As a lover of what I call the ‘vintage shopping experience’ (my mom deems it as ‘karang guni’ scavenging), the highlight of my trip to Melbourne in June was visiting the many incredible vintage shops and second-hand clothing stores.
Vintage shopping (also called ‘opportunity shopping’) in Melbourne is rewarding and eye-opening. The city is just teeming with non-profit second-hand stores and curated vintage shops. The main perk of vintage shopping is no doubt the wallet-friendly prices. There’s also the satisfaction of being able to own a unique piece that you probably would not see anyone else on the street wearing it! Here’s the lowdown on the vintage shops and op stores that almost led me to an unchecked spending spree.
Lost and Found Market
1-5 Perry Street, Collingwood
With a second location in Smith Street, the new Lost and Found Market is bigger and better than ever before. Chock full of knick-knacks and collectibles, you can expect vinyl records, vintage clothing, books, furniture and more. Almost anything you can find in the market is for sale (Granted there’s a price tag attached of course).
The items are sourced from various sellers who set up their individual stall in the market to display their wares. Decorated by the sellers, each stall has its individual look and concept. All you need is just a bit of patience to navigate the many interesting spaces and hidden nooks and crannies in the market. I scored a pair of vintage pony-hair sneakers (hidden in a small cabinet) for just AUD$15.
330 Sydney Road, Brunswick
With close to 5,000 items hitting their stores daily, Savers lives up to their claim of being the recycle superstore. It would have been an overwhelming shopping experience in a megastore with long aisles brimming with stocks, but the careful organization in Savers makes it an easier bargain-hunting process.
The store is neatly divided into men, women, kids, shoes, books, furniture and more. Products are further organized in racks and shelves according to size and even garment style. Be prepared to spend hours in the store rummaging through the barrage of stocks. You’ll be hard-pressed to leave the store empty-handed.
Camberwell Sunday Market
Station Street, Camberwell
A street market happening every Sunday, there are 370 stalls at Camberwell Market for you to browse to your heart’s content. Stallholders are only permitted to hawk their second-hand goods or handcrafted wares, which makes Camberwell Market a great place for you to snap up pre-loved clothes, handmade accessories, furniture and collectibles.
Most stallholders are pretty friendly and cool with price negotiation. So don’t be afraid to ask nicely for a better price for that pair of sandals or the sundress you’ve been eyeing!
*Photos of Savers & Camberwell Sunday Market are sourced from google images.