Before our baby was born it was kind of our hobby to frequently check out the antique shops. My husband collects masks, and he has found many pieces for his collection in Lima. We have also bought furniture. You can find very nice pieces for reasonable prices and get them fixed. Not always antique, of course, if you consider antique only pieces that are over 100 years old, but also vintage or just used furniture but with original styles and good quality. The prices are going up, like everywhere, but you can still find treasures and make good deals. With a bit of searching around, you can find a set of furniture for 300 soles. Often you need to add up the costs of renovation unless you are very skilled for doing that by yourself. Painting a table, for example, can cost you something between 140-350 soles, and starting from 400 soles if using polyurethane paint. Still, if you look at the prices and quality of furniture in places like Saga or Ripley and what you can get there with the same amount of money, I think taking a look at the antique stores is totally worth the time and effort.
Apart from furniture you can find all kind of interesting trinkets, china, pottery, art, textiles such as vintage alpaca blankets (mantas) and jewelry. Just remember that if you are a tourist, you are not allowed to take pre-Colombian objects out of the country, as they are considered national heritage. So leave that mummy right there where you found it ;)
In Lima, there is not one cenral area like San Telmo is in B.A. But there are some “hubs” where several stores are concentrated, so it may be easier to start from there.
In Miraflores, Avenida La Paz and Alfonso Ugarte streets host many good antique shops, so it is easy to start from there. The prices are generally a bit high, but you get a good idea about what is on offer.
The best time to visit is on Sundays, when they close the streets - it’s the time for feria.
Also at the neighborhood of Surquillo there is a flea market with antique sellers.
Check out especially the first block of Pasaje Junín, opposite to the Mercado numero 2, where you can also find several stores.
You can also visit Emaús in Chorillos, (Av. Guardia Civil Mz M. Lote 11), they are open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8am to 11am.
For those who are interested in fleamarkets, there is Trueca. Check their Facebook page for timetables and location.
Here are also a couple of other shops in other neighborhoods (they are actual antique shops with selected objects, so the prices are of course higher than in the markets):
-Rafo in Barranco (Av. Grau 951). This shop dates back to 1989. It is quite small, but is has nice objects and the prices are clearly marked.
-Natalie Antiques (Calle Alfonso Ugarte 214) in Miraflores.
-Estudio 21 (Centro Comercial El Polo, tienda 106B) in Monterrico. This store is located in an outdoor mall in Surco. It’s certainly not the cheapest, but I just had to mention it because it is run by two very friendly ladies. Carefully curated antiques, art and artisanal objects.
-El Deswan Anticuario (Leoncio Prado 125) in Miraflores. I really liked their lamps at CasaCor interior design fair this year.
And if you like vintage and antique furniture, have money but not time to hunt for furniture pieces, there are also designers who can do that for you. Love is All is one of the interior designer companies (also spotted at CasaCor) who are using vintage and antique in their home design.
Hope these tips were helpful, and if there are any other places you can recommend in Lima or Peru, please leave a comment!
Happy Shopping :)