Mentone Boutique Bazaar is a stand alone store located in a cul-de-sac just behind Marianna Flowers florist. Whilst its location is perhaps unusual; not in a parade of shops you'd expect to find a recycled clothing boutique, one could say it is a fashionista's hidden gem.
Mentone Boutique Bazaar isn't a large store, but is a real treasure trove for recycled fashion lovers. My friends and I spent an hour and a half browsing and rummaging, finding an assortment of quality fashion labels to buy.
The boutique is a joint venture between two creative friends and business partners Gordana and Marijana. Both ladies go over and above to make sure their customers enjoy their shopping experience, we were very kindly treated to free coffees and macaroons outside on the patio.
There is a small selection of homewares and books for sale, but the main focus at Mentone Boutique Bazaar is women's second-hand fashion. Some of the better fashion labels can be found in store, such as Witchery, Bardot, Country Road, Wish, Gap, French Connection, Roxy, Kookai, Diana Ferrari, SABA and more. Gordana tells me "I like to choose items for my shop that I would wear myself, you won't find K-mart or Target in here!"
Pricing is reasonable, funky jewellery can be purchased for around $3 or $4 and clothing pieces ranges from between $5 to $25 plus for some of the higher end labels. Many garments still have original retail price labels attached, demonstrating value and quality.
Mentone Boutique Bazaar prides itself in providing customers with trendy branded recycled clothing which are affordable, unique and always in perfect state; all clothes are freshly laundered and ready to go.
Due to the nature of items available to buy, each piece is one-off with styles and designs that meet a variety of tastes.