I am a freelance writer for a range of lifestyle magazines, Executive Producer of the John Laws Show on Radio 2SM Sydney and a busy personal trainer.
Published May 5th 2011
Vintage clothing is a personal expression of style, belief and thrift and Rozelle, in Sydney's Inner West, has become the centre of the vintage and secondhand rag trade. It began with the popular Rozelle flea markets held every weekend, and spawned an eclectic collection of secondhand, vintage and outlet shops.
Start on Darling Street at the Red Cross shop (656a Darling St, Rozelle), with end of line designer clothing, secondhand chic and re-fashioned accessories. It's cheap, but has a boutique look and feel to it. You can pick up some quality threads for men and women here. Phone 9818 2569
Walk less than a hundred metres and you'll get to Mint Condition (134 Victoria Rd, Rozelle), on the other side of Victoria Rd, where authentic vintage from the Fifties, up to late Eighties , is lovingly restored and out on the racks. There are racks of frothy chiffon, crisp nylon, colourful crimpolene, exotic threads from the bold Seventies and the gaudy taffetas of the Eighties.
Mint Condition has extensive accessories to match each era, particularly the prim gloves and dainty handbags of the pre-Feminist fifties. It's almost a wearable museum of the status of women.
Around the corner and continuing down Darling Street is the Salvos store (686 Darling Street Rozelle), with a good selection of clothing, bric a brac, furniture and cheap household products. It is what it is, and there are no frills and no nod to trendy recycling. This is secondhand in the raw. Phone 9555 2497
Next door is U-Turn Recycled Fashion (688 Darling Street, Rozelle), offering pre-worn and factory second contemporary clothing, accessories and shoes, as well as children's clothing. Phone 9555 6703
Directly opposite is St Vinnie's (683 Darling Street Rozelle), the retail arm of St Vincent de Paul's charity. Like the Salvo's store, proceeds from the sale of clothing, bric a brac and furniture goes back into the charity, so nthere is little emphasis on style or trends, but you can find some great bargains and rare items if you look hard enough. again offering secondhand clothing, bric a brac and furniture.
A few doors down is The Devil Wears (691 Darling Street, Rozelle), a little shop that offers probably the cheapest secondhand and factory second clothing, all contemporary. Phone 0438 987 318.
Keep walking and a few metres down Darling Street is Cassandra's Closet (721 Darling Street, Rozelle), which specialises in Seventies and Eighties good quality designer vintage clothing. Phone 98188782
Slightly further afield but worth the walk, is fashion designer Leona Edmiston (483 Darling St, Balmain), and her chic and sophisticated designs. A leading international brand, Leona uses jersey, silk and cotton to create stylish, feminine outfits. Phone 9810 3046.
So, if you're after new threads that are old threads, head to the Inner West village of Rozelle and enjoy the fashions of yesteryear.
You are obviously a seasoned vintage clothing shopper. I hate to admit that I was a proud owner of garments made from the 80's gaudy taffetas of which you speak. I say bring back satin bellbottoms!
By Dora Bona - senior reviewer Saturday, 7th of May @ 06:51 am
Just went there on Sunday and got a jacket for $1 as they were packing up the markets! Bargain. Also I think Devil Wears was closing down that day. Shame, one of the bargain shops that don't put up their prices because they are now called "vintage". I often see something in there (and other shops) that I was wearing in the early 80's.
By becci - reader Wednesday, 25th of May @ 02:34 am
Nothing like taffeta leg o'mutton sleeves on a big lass.