Your Guide to Sydney’s Best Vintage Fashion Buys
Away from your suburban shopping centres lies an array of vintage fashion and style havens. Sydney’s vintage scene is growing fast. There’s a bunch of internationally famous online stores and heaps of brick-and-mortar shops specialising in vintage fashion styles. Find your next vintage band tee or designer handbag at one of these beauties.
Sydney’s, and arguably Australia’s, premium reseller of luxury designer fashion style pieces, Blue Spinach has been around for over 20 years. Originally just a stand-alone store in Darlinghurst, it’s now grown to be recognised as a go-to online destination as well. Their expertise, professionalism and level of detail and care makes this store stand-out in the sea of consignments. In store and online.
Where: 348 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst
Cream on Vintage
This is where clothes come to get a second chance at life. Cream’s vision is to showcase that second-hand clothes can be just as fashionable as mainstream fashion style. This isn’t your average op shop. Here, there’s a mix of hand-picked vintage fashion style and upcycled clothing. Their upcycling process ensures that as much of the garment is used as possible. A bit of a shirt here, a bit of a shirt there. Three brick-and-mortar stores.
Where: 317 King St, Newtown; 316-318 Crown St, Darlinghurst; 107A Hunter St, Newcastle
Spending your Saturday mornings at Glebe Markets is a ritual for many Sydney-siders. There are stalls upon stalls of second-hand clothes. Some are run by average Joes cleaning out their wardrobe and others are run by weekly stallholders who specialise in vintage fashion styles. Remember to bring cash!
Where: Corner of Derby Place and Glebe Pt. Rd, Glebe
Only one year old, this young gun is fast becoming Australia’s leading online vintage store. Founded on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, their coastal and laidback influences can be seen in their selection of vintage fashion styles. Known for their unisex oversized tees, cosy sweatshirts and kappa jackets. With over 100 items added daily, this is one online store that’s very addictive.
Life is a highway for Route 66. Born in 1983 after a trip to America by its owners, it continues to thrive as a marketplace for unique, quality vintage fashion styles. From the retro cowgirl painted on the side of its building, to its eclectic and chaotic interiors, Route 66 is teeming with life and personality. There’s a reason that it’s considered one of Sydney’s cultural institutions. Shop online or in store.
Where: 255 Crown St, Darlinghurst
Hand painted rainbow letterng spelling out ‘stairway to vintage heaven’ greets you as you enter Storeroom Vintage. Famous for their edgy fashion style and graphic tees, Storeroom Vintage has become a celebrity hotspot. The likes of Kendall Jenner, Anderson .Paak, Drake, Halsey, Post Malone and Kelly Rowland have dropped by and picked out some goods. Join them by shopping online or in store in Surry Hills.
Where: 257 Crown St, Surry Hills
Well, it’s five hours out of Sydney, but arguably, it’s worth the drive. Sustainability is at the core of Wrecked Vintage. Hand picking individual pieces from around the world, each colourful and feminine item is chosen thoughtfully and shot on models with various body types. It’s not just vintage fashion style, there’s also a variety of ethical lifestyle, womenswear, kidswear and shoe brands too.
Where: Shop 6, 100-104 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour