I wouldn’t call myself a hard core antique hunter, but every once in a while I do love a fun search for treasures that provide a special touch to the home. Moving to South Africa made antique shopping a little harder, but not impossible, when I discovered the antique route in Pretoria South Africa.
South Africa’s capital city of Pretoria may be four hours away from my home, but that hasn’t stopped an occasional weekend trip to hunt for forgotten gems. Twelve shops line a 5 kilometer route through a quaint part of Pretoria. From old books to aged vinyls to charming wardrobes, you’ll find it all, each shop possessing their own flavor that makes them truly unique.
I’ve visited just about every single shop on the route. For my taste of cool vintage but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, these are the shops that catch my eye every single time.
By far the coolest little shop you’ll find on the route. Heavier on the bric-a-brac (aka knick knacks), there’s a high possibility you’ll find something to add to your home decor. The room of vinyls will have you sorting through for hours. At their cheap price, it will be worth it when you find an oldie but goodie. Some of my favorite things at this shop are the frames the owner makes using old metal ceiling tiles. We bought a big one and made it into a chalkboard. If you want good customer service, this is your place. The owner is friendly and doesn’t mind a good chat.
This place has 2 locations and I’ve found treasures at both locations. A 1950’s fridge for our Village Store, a Narnia-like wardrobe for my bedroom, an old typewriter for the kids to play with, cool lamps, and metal pots for outside flowers are a sampling of the finds that I’ve come away with. Both of these shops are packed, but don’t let that turn you away. I’m telling you, there are treasures to be had. Sinkhuisie’s friendly owner isn’t afraid of some friendly bartering either.
It’s a small shop but with some interesting loot. Small furniture items, pretty dishes, and cool Coke crates are some of the things that might catch your eye.
When we go antiquing with our kids, I find that three shops is about all they can handle. We end our route with An-Tea-K Kettle because around the corner at Bernard and Gordon Street, is Royal Danish Ice Cream, a lovely place with the best homemade ice cream. It’s a perfect treat after all that treasure hunting!
So now you’ve had a little taste of antique shopping in Pretoria, South Africa. Do you like antique shopping? What’s your favorite antique find?
Tip for your Pretoria antiquing…paying in cash will get you an almost automatic discount at most shops. Be sure to ask for the cash discount!