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Antique and vintage treasure hunt!

Melbourne, Australia

Experience hosted by Darren

4 hours
Includes drinks, transportation
Up to 3 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

With over 30 years experience in buying and selling antique and vintage items, as both a collector and antique dealer, I'll be taking you to at least one of Melbourne's best collectors markets. I know where to find unique items at wholesale prices and I'll help you hunt for that rare item you've been after, or for a fabulous gift for someone special.

I can tailor your experience to your specific interests, and we'll squeeze in as many markets as your time, energy and budget allows!

Whether it's vintage toys, enamel signs, Australiana, retro and kitsch decorator pieces, old tins, ceramics, model trains, vintage guitars or antique furniture (and everything in between) I'll share my knowledge and expertise to help you find what you're after.
Other things to note
You are welcome to arrange your own transport to our first location, or I can collect you in my car from the Melbourne CBD or suburbs. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for market browsing.
With over 30 years experience in buying and selling antique and vintage items, as both a collector and antique dealer, I'll be taking you to at least one of Melbourne's best collectors markets. I know where to find unique items at wholesale prices and I'll help you hunt for that rare item you've been after, or for a fabulous gift for someone special.

I can tailor your experience to your specific interests, and we'll squeeze in as many…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    I'd be happy to stop at a cafe to allow you to purchase snacks or a meal.
  • Transportation
    or other location in Melbourne suburbs depending upon your requirements.
From $82
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Darren

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 5 Reviews
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I manage my own on-line antique and vintage business, having spent more than thirty years buying, selling and restoring Australian cedar and huon pine furniture, Australian collectibles, railwayana, enamel signs, rock'n'roll memorabilia and vintage guitars and amplifiers. I've traded in Australia, USA and Europe and I'm always on the hunt for bargains and rare items. I'm passionate about preserving treasures from our past and I specialise in the preservation of colonial Barossa Valley furniture from South Australia. I'm also a working musician and I perform in three Melbourne bands.
I manage my own on-line antique and vintage business, having spent more than thirty years buying, selling and restoring Australian cedar and huon pine furniture, Australian collectibles, railwayana, enamel signs, rock'n'roll memorabilia and vintage guitars and amplifiers. I've traded in Australia, USA and Europe and I'm always on the hunt for bargains and rare items. I'm passionate about preserving treasures from our past and I specialise in the preservation of colonial Barossa Valley furniture…
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Where you'll be

Depending upon your experience requirements, we'll be 30 minutes drive from the Melbourne CBD. Many of these places are hard to find unless you're "in the trade", so we'll visit at least one warehouse antique and vintage market and up to four depending upon your time, energy and budget. You'll need comfortable walking shoes for our browsing activities, too.
Collin
June 2018
My wife & I were looking for something to fill some time in Melbourne on our weekend trip from Ballarat, and we're SO glad we spotted this experience and booked a day with Darren. We looked, we learned, and we laughed. Darren's enthusiasm and passion is contagious, and he can tell the story of a piece or a find and have you enthralled from start to finish. Absolutely great experience, with a top bloke, and we thoroughly recommend it.
My wife & I were looking for something to fill some time in Melbourne on our weekend trip from Ballarat, and we're SO glad we spotted this experience and booked a day with Darren.…
Leonie
March 2018
I had a great day exploring a number of antique markets with Darren. He has a lot of knowledge he is very happy to share, and I learned a lot. Darren was a fabulous host, and I strongly recommend that anyone interested in antiques and vintage items take part in this experience.
I had a great day exploring a number of antique markets with Darren. He has a lot of knowledge he is very happy to share, and I learned a lot. Darren was a fabulous host, and I s…
Bronwyn
March 2018
I had a great time with Darren at the most amazing antique bazaar I've ever been too. He was knowledgeable and happy to keep an eye out for anything I was on the look out for. I'd recommend booking with him.
Charlotte
February 2018
I had a wonderful antique and vintage hunting trip with Darren. Darren is a great guide as he really knows his stuff and I spotted things I wouldn't normally notice, and I learnt about different collectables and things that are in vogue. Darren is a also a musician and plays in several bands so we had plenty to talk about and I enjoyed listening to some of his music on the return journey. It's a great value trip - you get to cover lots of ground and have a lot of fun. Highly recommended.
I had a wonderful antique and vintage hunting trip with Darren. Darren is a great guide as he really knows his stuff and I spotted things I wouldn't normally notice, and I learnt…
Dianne
January 2018
An excellent adventure! I got to walk thru Melbourne's eclectic side streets as an added bonus. The thrifting experience was great because of Darren's knowledge of antiques and vintage items. He takes you where the locals go. 5 stars!

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 3 guests ages 18 and up can attend.