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The best vintage shops in Melbourne

We've fossicked through the best vintage in all corners of Melbourne, making sure you’re dressed to the nines in whatever era you’re wedded

Photograph: Roberto Seba

Skip the fast fashion and hunt for vintage clothing at Melbourne's best vintage shops. We've chosen the following stores because they've done all the hard work for you so you can find fashion treasures from bygone eras and repurpose them as your own. For more shopping experiences, check out the best bookshops and alternative fashion stores in town.

Melbourne's best vintage stores


Circa Vintage Clothing

If you're after for frocks and accessories from bygone eras, Circa stocks clothing, accessories, fabrics and haberdashery for all your retro needs. Owner Nicole Jenkins carefully sources vintage treasures for the store, which prides itself on stocking good quality garments. Most items of clothing are cleaned and restored to their original state, ready to wear. They also offer services to restore, repair and alter vintage garments.

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If you’re ever on the lookout for the perfect leather boots, brown leather belt or across the shoulder bag then get to Shappere. They even sell reworked bomber jackets made from recycled leather. Vintage fabrics are reworked to make dresses and skirts.

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Vintage Garage

Hats! Handbags! Homewares! Vintage Garage is a Collingwood boutique that knows how to do '50s and '60s vintage right. With some of Melbourne’s best dealers selecting the stock, they’ve got you covered from dresses to dress shirts and everywhere in between. Apparel and accessories aside, you can find vinyl records, memorabilia, collectables and vintage fabric throughout your rockabilly time-trip.

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Shag reminds me of a Grace Jones film clip – on steroids. Bold prints, animal prints, shoulder pads and asymmetrical dresses reign supreme. With three locations in Melbourne, all stores are filled with eclectic clothing and accessories. By selling a mixture of vintage and new, the masterminds behind Shag, Grant Francis and Jeremy Valentine, are always on the lookout to stock kaleidoscope of colour, print and fabric in their stores.

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Martin Fella

This three-year-old store in North Melbourne is for the daring fashionistas. Martin Fella himself says that he sources the best from American designers from the ’50s to m’80s – many of whom were responsible for Hollywood glam and glitter – and also French labels such as Lea Stein, St. Tropez and Pierre Cardin.

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North Melbourne

Thread Den

Thread Den is Australia's original combined retail store and sewing lounge. Not only is there an ever-changing range of vintage and independent designer collections promoting Australian fashions, they also teach people how to make their own clothing. The clothes here are cutesy, girly, fashionable and fun.

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The best second-hand bookshops in Melbourne

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By: Andrew Nette