Vintage Sourcing Online
Sick and tired of doing the rounds on Gumtree? Here's where else you should be looking online for vintage industrial goodies.
Let's face it, there's a lot of crap on Facebook marketplace, but there's even more good stuff if you know where to find it. Go beyond your local 'My Area Buy Sell Swap' groups and get specific. You'll often find that sellers in groups run their own vintage pages, and in turn that will give you suggestions for further pages. Down the vintage rabbit hole you go!
Here are some of my favourites.
Rust Lust for all things rusty. Artists (especially garden artists) and events like clearing sales are often advertised here
The Junk Map is the Facebook companion page to the online directory You may have even found Industriale via our Junk Map listing, as around a third (!) of our traffic comes from there. The Facebook page features inspo, listings from Junkers, and often clearing sales and other relevant events.
All Things Vintage does exactly what it says on the tin, and is Perth based. There's a huge number of sale posts to sift through, not all of them industrial (hello glass genie bottles!), so try keywords like 'rusty' 'rustic' 'industrial', or search by whatever you're looking for ('dining table', 'chair', 'tool box'). There's also a communal wanted post, which comes in mighty handy if you know what you're looking for.
Auctions can be hit and miss, so online listings are a real time saver. Search for Ross's Gregson's, or Gray's to get started.
Be aware that you'll need to register ahead of the auction, and pay a buyer's premium as well as GST on your purchases. There can also be strict time requirements for pick up, so make plans ahead of time if the auction is in a faraway place.
Hands-down my favourite Australian ebay store for vintage is Imperial Fox. Based in Daylesford VIC, their gig is basically tracking down factories that are closing, and buying all the goodies. There's a lot to trawl through at any one time; some of it useful for home decor, and others more appropriate to be reused in another manufacturing facility. Still, you won't know what's there until you look! This is one of those stores you need to bookmark and keep going back to every week, because it's a moveable feast.
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