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Shopping ian 3/20/2014

The Sydney Antique Centre in Surry Hills is one of Australia’s biggest and best antique emporiums. Over many years your humble blogger has dawdled away a few pleasant hours here and, on a couple of occasions, left with some nice little bargains.

The Antique Centre at 531 South Darling Street is open from 10:00am to 6:00pm, seven days a week (apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday). There are lots of store holders who have wares that may be slotted under categories like furniture, porcelain, glass, jewellery, clocks, watches, kitchenware, lights, Orientalia, rugs, sports memorabilia, books, bottles, dolls, collectables and vintage fashion.

The Sydney Antique Centre turns 40 this year and, on the centre’s website, they note a few historical events that happened the same year, such as:

  • A Royal visit
  • Construction began on the Australian National Gallery in Canberra
  • 7,176 people were charged with offenses relating to marijuana
  • The country slumped into recession
  • Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin
  • And, also in December, the Sydney Antique Centre opened!


The best way to enjoy the centre is to approach it as if you are visiting a fair rather than a shop and how, with serendipity on your side, you may discover some little trinket or treasure that simply has your name on it. Who knows, it may be a charming little black dress, a fez, a tea set, a celluloid doll, a Nepalese carved monkey, a bronze Buddha, petrol bowser advertising memorabilia or, in my case, an 1813 toddy ladle.

And there is a great little café called Biroska – perhaps not what you would expect inside an antique centre but it gets rave reviews on its Facebook page. It opens for breakfast, brunch and coffee and also is a purveyor of Brazilian produce like farofa, café pilao, erva mate, serenta de amor, pacoquinha and acai or caju juice.

For more info and a list of dealers, visit the Sydney Antique Centre website.



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