Q&A with Archer & Archer

Wednesday March 28, 2012 Written by smith

Troy Archer's collection of 'old stuff' is spilling off the internet and into a real world store.

Over the last few months Troy's been getting up at sunrise, driving countless kilometres, crawling through people's barns and looking through piles of rubbish to nab vintage finds for his Archer & Archer online store. With the site bulging at the seams, he's stepping offline for a stint, this is the lowdown:

Tell us about the space. It's at 8 James Street in Burleigh Heads, upstairs in an old residential building that's been converted in a vintage fashion store. Jess Hardy, a great young photographer and vintage fashion fanatic, is already in there with J Vintage, we met recently at a dinner and decided to move Archer & Archer in there too. It's got timber floorboards, natural light and loads of windows. Unlike a traditional antique store, it feels fresh and young and we love it. A&A has three whole rooms, which will be awesome.

How do you select your stuff? We're not big fans of antique stores, just because something is old doesn't mean it's good, so we're pretty picky about what we sell. It has to be really unique, well designed, weathered perfectly, interesting to look at, worth talking about, able to be used in a 2012 setting, or all of the above.

Can you pinpoint a few favourite objects? There's some amazing industrial signage, mainly old tin or handpainted service station numbers; they're beaten up, some have bullet holes and more character than is really necessary. There's a handpainted DENTISTS sign that would have hung on an awning outside the surgery, an almost bottomless well of vintage skateboards, from Golden Breeds to Powell Peraltas, and a very amazing vintage classroom map of NSW.

For those who can't make it to Burleigh, what's the best way to see your stuff? The Facebook page is where all the action is. We always have a range of stuff for sale on there, it's updated weekly and we post it all over Australia.

The Archer & Archer store opens at 8 James Street Burleigh Heads on Saturday March 31 and runs for the forseeable future. Open Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Closed Mon and Tues.