Ensure you have room in your boot, you likely won't leave empty-handed
Moving house and want to start fresh? Or just doing a re-haul of your current decor? Your furniture and decoration quest need not start with the glossy catalogues that are slotted into your mailbox.
Southern New and Used Furniture is truly a decorator or antique furniture lover's delight. Perhaps a bit of a best-kept secret, it is located in an industrial area of Southern Adelaide in Lonsdale.
The large space is filled with both new and used furniture, home wares, appliances and knick knacks. As the business name suggests, if it is new you are after, there are some options here. Although, chiefly there are pre-loved and in some cases antique goods just waiting to be dusted off, gently placed in a waiting station wagon or utility truck and taken to a new home.
I was genuinely delighted to tick off everything on my own home-space improvement list and more. I easily found a filing cabinet, bookshelf for my toddler's ever-growing book collection, which had begun to spill over onto her floor, as well as some side-table drawers, which resulted in a perfect solution for toys in our living area. As well as this, I was absolutely taken with some smashing orange retro lamps from the seventies (matching pair = $25 and so much lovelier than most of the mass-produced table lamps we now see in the above-mentioned glossy catalogues), as well as an enormous wicker laundry hamper - a steal at $15.
This divine antique Singer sewing machine was a highlight
The owner-operator was extremely helpful in assisting me with my new goodies and it was no trouble for him to help me make everything fit in the car. Lucky I had no more space or I am sure I could have spent more.
Before and after - now filled with toys, it proved to be a bargain, as well as functional. And best of all - pine, not cheap plastic!
Southern New and Used Furniture will now be my go-to place next time we decide to upgrade or add anything to our living space. Even if you don't find what it is you are looking for or perhaps go just to lovingly admire some of the antique dressing tables, it's a really pleasant outing.