Your Ultimate Guide to Shopping Vintage in Melbourne
Melbourne is known for its cafe culture, bustling nightlife and, most importantly, its shopping. Designer stores and shopping strips aside, it’s the vintage that gets us most excited about visiting the city. Knowing where to look can be overwhelming—Melbourne is bustling with second hand and consignment stores, and unless you know where to look, you’ll spend more time wandering, and less time shopping.
If you're a local, and you're looking for some new places to rummage for vintage, or you're planning a visit to the city, we’ve put together your ultimate vintage shopping guide (including the stores with e-tail).
Before you start your shopping spree, brush up on your vintage knowledge—like how to buy vintage denim, how to style a vintage tee, and how to find the right vintage silhouette for your body.
Keep scrolling for our ultimate Melbourne vintage directory.
At Eurotrash, you'll find luxury and rare designer items from Chanel, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana (you get the drift), and the best part? You can shop online, too.
With more than 80 years of rich history, Hunter Gatherer is one of the originals. It stocks an eclectic mix of recycled, designer, and retro fashion.
True vintage lovers know about Martin Fella Vintage. You'll find truly original pieces, including designer accessories, men's and women's apparel, and homewares.
Out of the Closet sources its vintage from around the world—including Europe and America. Visit if you're looking for a classic '80s neon windcheater.
Established in 2002, Retrostar Vintage Clothing calls itself Australia's largest vintage store. We can't know for sure (because we haven't visited every vintage store in Australia!), but if its extensive (and affordable) range online is anything to go by, this one is a must-visit.
Secondo is actually what vintage dreams are made of: A highly curated edit (in store, and online), of hard-to-find designer labels.
We still haven't recovered from Shag closing its Sydney doors. Lucky we still have its Melbourne and online store to fulfill our vintage dreams. Make Shag your go-to for fun, bright pieces, that you'll never see anywhere else.
At Sheila Vintage, you'll find clothes, shoes and accessories from the '50s, through to the '90s.
You know how we're in the middle of a '90s fashion resurgence? Sunday Vintage has all the best and original pieces.
Vintage Sole is where you'll find those perfect vintage Levi's (and if you can't visit the store, you can shop it on Etsy).
Think of it as an investment. It will only increase in value.
We'll style it with a crisp white button-down shirt.
If your wardrobe is missing a simple black pencil skirt, then you need this.
This colour is everything. Style it with tan accessories and gold jewellery.
Wear them with your hair up, to really show them off.
Do you love to shop vintage? Share your favourite shopping spots in the comments below.
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Story research: Courtney Dolan
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