Edit: this was going to be out of control long, so I’m dividing by suburb and posting separately. If I’ve missed some great ones, add them in the comments. Enjoy!
I do a lot of vintage and opshopping and am often asked for recommendations, so here is my big list of places I normally try and keep secret. There are also some on this list that were recommended to me on Twitter, but I haven’t gotten to them yet. Most of these are permanent shops, but there are a couple of regular warehouse sales as well.
Scavengers Warehouse – 56 Gaffney St, Coburg
Starting off with my favourite opshop in Melbourne, the Scavengers Warehouse. They have no website, so you know its good. They are only open Saturday and Sunday, and have almost exclusively clothes and accessories, with a very limited amount of homewares. Occasionally this place have $5 bags of assorted jewelery which are about a kilo worth each. It is SUPER cheap. 3 tops for $5, that kind of thing. Recently, I got a made in Melbourne grey woolen coat for $10 in perfect condition.
Right near the Batman Market, so go on a Sunday, get a Jaffle and make a day of it.
Lost and Found Market – 550 Lygon St
This is a true vintage paradise. Carefully curated, there are clothes, homewares and all sorts of amazing bric a brac to be found. Not the cheapest place in the world, but if you’re looking for something special, this is the place. Open Saturday and Sunday. Check out their Instagram here.
Vinnies Coburg – 260 Sydney Road
This Vinnies isn’t particularly big, but the cheapest stuff in there is the best. The good vintage stuff is usually cheaper than the new Kmart stuff. Great. I got a suede fringed jacket in there for $25. The staff are really nice as well.
Savers Sydney Road – 330 Sydney Road
Savers fans will all know that Brunswick doesn’t compare to Footscray, but there are still bargains to be found at the Sydney Road shop. Big dress selection, and some pretty interesting homewares.They usually have a pretty good vintage fur selection, but they aren’t cheap. Check out their Facebook page here for updates on sales etc.
Brotherhood of St Laurence – 132 Barkley St Brunswick
This one has an AMAZING vintage section, but they know it, so unfortunately it’s a bit pricey. They also have a really incredible range of antique furniture, but that’s also pricey. Their less spectacular furniture is very reasonably priced. They do have this device operating which stops birds roosting in the roof. Unfortunately, it does that by emitting a high pitched whine. People over a certain age can’t hear it, so if you’re under 35 and people around you can’t appear to hear it, don’t worry you’re not losing your mind. It’s real, and you’re young and probably also beautiful.
Brunswick Salvos – 740 Sydney Road, Brunswick
This Salvos has a great mix of clothes, furniture, homewares, books and the occasional surfboard. They seem to have an above average ratio of art deco furniture, if that’s what you’re after. They also do their colour sales, so each day, items with a particular colour tag are 50% off.
This one has HEAPS of shoes. Heaps. Also parking available out the front, assuming noones popped in since the below photo was taken.
Retrostar Warehouse Sale – 33 Stewart St, Brunswick
This isn’t a regular sale, but if you hit up their Facebook page via the above link, they post the dates of the warehouse sales and it is WELL worth it.
Retrostar is a shop in the Melbourne CBD, but occasionally they go nuts and have a huge sale in their Brunswick warehouse. Prices are between $5 and $10 bucks. It is something special. Get their early, and be prepared to try stuff on in a big room with a bunch of people. From cut off denim jeans, to band tshirts and everything in between, the Retrostar Warehouse sales are great. Guys and girls stuff.
My Stuff = Your Stuff
This last one is Melbourne wide and Facebook based. In fact, it doesn’t even qualify for this list on any level, but it’s great. My Stuff = Your Stuff is a Facebook group where people can sell furniture, bric-a-brac etc. No clothes or shoes, but for furniture in particular, it’s excellent.