From 19th-century French law bibles to vinyls of the Spice Girls, these Sydney stores have it all. Words by Shitika Anand.
1. Seasonal Concepts
Expect a fresh whiff of seasonal flowers and earthiness of timber at this flower shop. Housed in an 1856 engineer’s workshop, Seasonal Concepts is a treasure trove of around 40 pieces of taxidermy, from peacocks to stags, which sit in contrast with brightly-hued crockery. Buy your weekly blooms or pick up an old English tea biscuit tin.
Details 122 Redfern Street, Redfern; 0430 044 383
2. Quintessential duckeggBLUE
From the set of The Great Gatsby to a millionaire’s pad in Manhattan, these vintage pieces have travelled the world. You’ll find high-quality reclaimed industrial furniture from the 1800s to the 1960s. There’s modernism hidden amidst its teal-tinted sofas; but the vintage appeal still lingers in the French calligraphy notebooks and the rusted 1890s dumbbell set.
Details 497 Darling Street, Balmain; 02 9810 4330; quintessentialduckeggblue.com.au
3. Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre
With 70 dealers selling their vintage pride under the same roof, this organised chaos of time periods brings together an energetic diversity. At Mitchell Road, you’ll need a sharp eye for detail when you enter this graffiti-clad emporium or you may miss out on things like a case of original Toohey’s Draught from 1987. It’s like a trip to vintage IKEA.
Details 76 Mitchell Road, Alexandria; 02 9698 0907
4. Ici et la
If it’s not the baritone voice of Frank Sinatra coming from an old gramophone that draws you in, then the appeal of sifting through treasures from France and Belgium should do it – vintage bikes, French law books, Nicoise deck chairs and pharmaceutical medicine bottles are up for grabs.
Details 7 Nickson Street, Surry Hills; 02 8399 1173; icietla.com.au
5. Chee Soon & Fitzgerald
Possibly Sydney’s most recognised vintage homewares store for 18 years. Specialising in bespoke textile and furnishings like Japanese kimono silks and iconic prints from Finland’s Marimekko, their made-to-order design service draws people from all over Australia, be it for lampshades, curtains or cushions.
Details 173 Regent Street, Redfern; 02 8399 1305; cheesoonfitzgerald.com