Normally any excuse will do for a shopping spree, but why build up that Afterpay debt when you can revamp your whole wardrobe without breaking the bank. From second-hand boutiques to thrift shop treasure troves, the Gold Coast has got the goods for great op shopping. And trust us, shopping is a lot more fun without that guilty feeling. Not only will you find unique new (or old) threads, but you’ll also earn some seriously good karma by shopping sustainably and giving to charity.
So gather your pennies and get hunting at these vintage and op shops on the Gold Coast.
Located in the creative hub of Mo’s Desert Club House, Thryft GC sells vintage and pre-loved clothing and fashion with nothing over $5. All proceeds support those experiencing homelessness through Pay A Sack Forward, so get out there, pick out a new outfit and do some good while you're at it.
Miss Brown Vintage
If you’re after that perfect pair of worn in ‘boyfriend’ jeans and the comfiest band tee then Miss Brown Vintage is for you. A strong believer in ethical fashion, their range is 1970's boho chic is absolutely epic. Specialising in vintage denim, re-modified vintage and upcycled clothing, they source their vintage products from all over the world, including USA, UK, Europe and Japan, so you know their range is legit.
If you're looking to overhaul your entire wardrobe then look no further than the West Burleigh Salvos who have a huge range of pre-loved threads. Imagine if every second-hand shop you’d ever been in combined to create one giant store, with a collection so good you wanted to empty your wallet there. Well, this is it. Fusing new, old, fancy and fierce, this op shop has something for everyone, making it well worthy of its place in the list of best op shops on the Gold Coast. And you’ll be supporting our local volunteers while you’re there, so you can shop without the guilt.
The Living Rivers Op Shop
Furniture? Check. Homewares? Check. Clothing? Check. Weird tchotchkes? Big yup. Whether you're donating your stuff or looking for a less wasteful way to shop, you're probably going to find something at the Living Rivers Op Shop.
The Village Markets Rack Sale
Consider yourself busy every first and third Sunday of the month for the next 20 years. Burleigh Heads State School is The Village Markets’ playground and the place to go when on the hunt for trendy, locally made threads. If you’re a mad keen op shopper, head along to the rack sale, now held at both of their markets, where you can pick up pre-loved indie outfits collected by our local fashionistas and look damn fine in the process.
Hunt and Gather Vintage
Hunt and Gather have taken thrifting to a whole new level. After searching far and wide for only the best vintage homewares, furniture, fashion pieces and collectable items, these geniuses bring pre-loved treasures straight to your Facebook feed. Scroll through their online Facebook shop where all pieces are posted and new collections uploaded each Tuesday and Thursday night at 7pm. Simply comment “sold” under your chosen old world piece, DM the page and pick up from their HQ at Mo's Desert Clubhouse. They also hold vintage markets with music and a coffee van every second month if you're the type of person that likes to try before they buy.
Her Wardrobe Market
Before COVID-19, Her Wardrobe set up shop on the last weekend of each month, inviting local brands, boutiques and vintage sellers, along with locals, to sell their wardrobes. They've recently returned, and you can check out their new dates and locations here.
Step one foot inside this vintage store and you'll instantly fall in love with heir mid-century Australian and European pieces. And while it's not a thrift store, it's packed full of vintage gems so we had to include it in this list. The legends at Found in Tugun jet set around the globe each quarter to bring you incredible antiques from all over the world so you can pick yourself up a statement piece for your house. Found can also restore any goods you already own but need a little TLC. Abundant with groovy pre-loved gems, you’re bound to find a real treasure at Found.
This op shop might be small in size but inside you’ll find a literal treasure trove of vintage delights. Think perfectly worn leather jackets, endless denim and designer threads. They’ve also got vintage glasses, art and homewares. Plus, all profits go to the Animal Welfare League so everyone leaves a winner. You can check out their new schedules here.
Gold Coast North Anglican Op Shop
If you’re looking to be more environmentally conscious, pop by The Gold Coast North Anglican Op Shops and rummage through their endless array of clothes, accessories and homewares. Like most op shops, they often have deals that’ll prevent both your wallet and the planet from screaming.
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