The best vin­tage shops in Mel­bourne

Take a slice of his­tory and make it yours at these em­po­ri­ums of yes­ter­year. Pho­tog­ra­phy Roberto Seba

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This cen­tral city store is a Mel­bourne in­sti­tu­tion. Lo­cated in the Ni­cholas Build­ing, Ret­rostar spe­cialises in 1940s to 1980s vin­tage wares, but ’70s fa­nat­ics can’t go past the range of flares, kitschy tees and leather jack­ets. If you’re look­ing for a ’70s style that’s cool rather than pis­stake, this one’s for you. àni­cholas Build­ing, Lvl 1, 37 Swanston St, Mel­bourne 3000. 03 9663 1223. www.ret­ Mon-thu, Sat 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-7pm; Sun 11am-5pm.

2Penny Lane Cloth­ing Ex­change

Sell, swap or buy sec­ond hand and vin­tage cloth­ing at Penny Lane, the Sydney Road cloth­ing ex­change that spe­cialises in stylish goods from yes­ter­year. If you’re bring­ing stuff in, it has to be in great nick or the shop will ex­er­cise its dis­cre­tion to knock it back. à145 Sydney Rd, Brunswick 3056. 03 9381 1570. www.pen­ny­la­ne­ex­ Thu, Fri 11am-6pm; Sat 10.30am-5.30pm; Sun 11am-5pm.


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. à191 Smith St, Fitzroy 3161. 03 9419 0738. Mon-wed 11am-6pm; Thu, Fri 11am-6.30pm; Sat 10am-5.30pm; Sun noon-5pm.


Shag is like a Grace Jones film clip on steroids, where bold colours, an­i­mal prints, shoul­der pads and asym­met­ri­cal dresses reign supreme. Sell­ing a mix­ture of vin­tage and new, mas­ter­minds Grant Fran­cis and Jeremy Valen­tine al­ways stock kalei­do­scopes of colour, print and fab­ric in their stores. àshop 20, Cen­tre­way Ar­cade, 259 Collins St, Mel­bourne 3000. 03 9663 8166. www.shag mel­bourne. com. Mon-thu noon-6pm; Fri noon-7pm; Sat 11am-6pm; Sun noon-5pm.


Breathe life into your wardrobe with some pre-loved gar­ments, ac­ces­sories and luxe vin­tage pieces from this South Yarra shopfront. Keep your eyes peeled for la­bels like Fendi, Prada, Mul­berry and Miu Miu. à286 Toorak Rd, South Yarra 3141. 03 9827 8907. www.sec­ Mon-fri 9.30am-5.30pm; Sat 9.30am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm.

6Vin­tage 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. à318 Smith St, Colling­wood 3066. 03 9417 2120.­tage­ Mon-sat 11am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm.


Thrifty fash­ion­istas re­joice. Bruce of­fers a care­fully cu­rated col­lec­tion of re­cy­cled high-end de­signer cloth­ing – Prada, Diane Von Fursten­berg and some top Aussie de­sign­ers were on the racks the day we vis­ited – dis­played for easy brows­ing and hom­ing in on the per­fect piece. The en­vi­ron­ment is nice and un­in­tim­i­dat­ing and the prices just right.

à284 Queens Pde, Fitzroy North 3068. 03 9486 5432.­ Mon, Fri, Sat 10am-5pm; Tue-thu 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-3pm.

8Martin Fella

This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it store on Queens­bury Street in North Mel­bourne is for the dar­ing fash­ion­istas. Martin Fella him­self says that he sources the best menswear from in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers from the ’50s to ’80s – in­clud­ing French la­bels such as Givenchy, Lacroix, Léa Stein, St Tropez, Yves Saint Lau­rent and Pierre Cardin. à556 Queens­berry St, North Mel­bourne 3051. 03 9329 9769. Tue-fri 11am-5pm; Sat 11am-4pm; Sun 11am-2pm.

Vin­tage Garage Shap­pere Ret­rostar

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