Thursday, January 8, 2015

My vintage Melbourne - a small shopping guide


I didn't do many knitting-related things in Melbourne. But I did invest a lot of time (and a bit of money) into my other love - vintage shopping.


Auckland is a little city by comparison to Melbourne. In Melbourne, I was just astounded by the amount and choice of the vintage shopping. All up I probably spent a fifth of my holiday trawling the treasure troves.


The photos are just a little snapshot of some of the amazing spaces I found. 


I've only scratched the surface of Melbourne's vintage scene. Since we travelled over the Christmas and New Year break, I wasn't surprised to find a lot of independent businesses closed for the holiday, so I'm already planning my next visit for a time of year when shops will be open.


I found beautiful clothes from the 1920s to 1990s and found a great dress for my friends' 1920s-inspired wedding in April. 


To find some great vintage shops in the CBD, I'd recommend checking out Retrostar Vintage in the Nicholas Building and Vintage Sole in the Cathedral Arcade, Swanston Street.
Then there's the beautiful Circa Vintage Clothing in Mitchell House on Lonsdale Street which has some beautifully curated stuff, and next door is Dames of Distinction that specialises in vintage-style lingerie and beauty. 

And that's just what I found in the CBD. 

For me the magic happened in Fitzroy and Brunswick, a quick tram ride from the city centre.

A very good friend took me to the Lost and Found Market. Just amazing. So big. Homewares, clothing, shoes, vinyl - you name it, they probably have it. I could've just moved in there. 

In Fitzroy, it seemed like every second shop along Smith Street and Brunswick Street were vintage. My favourites were Sheila Vintage, Shag Vintage (both on Brunswick) and Vintage Garage and Shappere on Smith Street. 

As I mentioned - these are only the shops I managed to visit - there are so many more that I can't wait to check out next time I'm in Melbourne. Any recommendations - let me know!


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