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Everything old is new again - a guide to vintage shopping

Call it kitsch, retro, recycling, upcycling or vintage; one man’s trash is definitely another’s treasure. Here’s a guide to finding gems around Adelaide.

By Liz H

My mother was a hoarder.

Not your stereotypical hoarder, she collected Tupperware. You know, those colourful, indestructible plastic storage containers with the “burping seal” sold in the 60s and 70s, which are now considered cool and retro. 

If you can’t raid your mum’s pantry like me, here are some places you might find your own Tupperware stash, along with other vintage goods, clothing and curios.

Antique Market, 32 Grote Street
The Antique Market is a jumble of mini stalls from over 20 dealers offering antiques and curios. Leave plenty of time to explore this treasure chest of jewellery, clothing, toys, militaria, and collectables. There is a huge book section out the back too.

Antique Market is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturdays 10am to 2pm.

Fox on the Run, 238 Rundle Street

Specialising in vintage and retro clothing that has been selected by store owner Meghan Fox, you’re sure to find a unique piece here. They also stock some homewares, records and locally handmade products by a range of upcoming names. 

Fox on the Run is open Tuesday to Thursday 11am to 6pm, Friday 11am to 7pm and Saturday 11am to 5pm.

Magill Road
Just 10 minutes’ drive east of the city centre, Magill Road is a haven for vintage-lovers with an array of collectables shops in one precinct.

If you have a penchant for 60s and 70s inspired Nordic furniture, then check out Mid Century Modern and Danish Vintage Modern. If industrial and garage chic is more your style then you can’t go past Rock N Rustic. Pedlars Antiques and Interiors offer 6000 square feet of genuine antiques, curios and collectables all under one Victorian roof. 

Trading hours vary depending on the business. Refer to the Magill Road website. 

Goodwood Road, Kings Park
You’ll find a small, but fascinating little cluster of antique shops on Goodwood Road at Kings Park. While they may look small from the roadside, step inside and you’ll find an Aladdin’s Cave of great quality antiques, art deco and curios. 

Philicia Antiques have a maze of rooms overflowing with unique pieces. South Australian history buffs will spend hours browsing the photos, magazines and postcards of yesteryear, all available to purchase. 

Kings Park Antiques and Collectables specialise in sporting, garagenalia and motoring collectables as well as banking memorabilia. 

Just across the road you’ll find the Clarence Park Bazaar. Purely a clothing and accessories shop, you’ll find everything you need to complete your look whatever the era. From 1920s to 1980s, you can hire from their extensive range of costumes or purchase unique pieces from their quality, eclectic collection. 

Shopping at The Warehouse at Woodside, Adelaide Hills

Shopping at The Warehouse at Woodside, Adelaide Hills

Fleurieu Peninsula
Antique aficionados flock to Strathalbyn on the third weekend of August for the annual Strathalbyn Antique Fair.  

But those in the know, know that anytime is a great time to inspect the many antiques and curios shops that line High Street in this picturesque little country town, just 45 minutes out of Adelaide. 

Trading hours vary depending on the business. Refer to the Strathalbyn website. 

The sleepy little town at the base of the hill is going through a retro revival! You’ll be amazed at the diverse range of collectables on offer at shops such as the Yankalilla Trading Store (just look for the big yellow chook!). Make sure you stop for a bite to eat and milkshake at the funky 21 Junk St Café after you’ve browsed through their shed at the rear.

Adelaide Hills
The hills are alive with the sound of bargain lovers squealing with delight at all the goodies they’ve discovered. Just 20 minutes up the freeway and through the tunnels, enter a world of trinkets and treasures which are ripe for the picking.

A great place to start is The Warehouse @ Woodside. They specialise in tools and hardware so you’re sure to find something for the industrial chic look that is so on trend right now. If you’re wanting something more feminine, head to Magnolia at Oakbank. Beautiful chinaware, fabulous florals and gorgeous jewellery will have you swooning.

Hahndorf has a generous handful of delightful shops. Grass Roots Vintage offers a mix of time-honoured trinkets inside and rare rustic goods out the back. Hugo’s is bursting with quirky and colourful goodies. You’re sure to find some Tupperware pieces here! Mum would be thrilled for you.  

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