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WORDS BY HANNAH COHEN
Vintage, designer, well-loved? We’ve got it covered.
It’s a frosty morning, an oat latte is clutched between your hands. A scarf is tossed effortlessly around your neck, an empty tote bag swings off your arm; it’s op shop day.
You’ve never been more ready to hunt through racks upon racks of pre-loved pieces just waiting to be tried on in not-so-roomy changerooms, where you’ll dream of all the ways you could style your new finds. But there’s only one problem – you don’t know where to begin.
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Well, consider your thrifted prayers answered. Below, we’ve put together a guide to some of our favourite secondhand spots in Sydney that are helping to extend the life of many a pre-loved garment.
Grounded in the belief that everyone deserves access to incredible pieces of clothing, U-turn Vintage is a treasure trove of affordable pre-loved items. From carefully selected vintage and secondhand clothes to accessories you couldn’t find anywhere else, U-turn has been the number one spot for a sustainable fashion fix since 2005. The franchises’ chain of stores can be found in some of Sydney’s most frequented metro areas.
686 Darling Street, Rozelle and multiple other locations
Salvos in Westleigh
You just can’t go past a really good Salvos. With a great range of clothing, brick-a-brack, trinkets, books and so much more, this Salvos is recommended by those who reside nearby, making it a must-visit if you’re in the area.
Shop 21 Westleigh Shopping Town, 4 Eucalyptus Dr, Westleigh
C’s Flash Back
Originally getting its start at Glebe Markets (see below), C’s FlashBack is a haven for all things denim and vintage. Think overalls straight from the ’90s, a plethora of vintage graphic tees, bunches of retro button-downs and leather bomber jackets for you to sift through, archived merchandise from cult brands, plus so much more.
314 Crown St, Surry Hills
Known for its world-class range of clothes, shoes, home goods and accessories, Glebe Markets is a must-do Sydney staple for any secondhand lover. Set to the vibrant backdrop of live music, the hum of avid shoppers and the smell of delicious food, this market truly has something for everyone.
Corner of Derby Place and Glebe Pt. Rd, Glebe
Swop Clothing Exchange
Swop is a nationwide clothing exchange store that has a beautiful shopfront in Newtown, Sydney. The store is grounded in the sustainable values of a circular fashion economy and sources high-quality, pre-loved clothes from the local community to provide a great selection for all genders and bodies.
112 Enmore Rd, Newtown
Home to vintage sneakers and a selection of enviable secondhand streetwear pieces, Irreplaceable Store’s shopfront in the heart of Newtown is hard to miss – and for good reason. If you’re not intrigued by the consignment store’s great taste in pre-loved garments alone, it also has a friendly dog that greets you at the door. Heaven, if you ask me.
475 King Street, Newtown
Curators of bespoke designer staples and handpicked vintage pieces, Zoo Emporium has been supplying Sydney with a fabulous range of kooky, pre-loved outfits for over 30 years. Famous for its retro vibes and one-of-a-kind accessories, entering its store feels like a step back in time, in the best way possible.
180 Campbell Street, Surry Hills
An unassuming treasure trove of much-loved high street brands sold at a fraction of the price, The Restore in Sydney’s Seven Hills has an incredible range of secondhand pieces that are just waiting to be snapped up. The op shop’s industrial-cool vibe, reasonable price tags and its huge selection of clothes arranged in order of size set the stage for a successful and fuss-free shopping trip.
154 Best Road, Seven Hills
Offering a selection of authentic vintage pieces and upcycled garments, Storeroom Vintage is committed to giving ’90s and noughties fashion a second life. The store boasts a massive range of handpicked items from around the globe.
47 Enmore Road, Newtown
Potts Point Vintage
Specialising in eclectic vintage occasion wear, Potts Point Vintage oozes old-school, retro vibes. Stocking a wide selection of period pieces and accessories to boot, the vintage store caters to a range of styles.
2/8a Hughes St, Potts Point
To learn more about the importance of the circular fashion economy, head here.