Barter Buys is a wonderland of unique antique collectables and vintage furniture. Located along Queen Street in Kensington, this paradise should be your first stop on the road to finding the most rare trinket items. From teaspoons to music boxes and everything in between, Barter Buys has it all. Make sure to give yourself ample time to explore this antique store, which spans across an entire two storey home.
Details: 167 Queen St, South Kensington, Johannesburg | 011 615 6920 | [email protected]
Another Queen Street must-visit is Ye Old Collector. With an extensive collection of porcelain treasures, this is the place to shop for all things old and interesting. Just be careful not to knock anything over in this crowded store of glassware, plates and fine china sets. Ye Olde Collector also stocks vintage furniture, pocket watches and old clocks with so much character you will find it difficult to leave without one.
Details: 156 Queen Street, Kensington, Johannesburg | 011 616 3578 | [email protected]
Take a trip out to the East to visit Uncle Tim's Centre in Benoni. This Victorian-style retail centre is a treasure trove of second-hand books, military memorabilia, antiques and unique gifts. Give yourself ample time to wander around here, discovering all of its one-of-a-kind trinkets. After all that shopping, pop into the Secret Garden restaurant for a delicious milkshake and yummy eats. The centre also hosts regular collectors fairs and craft markets, so keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.
Details: 40 High Road, Brentwood Park, Benoni, Gauteng | 010 590 8003 | [email protected]
The next stop on your journey to find priceless collector's items should be The Warehouse Antiques and Collectables in Edenvale. With a huge selection of antique furniture, silverware, ornaments and paintings, this is the ideal place to scout out some worthwhile buys. The Warehouse Antiques and Collectables is also a great store to find vintage upcycle pieces for your home, so visit them as soon as you can.
Details: 147, 7th Avenue, Edenvale, Gauteng | 082 416 3709 | [email protected]
If there is one suburb in Johannesburg known for its variety and quality of antiques and collectables, it's Orange Grove. Just on the border of this suburb is Alshebrugar Collectables - a dedicated vintage barware store. From retro Coca-Cola signage to quirky bar stools and everything in between, Alshebrugar Collectables offers you a trip straight back into the mid-20th century.
Details: 27 Alexandria Street, Sandringham, Johannesburg | 084 843 9417 | [email protected]
Finding out-of-print or collector's editions of your favourite books can be an unrewarding task. Especially if you plan to pursue it without the guidance of Bookdealers, who have been in the business of second-hand, collectable and new books for over 30 years! You can search for books on their online store, or visit them in-store for expert assistance. If they do not have your desired book in stock, they will help you hunt it down. They even have a few inscribed titles by famous authors, so be sure to check out one of their branches located around Johannesburg.
Details: 011 440 7936 | [email protected]
Finally, we have Serial Thrillers. A store brimming with must-have collector's pieces, situated within the heart of the rose gardens at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia. If you are looking for first edition comic books, this is the place for you. They stock the likes of Asterix and Obelix, The Adventures of Tintin and Betty and Veronica, as well as classic children's books and adult fiction alike. You can also find vinyl records, figurines and art work here, often available at discount prices.
Details: Olifants Rd, Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia, Johannesburg | 061 448 2933
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