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Where is Melbourne's Best Vintage Clothing Store?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published September 21st 2011
Melbourne is arguably Australia's vintage fashion centre, but how do you sort the dazzling from the duds? We're looking for Melbourne's best vintage clothing stores, from the big superstores to the tiny boutiques. We've got a few ideas about some good ones, but we want your opinions on where we'll find Melbourne's best. So give us your best fashion tips, so we can find Melbourne's stylish vintage threads.

RetroStar Vintage Clothing is a great place to start. They have a huge collection of vintage and retro gear, claiming to be the largest vintage clothing store in Australia. Surely amongst the racks of clothes there are some brilliant vintage gems. As well as clothing you'll also be able to find a great range of bags, shoes, and accessories. You'll find RetroStar on Swanston Street in the middle of the city.

Bam Bam Vintage is also jam packed full of a whole range of stylish vintage clothing. Bam Bam have a bit of a twist, not only can you find some great pieces for your own wardrobe, but they're also a costume shop. Whether you're dressing up as Snow White or Spiderman, or want to replicate your favourite era from the 1920s to the 1980s, you'll find a costume for everything. So whether you're shopping, or looking to hire, Bam Bam is a worthwhile stop.

Velour Vintage are all about fashion, and you'll find a great range of fashionable pieces that easily blend with contemporary styles. If you're looking to tweak your wardrobe with a vintage twist to current trends then Velour is the place to head. There are plenty of smaller vintage fashion boutiques all over Melbourne that always have some unique pieces. Whether you're looking for a warm winter coat, or some show stopping go-go boots, these small stores are always great to trawl through.

There are so many other options all over Melbourne. Of course there are always the op-shops like the Salvo's or Red Cross, or giant vintage and secondhand superstores like Savers. These aren't always full of great finds, but after enough searching you'll often unearth a few treasures. So let us know where you like to shop, and help us uncover Melbourne's best vintage fashion stores.
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The Lost and Found Market in Smith Street, Fitzroy is good. Just make sure they charge you the correct amount.
By crrs - reader
Friday, 23rd of September @ 09:34 am
I believe there is one on Flinders Street, Melbourne near Swanston Street, opposite the station. This has vintage clothing.
By irene - reader
Friday, 23rd of September @ 12:27 pm
Velour Vintage in Barkly St St Kilda is definitley a winner. Plenty to choose from and so cute
ML reader
By mvand - reader
Friday, 23rd of September @ 10:02 pm
Thanks for the mentions Natasha and "mvand"! <3
By Velour - reader
Sunday, 25th of September @ 12:24 pm
great little vintage shop in blake street Mornington , just off main street well worth a look.
By Anonymous
Thursday, 29th of September @ 11:23 am
The Vintage Shed in Tyabb for fabulous clothes as well as gorgeous furniture.
By lgera - reader
Friday, 1st of June @ 11:57 pm
Red Cross has a vintage store in Fitzroy that is focused purely on vintage and quailty recycled clothes. The store is extremely well merchandised with styled mannequins and quirky windows. Definitely worth checking out. It's a tiny store though so watch out for it because it's easily missed. 316 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. They also accept donations instore if you are doing a clean it.
By bwend - reader
Monday, 18th of June @ 12:20 am
The Silver Compacq, shop 19, Main St., Belgrave. 0406 930 377....worth the trip to the hills.
By oakhe - reader
Saturday, 23rd of June @ 02:01 am
Vintage Garage at 318 Smith St Collingwood is fabulous. The windows, merchandising and quality range is amaaaaaazing! My favourite :)
By Anonymous
Monday, 25th of June @ 09:43 am
The Very Curious Kitten at 138 Lygon Street,Brunswick, Melbourne. Victoria
By Anonymous
Thursday, 28th of June @ 03:25 am
Love "Dear Gladys" vintage & contemporary boutique in Northcote!! All profits go to help women experiencing disadvantage to get & keep work! Gorgeous stock to from the 50's to some great quality contemporary pieces. A fantastic organisation to support!
By Anonymous
Wednesday, 12th of September @ 12:08 am
the best and most genuine store for antique and vintage clothing in Melbourne is - Clara Fox in North Fitzroy -
she has the most beautiful collection for real collectors and wearers.
By Anonymous
Friday, 23rd of November @ 03:28 am
Salvos Mentone- fantastic handbags!
By annap - reader
Tuesday, 29th of January @ 12:11 am
A great new Store is Banana Split Vintage & Retro Clothing on FB:

One off designs for Guy's and Girls at very affordable prices. 60's 70's 80's & 90's recycled clothing, specialising in Jump Suites, T-Shirts from the USA & Australia.
By Anonymous
Saturday, 23rd of February @ 05:58 am
I live nearby smith street and I think Shappere is Melbourne's top clothing store for second hand & retro styled dresses and accessories. I am not saying that only because this shop located close to my home but here you will find a wide collection of vintage leather jackets, tops, boots, skirts, tees, jeans, sunglasses and many more exclusive stuff at Shappere Vintage Clothing Store. So at least for once you gotta try visit their online shop at so that you can feel the same I do :)

Zakir Hussain
By Anonymous
Saturday, 23rd of March @ 06:00 am

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