The Quaint and the Curious

Monday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Tuesday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Wednesday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Thursday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Friday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Saturday10:00 am – 3:00 pm.


71 Buchan Street, Sydenham, Christchurch

027 577 0474

Light, bright and inviting, The Quaint and the Curious is a vintage shop full of forgotten treasures from small shiny things like vintage jewellery and quirky gifts to home-enhancing bits and pieces like gold gilt mirrors, art and furniture – all handpicked and waiting for their second life.

The Quaint and the Curious journey begins the moment you land outside the Buchan Street building and take your first steps onto the beautiful sweeping stairwell which leads up to the shop. Much like the shop itself, these stairs are like no other. Adorned with hand painted ravens, the stairs transform from silver to a stunning gold, taking visitors on a journey into a place of excitement and wonder.

Motivated by reusing and recycling and the attraction to giving people more depth to their purchasing rather than the anonymity and disconnection that can come with online buying, The Quaint and the Curious opened its doors in late 2017 and since then, the shop has quickly stolen the hearts of locals who can’t resist sorting through the treasure trove of goods to select things for their homes and their businesses. And immediately after entering in the shop, it’s easy to understand why it could become a serious addiction – walking in is like walking into another world full of exciting things, each with their own stories to tell.

Another factor setting the shop apart is its criteria, or lack thereof, when it comes to selecting shop items. Unlike other vintage shops which may specialise in goods from a specific time period or genre, The Quaint and the Curious is all about aesthetic – if it’s beautiful and interesting, it’s welcomed into the space, regardless of its history. An attitude that has made the space a truly magical spot to visit next time you’re on the lookout for something a little quaint or curious.

Words by Jane Lyons & Photography by Nancy Zhou

71 Buchan Street, Sydenham, Christchurch

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