Shop Ipswich’s Heritage

As Queensland's oldest provincial city, you can BET Ipswich has a bunch of great antique shops. Here's where to find them!
20 Oct 2020

More than your average shopping trip! This unique collection of antique shops in and around Ipswich, offering vintage wares and more are housed in some of the regions finest buildings, each boasting their own piece of local history.

With the largest number of pre-1945 homes in Queensland as well as numerous heritage listed commercial buildings, Ipswich has plenty to offer the avid history buff. Originally a mining settlement, Ipswich’s history began in 1827 with much of its original architectural, natural and cultural heritage still left untouched in the area.

But the history doesn’t stop at the architecture, the Ipswich area also boasts an impressive collection of vintage and antique shops. Hop in the car and travel the Ipswich area admiring the historical beauties, while you browse these gorgeous antique collections, and sample the many flavours of the region at local historical pubs and/or cafes.

Ipswich Antique Centre

Ipswich Antique Centre

The Ipswich Antique Centre has been a long-standing staple in Ipswich’s community. Housed in the Heritage Listed Uniting Church Central Memorial Hall built in 1895, the building itself is as impressive as what is held inside. The Antique Centre is HUGE and it really has EVERYTHING, including a specialised Retro Room.

Looking for Australian pottery, vintage clothing or an exquisite piece of antique jewellery? You won’t go wrong here. Open 10am-5pm Thursday to Monday.

Vintage Advantage

Vintage Advantage

The Vintage Advantage is a treasure trove of vintage and collectables, with mosaic tiles at the front that still pay homage to the original 1950’s occupant: ladies wear shop Lutvey’s.

Located at the Top of Town in Ipswich, the Vintage Advantage is small but mighty. It has everything for the vintage hunter, from vintage clothing to antique furniture, and everything between. You will be sure to not leave empty handed – I know I never do. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10am-2pm.

Carnegie Antiques

Carnegie-Antiques

Ideally located within Ipswich’s heritage-listed William Berry House, Carnegie Antiques is a beautiful collection of antique and vintage glassware, furniture and eclectic pieces.

This showroom truly showcases the pride and dedication taken in sourcing each piece. Love pink depression glass or antique tea sets or fine china? This place is for you. Open by appointment only.

If you want to take in some country air, and enjoy picturesque rolling hills, you must head out to the country township of Marburg, 15 minutes from the Ipswich CBD. Part of the original Cobb & Co track, Marburg is half way between Brisbane and Toowoomba along the Warrego Highway. In the region you will find the popular Woodlands Mansion built in 1889, and the Marburg Community Centre and First World War Memorial a heritage-listed former bank and community centre built in 1912 located in the town centre.

Scotland Yard Antiques

Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard, located in Marburg, is a town icon and has been part of the community for an impressive 25 years.

The shop boasts an array of Victorian and Edwardian items, alongside touches of a country-vibe with cast iron fences, rustic doors and gates, and characteristic finds from Queenslander houses. Realistic pricing keeps stock changing, allowing new treasures to discovered.

One visit is never enough so be sure to pop in whenever you are in the area. Open 9am-4pm Daily.

The Black Museum

The Black Museum

Close to Scotland Yard, and next door to the popular café and plant store Special Branch Collective, you will find the latest addition to the Marburg town centre called The Black Museum. If you are looking for something unique, something a little different, something a little special than this is the place for you.

With an eclectic array of items including antique furniture, on-trend wicker pieces and home decor, you will be sure to find something you never knew you wanted here. Open 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday or by appointment.

Next time you are hunting for that eclectic piece of furniture, home décor item, one of a kind jewellery, or even if you are seeking a unique day out and about in Ipswich, make sure to pop into these great stores. The hunt is part of the fun!

Kacey Yates Blogger
Kacey is an Ipswich local, born and bred in the country town of Marburg in the beautiful Ipswich countryside. Kacey’s blogs can be found at www.vintageatheart.com.au where she share her love of all things vintage and sustainable. Kacey loves to explore cute coffee shops, rummage through thrift stores, and share how to live life simply, in the most adventurous way possible.

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