When you find yourself in a new city it takes time to find those shops that you can repeatedly rely on. You know what I mean, a place that won’t sell you something, for an elevated price, that is going to fall apart as soon as the delivery guy squeezes it through your front door.
When I was looking for a vintage dining table, and possibly some other bits and pieces to furnish my new flat, my cousin told me to head toward the Inner West. I didn’t want to head there unprepared or miss anything, so I did a bit of research and found addVintage.
Originating from a large store in Queensland this little Sydney outpost has got me raving to my friends. It’s a family owned and run business with a very serious focus on customer satisfaction. They specialise in sourcing Parker, Chiswell and other mid-century furniture, then restoring it to its former glory. Mid-century furniture can be easily adapted and mixed with modern furniture to suit the majority of Australian homes.
I found a little slimline Parker table that they were yet to restore and I insisted on having it. They did warn me there was some water damage to the table and in fact when they began restoring it, found it to be much worse than expected. They bent over backward to search the country for another table. In the meantime they sent over my beautifully reupholstered Parker dining chairs, in the colour of my choice from Warwick fabrics, and a dining table. I was happy to wait for the right table but they were more than apologetic for my wait and kept me updated with weekly emails on their progress.
Since then I have visited a few times gathering glasses (another bad obsession of mine), an orange butter dish, depression green jugs and lolly jars, a 1956 FRS Clemente print of The Red Skirt, and my new pride and joy, a large Spanish bullfighting print.
I can’t recommend a visit highly enough. If you don’t see what you are looking for, speak to Christina, the owner, she will let you know if she can source it or not. Their prices are reasonable and they are open to negotiation, but it’s mostly unnecessary. I don’t think you will find more honestly priced vintage goods anywhere else in Sydney.
So my beautiful slimline round, extendable Parker table arrives next week. I already have my eye out for a small buffet table. I’m sure it won’t be long and more furniture from addVintage will be finding a home at my place. I just wish I had a bigger flat!
117 Parramatta Road,
Contact No: 02 9560 8883
Opening Hours: Monday- Friday 11am-530pm
Owner: Christina Jaucian-Alaalatoa