Shopping for vintage clothes is fun to do with friends and results in some unique finds, but the fashion world is responding to lockdown rules to make sure everyone feels like they can still find vintage treasure, just online.
Whilst restrictions are lifting, only some stores are opening, and customer numbers are limited to enforce social distancing, and Government guidelines still say it’s best to stay away from public places when possible.
In the place of sifting through racks of clothing with an eagle eye, there are options for finding gems ready for a new home online and for a range of budgets.
Shopping for second hand clothing is much more sustainable than buying new, as there are no production costs or waste for these clothes. It’s important to remember before returning any items that are ripped or stained-that’s just part of it being vintage, so check everything carefully before committing to buy it.
Many vintage clothing stores have also started “upcycling” clothing, which involves making simple but modern changes to second hand clothes they find. This can fix clothes that may be damaged, or change the clothing to bring them in line with current trends. Australian model twins Elisha and Renee Herbert are also huge fans of shopping vintage and up cycled clothing.
Buying clothing second hand is a great way to score designer items without the huge price tag, and once they are in stores, they are likely off the street and there’s no chance of bumping into someone with the same outfit.
Location: Surry Hills, Sydney
Find: vintage graphic tees and upcycled clothing
Price range: $15-$425
One of Sydney’s most well known vintage stores, it stocks both true vintage items and upcycled clothes. Expect to find a cute new sportswear inspired set and killer graphic tees. They stock brands such as Calvin Klein, Champion and Tommy Hilfiger. They are even up cycling clothing to make protective face masks. The store is now open for in person shopping, but they ship worldwide and have free shipping in Australia for orders over $50. Returns can be made and exchanged for store credit.
Location: Elizabeth Bay, Sydney
Find: vintage designer and custom-made clothing
Price range: $100-$1150
This Sydney store located in Elizabeth Bay has a refined collection of quality pieces. Many of the clothing has been custom made, so expect to stand out in all the right ways. Carefully selected clothing dates back to the 1950s and saves the hassle of sorting through the overwhelming amount of clothing other stores have, if you have something particular in mind. AXL Bazaar has free express shipping worldwide. Refunds and returns are only accepted if the item has a major problem.
Location: Double Bay, Sydney
Find: vintage designer and costume jewellery and accessories
Price range: $50-$4500
If vintage jewellery and bags is the goal, Harlequin Market stocks rare and collectable designer items discounted less than half the original price. The Double Bay boutique has had its finds documented in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and other publications. They stock designers such as Dior, Chanel, Gucci and Givenchy to name a few. No returns or refunds for items unless they are different to what has been displayed online. Free express shipping within Australia and a $25 rate for international shipping.
Location: Geelong and Northcote, Victoria
Find: classic vintage tees and jackets
Price range: $5.50-$699
Vintage Marketplace is known for selling the perfect vintage tee, worn in enough to be soft to the touch and give off that effortlessly cool vibe. They also have jackets and jumpers perfect for pairing with jeans for a comfy and cool look. They stock brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Guess, Harley Davidson and Supreme to name a few.
Members on the mailing list also get a weekly discount code and 10% off your first order. Returns can be made and exchanged for store credit and shipping is free over $150 in Australia.
Location: all online, local to worldwide sellers
Find: vintage and this season’s clothing
Price range: $5-$2,000
Depop is an app that allows users to buy and sell clothing locally, with each party discussing price and pickup directly. Depop is like the Gumtree of the fashion world, with an online marketplace app of treasures waiting to be spotted. It also allows small and independent designers to sell their crafts, from earrings to unique jackets. Many accounts are created by people with an eye for spotting vintage, so expect to find amazing vintage but at a lower price than other bigger stores. Many accounts are from people selling clothing they no longer use, so it is an easy way to pick up a few bills after a closet clean out. Refunds , returns and shipping costs are decided by the seller, but often trying on clothing before buying can be arranged.
Download and join here.
Location: all online, sellers from across the world
Find: vintage designer and high street, clothing from independent sellers
Price range: $1.78-$2,200
ASOS is a very well known online shopping destination providing a huge range of clothing worldwide at relatively low prices. Diverting from the fast fashion path that many big companies take, ASOS has opened a marketplace for second hand and boutique sellers to reach a worldwide audience. It works like regular online shops for customers, but seller can apply to be a part of the online boutique to sell their own designs and vintage. The vintage section has all types of clothing and accessories, from both high street and designer brands at a decent price. Returns can be made for a full refund.
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