Furniture is a long established family business manufacturing Australian
Made timber furniture at factory direct prices. Located in Briar Hill
Victoria, around 30 minutes North of the Melbourne CBD, we not only
service the local area but also extend right across Melbourne, country
Victoria & Interstate.
We have an enormous standard range of Lounge, Dining, Bedroom & Occasional furniture on display and also specialize in custom-made furniture. Our furniture makers and polishers, together with great team of local tradesman such as wood carvers, upholsterers & wood turners allow us to complete your next piece from design through to delivery and best of all, at factory direct prices.
Call into the showroom to browse through our extensive range of Australian Made furniture.
THE TIMELINE OF PURDYS...
In 1954, as a 14 year old boy, Peter secured a full-time apprenticeship with a local upholsterer. He took to the trade with great enthusiasm and was even bringing pram seats home to re-upholster in his bedroom of an evening. After many years of gaining valuable experience in the furniture industry around Melbourne, Peter joined up with a business partner and opened an upholstery store, 'Greensborough Upholstery'. The pair then spread their wings into a retail furniture store in Para Rd Greensborough, 'Hi Neighbour'.
After selling 'Hi Neighbour' to his business partner Jack Pope, Peter decided on a career change and opened a sports shoe shop in Diamond Village, Watsonia. Not too long had passed when Peter grew increasingly interested in one of the neighbouring tenants in Diamond Village, Andrew Purdy of A.M.Purdys Auctions. His job looked like so much fun. He used to buy & sell second hand furniture and hold regular Auctions on a Thursday night. Peter used to watch Andrew return from the furniture auctions with new pieces strapped to the roof of his old Renault, Peter decided this was for him.
In 1977, Peter went into partnership
with Andrew Purdy and relocated to a larger store in Sherbourne Rd Briar
Hill, the former home of the Briar Hill Timber Co.'s joinery shop. Stocking
the old shop & scattered sheds full of weird and wonderful pieces from good quality second
hand furniture to a great range of Edwardian & Antique furniture,
Andrew & Peter enjoyed many years of buying and selling second hand
furniture, their motto, famous for many years was...
Along the way, Andrew & Peter
also opened an additional retail
furniture store in Main St Greensborough, Gillespie's Home Furniture, where
they sold new Australian made furniture, incorporating Lounge, Dining & Bedroom
furniture. Peter's second eldest son Brad joined the business at just 16
years old to help run the new store.
In 1987, Brad had left the business to peruse a plumbers apprenticeship & Andrew had now also decided on a career change so 'Gillespie's' was closed leaving Peter to run 'Purdys' on his own. Around this time, Peter's eldest son Scott joined the business and started making a beautiful range of recycled timber furniture from old Baltic Pine floor boards. The range took off and orders started flooding in for custom made recycled timber furniture. In 1992, Peters youngest son Jeremy joined the business for 2 years, helping in the store and polishing Scott's beautiful pieces.
The second hand furniture dwindled to only a small selection and Peters wife Jan moved into the shop full time, busily designing and painting a new range of furniture which was known as the 'The French Country Collection'. The range was an eclectic mix of French inspired furniture and homewares, hand painted for a rustic, timeless appeal. Jeremy began to run the business, his wife Natasha dividing her time between their kids and the shop and a former employee Louise was back, Scott moved into the old showroom which was now the workshop and together with team of cabinet makers, launched the new look Purdys Furniture.
The new range of rustic Australian & French inspired furniture and homewares took flight and Purdys opened a second, specialist homewares store in Maling Rd Canterbury, 'The Corner Store'. With the ever expanding range and new designs coming in every week, Purdy's soon outgrew their new, larger premises. In 2006 work began on a new, purpose build factory & showroom development. Over the next 2 years while work took place, Purdy operated from cramped conditions until 2008 when the new showroom was officially opened.
Opened in September 2008 by Banyule Mayor, Wayne Phillips and Labour MP Steve Herbert, Purdys celebrated in style with a huge family day of clowns, jumping castles, face painting, music and a sausage sizzle. Hundreds of customers came through the doors to see the new store. Since the opening, Purdys have been enjoying the new larger premises with up to date manufacturing and polishing facilities, complete with a 3 story showroom. The furniture range has also expanded to include a huge range of contemporary & modern styles of Lounge, Dining, Bedroom & Occasional furniture, with an emphasis on custom made furniture.
Now, with a combined 85 years in the furniture industry, Peter & wife Jan are moving into semi retirement. Jeremy continues to run the business with wife Natasha and a great team of cabinet makers and furniture polishers. With new designs & styles constantly being launched, Purdys hopes to remain a niche, Australian furniture manufacturer for many generations to come.