WOOLLOONGABBA ANTIQUE CENTRE
THE CHANGING FACE OF ANTIQUES FOR THE 21st CENTURY
Located at: 22 Wellington Road, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
Even now at her tender young age, centre founder Sarah Jane Walsh has seventeen years of antique and collectable trading behind her. Starting as a teenager selling at bric a brac markets, Sarah Jane graduated to the stores "Almost Famous" located in Paddington and New Farm. Inspired by Mid-Century and Art Deco furniture, vintage clothing and eclectic homewares that come with a story, Sarah Jane is truly a vintage pioneer.
Woolloongabba Antique Centre is the culmination of her career so far. An Antique Centre that brings antique selling to a new generation. A centre that, whilst naturally steeped in respect and appreciation for the past, has a modern and progressive approach. No dusty corners and sleepy dealers at the WAC.
Woolloongabba Antique Centre stocks an exciting range of unique homewares. We stock furniture from all eras with an emphasis on the mid twentieth century. We also specialise in Industrial and up-cycled styles and we have a vast selection of vintage clothing from the twenties to the nineties. Looking for Jewellery, militaria, pottery and ceramics? They are all well represented here. Naturally there is something for the avid collector with everything from matchboxes to toys, tins, dolls, gasoline bric a brac, Hollywood glamour era, movie memorabilia and trench art. You name it, we have it.
We have a fabulous fifties style cafe. A place where everyone likes to hang out with an ever-increasing popularity with generation X and Y. Our coffee is excellent so you can make a day of shopping here with this mid-shop-pit-stop. We would also like to point out the sixty other antique and collectable dealers located in the Woolloongabba Antique Precinct so this is the destination to head to for a unique shopping adventure- Woolloongabba also boasts some of Brisbane's best dining, both casual, cafe/bar and formal. So for shopping with a little flair and individuality in Brisbane head to the Woolloongabba Antique Precinct.
How did it begin? - Sarah Jane's passion for quirky recycling was sparked as a child growing up in her country hometown, Tamworth, NSW. Watching her mum sew together dance costumes from old material and having a large extended family produced an abundance of 'hand me downs' and many occasions to 'Dress up'. Sarah Jane recalls many a game of 'dress ups', which led to a passion she just couldn't shake.
After many years of 'doing the markets' around Brisbane, Sarah Jane opened her first Vintage themed store in Paddington with an overwhelming success. Almost a year to the day of opening her first store, Sarah Jane opened a second store in New Farm, Brisbane. And then on the 1st of July 2009 after years of researching to find the 'right' building, Sarah Jane and partner Paul Butler opened the Antiques Superstore in Woolloongabba.
The history of the building lies with Copeland and Pickers tent makers who occupied the fantastic 'Saw toothed' industrial building in Wellington Road for over 30 years. The current owner completed a 1 Million dollar renovation to bring the building back to its original glory. Keeping all the industrial aspects intact, the most stunning feature is the industrial era gantry crane that towers over the main showroom, a truly unique industrial artifact.
This Antiques Centre is the only one in Brisbane which houses over 60 dealers under the one roof. We are air-conditioned and have a dedicated undercover customer car park. An easy access loading dock makes both our customers and dealers lives easier.
Sarah Jane's work as an Assistant Director in Film and TV gave her a great insight as to what designers were looking for and what works in design. Sarah Jane has an amazing ability to pull together a themed shoot for a production company with record speed, searching high and low for the right 'props' or costumes. Paul Butler has directed hundreds of documentaries, television commercials and music clips for his production company Fifty Fifty Films. His work has been seen on commercial television and he has worked for major brands and famous bands in his commercial work. In Woolloongabba Antique Centre they combine their considerable energy, commercial skill and creative talents to create what is a wonderful new retail experience, as well as Brisbane's biggest antique destination.
The Woolloongabba Antique Centre is an amazing mix of Eclectic styles. From traditional Australian antiques to Rockabilly to L'Art Nouveau. Sarah Jane having art directed numerous television commercials, photo shoots and music videos, she finds more often than not, designers now come to her for interesting and unique pieces to show in their own advertisements. The Film industry use this new centre as their 'one stop prop shop'. Sarah Jane is able to contact the dealers and have them ALL hunt for an item of a particular era, which may be the 'secret star' in the next film or TV Advertisement. For example Sarah Jane had a phone call from channel nines 60 minutes program; Within days of the phone call Sarah Jane was flown to Sydney to appear in a story on Modern Feminism and the working women v's stay at home mums of today compared with the 1950's. It was a whirlwind trip that had them set dressing in the 1950's housewife style, and they sure knew how to look the part! They were interviewed by the wonderfully kind Ellen Fanning, who happens to be a Brisbane girl herself.
We would love you to visit our centre located at 22 Wellington Road, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
Ph: 07 3392 1114