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An in-depth guide to shopping Australia’s best vintage clothing online

WORDS BY MAGGIE ZHOU

19 vintage stores to peruse from the comfort of your jim-jams.

While op shops in some parts of Australia are slowly starting to open their doors again, spending the last few months predominantly indoors has turned me into a fully-fledged online thrift addict. Depop? ASOS Marketplace? Strange community groups on FB? You name it, I’ve been there.


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I had to do something with all this newfound knowledge, so here I present to you a list of some of Australia’s best online secondhand clothing stores. From American sportswear to rare designer finds, there’s something to tickle all of your vintage fantasies. 

Swop

 

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Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane’s favourite innovative concept store has opened its online doors. By purchasing and reselling goods from the public, SWOP has built a circular fashion model that allows clothes to be re-worn and re-loved. Check out its online store and Instagram story sales. 

swop.net.au

Hunter Markets

 

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Hunter Markets, a Melbourne-based, bi-monthly market with the tagline ‘shop the wardrobes of the girls you follow’, has introduced a virtual market on its Instagram. Every week, a new influencer takes over and sells their preloved clothing and accessories. 

@huntermarkets

Cheep Vintage

 

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With its physical stores in Western Australia and Queensland, the rest of Oz is able to shop Cheep Vintage’s much-loved vintage sweatshirts and tees for affordable prices through its Depop store.

@vintagebycheep

Arkive Vintage


Brisbane vintage peddler Arkive Vintage has digitalised its three physical stores for the time being. Peruse its eclectic threads on Depop or head to its website store

arkivevintage.com

Route 66

 

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Since 1983, Route 66 has been slinging Australians a selection of handpicked American memorabilia. This cultural icon is now selling its stash of authentic band tees online.

route66.com.au

Restated Vintage

 

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With 250+ new pieces added daily, Restated Vintage is known for its outrageously well-stocked ’80s and ’90s sports and pop culture pieces. Shop through its website, or get real tech-savvy with its app.

restatedvintage.com

Vintage Sole


This 15-year-old Melbourne institution serves up colourful vintage clothing, footwear and accessories. Its three stores may be currently closed, but you can nab 10 per cent off your first online order here.

vintagesole.com.au

Storeroom Vintage

 

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You’re in good company here: Kendall Jenner, Drake and Anderson .Paak are all part of Storeroom Vintage’s clientele. The Surry Hills store is known for its branded streetwear and reworked pieces. Shop its collection here.

storeroomvintage.co

Hawkeye Vintage


Melbourne consignment store Hawkeye Vintage seamlessly transitioned to the online world, offering 30 per cent off storewide and weekly Instagram story sales. It has an incredibly generous offering of luxury accessories and clothing. 

hawkeyevintage.com

Open Shop

 

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Owner and founder Wave Lachish took over our Instagram stories last year as part of #isowithFJ, where it became obvious that her impeccable taste extends to all aspects of her life. With Open Shop, expect a carefully curated selection of designer sunglasses, bags and clothing. 

@open__shop__

Telling Time Vintage


Telling Time Vintage is sourced, styled, shot – and sometimes even upcycled – by one Melbourne-based woman. It’s known for its leather jackets and bleached sweats, but also offers an array of retro homewares and décor too.

@tellingtimevintage

Mori Market

 

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A tonal dream come true, Mori Market sells high-quality secondhand gems solely on Instagram. Keep an eye out for its handpicked selection of jackets and shirts. 

@mori_market

Lende

 

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Lende means to contribute or add quality to, and that’s the mantra of this small online business. Shop vintage selects from luxury brands like Comme, Helmut Lang, Tom Ford and Gucci.

@lendestore

Handpipped Vintage


Sydney seller Handpipped Vintage is a go-to for sophisticated, timeless clothing. Focusing on muted tones and natural fibres, it aims to provide women with quality essentials. 

@handpippedvintage

The Drobe

 

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The Drobe is fast gaining a cult following. This Melbourne-based store sells self-sourced clothing ranging from basics to designer goods. Occasionally it runs pop-ups in Melbourne and Sydney but predominantly sells on its Instagram. 

@the_drobe

Kiko Vintage

 

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Step into Y2K heaven and shop Kiko Vintage for authentic designer goods. Bold, flirty styles and rare finds are sold via its Depop or Instagram DM.

@kiko.vintage

Nine.co

 

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Golden hour goodness served up with a slice of vintage. This Melbourne-based Instagram store has a penchant for ’90s styles and unique bustiers. But get in quick – you’ll be bidding against its 128,000 followers.

@nine.co

Out of the Closet Vintage

Fitzroy-based vintage haven Out of the Closet was founded in the ’80s and has been providing retro gems to Melbourne’s Northside ever since. Specialising in tees, leather and denim, its frequent restocks means you can shop fresh one-off pieces every week.

@otcvintage

Retrostar

Retrostar is one of Melbourne’s most-loved vintage destinations, and while its IRL store is currently closed, you can shop its excellent selection of affordable vintage clothing online. Plus, there’s free shipping Australia-wide on all orders over $100.

retrostar.com.au

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