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WORDS BY IZZY WIGHT
Vintage and antique furniture, housewares, objects and much more.
There’s something so wonderfully indulgent about buying a really unique piece for your home. We’re not talking routine purchases of storage vases, potted plants, or plates and bowls (to replace the ones you’ve inevitably broken). Finding that one-of-a-kind object in the back of a vintage store – or at the bottom of your Instagram feed – is a special feeling.
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Not only have you found something that no one else (or very few) will have, but you’ve also done your part by being kinder to the planet. Here in the Fashion Journal, we’re always a stickler for second-hand shopping—and our homes are no different. Below, find a growing list of the best stores to start your vintage furniture collection.
Ma House Supply Store
Ma House Supply Store is the shopping branch of Collingwood home, photo shoot and event space, Ma House. Owned and curated by Ben Mooney (with help from his dog Goody), the store offers an eclectic mix of old and new furniture, flowers and objects.
Curates Spaces makes slow purchases a little easier. Its combination of handcrafted and handcrafted furniture allows you to fill your cart with rare and beautiful pieces without the guilt of wasting resources.
Curated by Melburnians Stephanie Lane and Holly Thompson, Goodspace collects, restores and sells antique furniture and objects that will add an eye-catching element to your home.
Mood Objects, Melbourne’s vintage hub, stocks all types of sustainably sourced sofas, tables, lamps, shelves and more. Offering beautiful homewares for a variety of budgets, Mood Objects has everything from coveted Togo sofas to 1990s Ikea.
East Hastings family shop So Vintage offers the best in antique French furniture and design to a bevy of stylish New Zealand shoppers. Harvested across France, So Vintage stocks pieces from the 1930s and beyond. Think farmhouse-chic tables, art deco chairs, and vintage industrial lighting.
Smith Street Bazaar
Smith Street Bazaar, a Melbourne institution, is “Fitzroy’s oldest established vintage design collective”. Co-owners Eddy Opmanis and Eryca Green curate a mix of mid-century and modern objects from around the world. From big-ticket items to small trinkets, the bazaar is a great place to spend an afternoon exploring.
Founded by Ed Klein in 2009, Grandfather’s Ax is a favorite spot for Melbourne locals looking to make their house a home. With a focus on affordability and sustainability, Grandfather’s Ax offers a selection of high-quality mid-century vintage furniture and housewares. Visit the showroom for an experience or order online for door-to-door delivery.
With a distinct eye for emerging trends, Ron Goh (@mrhomebody on Instagram) blends new styles with his own personal aesthetic to find furniture and decor pieces that will elevate any room.
Based in Sydney and Brisbane, Sauc.d offers vintage furniture and homewares with a fun twist. Her pieces play with bright colors and unique shapes and guarantee joy even in the most monotonous spaces.
Celebrated Australian furniture designer and collector Rachel Donath opened her inventory to the public in 2020. Her artfully curated selection of contemporary and antique pieces is always rotating, so you’re sure to find a gem if you keep an eye on Rachel’s IG.
Dan and Emma Eagle are co-owners and curators of Mr Bigglesworthy, an Auckland vintage shop that champions contemporary design. Hailing from across New Zealand, the shop sustainably collects and restores a modernist selection of sofas, tables, dresses and more. If you can’t get there IRL, you can buy it from the online store.
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