Gone are the days when the label "vintage" conjured up images of unfashionable garments moth-balled in grandma's wardrobe. Vintage, and in particular, vintage clothing has become sought after as we shift our habits from buying mass-produced fashion in favour of something sustainable that has been recycled or upcycled, and embellished with a story woven into the very fabric of each piece. It's the desire to be sustainable, to be part of a story and the experience beyond buying that draws you into the treasure trove that is UssedAbbussed (pronounced "used and abused"), Sydney's largest vintage store, located in the heart of Cremorne in Sydney's upper north shore.
UssedAbbussed was established 16 years ago when its founders identified a gap in the market for vintage clothing and accessories in brand new condition. Since then, the store has grown in size and range, now set over two floors and supplementing its clothing and accessories with home and giftwares, bric-a-brac, stylist consultations and retail therapy parties.
As soon as you walk into UssedAbbussed, you sense that this is not just another vintage clothing store. It's a gallery of beautiful objects, displayed in a sumptuous setting. The vast range, boasting over 2000 international and local designer labels, possesses style and charm and will have you imagining where the clothing and accessories have been worn before, and where you will wear them and add to their story.
UssedAbbussed enjoys a diverse clientele which includes actors, models, stylists and wardrobe buyers for television, movie and theatre productions looking for something special and unique. And we can get a taste of that too.
If the thought of browsing through 2000 items of clothing, accessories and other objects is overwhelming, UssedAbbussed also offers personal shopping and stylist services, providing a personal and tailored experience. Their famed retail therapy parties cater for groups and feature:
2 hours of private shopping for 5 or more people (compliant with COVID restrictions),
free champagne and cheese platter served in one of three lavish lounge areas,
if desired, a free stylist who can provide advice on makeup and hair also (including wigs and hair extensions).
Bookings can be made for birthdays, bridal parties and other group events, as well as specialist stylist services – men and women welcomed and catered for! A recent trend for UssedAbbussed has been an increased number of men requesting styling tips, including how to present themselves on their online professional and dating profiles.
As we venture out again after a year of desolation and isolation, UssedAbbussed offers an opportunity to reinvigorate or reinvent yourself and is a unique way to get together with friends for an exclusive retail therapy experience, a sartorial sip of sorts. With Christmas just around the corner, it's also a great opportunity to find a special outfit for your post-COVID carousing and to buy a special gift for someone.
UssedAbbussed is currently open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11.00am to 4.00pm. Outside those hours, you can book an appointment to visit the store by calling 02 9909 2827 or 0414 669 907.
Located at 7 Parraween Street, Cremorne, NSW, 2090, you won't miss it with the eye-catching and somewhat provocative photo adorning the store window, licensed from the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and one of the most popular photos ever to have been shared by Facebook users!