabinets, crafted from oak, walnut, mahogany and cherry wood.

Louis' Antiques is open Monday to Saturday, and Sunday afternoons.

JB Military Antiques - 2/135 Russell St, Morley - (08) 9276 5113
Our respect for military values and sacrifices continues to grow, with rising attendances at Remembrance and ANZAC Day commemorative events.

Own a piece of this history, selected from JB's comprehensive range of military memorabilia, matched by the encyclopaedic knowledge of the staff. Whether online or in-store, discuss your requirements and they'll help you sort through the history, whether Aussie or in a foreign defence force.

It's always best to visit antique stores to browse the full range and discuss your queries with staff, but their website is a good starting point for finding your specific medal, uniform, sword, flag, badge, helmet, book or deactivated weapon.

Recent highlights have included a WWI British Army parade jacket, WW2 German Police Officer's uniform, 1830s flintlock pistol, and a Distinguished Conduct Medal, awarded to an Australian Light Horseman during WWI, valued at $20,000.

While other stores interstate may offer similar selections, the price and service make JB's the best military memorabilia store in Australia.

JB Military Antiques is open 6 days a week, closed on Sundays.

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Host your own antiques roadshow (by Geograph)

South Perth Antiques & Collectables - 151 Canning Hwy, South Perth - (08) 9367 7800
Start your search for something special in South Perth, where the city's pricier range of antiques are curated by staff celebrating 20 years of service at South Perth Antiques & Collectables.

The selection ranges from art deco, Australiana, binoculars, bicycles, gramophones and oil lamps, to scent bottles, smoking collectables and typewriters.

You can also arrange for valuation and restoration of your collection. Free delivery is available for small items over $150, and larger furniture priced over $1,995.

Recent highlights include a Victorian flame Mahogany bow fronted chest of drawers, a French tulipwood music box, an Edwardian pram, a threshing machine and a cast iron fireplace.

South Perth Antiques & Collectables is open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm.

Jones of Guildford - 165 James St, Guildford - (08) 9378 2065
Antique stores offer respite from the cold, generic layouts of modern department stores, inviting shoppers into a sanctuary frozen in time. The experience is similar to visiting your grandparents' home with the bonus of being able to take your favourite item with you (after paying for it).

Jones has created this environment, blending bric-a-brac with vintage, with prices catering for all lovers of the historic and distinguished.

In this top 5 list, Jones' offers the most surprises, mixing quirky bargains including vintage clocks, street signs and advertising, with a touch of class in the selection of fine bone china.

Jones of Guildford is open 7 days a week.

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Declare your love with a 2.38 ct. Ceylon Sapphire, mounted in a hand-forged 18kt. yellow gold engagement ring (gemteck1 / CC-BY 2.0)

Treasure Chest Salvage - 9 Bowen St, O'Connor - 0401 930 351
Just as gold prospectors need to fossick through the mud to extract golden nuggets, and Indiana Jones needed to dodge snakes, spiders and Cate Blanchett to recover ancient marvels, you can delve into O'Connor, salvaging through bargains to find your own personal treasure.

The store and yard is packed tighter than a hoarder's home, filled with the exotic, kitsch and curious. There are bargains amongst the chaos, including books, furniture and homewares.

Amusing items in the vintage shop include heavy bakelite telephones, trustworthy typewriters, 1960s tricycles and coins from the 19th century.

Treasure Chest Salvage is open Monday - Friday 9.30am to 5pm and Saturday morning.

Where do you find your favourite antiques in Perth? Please let us know with a comment.
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