Antique shopping in Tasmania
If you are a lover of vintage clothing or secondhand suitcases, old school cameras and antique furniture, a trip to Tasmania for a stop of op-shopping should be on your list of things to do. Tasmania is home to many treasures stashed away in many a trove. Established and colonised by our European and British counter parts, Tasmania or Van Diemens Land as it was originally named, was settled by convicts and military guards sent to develop agriculture and other industries. They brought with them trinkets of the mother land, provincial furniture, knick-knacks and tea time. Trinkets of the past haunt the corners of antique stores and gift shops, ghosts of generations long ago sit still in decades-old portraits and photographs. While there are many places to visit, there are a few standout hideaways rich in culture and a novelty to see.
If you happen to be in Launceston, a trip to the Youngtown City Mission is a must see. Here you will find old cameras and tea cups, leather travel trunks that fold out into miniature wardrobes, doctors bags and suitcases, all in wonderful condition for their age. There are piles of old photographs, paintings and portraits sitting behind photo frames and beside newly built furniture. If gaming is your thing this op-shop also occasionally carries old Nintendo consoles and cartridges, game boys and Segas. If your planning on driving around Tassie, head to Devonport to visit Reliquaire, a gift shop and antique store. While the facade is made up of new accessories and imports, novelty fortune telling puppets and toys, if you venture further inside you will find a spectacular library of vintage books. Stroll through aisles of old toys and dolls, signposts and clothes. Everything from furs and Kate to glo-mesh and scarves, this is a little gem tucked away in Devonport. On your way, stop in at Sheffield, the town of murals, and visit The Emporium. It is essentially a giant warehouse and hoarders delight where you will find terribly old cameras, lenses, binoculars and telescopes, generally in working condition. You will come across Metallica records and record players, old leather goods and a few empty bullet casings, this place has it all with its country charm and claustrophobic interior, but do not shy away from it, for you may just find that perfect item that wins your heart and takes pride of place on the mantel.
If you plan to head south drip into Bizarre Bazaar on Elizabeth Street in Hobart, a wonderful store dedicated to sourcing vintage clothing such as leather jackets, tweed coats, cowboy boots and paisley shirts, the occasional scarf and belt ensemble can also be tucked away in the corner. If your looking for something a little more refined and higher on the dollar scale, walk up to Hello Gorgeous Vintage on Barack Street. While the owners hand pick each item dated between the forties and nineties, the service does leave a little to be desired, however if you want vintage in excellent condition this is the place to go. Just a short forty five minute drive from Hobart is New Norfolk, a lovely country town home to many, many antique stores, my favourites are the Antique Emporium and New Norfolk Antiques. The Antique Emporium is massive and holds everything from furniture and old vehicles to clothing and toys, tea cups, jewellery and books, truly a wonderful resource for the avid antiquer. New Norfolk Antiques is a beautiful establishment filled to the brim with excellent condition genuine antiques brought from France and Italy, including furs and provincial furniture. It is here you will find preservation jars, stamps, rugs, boots and more, a truly beautiful visit.
In Tasmania you will find that behind every Cotton On, Myer and Sportsgirl is a little alley or street leading to an I dependant business filled to the brim with remnants of the past, ghost of generations long gone remain in the old undeveloped films found in vintage cameras and trinkets of times long ago will enchant you and make you wistful for the good old days of black and white television, wind up cars and the prohibition. Tasmania is a wonderful resource for old things and mixed media artist supplies, do not let the modern exterior fool you, for within you will find that time has been preserved into trinkets and treasures.