Turn back time and explore Melbourne’s best Vintage Stores
Vintage shopping is on the up, with styles of the past making their way back into the contemporary fashion world. While many are hopping on the latest old-school trends, there has also been a steady transition from fast to slow fashion, with shoppers selecting pre-loved homewares and quality vintage clothes over fresh-off-the-shelf alternatives.
What better place to explore the best in all things vintage than the hipster hub of Melbourne? From trendy Fitzroy to South Yarra, Southbank and the bustling CBD, discover our round-up of best-loved Melbourne vintage shops.
Located in Fitzroy, Vintage Garage is a boutique vintage marketplace housing a collection from over 40 specialist vintage dealers. This quirky and colourful vintage shop, split over two levels, is filled with vintage rarities, edgy streetwear, and flamboyant festival outfits. Think acid floral bodysuits, studded denim jackets, sequin sergeant hats, and rainbow platform boots. But that’s not all; Vintage Garage also features a selection of accessories, records, homewares, bric-a-brac and memorabilia to bring a little colour to your wardrobe or home.
Address: 323 Smith St, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Retrostar Vintage Clothing
Australia’s largest vintage store, Retrostar, is located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. First opening in 2002, the vintage shop is home to a dazzling selection of clothing, accessories and shoes from the 40s to 90s. Explore the racks of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces from Adidas track jackets, floral sundresses and tie-up blouses to paisley print bandanas, Converse trainers and Rolling Stones tour t-shirts. Retrostar also hosts regular sales at their Brunswick warehouse with unmissable deals under $10.
Address: First floor, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne
Secondo in South Yarra is a treasure trove of luxury vintage items, pre-loved garments and accessories. You will find more affordable pieces from local independent designers amongst the glamorous array of Valentino pumps, Chloe dresses, Fendi boots, Chanel bags, and Dior bracelets. New clients are welcome to consign their luxury vintage clothes at the store, receiving up to 40% on all garments sold.
Address: 286 Toorak Rd, South Yarra, Melbourne
American Rag has specialised in vintage clothing, footwear and accessories for the past 28 years. The iconic Melbourne vintage shop is home to one-of-a-kind pieces that span several decades, from hand-beaded purses from the 1940s and 60s bucket hats to 70s sequin-trim dresses and classic mom jeans from the early 90s. With two locations in Melbourne CBD and Southgate, American Rag is a fixture of Melbourne’s second-hand scene with an extensive and unique range sourced straight from the USA.
Address: 15-17 QV Terrace, Melbourne
Shop U6, Southgate Shopping and Restaurant Complex, Southbank, Melbourne
Handpicked and sourced from around the world, Vintage Sole provides affordable pre-loved clothing from three locations in Melbourne, with the goal of keeping clothing out of landfill and creating an ethical alternative to fast fashion. From Vintage Sole’s outlets in Fitzroy, Windsor and Melbourne CBD, you will find retro classics and vintage favourites, including Levi jeans, FILA sweatshirts, Ralph Lauren button-downs and 80s Reebok windbreakers.
Address: 258 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne
6/37 Swanston Street, Melbourne
153 Chapel Street, Windsor, Melbourne
Located in Preston, Retropolis is a haven for all things vintage with handpicked items from over 40 collectors. The sprawling indoor marketplace is home to a selection of collectables and curios, records and instruments, fashion and furniture from every era. This eclectic Melbourne vintage store is open seven days a week and is a browse and buy paradise with colourful creations around every corner. Think Hawaiian shirts, vintage kimonos, 70s lamp shades, old school armchairs, psychedelic flares, unique prints and portraits, 90s sunglasses and much more.
Address: 1 Newman St, Preston, Melbourne