If you have difficulty distinguishing between a thrift store and a vintage store, or if you think the two are pretty much the same thing, then I'll have to ask you to take a little look in Boxvintage in West End. It will change the way you look at vintage stores, forever. Second-hand clothing doesn't have to be synonymous with "drab", "damaged" or "this-smells-like-old-people". The clothes that adorn the front entrance are just a tiny sample of the sumptuous array of timeless treasures that can be found inside.
Vibrant colours and rich textures seem to jump out from every surface of the shop. Your eyes will do the initial sweep over the space, you might see the pairs of cowboy boots lined up along a shelf, there's Kenny Rogers smiling out from a baseball shirt over on the wall and are those traffic signals hanging over there? Why yes, yes they are. Welcome to Boxvintage.
From the beautiful beaded dresses on display, to the comfy-looking red velvet couch that beckons from against the wall, every item of clothing and carefully selected décor reminds you that this is how a vintage store should be. Boasting a mammoth selection of leather jackets, band tees and dresses in every colour imaginable, any Brisbanite would make good use of their time in this shop.
It's fair to say that Boxvintage has character. The fitting rooms alone seem to hold more interest than 90% of the shops in your regular Westfield. Every item seems to have history behind it, every piece has a story to tell. Which, I guess, brings us to the business end of things. Boxvintage isn't exactly cheap, but I mean that not only in the way of prices but also, perhaps more importantly, in terms of quality. If you're willing to pay a little more for something completely unique- a true vintage item- then Boxvintage really is the place to be.
If you are planning to visit Box Vintage, it's now moved homes to 73 Vulture Street, West End (next door to The End bar, close to the main West End intersection). Box Vintage's old premises are currently hosting a pop-up artspace.