15 Best Thrift and Vintage Stores in Sydney
Take a trip down retro-lane with our list of the best thrift and vintage stores Sydney has to offer. If you’re looking for vintage band tees, retro windbreakers, double-knee work pants or hard-to-find sneakers you’ll want to start your search here. These shops are full of character and personality, making the Sydney vintage clothing scene one of the best in Australia. Reviving the retro styles of eras past never gets old and straying away from the mass-produced items in clothing chains is always a plus.
While we obviously love new menswear collections, the best vintage stores Sydney has to offer promise you affordable one-off pieces that express your individuality while helping the environment at the same time. Here are the best thrift and vintage stores that Sydney has to offer.
Related: Some of our favourite vintage stores also make our list of the best sneaker stores in Sydney.
Best Vintage Stores in Sydney at a Glance
Our list of the best vintage stores in Sydney goes like this.
- Best vintage store in Sydney overall: The Stitch Up
- Best for sneakers: Irreplaceable Store
- Best for vintage band t-shirts: Storeroom Vintage
- Widest vintage selection: The Wilde Merchant
- Best for vintage western: Route 66
Now we’ve had a look at our favourites, let’s check out the complete list.
1. The Wilde Merchant
The Wilde Merchant sits at the pointy end of our list of vintage stores in Sydney for its wide selection of clothing and apparel. While others have a focus on band t-shirts and sneakers, we love how TWM offers quality pieces from Japan, America, Workwear, and the Military. You’ll find everything from double-knee work pants and overshirts to brands such as Pendleton and Carharrt.
Address: 500 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm
Phone: 0407 155 594
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2. The Stitch Up Sydney
The Stitch Up is one of Sydney’s newest vintage and second-hand clothing stores. They specialise in buying, selling, and trading some of the rarest and most sought-after clothes and footwear on the market. They have a great range of vintage band tees, Nike Airmax sneakers, and hype brands such as Supreme, Palace and A Bathing Ape in store for your wallet to feast on. The Stitch Up is also keen to buy any of the old gear that you might not wear anymore. They offer reasonable cash-out pricing on rare and sought-after clothing. If you’re sitting on a goldmine of vintage gear head in-store and have them price up your vintage threads.
Address: 583 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm
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If you’re looking for the best range of Japanese designer vintage in Sydney, you can’t look past 108WAREHOUSE. While their selection isn’t as wide as the other inclusions on our list, the brands are top-quality with a selection of Comme Des Garcons, And Wander, Porter, Needles, Issey Miyake, and more. We’re also big fans of their range of accessories, with bags, totes, and incense. Grab yourself a coffee and have a browse!
Address: 1/213 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
Hours: Thur 12-7pm, Fri-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12-5pm
Phone: 0419 499 459
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4. Real King Vintage
Real King Vintage is one of Sydney’s original vintage clothing stores. Here you will find a massive selection of vintage t-shirts and outerwear that is neatly organised for your rack-hunting pleasure. Each section is sorted by brand, and there’s plenty to choose from, there Nike, Carharrt, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger and Polo Ralph Laurent to name a few. There’s also a great selection of women’s clothing so keep an eye out for your partner while you’re there. Real King Vintage has a great online store as well, so if you can’t make it in-store just head online for your fave vintage threads.
Address: 471 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
Hours: Mon-Tue 12-6pm, Wed-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm
Check out Real King Vintage Find them on Instagram
5. Storeroom Vintage
Providing the Surry Hills and Newtown districts with the finest handpicked vintage clothing, Storeroom Vintage has gone through a few location changes over the last two years but they’ve found their home in two of Sydney’s trendiest suburbs. With the recent expansion, you can now browse from Sydney’s largest range of vintage clothes from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Storeroom Vintage has a great selection of vintage band t-shirts, jeans, trousers, hats, caps, and outerwear that could leave you running through the rack for hours. They also host a quality online store, so if you’re not in Sydney check it out as they offer worldwide shipping.
Address: 296 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-6pm
Address: 47 Enmore Rd, Newtown NSW 2042
Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-6pm
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6. Route 66
Route 66 is our pick of the best vintage stores in Sydney for Western and Americana. If you’re in need of a Western outfit for a birthday party or (in our case, a wedding), you can’t look past this store. This is also our pick for the best vintage denim in Sydney, with a range of Lee, Wrangler, and Carharrt.
Address: Shop 2/82-84 Enmore Rd, Newtown NSW 2042
Hours: Mon 11m-5pm, Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat 10:30am-6pm, Thur 10:30am-7pm
Phone: (02) 9331 6686
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7. Fabrique Vintage
Fabrique Vintage makes our list of the best vintage stores in Sydney thanks to its wide variety of clothing. While it doesn’t have a particular theme, sometimes that’s half the fun because you’ll never know what you’ll find. There’s everything from vintage sneakers, to jeans and even overalls.
