We all know those women who have impeccable style. No matter the occasion, they just seem to stand apart from everyone else, looking just a little bit cooler. Believe it or not, these mavens of fashion often have one thing in common: They buy much of their clothing at vintage shops. Trendsetters are no strangers to scouring the racks for unique vintage, and our favourite style stars from models to industry insiders have reaffirmed this fact to us time and time again. While it may at first seem surprising that style icons rely on older pieces to adapt new trends, there’s a reason why they haven’t been thrown out; some of the best treasures lie in a vintage shop.
Feeling inspired to do some vintage shopping yet? Well if you live in Sydney, we suggest you set aside some time to do so. Trust us, you’ll want to check out these shops, stat. To discover the best vintage shops in Sydney (and to read reviews confirming their greatness) keep scrolling.
The Vintage Clothing Shop
If you’re in the CBD, why not pop by The Vintage Clothing Shop to check out their selection? Established in 1974, The Vintage Clothing Shop focuses on 20th century pieces, “ from beaded cashmere cardigans to ball gowns and beyond.”
Philip Klaunzer for The Vintage Clothing Shop
“I found the perfect outfit for a recent event here. Now I visit regularly just for the nostalgic pleasure of seeing the beautifully designed styles and wonderful craftsmanship.” - Charlotte Dawson
“This shop is a sartorial treasure trove.” - Nancy Gantz
Fabrique Vintage in Darlinghurst is a jackpot for vintage lovers. Looking for some retro denim? Look no further.
“Fab lil joint on Oxford Street. Get your double or triple denim on plus oodles of other retro goodness.” - Jules Odgers
“Very welcoming staff and LOTS of different pieces of clothing from different time periods. Even though the pieces are somewhat pricey, the quality is there. One of my favourite clothing ship to browse.” - Vanessa
Forever Vintage is a must-see for anyone who loves a good designer find. With an aim “ to import only the very best designer and couture vintage clothing that will never be found anywhere else”, the items in-store are truly one of a kind. If that’s not enticing enough, the customer service is also on-point.
“Stunning array of fabulous one-off vintage clothing and jewelry. Extremely helpful and friendly ladies running this business. Have absolutely loved every visit—buying my wedding dress from here.” - Lynne Fisher
“Forever Vintage is a exquisite boutique. I found the perfect dress for my daughter’s formal that i know no one else will have. The owners Cheryl and Casey were really helpful and friendly and spent over two and a half hours finding us the perfect dress. I highly recommend Forever Vintage for beautiful dresses you can’t get anywhere else.” - Fiona Garrett
Calling all handbag lovers: Go to Blue Spinach ASAP. With arguably the widest range of consignment designer bags in all of Sydney, this Darlinghurst shop has built up a reputation for itself over the past 25 years—and for a good reason.
“Amazing store!!!! Staff were lovely and the stock is amazing. Its my local and don't buy anywhere else. Love love LOVE!” - Eileen Bell
“I adore Blue Spinach! Over the past 20 years, the owners have built a loyal customer base of devotees and I am one of them. I have been both a buyer and seller and have never been disappointed by my experience. Only items of the highest quality and authenticity are accepted (you won't find anything spoiled or marked!) and the owners' attention to detail is evident throughout the boutique. Great location and atmosphere and service is highly personable whilst discreet. Not to be missed if you appreciate some of the world's best designers and recyclable fashion at great prices.” - Chanti B
Cream on King
If you’re looking for some up-cycled vintage duds, Cream on King is the place to go. While they also sell staples like denim jackets and cutoffs, the shop is known for its cool re-workings of older garments. If you didn’t think you’d ever own a dress made from a dad-like button down, it’s time to reconsider.
“Best clothes, something for everyone—you might struggle for shorts/pants if you're above a ladies 12 but they have great dresses instead!” - Lin Collins
“This place offers up some great unique clothing and has a vintage vibe.”- Myia Tabassam
Potts Point Vintage
Minutes from the CBD, Potts Point Vintage is known for high-quality pieces. If you’re after a vintage wedding gown, consider this shop; they specialise in wedding dresses and luxury garments.
“Best vintage shop in Sydney.” - Viv Madagan