Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Mark Denver Antiques and Vintage


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Antique and Vintage shopping doesn’t get much better than this when two stores of the same name are located only 150m apart in the same street.

Filled with art deco, industrial furniture, antiques, curious, decorative items, quirky and eclectic wares and of course, the ever quirky pieces like the lioness leaping in a full glass cabinet.

The owners and creators of these amazing places are Mark and Jennifer who clearly have an excellent eye for those unusual and sort-after items. It takes talent to sources such interesting pieces that are not only quirky but of good quality and would offer a lot if you have some providence about where the piece came from e.g. an old bakery, aged care facility, drama studio and so on.

The two stores are different in subtle ways. At 437 you can weave your way through taxidermy items, theatre props, medical and scientific instruments, maps and posters. Whereas in the larger new store at 407 there are more industrial items such as chairs, lighting, garden ware, workbenches and more. In this store you will walk around going ‘I used to have one of those’ or ‘my grandmother had one of those’.

The stores are well haunted by designers and stylists who are looking for props for their business in film and movie production as well as photos shoots.

I found the prices reasonable but of course, for those rarer items you can expect to pay more. If you’re after something in particular, feel free to ask the staff. Jennifer at 437 was very helpful when we chatted and clearly loves the treasures she is surrounded by.

Both are within easy walking distance, being only 150 metres apart making the entire Mark Denver experience easily accessible.

Each store has unique items, so it a must to visit both stores when you come to Brunswick Street.

Always wanted a skeleton to hang behind a door. This one isn’t real but captivates the eye.

I have a thing about shelving so this piece above had me intrigued about where I could put it in my home or for that matter – fit it into my home.

Cute little display of an apartment block or offices.

Jesus is always watching you. This would freak me out more than the skeleton.

What will you find here?

  • Retro and vintage furniture
  • Retro and vintage homewares
  • Chairs, chairs and more chairs
  • Sideboards and tables
  • Kitchy little things that make you smile

LOCATION: 407 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

OPENING HOURS: Monday, Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm,  Sunday 11am – 4pm. Tuesday by appointment

PHONE: (03) 9417 6772 or 0433 983 269

LOCATION: 437 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

OPENING HOURS: Monday, Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm,  Sunday 11am – 4pm. Tuesday by appointment

PHONE: (03) 9417 2416 or 0433 983 269

PARKING: Parking is pretty good out the front but there are time restrictions and meters, so note them before getting out of your car. Parking in the side streets often gives you more time.

TRANSPORT: There are trams that go along Brunswick Street. Click here for more information.

DISABLED ACCESS: Not great disabled access due to the amount of stock set up so closely together but if you’re on crutches or walking frame you’ll be fine.

DELIVERY: I believe Mark Denver can offer a delivery service in the Melbourne metropolitan area. Please ask staff for prices.

ATM: You can pay by using eftpos, cash or credit card. There are a number of ATM’s along Brunswick Street.

ENTRANCE FEE: No fee.

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: You can get refreshments anywhere along Brunswick Street. There are of cafes that are sprinkled catering for all culinary desires.

TOILET FACILITIES: There are toilets at some of the cafes but you may need to buy a coffee.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Website – Mark Denver

On Facebook – Mark Denver Antiques and Vintage

On Instagram – Mark Denver Antiques and Vintage @markdenverantiquesanddesign #markdenverantiquesanddesigns

On Twitter – markdenver_av

Email – markdenver.vintage@gmail.com

Now it’s your turn. Share your stories of your experiences at either of the Mark Denver stores in Brunswick Street Fitzroy. Likes, dislikes, bargains you’ve bought and people you’ve met. Leave a comment below.

Happy hunting!

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