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Published December 9th 2017
Host an Antiques Roadshow (by geograph)
Seeking serendipity? Discover the magic of history inside an antique store, picking up items worthy of an Antiques Roadshow. Begin your antique search in Sydney at one of these top 5 antique stores.
Sip the best coffee in Kogarah from the Laughing Goat Cafe as you browse over a dozen stalls from speciality vendors. The setup ensures experts are on hand to discuss your favourite niche in the world of antiques.
The collection of compelling items range from wind-up tin toys from the 1920s, to military uniforms, medals and postcards from veterans of 19th and 20th century war, and nautical items, including chronometers, watches, diving helmets and bells.
Swap the radio, e-reader and camera in your smartphone for a 19th century British or Russian novel, vintage camera or bakelite radio.
Recent highlights include lace and silk from Israel, Murano glass charms, genuine Bergman animal bronzes from Austria, and Japonnoiserie, the demure art of Imari ceramics and Netsukes, the miniature sculptures first seen in 17th century Japan.
Give yourself plenty of time to browse the largest site in Sydney for antiques, from vintage and industrial, to retro and rustic.
The centre brings a host of traders to Alexandria, offering furniture, lighting, homewares, artwork, fashion, toys, jewellery, music, magazines and collectables. The items are a spectacle of creativity, with many chosen to add character to local film sets.
Recent highlights include 19th century modernist furniture, elegant fashions from the golden age of cinema, quirky robot and animal dolls, weathered wooden boxes, 1960s Italian lamps and absurdly shaped metal and porcelain sculpture.
Look out for the taxidermied animal heads, ogling from above.
Turn heads with timeless vintage fashion (by Southern Antiques)
Kalmar Antiques - Shop 23, Level 2, Queen Victoria Building, George St, Sydney - (02) 9264 3663
Wander into the 19th century QVB to reach the Kalmar family on level 2. Antiques are a passion for Kalmars, providing the warm service of a family-run business with the attention to detail of award-winning experts. Describe your desires and price range and allow them to guide you toward the ideal item, brought to life with the details of its providence.
For over 30 years, the Kalmar family has sold antique jewellery, watches, art, clocks and objet d'art from the Georgian, Victorian and Art Deco eras, while repairing and valuing the heirlooms from our family collections.
Recent highlights include an aquamarine and diamond set on a platinum ring, an 1890s French clock sculpted from Italian marble, a German sugar sifter and an exquisite perfume bottle from the 1920s.
Kalmar Antiques is open Tues, Thur and Fri 10am - 4pm, Wed 12pm - 4pm and Sat 10am - 2pm, closing Sunday and opening by appointment on Monday.
Chilton's Antiques - 579 Kingsway, Miranda - (02) 9524 0360
The impact of antiques resonate through our lifetimes when they are given during special occasions. A proposal of marriage is one of the most poignant, and the engagement ring becomes the tangible reminder of that life-changing moment. Prince William understood this significance when he offered Lady Diana's engagement ring to Kate Middleton. Match the magic of that moment with the selection at the top shop in Sydney for antique engagement rings.
The range begins with budget options under $1,000, stretching to the spectacular champagne rose gold diamond ring, a 5.55-carat champagne Argyle diamond, encircled with white stones, set in a rose gold ring. Valued at $78,000, it's now listed for $45,000.
Chilton's is also well stocked with all manner of jewellery, including a Victorian Cameo necklace, amethyst earrings, silver bracelets, topaz pendants and Art Deco timepieces.
On the search for items with a story, Newtown is perfect to avoid the bland and mass-produced, to reveal the unique and unexpected.
For that special someone, Bloodworth Bellamy will provide a gift to stand out amongst the ordinary. From a dinosaur hand puppet to a giant Queen of Hearts playing card, you'll find the unusual, as the staff carefully curate a treasure chest for classy collectors.
Keep your bookie at bay with a tote board from Rockhampton, or pick up hand carved timber chest sets, a rare book from the 16th century, bound in vellum and charting royal genealogy, or a taxidermied exotic bird.
I like The Bower in Marrickville or Parramatta. Always bargains to be had, no necessarily all antiques but they do get a lot of antique furniture and household items. It's a charity too.www.bower.org.au