If the sum-total of your Alexandria experience has been trendy cafes and fashion outlets, then you're in for a pleasant surprise. Just a few minutes walk from the busy Grounds of Alexandria on Bourke Road, you can find yourself immersed in vintage heaven.
Welcome to Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre, the 2300 square metre home to thousands of antique pieces sure to make your inner collector ecstatic. Even non-collectors will be hard-pressed to resist a visit here.
We found this great antique LOVE Sign
Boasting over 60 specialist traders and more than 150 stalls, you'll need to pace yourself - everywhere you look, there's a retro piece waiting to trigger a flashback or two. Not even the ceiling has been spared attention, with one such item being the fuselage of an old plane hovering over you as you shop.
Find a vintage suitcase to put your antiques in - Pixabay
The nice surprise is that the layout has been carefully considered and for the fashionistas among us, the mannequins are dressed to impress. Peruse quirky and recycled treasures and pastel decor up close in many of the cosy nooks and stalls.
Enjoy exploring and weaving through this labyrinth packed with kitsch treasures and industrial collectables from another time. You'll come across rotary telephones, brooches, rings, vinyl, metal signs, lounge furniture, bespoke shoes, cameras, Japanese dolls, lamps, comic cover poster prints and much, much more.
There are gift vouchers available and convenient 24-hour holds (for that Bitossi lamp you found). You can also lay-by all your retro Carlton Ware and West German vases before anyone else grabs them.
It's all here waiting for you, only four kilometres south of the Sydney CBD and is a must-do weekend activity in Sydney. Be sure to check it out.