As a fan of all things retro, recycled and vintage, a trip to an antique centre is nothing short of the perfect weekend activity for our family.
When our favourite antique warehouse in Mornington closed its doors in favour of a homeware development superstore a few years ago, we were quite devastated, and questioned whether we'd ever find a replacement antique centre to fill our rainy days.
Strolling dusty isles of memorabilia, feasting our eyes on made-to-last antique furniture in all its beauty, and filling our minds with nostalgia is what we missed most.
Waverley Antique Bazaar also consists of a huge warehouse (5,500 Square Feet) filled with antique furniture, kitchenware, vintage clothing, pictures, collectable toys, comic book collectables, jewellery, crockery, machinery, musical instruments, tools and so much more.
Without small children in tow (as we do) one could literally spend hours upon hours searching for treasures. Our time in antique venues can sometimes cut short as little people can get a little tired. Having said that, our little boy will quite happily spend the duration exploring Star Wars and superhero toy memorabilia at Waverley Antique Bazaar.
Star Wars Memorabilia
It is worth noting, that antique centres such as this one, do not sell goods at 'op shop' prices. Op shops will likely sell a prized retro piece at a bargain price unknowingly, whereas antique dealers selling their wares in antique centres, will know the true value of their pieces.
Having said that, bargains can and will be found. If you appreciate vintage, and do not mind parting with a bit of extra cash for a prized antique piece, this will be a place worth visiting. We still believe you'll find antique, retro and vintage pieces cheaper here than you would do on online auction sites, or specialised antique stores.
If vintage suitcases could talk
Even if you're not particularly on the hunt to buy antiques, Waverley Antique Bazaar will be worth a visit for a trip down nostalgia lane.
Where: 11a Aristoc Road, Glen Waverley, Victoria Opening Hours: Open 7 days a week from 10am-5pm
I have visited this place before and there is some really cool stuff in there. This was reopened by the person that first started the Mornington antiques and many of the stall holders now sell out of here.