Antique Emporium is the largest antique store on the island of Tasmania, Australia. As such, it is quite a tourist attraction too! It is impossible to miss, standing large and proud on the main road running along the Mersey River, and it draws you in as a few intriguing antiques spill out onto the sidewalk. Since it is open 7 days a week, it is possible to stroll in for a look around any time you fancy. The store only closes on select public holidays.
More than 40 different antique dealers trade under the roof of the Antique Emporium and they are spread over 4 floors. This makes up roughly 20,000 square feet of space for all these vintage and antique wonders. The store is very well organized and therefore a joy to walk through. There are some distinct sections, such as ‘The Shed’ on the second level of the store, which is described as the Mecca for men looking to furnish their man-cave with old tools, architectural pieces, taxidermy, and never-ending junk for re-purposing and upcycling.
Next door to The Shed in the Antique Emporium is ‘Sheila’s Kitchen, which is filled with vintage magazines, as well as retro and vintage kitchen items. Carrying on up to the third level brings you into the world of the antique dealers, where 1000s of interesting and quirky items are waiting to be discovered. Shoppers can expect to find fine china, old toys, coins, medals, cameras, stamps, antique furniture, clocks, postcards, dolls, and more.
Level four of the Antique Emporium is a bibliophile’s dream. With over 15,000 second-hand and antiquarian books, whatever you collect you are sure to find something relevant here. Every genre of fiction is represented, as well as a vast selection of non-fiction items including books on everything from Australian history to cooking.
With so much to see, it is easy to spend a few hours looking around the Antique Emporium. Those local to the store need not worry about getting bored, as the owner makes sure that there is always something new to discover here, no matter how often you visit.