Address: 1 Wilson St, Newtown NSW 2042
Phone: Mon-Sun 11am-6pm
Address: 127 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
Phone: Mon-Sun 11am-6pm
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8. Irreplaceable Store
Irreplaceable Store is home to some of the most sought-after sneakers and clothes in Sydney. Here you will find everything your hypebeast soul needs. From vintage t-shirts to hype gear like Supreme and vintage Nike Dunk eg. Reese Forbes, Gibson Guitar Case, and Heineken to name just a few. Similar to The Stitch Up, this store also offers a buy, sell and trade business model, where they will happily cash you out on some of your old rare gear.
Address: 411 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm
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9. The Real Deal
You will find some of the best customer service and a great atmosphere at this vintage store in Sydney. To go along with their customer service is a great selection of vintage threads with a strong emphasis on hype brands and shoes from the likes of Supreme, A Bathing Ape, Palace, Nike SB, and Jordan Brand. The Real Deal also offers a buy, sell and trade.
Address: 308 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-6pm
Phone: 0401 138 821
10. C’s Flashback Secondhand Clothing
Ever gone through some of your grandparents’ old clothes and been shocked by the realisation that your grandpa used to have style and you would happily wear his clothes now? Well imagine pooling hundreds of these wardrobes together filled with the most outrageous vintage styles of yesteryear and the result is the retro boutique, C’s Flashback.
Address: 314 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Phone: (02) 9331 7833
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11. Zoo Vintage Emporium
Emporium is definitely an apt name for this two-story supplier of hand-picked designer and collectible vintage styles. Zoo Emporium Vintage has a whole floor dedicated to sale items and another featuring 70s and 80s funky retro fashion, easily making it one of the most affordable, diverse and straight-up best thrift stores in Sydney.
Address: Unit B/180 Campbell St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12-5pm
Phone: (02) 9380 5990
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12. Potts Point Vintage
For the most unique and exciting vintage styles in Sydney, you can’t go past Arnold Kieldgaard’s menagerie of vintage goods, Potts Points Vintage. The Sydney thrift store has you covered for all your vintage furs, menswear specialties such as watches, English fine china or basically anything from the 1930s. Think Gaultier jackets, a Venetian decanter set and trilby hats by Stetson – and everything in between.
Address: 2/8A Hughes St, Potts Point NSW 2011
Hours: Mon-Tue 11am-4pm, Thur-Fri 11am-4pm, Sat 10am-3pm
Phone: 0402 884 349
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13. The Restore
The Restore in Seven hills is one of the more multidisciplinary op shops in Sydney – also encompassing a cafe, food relief and counselling provider. Outside of Sydney’s usual vintage digs, they strive to be the best thrift store in Western Sydney. The RESTORE only shelves the finest quality second-hand clothes and goods, with great brands and great prices.
Address: 154 Best Rd, Seven Hills NSW 2147
Hours: Tues-Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sat 9:30am-1pm
Phone: 0490 719 885
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14. The Wayside Chapel Op Shop North Bondi
The Wayside Chapel is committed to ensuring that all members of the Eastern suburb’s community have access to essential health, welfare, social and recreational services. For some eclectic and ethical shopping (aka the best shopping in Sydney), Wayside Op Shops in Kings Cross and Bondi bring you a huge range of bargain buys. You will find plenty of affordable designer labels and quirky handmade items, while also putting money straight back into their programs to help marginalised members of the community.
Address: 42-44 Warners Ave, North Bondi NSW 2026
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat 9am-2:30pm
Phone: (02) 9581 9127
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15. U-Turn Recycled Fashion
Enjoy a pleasure-filled rummage through the expansive choice of preloved clothing and accessories at Uturn. Shop online or visit one of their six vintage shops in Sydney to nab yourself the most fashionable retro finds. U-Turn is one of the best op shops Sydney has to offer.
Address: 33/277 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:30am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm
Phone: (02) 9332 3583
Address: 286 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:30am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm
Phone: (02) 9557 4724
Address: 35 Hall St, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 10:30am-5:30pm
Phone: (02) 9130 6243
Address: 686 Darling St, Rozelle NSW 2039
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Phone: (02) 9555 6703
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How Man of Many Chose the Best Vintage Stores in Sydney
You’ll see a few vintage stores on our list that you won’t find on other round-ups, that’s because we’ve personally ventured into every single one of the places on this list. We live and breathe clothing and vintage, we’ve even sold and consigned items through places such as The Stitch Up. Our guide to the best vintage stores in Sydney has been compiled through the personal experiences of our editors. Specifically, this article’s author, Ben Mckimm.
Vintage Stores in Sydney FAQs
What is an Op Shop?
Short for Opportunity Shop, an Op Shop is a store where new or used clothes can be donated and then resold at a low price.
Where are the best Op Shops in Sydney?
You can find great op shops all across Sydney but, Oxford Street in Darlinghurst and King Street in Newtown are particularly popular places to find cool vintage clothes.
Why is it good to shop at Op Shops?
Not only are Op Shops a great place to get a deal, you can also find unique and stylish vintage clothes that can't be purchased anywhere else.
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