Malaysia is a land of rich culture and history. There are many races and communities who live harmoniously among one another and with the many decades of history dating back to the Malacca Sultanate during the 16th century, this is also where you will be able to find a lot of antiques and old items still harbouring around the country.
If you are an antique collector or one who loves to collect antiques, there are many choices where you can find real gems and such. Be careful of markets that call themselves antique markets and claiming that they are selling these items where you might be wasting your time browsing through only ‘old items.
If you haven’t already know, not all ‘old items and things’ are considered as antiques. Usually antiques are about 100 years old and they are of a certain value. In fact, some of the items are also known to be very valuable and could command up to thousands or millions of ringgit.
There are specially dedicated antique shops located around the country and most particularly in Penang and Malacca as they are very popular and historical states. Where this is concerned, Georgetown and Malacca are both World Heritage Cities which means that tourists come here for its historical flavour and attractions.
This means that you will surely find a lot of shops that sell antiques and such around the major attractions of both the states. In Penang, there are many antique shops located around Georgetown while Jonker Street in Malacca is extremely popular among antique-hunters. This is where you will find an array of shops that sell almost everything which is old ranging from pre-war furniture to Chinese vases, old Coca-Cola trays to decorative items and even clothing and sculptures as well.
In the Klang Valley, there are several places where antiques can be found. The most popular place to browse for these items is at Amcorp Mall where the weekend flea market comes alive on Fridays to Sundays. Makeshift stalls are set up and people from all walks of life will come to display all the old items they have.
At the Flea Market, you will be able to find a lot of interesting items like old vinyl records, gramophone, old record players, key chains, coins, notes, photographs and many more, all of which are from the personal collection of the sellers. This means that the pricing of these items are up to the bargaining skills of the buyers and are determined solely by the sellers.
Other places around the Klang Valley known for antiques are around Chinatown in Petaling Street. This is where you will find several shops that put out countless items that have been collected for years.
To ensure that you do not overpay for these items, it is essential that you are aware of the market price of such items before venturing out to buy them. A little market research would allow you to grasp the price value of a certain antique which will then enable you to gauge the actual value of the item.