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by Anita Coia (subscribe)
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Published March 26th 2013
Poke around for a treasure in the Kinglake Ranges
Kinglake West Swap Shop
A Wolf brand slacks mannequin - these retail new for over $1000

One of the great joys of a drive in the country is fossicking around in antique shops, hoping to find a treasure that just might put the finishing touch on your carefully composed 'industrial' interior design, or provide a talking point for your next dinner party with your hipster mates.

Kinglake West Swap Shop
Calling old radio collectors!

You don't have to travel far out of Melbourne to get to the Kinglake West Swap Shop, a treasure chest with an eclectic range of items: antiques, collectables, 'bric-a-brac', building materials, home and office furniture, and oddities that defy categorisation.

Kinglake West Swap Shop
Cast iron manual meat mincers, if you want a bit of exercise while preparing dinner.

There are old and vintage homewares, like lights, fans, meat mincers, kitchen tools, crockery, cutlery, books, musical instruments, fireplace tools and much more. For more, ahem, personal needs, you can also pick up the odd hospital bedpan.

Kinglake West Swap Shop
Yes, it's a...ummm...

Kinglake West Swap Shop
A vintage toy horse carriage.

Joe and his son Luke, the proprietors, also have cabinets of old toys and knick-knacks. There are lots of vintage advertising signs, as well as some more recent items like sporting banners and signs. 2006 World Cup Rugby banner, anyone? Or, for followers of other sports, you can pick up a Carlton Family Fun Day banner, or a huge Ferrari flag.

Kinglake West Swap Shop
For the diehard fans

Kinglake West Swap Shop
Lots of old toys...never seen a wind-up toy like this one before.

If you are renovating and need windows, or guttering, or planks or bathroom sinks and toilets, you will find it here too. Yes, even a kitchen sink or two. They also have furniture and light fittings, including some cool industrial lights that would look fantastic in a modern home.

Kinglake West Swap Shop
Yes, there they are...the kitchen sinks!

Kinglake West Swap Shop
Cool industrial lights

Car enthusiasts and restorers should also have a poke around this place, which has a few old car parts like light assemblies and an old speedometer - might be just the bit you're looking for!

Kinglake West Swap Shop
Car enthusiasts might just find that part they need.

Kinglake West Swap Shop
For a different sort of car enthusiast...

If you are looking for something more unusual, you will also find it here. When I visited, I found a fountain, a dog kennel, a hard canopy for a ute, a shed, traffic lights, and a dinghy.

Kinglake West Swap Shop
Just what you need for those big parties...

Kinglake West Swap Shop
An old Shell Dentax 90 oil canister.

All the treasures in the Swap Shop are either bought at auctions or from private sellers. If you give them a call, Joe and Luke will come out to you and buy or swap items you have available. Some of the bigger items don't have prices on them because negotiation is a way of life here.

Kinglake West Swap Shop
No self-respecting inner city, single-fronted Victorian house would be complete without a set of these in the kitchen.

Kinglake West Swap Shop
I have no idea what this is, but I like it.

The Kinglake West Swap Shop is open every day except Tuesday, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Drop in - you're bound to find something that tickles your fancy!
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Why? Because you might find that perfect piece
When: Every day except Tuesday, 9am-5pm
Phone: Luke 0401 943 127 or Joe 0418 581 326
Where: Cnr Kinglake-Whittlesea Road and Margaret Street, Kinglake West
Cost: Check the price tags or make an offer
Your Comment
Wow some really bizarre items there.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 2694 days ago
What a treasure trove- thanks for all the info
by Lucy Graham (score: 2|277) 2694 days ago
Thanks Lucy! I really had to restrain myself from buying a few things - hubby has banned me from these places. :) Though the Scalextrix racing car set nearly won me over...
by Anita Coia (score: 2|477) 2694 days ago
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