Lucas Callaghan is a colourful TV personality and one of Australia’s foremost collectors of 20th century design.
Lucas has starred in two TV series, Aussie Pickers and more recently created and hosted Road to Riches both for Foxtel’s A & E. Later this year he will appear in a new Prime Time program for free to air Network TV. All these programs follow Lucas as he searches attics, backyards and sheds in the search for forgotten relics, turning them in to cash whilst meeting colourful characters and learning a bit of history along the way.
Lucas’s passion for vintage items started when he was 7 years old when he watched someone pay $5000 for a chair. This got him hungry to find another one and so began his four -decade love affair with collecting, restoring and selling antiques.
Lucas has owned several vintage retails stores around Sydney, he then opened The Loading Dock Bar & Cafe and warehouse vintage retail store in Chippendale. In 2011 he moved the store to an 1880’s corner store in Paddington NSW, which is now the home to Modern2Vintage his 20th-century antiques shop.
Apart from the thrill of hunting down rare collectables Lucas loves repurposing old items and giving items a second life, which is a large part of his ethos of restoring, repurposing, recycling and reusing items for profit.
Lucas started his career in the art departments of TV, advertising and film. He has styled and decorated many restaurants, nightclubs and bars including The Forest Lodge Hotel, The Kings Cross Hotel and Riley St Garage and recently he designed a museum for Coke at Westfield Mt Druitt, created with unique items from Australia’s past.
When he’s not at his shop, Lucas can be found on touring around the Australian countryside on his custom-built Triumph bike.