Melbourne is more than just good coffee and trendy hipsters.
Known for its eclectic combination of styles that turn heads and break boundaries, Melbourne offers some of the best antiquing adventures in Australia.
Whether you’re a sucker for all things ‘60s or just looking for a trip down memory lane, Melbourne has a treasure trove of antique stores to satisfy your vintage cravings.
These are some of our favourites.
Best Antique Stores in Melbourne
Model No. 143 – 803 High St, Thornbury
Get your fill of old-school furniture and goodies from the ‘50s to the ‘80s in this funky store. Model No. 143 is spilling with retro furniture, lighting, wall art, and unique gift ideas. You’ll feel like you’re stepping onto a scene out of Mad Men; all that’s missing is a glass of scotch.
Great for: Giving your living room a swanky retro makeover.
Top tip: These guys offer gift vouches, perfect for sharing the vintage love with your loved ones.
The Junk Company – 583 Elizabeth St, Melbourne
Cancel your plans for afternoon tea at your Grandma’s, because you’ll need hours to trawl through this wonderland of yesteryear. The Junk Company has everything from furniture, lighting and glassware to toys, music memorabilia, and militaria. Their huge range is also available to buy online, so you can up your vintage cred without leaving your house (or changing out of your pyjamas).
Great for: Finding a quirky piece to add character to your home.
Top tip: Check out their range of vintage suitcases and boxes, perfect for adding storage space to your home in a fun and interesting way.
Lost and Found Market – 511 Lygon St, Brunswick East
Lost and Found Market is held in a huge 1,000m² warehouse and has over 60 antique dealers. Take your time to wander through stalls of furniture, fashion, books, records, and collectibles. With such an eclectic range of vintage items from all eras, you’re sure to leave with something you love.
Great for: Adding to your wardrobe of retro outfits.
Top tip: Your 2-door hatchback won’t cut it when you find yourself lusting over larger pieces. Come equipped with a ute or trailer and take advantage of the front and rear parking.
Smith Street Bazaar – 305 Smith St, Fitzroy
If you’re digging the mid-century modern Danish look (and who isn’t?), Smith Street Bazaar is a must-do. Run by 12 experienced vintage design traders, this is your go-to for sleek retro furniture and unique vintage lighting (hello, stunning chandeliers!).
Great for: Mid-century modern Danish pieces.
Top tip: If you’re looking for something specific that you can’t find in store, give Smith Street Bazaar your request and they’ll try to source it for you.
Rellik Vintage Warehouse – 16 Montefiore St, Fairfield
Passionate about vintage goodies and animals? You’ll love Rellik Vintage Warehouse, a not-for-profit store selling retro furniture, clothing, records, and collectibles to raise money for Lort Smith Animal Hospital. Come for the old-school goodness and stay for cuddles with adorable resident pooch, Odie.
Great for: Finding sturdy old timber furniture for your upcycling projects.
Top tip: Hit two birds with one stone and visit Rellik with a car full of your own preloved stuff to donate.
Tarlo & Graham – 202 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
From tribal art to taxidermy, Tarlo & Graham is filled with interesting curiosities from yesteryear. Their eclectic range is listed online, but it’s best to take the time to discover the unique pieces in person.
Great for: Eye-catching decoratives and homewares you won’t find in regular stores.
Top tip: Take advantage of Tarlo & Graham’s property styling service to increase your chances of selling your home.
How Bazaar – 308 Melbourne Rd, North Geelong
With over 20 years’ experience sourcing, buying and selling antiques and collectibles, it’s safe to say Pete and Andrea of How Bazaar know their stuff. This huge 1,000m² space is filled with furniture, homewares, glassware, jewellery, and more from all eras. Pick up a new piece of artwork for that blank wall, or grab yourself a funky new frock from the ‘50s.
Great for: Ticking off your Christmas list with unique gift ideas from days gone by.
Top tip: This massive shed is filled top to bottom with vintage goodies. Take some water, snacks and a friend, and make a day of it!
20th Century Scandinavia – 79 Lygon St, Brunswick East
Mid-century modern Scandi style is back in a big way, and it isn’t going anywhere. If you’ve felt the urge to upgrade your home with this chic style, 20th Century Scandinavia can deliver the goods. Their stock comes straight from Denmark, with new pieces showing up every 6-8 weeks and newly restored pieces arriving every week.
Great for: Staying ahead of the Scandi style trend with genuine mid-century Scandinavian furniture.
Top tip: These guys offer layby – you just need to pay a 25% deposit and pay off your goods within 28 days.
Nook Vintage – 258 Johnston St, Fitzroy
The massive Nook Vintage warehouse space is filled with the kind of vintage and industrial bits and pieces that Pinterest dreams are made of. Deck out your home with unique furniture, old maps, pigeonholes, and other rare finds.
Great for: Adding character to your home with one-of-a-kind industrial pieces. They even make tables and trestles to measure.
Top tip: Don’t have a ute or trailer? Nook Vintage delivers locally at no extra cost, so you won’t have to say goodbye to that larger piece you fall in love with.
Red Rider – 105 Grey St, St Kilda
Offering quality vintage furniture and homewares without the scary price-tag, Red Rider is a smorgasbord of 20th century modern, Danish modern and industrial pieces. Their beautifully restored furniture gives you a piece of the past with a contemporary twist.
Great for: Mid-century modern lovers.
Top tip: Red Rider’s stock turnover is pretty fast, so keep an eye on the website for new pieces.
Get ready for your antiquing adventure in Melbourne with our ultimate guide to antiquing. Or, if you’ve gone overboard with your antiques and need to put a few items into storage, this storage guide for fancy things is just what the doctor ordered.