The Antique Route in Pretoria South Africa

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Pretoria, South Africa, Antique RouteI 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.

Pretoria, South Africa, Antique Route

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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.

Pretoria, South Africa, Antique Route

Bellbottoms

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.

Pretoria, South Africa, Antique Route

Sinkhuisie Antiques

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.

Pretoria, South Africa, Antique Route

An-Tea-K Kettle

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!

Pretoria, South Africa, Antique Route

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!

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Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

3 Comments

  1. Erica :

    Love this, Jen! I grew up antiquing with my parents and hated it, but now I love it. Maybe your kiddos will enjoy it more someday. My favorite place to antique is an old tool store in Liberty, Maine.

    • Jen :

      That’s awesome, Erica! It’s so fun hunting for all sorts of neglected treasures.