Contained exhilaration is not nearly as exciting as its release... ~ Lorii Myers

The Centenary Centre – Newcastle Harbour

Let me wander down the aisles of old things and memories of an antique centre, old wares, curios and collectibles store – over a new shopping centre – any day.

And the Centenary Centre is where you’ll find me and my sisters whenever we need a good browse, need to hunt for a little piece of treasure, or need to get out of our heads for awhile in order to find a texture or shape of inspiration. There is patina, wisdom and story in worn things that has always resonated with us.

It’s a pretty big centre with about 25 shops within, each with their own unique offerings and collections from a variety of eras and styles. Some of our favourites include old tools, rustic appliances and furniture, ceramics and kitchen ware – but to be honest, we keep ourselves totally open to possibility. Who knows what treasure we may find. That is truly the joy and beauty of this place.

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There is also a wonderful Vintage Grocery Store Museum set up like an old corner store – with original fixtures, advertising signs and an amazing collection of stock and goods from the old days. The antiquated aesthetic and nostalgia of it all always brings a smile to my face.

Trading Hours

Open 7 days, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Address

29 Centenary Road, Newcastle NSW 2300

Words and photos by Rowena Foong
18th August, 2013

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