Uncle Tim’s Cabin is a treasure chest of antiques housed in a collection of historical buildings in Benoni, Ekurhuleni. It first opened in 1993 in a century-old farmstead and has grown substantially over the years, becoming one of the most popular destinations in Gauteng for antiques enthusiasts.
At the centre of the complex is the original five-roomed cabin, which is stuffed to the brim with antiques, collectables and vintage furniture, and has its own workshop where all the furniture that goes on sale is restored and repaired.
The property also boasts a number of other heritage buildings, including an old coachworks and the original farmhouse itself, which are now home to some 20 different stores and workshops selling the biggest range of vintage bric-a-brac.
The overall effect is of a Victorian antiques village and you can lose hours here hunting through old photographs, ceramics, vintage toys, glassware, furniture, artworks and unusual decor items from yesteryear.
There is also an array of small stores selling high-quality crafted goods such as jewellery, imported Moroccan lamps and ceramics, and teddy bears (there is even a shop devoted to horse-riding gear). For lunch drop by the Good Thyme Garden Centre, which houses a lovely cafe and deli selling home-made pies and freshly squeezed juices in a suitably rustic atmosphere.
Hours: Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm