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A guide to the best consignment stores in Sydney

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WORDS BY JASMINE SHEPARD AND AUDREY DENIER

Vintage shopping and secondhand clothes with a little more bang for your buck.

​​‘Circular has evolved from fashion’s favourite unspecified buzzword to one of the industry’s leading sustainability initiatives. The range of stores moving towards a circular model is rapidly expanding, making shopping for pre-loved goods accessible to a broader range of consumers.

And what does the future of fashion look like? Curated designer wares. While the industry jargon might sound confusing, the consignment concept is beautiful in its simplicity. The stores purchase handpicked secondhand pieces – either directly or on consignment – and resell the product in their store.


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The consignment stores of today aren’t the uninviting, mothball-smelling underground bunkers our parents dragged us to. High-end online secondhand stores like Grailed, The RealReal and Vestiaire Collective are leaders in fashion retail, favoured for their highly curated, refined shopping experience.

And while Melbourne has long reigned supreme in the fashion department (as spoken by a true Melburnian), Sydney is also home to some of the best consignment stores in Australia. To help with your venture into the world of high-end secondhand shopping, we’ve compiled a list of the city’s best spots (never fear, interstate shoppers – online purchases are always available).

Blue Spinach

 

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As one of Australia’s leading destinations for secondhand luxury goods, Blue Spinach has become synonymous with quality customer service. Consignors can earn up to 80 per cent of the selling price for their item (yes please) with all the trading and marketing costs covered. The Redfern-based store targets high-end international labels from Balenciaga to Versace, as well as catering to both women and men. 

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Swop

 

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Join the circular fashion economy with the Newtown-based Swop Clothing Exchange. Swop offers an expertly curated collection of pre-loved designer and vintage clothing on a consignment basis. With additional storefronts located in Brisbane and Melbourne and regular IG sale stories, you can browse freely in lockdown or interstate. Stocking labels like Bassike, Alexander Wang and Comme des Garçons, Swop is the cool-girl consignment destination.

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So Familia

 

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Walking into the Newtown So Familia store feels like entering Paris Hilton’s early ’00s closet. Filled with Y2K staples like Juicy Couture tracksuits, rimless sunglasses and miniature saddlebags, So Familia provides buyers with the opportunity to shop its curated vintage collection.

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Zoo Emporium 

 

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Zoo Emporium Vintage’s range of pre-loved pieces is a ’70s disco dream. With over 30 years in the business, Zoo Emporium has firmly established itself in the vintage space and continues to deliver a broad range of high-quality garments for every budget. Get lost in the double story Surry Hills storefront or shop the eye-catching collection online.

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Trading In Style

 

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Randwick-based designer consignment store Trading in Style is the brainchild of Bianca Picherit and Jenna Isaacman. Championing the concept of a timeless capsule wardrobe, the duo stocks a small selection of high-end and local Australian designers. Find unique pieces for your wardrobe at a fraction of the retail price

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Pelle


According to Carrie Bradshaw, a girl can never have too many pairs of shoes. Luckily for us, Sydney-based consignment store Pelle wholeheartedly agrees. Stocking a colourful range of shoes, bags and accessories, a Pelle purchase is good for the soul (and the wallet, consignors).

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Read more about the future of sustainable fashion here.

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