Sure, you can head to your local shopping centre and get some mass-produced homewares… but it’s so much more satisfying (and better for the environment!) to hunt for a unique find at an antique store. Here are nine of our favourites around Perth to spend an afternoon exploring.
Dr. Russell’s Imaginarium
We’re down for any excuse to have a hunt through the antique stores of Guildford, but Dr. Russell’s Imaginarium is worth a trip of its own. This treasure trove is absolutely jam-packed with antique and vintage collectables, and we could spend hours and hours exploring their wares. Whether you’re looking for a full French dressing table-turned-vanity for your bathroom reno, an antique top hat (with travel case, of course), retro Star Wars collectibles or even some raunchy pinup plates for your next afternoon tea – the Imaginarium is the place to let yourself get carried away.
Rear Courtyard, 175 James Street, Guildford
Neighbouring Dr Russell’s Imaginarium, Curio Warehouse is full of collectables that balance the fine line between chic and quirky. As well as some impeccable condition mid-century Danish furniture, they’ve also got oodles of homewares that are perfect whether you’re a minimalist or a maximalist; think Bitossi ceramic lamp base, a brass and teak starburst clock, or a striking Holmegaard glass vase. Even better – these guys have a rental service, so your next event can be complemented by the perfect vintage decor.
4/175 James Street, Guildford
This is the vintage haven of your dreams. Located in Wembley, you won’t be able to miss the cherry-red Bluebird Vintage, with its quirky wares spilling onto the street. As well as an oh-so-charming range of vintage fashion, Bluebird Vintage stocks an extensive range of homewares, furniture, collectibles, bric-a-brac and more – all with a fun, quirky and colourful twist.
288 Cambridge Street, Wembley
Horatio and Agatha’s Vintage Supplies
If you’re shopping for the person who has it all, the friendly folks at Horatio and Agatha’s will be sure to find something unique. Stocking vintage jewellery and adornments, as well as a large selection of knick-knacks, homewares and kitchenwares. They also have new jewellery, plus wares made by local artists on offer – so you can support local makers, too!
Shop 1, 31 Archer Street, Carlisle
If you’re looking for light, bright and fun, Old Values is a must-visit. Perched next to the Cool Room, it’s filled with quirky one-of-a-kind finds that perfectly match the easy-breezy Freo vibes. Giant ceramic tigers, West German pottery, even skateboards – it’s a retro, kitsch-lover’s paradise!
3/114 Holland Street, Fremantle
King William Antiques
Venturing into King William Antiques is like being transported to another world. Packed with antique wares from all over the globe, you’re sure to find something truly special – from mid-century lighting, to Victorian pink lustres, Japanese lacquered boxes, or even Qing Dynasty opium pillows. No you can’t pick those up just anywhere, can you?
15A King William Street, Bayswater
For mid-century and art deco furniture gold, look no further than Vintage Emporium in Maylands. Make sure you’re bank balance is looking healthy before you go for a quick browse of their Instagram, flush with some beautiful vintage tables, sideboards, drawers and more. Popping into the shop you’ll find a healthy array of knick knacks and a very friendly owner happy to chat you through any and all of it.
216a Whatley Cres, Maylands
Goodwood Antiques and Collectables
Another Guildford gem, Goodwood Antiques have got everything from vast dining tables to tiny trinkets. Searching for the perfect assortment of brass candlesticks? A rustic French copper bowl? An amazing, huge, starburst mirror? An absolutely stunning set of marble and brass pharmacy scales? By golly, they’ve got it. Whether your vibe is rustic or Rococo, you’ll be in heaven.
44 East Street, Guildford
South Perth Antiques and Collectables
Obviously there’s not only something in the water in Guildford, but in Carlisle too. Just down the road, you’ll find South Perth Antiques and Collectables. As well as a pretty snazzy collection of mid-century Danish furniture (we’re only human!), there are plenty of homewares and collectables on offer: Lladro figures, Murano glassware or even Nippon moriage ware hand painted vases. When they say “Antiques of All Description”, they’re not kidding!
5/22 Cohn Street, Carlisle
So Last Century
Vintage design concept store So Last Century is almost overflowing with a delightful mix of mid-century furniture, vintage homewares and objet d’art. Not taking vintage too seriously, expect to see some wild upholstery prints, kitsch homewares and more – a must-visit for vintage lovers, even those whose purse strings are a little tighter.
745 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
Header image: Bluebird Vintage