My best friend recently moved back overseas after a semester in Melbourne. One of the things she misses the most about Melbourne (besides me of course) is the number of decent secondhand shopping options. There are literally tons of secondhand and vintage goods around Melbourne, but you might need to know where to look if you’re new. Keep reading and I’ll tell you about my favorite places to shop for secondhand and vintage items, based on prices, quality and selection.
Lost & Found Market
If you venture a little further out of the city on Lygon Street, it’s probably very difficult to miss this one. A bright yellow building with “Lost & Found Market” blazoned over its doors, not to mention a tricycle and a dolls head (?). The place is packed with things! As far as layout goes it’s decently spaced out, enough room to move around, pull out things. They have a great selection of vintage bags and clothes (clothes are really pricey here though $60-$70ish on average from what I saw). I picked up a floral teacup for $6 to add to my collection. You can pay by card and cash.
511 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
I’ll be doing a whole post about the Camberwell Market soon, because it’s one of my all-time favorite places to go in Melbourne. It happens every Sunday in Camberwell, from as early as 7am until about 12:30pm. If you’re into browsing odd and ends at a market, it’s worth giving up your sleep-in. It wins the prize for randomness, with heaps of stalls, all run by different people with all kinds of things to sell. Think vintage cameras from $700 to 50c clothes. Most vendors are open to bargaining and some of them radically slash prices from about noon. Bring cash! No one will take cards, although there is a Woolies around if you need cash out.
Hidden away in the city, this is one of Melbourne’s most well known vintage stores. The store has a very eclectic, with a carefully edited, but vast range of items. Prices can be quite high, because many of its items are originally vintage – however, check the back room for some cheaper items. The staff are really helpful and friendly (at least on the days I was there)
Nicholas Building (go up to the first floor)
37 Swanston Street, corner of Flinders Lane
If you’re more into a bargain rather than unearthing a lost treasure, Salvos is pretty much unbeatable on price. The upside is you can find a Salvos in pretty much any suburb. The prices are low, the selection is vast and random and the shops are usually pretty organized. Plus you can use eftpos!
See also: Brotherhood of St Lawrence, Australian Red Cross stores.