Reliquaire is a family owned business in Latrobe, Tasmania and the brain-child of Sylvia and Kim Christie. The couple first opened the store in 1995, initially focusing on antiques and restoration, coffee and their famous homemade chocolate fudge. Being ex- teachers, they gradually incorporated educational and science-based toys as well as other areas of interest to them such as collectible dolls and teddies, and products that accentuated historic homes. As their (then small) daughters grew, the girls' interests in fairies and fairy-tales also led to other themes being added to the store. The family have also been lucky enough to travel to Europe and America in search of unique handmade products to add to their ever-growing collection.
On Christmas Eve 2015, the Christie family lost their original store and home to a horrific fire. The new shop was opened in 2017 - run by Lauren (Sylvia and Kims daughter) and Luke Vaessen and is now a magical, ever-changing wonderland full of surprises. As you wander around you'll find candles and skincare, clothing and handbags, jewellery, baby gifts, Disney and Alice in Wonderland collectibles, replica Medieval swords and helmets, kitchenware and cookbooks, games and puzzles, wooden toys, puppets, dinosaurs, Harry Potter and space themed areas, as well as a coffee bar serving freshly made sweet treats and locally roasted Villino coffee.