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, Perth 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 in Perth.
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You could spend hours playing dress-up in this gorgeous shop in Wembley. You won’t need to rummage, the fun and original pieces from the fifties, sixties and seventies are all vintage gold. They also sell old cameras, retro homewares and accessories. The cat eye sunglasses are particularly cute.
With carefully curated designer clothing for a fraction of the cost, Second Time Around is a great boutique. It stocks a range of second-hand brands including Kate Spade, Senso, Ray-Ban and Zimmerman. This shop also gets brownie points for offering a consignment service, meaning you can turn your pre-loved clothes into cold hard cash. Wander down the road for thrift shopping at the Red Cross and RSPCA Reloved Fashion.
Bonjour Ma Belle Vintage
Cool and classic, this pop-up store will leave you swooning. It sells vintage clothing as well as new and upcycled ware. They also offer a personal shopping service to take the effort out of finding that perfect outfit.
Maylands is quite possibly the holy grail of vintage shopping in Perth. Vinnies, Salvos, Mercado 32 and Vintage Emporium are all within walking distance of Guildford Road and have got the goods to give your wardrobe a complete revamp. The Salvos is a big store with lots of stock and friendly staff. Vintage Emporium is home to two vintage retailers selling homewares and boho clothing. Mercado 32 is where you'll find all of the vintage brands like Gucci, Chanel and YSL in pristine condition.
Guys and girls, look no further for the perfect threads; Brokendoll Vintage specialises in European sportswear, as well as other vintage clothing and accessories. They offer alterations on request and also have costumes for hire.
The Gossamer Project
If you’re a Nineties child at heart you’ll love this store and its killer range of vintage corduroy jackets and denim. Their collection of vintage leather satchels is also amazing. It’s part of the MANY2.0 project, an event and retail space with local designers, artists and retailers that will leave you feeling seriously inspired.
It’s no secret there's great vintage shopping in the heart of Northbridge. Fi & Co stocks a lovely mix of vintage and new clothing, as well as cool antique collectables. Retro Vinnies can also be a treasure trove for second-hand clothes, with stock arriving daily.
Milk N Honey
Run by the not-for-profit organisation Youth With A Mission, Milk N Honey is a delightful little op shop near Lord Street in Perth. You'll find tonnes of great quality jeans, threads for guys and cool dresses packed into this plant-filled shop. Keep an eye on their Instagram to see when they're running their $3 days for max bargains.
You’ll probably find your new favourite outfit among these stunning vintage pieces. This shop used to be in Northbridge, but now you can find it at markets around Perth and also on Etsy. Check out their killer Instagram for some vintage inspiration.
Lucy in Disguise
This little shop in Subiaco is full of hidden gems with retro clothing and accessories. If you want to travel back in time for an upcoming party, they also have vintage costumes for hire.
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