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Bowerbird Online Vintage

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Published June 3rd 2011
Online store Bowerbird Vintage sources second-hand clothing which it sells with online convenience. Perfect for the retro-loving fashionista who just doesn't have time to trawl through op-shops. Bowerbird offers a collection of authentic garments which suit today's indie-chic style perfectly. Based in Sydney, most pieces are sourced locally although they could come from anywhere across Australia and New Zealand.

What sets Bowerbird apart from other online vintage stores is its affordability. While other retailers often charge top dollar for their St. Vinnies finds, this site aims to be reasonable in its pricing. There is also a clearance section of finds under $35, just to make things easier for a fashionista on a budget.

Garments are sorted by type; with categories for dresses, tops and bottoms. Evening wear, which mostly consists of gorgeous and affordable long dresses, are in a separate section. Most items are marked with the era they are from, with the majority being from the 70s and 80s.

The crafty label Rescued by Bowerbird recycles vintage clothing which was not fit to be worn upon discovery, by repairing and altering the garments to give them a modern touch.

While there are some authentically last century finds in the accessories section, there are also many modern handcrafted creations. True to its name, Bowerbird seems to favour bird motifs, with avian designs featuring on necklaces and earrings ranging from about $16 - $30. There are even necklaces made out of real scrabble tiles, with a bird design adorning one side.

Measurements and the modern size equivalent of each garment is given in the description, to help determine if it's the right fit. If you're still not sure, the returns policy is quite lax on full priced items, which can be sent back for any reason at all. Purchases can be made online via credit card or PayPal. Items can be shipped anywhere in the world, with a flat rate of $9.90 within Australia and $AUD19.00 internationally.
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Why? Because it's easier than doing your own op-shopping.
When: 24/7.
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Cost: From about $12.
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