The Antique Emporium in Devonport Tasmania claims to be the state’s most amazing shop. There’s lots of amazing things to discover in Tassie, so that’s a pretty big claim. But we would agree to this much at least: it’s definitely worth a visit.
Antique Emporium Devonport
Located at 51 Formby Road, Devonport the Antique Emporium is opposite the Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal on the Mersey River. It’s also close to the shopping mall and the tourist information centre, and they’re all accessible from the city’s central accommodation options. The business is open seven days.
Pirate Ship & Hidden Treasure
To qualify as amazing, you have to provide something out of the ordinary. The Antique Emporium has lots of unusual items; but the indoor, two-tiered pirate ship tops the list. With life-size pirate models (including Captain Jack Sparrow, no less!) and smoking cannons, the pirate ship is both amusing and unique.
I love to forage in interesting shops, hoping to find a special treasure or a bargain or two. But it would be fair to say that my children don’t exactly appreciate the art of browsing. But… during this antique shopping expedition, they were the ones getting excited at every turn. Awesome!
Lollies & Sweets for the Treasures
Of course, having a lolly shop AND pirates in the same place does wonders for the perception of a business. In the centre of the Antique Emporium, sheltered behind some beaded curtains, is a room filled with jars of old-fashioned sweets and boxes of candy bars.
Not that I endorse bribery or anything, but kids will do almost anything if you promise a bag of lollies. Even walk quietly and calmly around an antique shop, looking at china plates and fancy teapots and porcelain dolls.
Antique Emporium & Other Collectibles
The owner is more than happy to regale you with stories of his buying trips to China, India and other Asian countries. Passionate about his business, it’s clear he revels in the discovery of a unique treasure in a remote village. He seems to remember the story behind every piece in the shop!
For the gardener, the Antique Emporium has a big range of European wrought and cast iron furniture, resin fountains and designer ornaments. There’s also imported pots, urns, statues, bird baths… and even some cheeky gnomes have a place in the conglomerate.
Wander upstairs and you realise two things:
(1) Many dealers make up the whole emporium. In fact, about 40 dealers offer items from their own special niches within the antique world. And…
(2) This place has a LOT of old books. And not just books, there’s magazines and comics as well, and they’re all shelved neatly in a number of categories.
The Antique Emporium has literally 1000s of items and you would be hard-pressed to go away empty handed. Jewellery, kitchen appliances, coins, stamps, ceramics, trading cards, vintage clothing, glassware… you get my drift. After all that, it may just be the most amazing shop in Tasmania!
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