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Meet Our Neighbour: Southworks Antiques

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  • A silver chair and ottoman with white cushions
  • White shelves filled with pyrex and crockery
  • A laptop open to a page of a digital magazine page about interior design and pyrex
  • A shelf containing several paints and cleaning supplies

Shawna, Old Post Office | March 24, 2021

Antiques represent pieces of history that live amongst us. Some come down through the family reminding us of memories shared. Some we acquire that remind us of special places and people in time. Some reflect our personal style and the life we make every day. What ever the reason these pieces become part of your life they are there for you to enjoy. For the residents of Cambridge Southworks Antiques has been providing these loved pieces of history to the community for over 25 years. The summer of 2017 saw a monumental move in their own history, to their new location across the river at 73 Water St N, where people can continue to Seek, Find & Enjoy antiques and collectibles.

SEEK: With over 100 dealers and 30,000 square feet of space Southworks is filled with treasures for everyone! Furniture appears in all styles from old primitive pieces, Mid-Century Modern to high end. There are even a few upcycled painted pieces sprinkled throughout the store. Silverware, cookware, glassware, serving pieces and dishes fill the shelves in a multitude of patterns from traditional good china patterns to Pyrex. For the music lover the occasional instrument shows up alongside thousands of vinyl records. Quilts & blankets are not the only fabric items in the store. Clothing from t-shirts to top hats and everything through the ages can be found!

FIND: Even kids will be able to find a few hidden treasures of cars, blocks and stuffies that sit in the corners and on chairs in booths. For both kids big and small you can always drop into Southworks’ sister store Nostalgia & Co, who shares the location, to pick up some retro candy on the way out. Can’t find an item? Southworks has a Customer Request System! You can fill out a want-card at the store or access this service through the website, southworksantiques.com. A notice will go out to their dealers and when a piece matching your description comes in staff will contact you.

ENJOY: For the collectors of memorabilia cards, currency, comics and more there are supplies of plastic and paper sleeves to help organize the items you enjoy. If you have a large collection to organize you can place an order with the staff at the counter and they will let you know when it arrives. If you have a piece of furniture that needs a little love, there are supplies for furniture and leather to help bring a shine back to your favourite piece. Feeling creative? Southworks now has chalk paint supplies available for you to tackle an upcycle project of your own!

Want to learn more about your favourite antique? Idea Exchange can help! Libraries have books on every topic. By searching our collection, you can learn more about …

Coins

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Furniture

Jewelry

The Mid-Century Modern Era

And more!

To see what is happening in the antique world today check out a magazine right from the comfort of your home. Our Download Library powered by Overdrive has recently expanded into magazines. Current and back issues of antique magazines can found as well as field guides to the different collectibles. Sprinkled into the collection is a number of cozy murder mysteries with an antique theme, but more on that later in a book review!


The Meet Our Neighbour series is all about introducing you to local businesses, makers, and performers, as well as some additional resources from our collection.