Okay, let's get one thing clear – there's a difference between vintage stores and op shops. Op shops are typically volunteer run charity endeavours where one can rummage through racks of helter skelter clothing and bric-a-brac in the hopes of sorting trash from treasure. Vintage stores are retail outlets, usually owner operated, where remnants of a bygone era are lovingly sourced and displayed. Vintage stores prices are higher because someone's already done the searching for you.
Now that that's understood, let's take a look at some of Brisbane's premier vintage outlets.
I've since discovered Bayside Antiques and Collectibles in Cleveland (162 Bloomfield Street). There's nothing trendy or ironic about this establishment; it's simply a store run by collectors, for collectors. It's also deceptively large, with loads of nooks and crannies to explore. An added bonus – genuine 1970s prices.