Greta Mayr
11 Best Op Shops in Melbourne For Vintage Clothing | Man of Many
For classic vintage clothing in Melbourne that remains unique, you can’t look past Vintage Sole. Check out their online store or visit one of their three op shops in Melbourne to find garments of the utmost vintage chic. They have a huge range of polos, overalls, shirts, sneakers and accessories at affordable prices, proving you don’t have to spend a fortune on generic items to look and feel your best. The only problem with shopping here will the constant question from your mates of ‘where did you get that?’
1. Vintage Sole
Rather than hitting Google and searching for ‘op shops near me’, go straight to the source and block out every Sunday morning in your calendar for a trip to the Camberwell Sunday Market. It’s an eccentric array of secondhand, antique or vintage fashion and paraphernalia will give you that warm fuzzy feeling that only the best thrift stores in Melbourne provide. From homemade bow ties to European art dealers or canoe ornaments from the Solomon Islands, there is no telling what sort of trinkets and exemplar Melbourne vintage you might snatch up here. And the best part is that every purchase raises money for Balwyn Rotary, which supports numerous community and humanitarian causes.
2. Camberwell Market
For anyone that can’t resist an earthy coloured paisley shirt, you’ll definitely feel at home in Shappere. The Melbourne op shop has a huge range of men’s shirts, leather shoes, biker jackets, fantastic vintage hats, cosy knits and whatever else you can locate within their constantly changing stock. Shappere is easily one of the best op shops Melbourne has to offer.
3. Shappere
In one corner you might think you’re in a rural market in Peru, then turn around and you’ll feel as though you’ve travelled to a fashion boutique in the 60s. For the most fabulous and even at times ridiculous clothing, bags, shoes and watches, be sure to check out one of the most renowned thrift stores in Melbourne, Shag. With foreign and local Melbourne vintage, the prints, colours and designs really have to be seen (and worn) to be appreciated. Definitely one of the more eclectic op shops Melbourne has produced.
4. Shag
Retrostar Vintage Clothing lays claim to being the largest vintage store in Australia. They specialise in clothing, shoes, bags and accessories from the 1940s to the 1990s. Nab yourself a retro sweatshirt or sports jersey, some old-school sunnies, your next festival bucket hat or the most expressive and downright incredible socks you will find anywhere (think dinosaurs on skateboards or cats doing water sports). If you can’t find an item that you instantly fall in love with at this op shop in Melbourne CBD, you’re probably doing something wrong.
5. Retrostar Vintage
One of the best op shops Melbourne has produced, the Vintage Garage Marketplace wants to help you ‘battle the boring and murder the mundane.’ Do so by sifting through their collection of over 40 vintage dealers and designers and find vintage styles that speak to your inner fashion soul. Discover a unique piece for your next festival, party or stroll through the city streets (probably scoping out the other great vintage stores in Melbourne).
6. Vintage Garage
Give your wardrobe and entire house all the sprucing opportunities it could dream of with one of the most unexpectedly awe-inspiring vintage shops Melbourne has to offer. This Melbourne op shop provides top clothing brands from decades past in excellent condition at a fraction of their original price, plus quirky trinkets and eye-catching accessories.
7. Toorak Opportunity Shops
Hunter Gatherer is known for its highly-curated collection of Brotherhood of St Lawrence’s clothing donations. The finest items donated to the Brotherhood’s 27 Melbourne stores are transferred to Hunter Gatherer, offering you an unparalleled collection of second-hand fashion. One of the best op shops Melbourne has laid claim to, you’ll be able to find whatever tickles your fancy here.
8. Hunter Gatherer
With a raft of vintage clothing, “The Ashy” Op Shop has everything you need to fulfil your retro desires. The Melbourne op shop sells donated clothing, accessories, homewares and furniture, with funds raised going towards the community and not-for-profit organisation Samarinda. If you want to get into one of the best op shops Melbourne has to offer, it’s worth heading down to Ashburton.
9. The Ashy
Three of our favourite op shops in Melbourne, the Sacred Heart Mission stores have all the goodies you could ask for. With vintage bargains to be had across clothing, art, furniture and jewellery, it’s more than worth the trip. Our pick for leatherwear, shoes and dresses, these three Melbourne op shops are hard to go past.
10. Sacred Heart Mission
One of Melbourne’s iconic and longest-running secondhand, antique and retro stores, the Chapel Street Bazaar is a beacon on the Melbourne op shop map. Home to over 80 stall holders, each with their own passion, products and knowledge in the one convenient and easy to find store.
11. Chapel Street Bazaar
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