Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Canterbury Vintage – Canterbury

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Is it sacrilege to use an old Kombi is the front desk in a shop? At first it made me cringe but then I realised after talking with the owner Chris that this probably would’ve rusted in a paddock so they did their best to restore is knowing it would never be roadworthy.

Located on Canterbury Road opposite the amazing Maling Road, this is a new hot spot for vintage, retro and funky items. It is a must visit.

Take your time to explore both the ground floor and second floor and then do it again. There is alot to see. Chris the owner says he is hoping to expand out the back which would be awesome as he clearly has some quality stock.

Ahhh, yo-yo’. That is a blast from my past and reminds me of the hours of practising how to do the ’round the world’ trick with very little success.

As an ex surfer, I had to check out the boards. They are in good nick and reasonably priced. Probably better to buy in Melbourne than on the coast as they charge premium prices.

I’m a fan of maps and gloves and posters such as this one below. Would be ideal for a doctor’s surgery or practice. It’s educational and a little quirky.

This set of drawers below were so cute and reasonably priced but I have nowhere to put them so passed.

I love it when stallholders either put a display together such as the one below. It’s hard to visualise something when it’s stand alone and here it gives context and a timeframe when it was made. When I went back a week later much of this was sold

There are over 15 stalls within the building but mostly it’s the work of Chris and his team who source the items at a variety of places.

I remember these vacuum cleaners and did think the yellow was a cool colour but these days – not so much.

Multiple milk shake maker. Don’t remember seeing many of these – probably more suited for fast food type places. If anyone knows, let me know.

How many great goodies are in this photo. The place can be a bit blokey but I love it. Two brothers mean I ‘get it’ and find treasure amongst all of the stock.

Signage is always a hit and do love the Castrol sign – brings back childhood memories driving through the country.

Old office items that may not be able to be recycled or upcycled are still funky. I have a dim memory of using these in one of my first jobs at 17 years of age.

Would love to put one of these on my front door. He looks magical and bold and hopefully a little scary.

Original monopoly game with all the trinkets and treasures that come with it. Blast from the past. Again, went back a week later and it was sold.

What will you find? Oh the list is so long and I took photos to cover many of the stock items but generally it covers:

  • Antiques
  • Retro and Vintage homewares
  • Retro and Vintage furniture
  • Retro and Vintage office ware
  • Industrial furniture, bits and bobs
  • Old tools and garage items
  • Books, Records and Comics
  • Large furniture items
  • Kitsch is everywhere
  • Signs
  • Old tins
  • Retro odds and sods that you don’t often find elsewhere

OPENING HOURS: 10.30 am to 5 pm Wednesday to Sunday. Monday and Tuesday closed.

PHONE: 0418 606 645

LOCATION: 257 Canterbury Road, Canterbury

PARKING: Parking is plentiful out the front but with time restrictions. There is also parking to the right (street view) for perhaps 3 cars. There is plenty of parking at the rear of Maling Road.

TRANSPORT: There is a train line only 50m away. You can find more information about times – Click here

DISABLED ACCESS: If you’re in a wheelchair, access would be difficult as there is at least one step into the store and it’s cramped. If you have a frame or crutches, it would be more accessible. You wouldn’t be able to go upstairs though.

ATM: You can pay by using eftpos, cash or credit card. There is a Bendigo Bank ATM in Maling Road which is across the road.


DOGS: Not allowed inside. Do not leave your dog in the car for safety reasons. If needed, tie the dog up outside and put some water out for it.

FOOD: There are plenty of cafes and restaurants in Maling Road.

TOILET FACILITIES: There are public toilets just off Maling Road. Walk 50 metres south and you’ll see the public toilets.

Website – Canterbury Vintage – check out the website and stallholders as their photos are far better than mine.

On Facebook – Canterbury Village

On Instagram – @canterburyvintage257 or #canterburyvillage257

On Twitter – #canterburyvintage

You can also ask about Antiques & Fine Furniture Transporting Service on 0452 072 411 Versaceandco@gmail.com if you’re interested in antiques.

Now it’s your turn. Share your stories of Canterbury Vintage. Likes, dislikes, bargains you’ve bought and people you’ve met. Leave a comment below.

Happy hunting!

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