Meet Tanya Gale of Camberwell Antique Centre
Article posted: October 13, 2016
When it comes to antiques, you can’t go past Camberwell Antique Centre for incredible variety.
Tucked away in one of Camberwell’s iconic heritage buildings on Cookson St, Camberwell Antique Centre is an infinite treasure trove of antiques and collectables.
Established in 1983, it’s one of Melbourne’s oldest and largest antique stores and well known for its enviable range spread over two floors including antique and period furniture, silver, collectable china, Australian pottery, sporting memorabilia, estate and vintage jewellery, vintage radios, Oriental collectables, kitchenalia, paintings, perfume bottles and much more!
A Tradition of Excellence
Owner Tanya Gale is a passionate lover of antiques and was initially a collector before making a move to the retail side of the industry.
Ms Gale has been running Camberwell Antique Centre since 1995 and said her team of knowledgeable and friendly staff were an important part of the store experience.
“We’re known as a friendly place to shop, two staff members have been here since I started over 20 years ago,” she said.
The centre works with more than 50 licensed dealers who specialise in particular items or eras, many of whom are members of the Victorian Antique Dealers Guild.
“Our dealers source items from auctions, deceased estates, private sellers or collectors simply looking to downsize their collection,” Ms Gale said.
Something for Everyone
With its diverse range of goods, Camberwell Antique Centre appeals to all kinds of shoppers and has something to please anyone with an appreciation for history and collectables.
Ms Gale said the vast number of period homes in Camberwell and surrounds also made the store a popular stop for those looking to furnish their homes.
“We get a whole range of visitors to the store – from those who are real collectors and antique connoisseurs to the ones that just love to come and browse,” she said.
“Just recently we had someone come in looking for a sterling silver bookmark and we were able to locate exactly what they wanted.”
Ms Gale said the most popular pieces were the items of French origin including glass wear and cosmetics receptacles with the centre offering probably Australia’s best selection of antique and commercial perfume bottles and cosmetic packaging.
“I particularly love the French perfume bottles, sterling silver and the French Art Deco glass,” she said.
And Ms Gale’s own favourite era for antiques?
“It’s changed a little over the years, it was always Victoriana but now it’s moved a lot into the French things.”
“I like the 18th century, early 19th century items.”
Camberwell Antiques Centre is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm. Additional services include obligation-free appraisals, selling furniture on consignment and worldwide shipping. The centre also stocks a range of quality wood care and furniture maintenance products by Howard.
Easily accessible by public transport or car, spend a few hours browsing at Camberwell Antique Centre and immerse yourself in a world of history.