There are plenty of good reasons to shop vintage; it’s a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to buy clothes plus, let’s be real, things from the 40s and 50s were made to last. Bonus? When you buy vintage, it’s unlikely you’ll walk into a room and find another person wearing the same thing you are, and there’s a chance you will unearth a fierce designer find.
Whether you’re a fan of retro or just love one-of-a-kind pieces, these vintage clothing stores in Brisbane will have what you need.
Tucked away under a dilapidated house on Given Tce, Retro Metro has been a Paddington institution for more years than we can count and has been touted as the ‘Aladdin’s cave of cool’. A hipster's dream (if you’re into that sort of thing), it is filled to the brim with racks and baskets stuffed with pre-loved clothes, shoes, and accessories—from bow ties and chiffon gowns to beaded bags, and smoking jackets. And who doesn’t want a smoking jacket?
Vieille Branche in Albion is home to a gorgeous array of imported French antiques and vintage pieces sourced from the cold French seaside and shipped to our balmy shore. Home to a diverse, eccentric range of French Antiques dating from 1700's through to the Mid/Late 1900's, you can expect to find unique one-off pieces, plus a stunning selection of vintage wares including clothing, pottery and accesories.
Lydia's Pre-Loved Fashion Pop-Up
Head to Windsor Road Baptist Church to discover vintage clothes and accessories at Lydia’s pre-loved fashion pop-up. This cute little pop-up shop opens on the last Thursday, Friday & Saturday of the month and is a treasure trove of vintage clothing and pre-loved designer labels.
Ra Ra Superstar
Owned by stylist Kathy Szwedzinski, Ra Ra Superstar stocks a mix of retro, one-of-a-kind, and handmade clothes and jewellery, with more denim cut-offs and tie-dye shirts than a festival full of 20 year olds. Follow the hot pink footpath into this whimsical wonderland and you’ll find party dresses, Hawaiian shirts, vintage formal dresses as well as accessories and shoes. They also have their own label, with all pieces made using recycled or vintage fabric.
Paddington Antique Centre
Paddington Antique Centre is the largest indoor market of its kind in Brisbane. Vintage lovers will spend hours browsing through the market's 50 independent dealers, with stalls filled with everything from vintage and retro clothing and accessories to collectable costume and estate jewellery. Keep an eye out for La De Da Collectibles which boasts a huge collection of his and hers retro pieces including vintage denim jackets and collector’s tees.
Established in 2003, Box Vintage stocks an eclectic and mix of quality vintage clothing and accessories spanning the 70s to the 90s. Currently trading out of The Happy Cabin on Vulture St, you can mash up the old with the new for an #OOTD unlike anyone else!
Atomic Martini Vintage
Originally in Clayfield, but now running out of Paddington Antique Centre, Atomic Martini Vintage specialises in fine vintage clothes and accessories from the 1940s to the 1980s. Born out of own Lisa Martini’s own collection, it has grown to feature a divine collection of special occasion pieces, summer dresses, jewellery, scarves and shoes.
Tucked away in Winn Lane, Sunday Social is filled to the brim with vintage (and some cracking modern) clothes, shoes, bags and pretty jewellery. This cosy store is short on space but big on variety and we fell in love with a pair of high waisted pink velvet pants and a navy pleated off the shoulder top! All in the name of research, right?
Can You Keep a Secret?
Formerly a vintage clothing haven in Greenslopes, Can You Keep A Secret? on Stanley St in Woolloongabba is a cute wine and craft beer bar with a side of vintage clothing and accessories. And we do mean on the side; the boutique, with its selection of high quality vintages pieces from 1950s evening gowns to bright and bold 1980s skirts, is literally in a room off the side of the bar, so grab a drink and have a browse.
Vieille Branche | Image credit: Ariana Gillrie