Everyone knows that Sydney is a pilgrimage site for lovers of the beach, health foods, and spectacular harbourside views, however, Sydney is lesser known for its thriving antique and vintage scene.
Hidden amongst the flashy menswear shops, sneaker stores and tailors that embellish every inch of the CBD, are hidden goldmines of fabulous antique furniture and vintage collectables. In an unsustainable world of fast fashion, perhaps it’s time to swim against the current with this list of Sydney’s best stores for pre-loved goodies.
The Vault Sydney
A world away from the stereotype of the crowded, dimly-lit antique store, The Vault in Rosebery is a historical treasure trove with a sleek, modern layout. Thoroughly modern with a light, airy interior, this is where antique gems and modern design collide to create a masterpiece of a store. The enthusiastic owners, Phoebe and Jeremy, are eager to share their plethora of knowledge on each item, including Italian, French, Spanish & English Antique & 20th Century furniture, objects, and art.
Address: 377 Gardeners Rd, Rosebery, 2018
Phone: 0414 502 159
Vampt Vintage Design
If you need a splash of Sweden in your sitting room or a dash of Denmark on your dresser, Vampt Vintage should be top of your list! Specialising in mid-century antiques from Scandanavia, Europe and Australia, Vampt Vintage stocks timeless classics alongside lesser-known pieces, all restored to investment standard. Forward-thinking owners Dave and Maxine were united in their passion for antiques and their refreshing take on a vintage outlet demonstrates that an appreciation of the past can be channelled innovation for the future. All items in the store are guaranteed authentic, yet the business maintains a commitment to high-quality, sustainable furniture as its top priority.
Address: 486-490 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, 2010
Phone: 02 9699 1089
The Design Ark
Designed for those who dare to be different, The Design Ark is a one-stop-shop for all things quirky and eclectic. Not only a hub for creative design, this Eastern Suburbs store has a passion for sustainability and is the ideal place to shop for repurposed or upcycled items to at eco-friendly flourishes to your home or office.
Address: 125A Houston Rd, Kingsford, 2032
Phone: 0490 806 597
Mitchell Road Antique & Design Centre
If urban grunge and character are your jam, then you’re sure to froth over Mitchell Road Antique & Design Centre. Pushing back against sleek, modern showrooms, this 2,300 square metre warehouse is bustling with hobbyists, collectors, stylists, and dealers, selling every variety of vintage goods imaginable. This Aladdin’s cave of antiques is the place to head for pre-loved 19th and 20th-century items and unique wonders that you can’t find anywhere else.
Address: 17 Bourke Rd, Alexandria, 2015
Phone: 02 9698 0907
Retro Funk and Junk
No glossy marketing is needed to advertise this Marrickville outlet- the stunning range of high-quality retro, vintage, and modernist antiques speak for themselves. Intimate, but bursting with personality, Retro Funk and Junk specialises in furniture, homewares, and lighting, however, they also stock a range of vintage clothing from the 1940’s-present.
Address: 1/12 Faversham Street, Marrickville, 2204
Phone: 0437 000 694
This avant-garde antique outlet specialises in industrial furniture and decorative objects sourced from all over the globe. The store was founded in 2003 by Leanne Carter-Taylor, who travels the world to seek out the very best pieces to showcase in the Quintessential duckeggBLUE collection. Each item is restored with care to premium condition, ready to take pride of place in your home or workplace.
Address: 487 Darling Street, Balmain, 2041
Phone: 0419 504 101
Potts Point Galleries
If you’re looking to do business with the top dogs of the antique world, you can’t get much better than Pott’s Point Galleries. Home to some of Australia’s most respected and qualified dealers in antiques and decorative art, here you can indulge your antique obsession with the help of an elite specialist. Pott’s Point can offer up a plethora of rare and unusual treasures, including antiques from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Retro eras.
Address: 67 MacLeay Street, Sydney, 2011
Phone: 02 9357 2033
Venture out of the city to Forest Lodge and head through the little red door into this antique wonderland. Whilst browsing the selection of oddities at Salvage 42, take time to admire the quality of item preservation and the impressive displays of ornaments. Make sure to visit regularly as the stock changes every week!
Address: 42 Ross Street, Forest Lodge, 2037
Phone: 02 9660 2184
Open for exploration seven days a week, venture into the antique jungle of Lunatiques, Sydney’s largest warehouse for a bespoke shopping experience. With the tagline ‘crazy for anything old’, Lunatiques represents a collaboration of artists, creators, and dealers and boasts the title of world’s largest vintage and antique chandelier stockist. If you’re looking for something ultra-rare, the warehouse team will be more than happy to supply you with custom-made tables and furnishings for a truly unique design.
Address: 2 Kent Road, Mascot, 2020
Phone: 0488 043 232
An organised mess of antiques and vintage props and providing services in buying, selling, renting and consignments await you at Vintage 585. Known for their exclusive discounts, the friendly team may offer a killer deal when you purchase multiple items, so this is a great place to get bang for your buck.
Address: 585 King Street, Newtown, 2042
Phone: 0430 160 658
In a homely corner of Parramatta, addVintage supplies the best in modernist furniture, including retro, Danish and Eames-era furnishings, and collectables. The family-run business carefully and considerately restores antiques, taking pride in expert craftsmanship and personally tailored customer service. The fabulous team aims to cater to individual style and budget, making addVintage the ultimate destination for a wholly personalised shopping experience.
Address: 117 Parramatta Rd, Annandale, 2038
Phone: 02 9560 8883
Sustainable style is all the rage, and Juliet’s Balcony has stepped up to the plate with its enormous range of pre-loved furniture. Specialising in mid-century Australian items inspired by the Scandinavian and Danish modernist style, this outlet is the place to find the likes of work by George Korody, Paul Kafka, Rosando and Dario Zoureff. Bear in mind, however, that the showroom is only open on Saturdays or by appointment.
Address: 423 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill, 2203
Phone: 0408 609 879
tangerine & teal
The brainchild of Kiwi sisters Vanessa and Sacha, tangerine and teal houses a plethora of mid-century modern furniture which the duo restore and re-home. Nestled within the collection can be found works by legendary historic designers from Otto Larsen to Fred Lowen, and if that’s not enough to entice a visit, the team also offers pick-up and drop-off services, reupholstering and wood and veneer repairs.
Address: 1/8 Orchard Road, Brookvale, 2020
Phone: 0403 914 154