Best vintage shops in Melbourne

Time Out fossicks through the best vintage in all corners of Melbourne, making sure you’re dressed to the nines in whatever era you’re wedded

Sheila Vintage

This store is as unpretentious as the vintage threads you’ll find inside; and the great staff will help you locate the gem you’re looking for. The style here leans towards ’70s classics, so any men pursuing a Marlboro Man image are well catered for, and ladies, if you like your tops sparkly and your pants tight, then watch out, disco queen, coz you’re going down to Devil Gate Drive. Fitzroy.

Martin Fella

This three-year-old store in North Melbourne is for the daring fashionistas. Martin Fella himself says that he sources the best from American designers from the ’50s to m’80s – many of whom were responsible for Hollywood glam and glitter – and also French labels such as Lea Stein, St. Tropez and Pierre Cardin. North Melbourne.

Hobo Clothing

In a tiny arcade in Hawthorn, incongruously rubbing shoulders with Asian takeaways and the underpass to Glenferrie train station, is Hobo Clothing. Anna Teplitzky says her shop is like “stepping into a girlfriend’s wardrobe”. She stocks Japanese and Korean vintage for the quality of fabric and attention to detail – whether that be button or trim. Carlton.

Circa Vintage Clothing

It’s like a time warp, stepping into Nicole Jenkins’ private Idaho on Gertrude Street but then she’s shaped a whole career around vintage wear, penning award-winning book Love Vintage, and presenting regular talks, workshops and fashion parades. Circa is a curated vintage clothing shop featuring fully restored men’s and ladies’ wear and accessories from the Victorian era to the ’80s. Most garments are from the '40s and '50s - frocks, suits, bags, scarves, pill box hats - everything you could want to channel the late Jackie O. The prices may be steep but you get what you pay for and the pieces here are in mint condition. And ladies, there is a lingerie section to tantalise your loved one… or someone you just met, you cheeky fox. Melbourne.

Hunter Gatherer

The charity Brotherhood of St Laurence runs the Hunter Gatherer stores around Melbourne where they sell vintage threads for more than charitable prices. Hunters and gatherers are literally employed to scour the donations to the Brotherhood to find the best vintage wares to sell. So the shopping here is like one big op shop - minus the duds, the torn and the stained. Four locations are scattered in the north, south, east and city, and with a sale always on, it pays to visit your local store and buy that new piece for fun. Melbourne.

Shappere

If you’re ever on the lookout for the perfect leather boots, brown leather belt or across the shoulder bag then get to Shappere. They even sell reworked bomber jackets made from recycled leather. Vintage fabrics are reworked to make dresses and skirts. Fitzroy.

Shag

Shag reminds me of a Grace Jones film clip – on steroids. Bold prints, animal prints, shoulder pads and asymmetrical dresses reign supreme. With three locations in Melbourne, all stores are filled with eclectic clothing and accessories. By selling a mixture of vintage and new, the masterminds behind Shag, Grant Francis and Jeremy Valentine, are always on the lookout to stock kaleidoscope of colour, print and fabric in their stores. Melbourne.

Velour

Catering for both the lads and ladies, Velour covers all eras, but with a focus on ’60s and ’70s funk and groove. Frocks with peep bows and ruffled sleeves; men’s pants flared and printed – there’s something here for the funky and groovy in all of us. Velour offers a hand picked selection of top notch wearable pieces from the US and Europe, as well as locally sourced vintage and recycled designer labels right in the heart of Melbourne’s vibrant St Kilda. St Kilda.

Thread Den

Thread Den is Australia's original combined retail store and sewing lounge. Not only is there an ever-changing range of vintage and independent designer collections promoting Australian fashions, they also teach people how to make their own clothing. The clothes here are cutesy, girly, fashionable and fun. Fitzroy.

Dear Gladys

If you want to be Alexa-Chung-at-Glastonbury for a day, then head into Dear Gladys. This not-for-profit vintage and contemporary boutique is the perfect place to step into to get a look with a whole lotta Camden charm for a fraction of the price. It's an explosive mix of Carnaby Street dresses, '70s sparkle and glamourous appeal; a collection of some of the most wearable, quality vintage in the heart of Northcote. Northcote.

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First published on 14 Sep 2011. Updated on 10 Mar 2014.

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