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Brisbane’s Best Vintage Clothing Stores for Sustainable Style

Update your wardrobe sustainably this season with Brisbane’s best vintage stores.

SWOP Clothing Exchange
SWOP Clothing Exchange

Ready for a fresh look but keen to keep it unique? Shopping at vintage clothing stores is the best way to update your sartorial style with rare and unique finds that will keep your friends guessing! We’ve trawled Brisbane’s best vintage clothing stores, and have wrapped up the creme de la creme for you below!

SWOP
SWOP
SWOP Clothing Exchange

Known as the go-to spot for second-hand high street fashion and quality vintage wares, SWOP operates as your one-stop shop for buying and selling clothing. With quite strict guidelines on items that they offer in-store (based on quality, brand name, seasonality and trends), you know that when you shop at SWOP you are getting top-notch sustainable wares.

Shop in-store at their West End location, online or via their Instagram stories where they share staff picks that you can pay for and collect when you’re ready.

161 Boundary Street, West End

Retro Metro
Retro Metro
Retro Metro

Tucked underneath a weatherbeaten old Queenslander, Retro Metro is a hub of women's and men's vintage clothing. Whether you’re shopping for some old-world glam for a party, or looking for cute and comfy pieces to give your aesthetic some edge, Retro Metro is bound to unearth some gold for your wardrobe! You’ll also discover homewares, decor and more on your journey into the past in this Paddington shopfront.

297 Given Terrace, Paddington

Ra Ra Superstar
Ra Ra Superstar
Ra Ra Superstar

A Paddington institution, Ra Ra Superstar is the brainchild of stylist Kathy Szwedsinski, who grew up sewing clothes for her Barbies from fabric scraps. Now she crafts new and on-trend pieces from vintage fabrics, reducing the number of fabric scraps that enter landfill. Ra Ra is also stocked with incredible vintage finds that make your wardrobe the envy of all your friends. Head down the hot pink laneway and treat yourself to some sustainable fashion!

284 Given Terrace, Paddington

Empire Revival
Empire Revival
Empire Revival

Open seven days a week in Paddington (a hotspot for vintage shopping), Empire Revival is known for rare and exciting vintage homewares, furniture and fashion. Often visited by designers and filmmakers, even the very building that houses ER is rich with history. The heritage-listed Plaza Theatre, built in 1929 and operating as a cinema through the 30’s, 40s and 50s. Step back in time and visit Empire Revival for some epic vintage finds!

167 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington

Arkive Vintage
Arkive Vintage
Arkive Vintage

Beginning their journey two decades ago in London and Nottingham, Arkive Vintage opened their first Australian store in 2012. Stocking vintage pieces from the 1930s to 1990s, mostly in their original state, but some brought into the modern era with clever customisation, you can expect to find top-notch jackets, tees, button-downs and dresses at Arkive. With two Westfield locations, shopping vintage has never been so easy and accessible.

Westfield Garden City, Shop 1325b, Corner of Kessels and Logan Roads, Upper Mount Gravatt

Westfield Chermside, Level 2, Corner of Gympie & Hamilton Roads, Chermside

Brisbane Vintage Exchange
Brisbane Vintage Exchange
Brisbane Vintage Exchange

The new kid on the block in the vintage scene is Brisbane Vintage Exchange, your new local spot to buy and sell vintage clothing. Explore incredible rare graphic tees, games, magazines and figurines in this tidy Albion vintage shop, the perfect place to bring the pop culture fanatic in your life.

291 Sandgate Road Albion

Vintage Revival
Vintage Revival
Vintage Revival

The next time you’re hankering for a vintage shopping extravaganza, head to Ipswich Road, Annerley for a string of vintage and thrift stores that are filled with exciting finds! A must stop on this adventure is Vintage Revival within the Lifeline, an emporium of clothing, homewares and objet d’arts that are destined to bring some old-world charm into your life. Being contained within the Lifeline means that you’ll find droves of affordable pieces to add to your retro wardrobe.

468 Ipswich Road, Annerley

Yesterday’s Thrift Shop
Yesterday’s Thrift Shop
Yesterday’s Thrift Shop

Have you spotted this old red worker’s cottage in Paddington? If you stop by and peep inside, you’ll find oodles of vintage clothing, books, records, games, toys and so much more! With ranges for women, men and kids there’s plenty of nooks and crannies full of treasures to be uncovered. And just in case you needed any additional motivation to shop, all proceeds from sales support children with brain injuries, so you’re shopping with a cause.

39 Nash Street, Paddington

Not only is shopping at vintage clothing stores super fun and the best way to find unique stylish wardrobe pieces, it’s also a much more sustainable option for updating your style without having to turn to fast fashion. Whilst planning your trek around vintage shopping hotspots like Paddington, why not check out the Sitchu suburb guide for the full break down on history, locale and things to do. You’re bound to need a refresher after shopping ‘til you drop and there’s nothing better than indulding your sweet tooth and savoury cravings all at the same time with a one of Brisbane’s best high teas. There’s nothing a spot of tea can’t fix. Happy shopping!