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Published December 15th 2022
Antiques, collectables, old wares bric-a-brac, expert advice
Have you ever thought of taking a drive to Goomeri? Goomeri pronounced "goo-MERR-ee" is located one hundred and eighty kilometres north-west of Brisbane in the Gympie region. It is known for being a quiet place of old-world charm with a number of buildings built in the 1920s and is best known for The Pumpkin Festival, which is held each year on the last weekend in May.
Goomeri Antiques (Author's Photo)
On my recent visit to Goomeri, I came across Goomeri Antiques, which caters for those interested in old wares, collectables and bric-a-brac. It is definitely one of the best Antique businesses I have visited, especially if you are looking for quality items at very reasonable prices. Owners Nicki and Phil Lawson have been in the antique business for many years and are confident in the authenticity of the wares they sell along with their knowledge of current trends or popularity of products.
Vintage Furniture (Author's Photo)
What I really liked about Goomeri Antiques was that there was no pressure to purchase or shopkeepers hovering over your shoulder. Everyone is free to walk around the shop enjoying the experience while taking as much time as you want to look at the expansive merchandise. I felt the layout of items to be well thought through as the same brand or style were located in the one place, so if you were looking for something specific, you did not have to walk all over the shop to find others. Phil told me that the reason his prices are not as expensive as other antique shops is that he wants everyone to be able to buy the pieces they like and not walk out of the shop with a dream of one day being able to afford them.
Brass, Copper & Silver Items for Purchase (Author's Photo)
The shop is packed with items on the walls, on tables, on shelves etc, but still enough pathways to meander around to view everything, however, you need to look up and down as there may be something interesting stacked under a table that you do not see at first glance. For collectors, there are plenty of unique and varied items for you too.
Plenty of Stock to Appreciate and Purchase (Author's Photo)
As I walked in the front door, I decided to take the path to the right as I did not want to miss anything, but realised in order to fully appreciate what was in the building, I needed to walk around a couple of times as I did indeed miss items at first. I came across a China cabinet full of Blue Wedgwood and can remember a couple of my girlfriends collecting it. Wedgwood comes in a variety of colours, and I believe, the rarest colour is red as they were only produced for a brief period of time. From my research, I discovered that Wedgwood ceramics has a three-letter code with the third letter being associated with the year it was made.
Cabinet of Wedgwood Pieces (Author's Photo)
My favourite has always been "Carnival Glass" but more particular, the black bowls with vibrant rainbow colours on the underside. Carnival Glass is moulded or pressed glass where an iridescent surface shimmer is applied. It has been called by many names such as Rainbow, Taffeta, Aurora and Dope Glass. The height of its popularity was in the 1920s and is still in a high demand today.
Carnival Glass (Author's Photo)
Another favourite of mine is Carlton Ware, perhaps because my Grandmother had a piece, that she had won at a Croquet competition or perhaps, it was coloured green and decorated with leaves or fruit but the pottery also comes in other colours as well. Popular in the 1920s and 1930s, it was originally created in 1890 by James Frederick Wiltshaw, William Herbert Robinson and James Alcock Robinson trading under the name of Wiltshaw and Robinson. The trademark "Carlton Ware" was introduced in 1894.
Carlton Ware (Author's Photo)
There are so many items in this shop that you could be looking for - old tools, dairy milk containers, hat boxes, lamps, fine bone-China cups and saucers and trios, individual plates, bowls, brass, copper and silver ware, wooden template for shoe making, glassware, China figurines, vintage furniture, tables, old bikes, washing trolleys, cast iron pots and even a retired RACQ Repairers sign plus more.
Assorted China (Author's Photo)
Goomeri Antiques is definitely the place to visit as you never know what you may find and that something could be what you have spent ages searching for. The business is open Thursday to Sunday each week from 10.00am to 3.00pm, which allows for those travellers on holidays or just those taking a weekend-getaway.
As everyone must have a holiday - this year Goomeri Antiques is closing from Monday 19th December 2022 and reopening on Thursday 9th February 2023. You never know what may be new in store when Nicki & Phil reopen next year! Please keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates and new products.