Whether you are a collector, treasure hunter, vintage lover or just looking for an amazing piece for your wall, floor or self, the Southern Antique Centre on the Princes Highway, Kogarah will take your breath away. And a few hours of your day as well. Distinguishable by the colourful graffiti adorning the walls as you drive by, this little shop will surprise. Owners Kim and Michael, who will be celebrating 19 years in the business this July, house over 20 Antiques Dealers under the one roof. This place is big, with many rooms to explore. But, don't forget to look up as the treasures continue above you with loads of amazing things hanging from the ceiling. In every single room.
Spice up your home with funky coloured glassware or industrial metal signs
With so many dealers under one roof, here, you will find everything you could possibly imagine to find. From quality porcelain and china, display cabinets, jewellery, glassware, furniture, books, collectibles, Australiana, vintage fashion, old records and much much more. There is pretty much something for everyone and, unlike some Antique shops, their prices are reasonable and their layout cohesive. With online shopping also available, why not visit the website which features an easy to follow category list and pictures. They also hold regular market days on a Sunday where there are lots of bargains to be had. Information on dates will appear in the news section of the website.
Testament to the range and quality of items you can find here, the Southern Antique Centre is also a favourite go-to place of the film industry, having supplied props for several high profile movies including Australia (Nicole Kidman's bath), The Great Gatsby, Mission Impossible (a range of vintage briefcases), A Place Called Home, Babe and more. They also hire out for photo shoots and staging.
For vintage clothing lovers, there is a great space to play dress- up and find something unique. Bags, clothing, shoes, hats and costume jewellery abound in this pandora's box of colourful treasures. There is a funky curtained change room where you can put together your one of a kind vintage outfit as you try on some of these fabulous pieces.
You could really work up an appetite exploring every nook and cranny here so it is just as well they also have a Café that serves really good coffee and food. The Laughing Goat Café. One of those fabulously quirky and eclectic spaces with great home made food and cakes. Run by Kim and Michael's daughter Jenna and her partner Todd, the café delivers meals made with fresh ingredients and passion, with some secret family recipes thrown in.
On the day I visited, I was torn between the best selling Feta and Zucchini Fritter and the Veggie Stack but opted for the latter. It came with sourdough bread and Todd's homemade babaganoush - which was outstanding. The veges were tasty and fresh and marinated on site. My partner enjoyed the Black Tiger Prawns in homemade salt and pepper crust and we finished off with Jenna's specialty dessert of Rhubarb Crumble which was made with her Grandmother's home grown rhubarb. "Home made" is not a term they throw around loosely here, it really is and it was delicious.
The café is BYO, serves an all day breakfast, has a kids menu and is also available for catering. They are open 7 days until 4.30pm. For further information, please check the website
The Southern Antique Centre is open 7 days 10am - 5pm. For all the latest information please visit the Facebook page