When it comes to sustainability, second best to not buying anything is buying second-hand. Thankfully, Brisbane’s op shop and vintage scene is picking up pace and there’s heaps of great places to find pre-loved goods at bargain prices. Here’s your guide to the best thrift and vintage stores in Brisbane.
Op shops in Fortitude Valley
The valley’s best thrift shops include Australian Red Cross in the McWhirter’s Building and Vinnies on the corner of Alfred and Brunswick Street. There’s also Phase 4 Records in Bakery Lane serving up secondhand records and vintage clothing. Head a bit further north to Doggett Street and you’ll find a Salvos super store. There’s SO MUCH to sort through here including casual wear, belts, hats, bags, costumes and more. It’s well worth it.
Op shops and vintage stores in West End
The best end for vintage and op shops, am I right? Starting on Boundary Street you’ve got Yesterday’s Thrift Shop which is pretty diverse, the LifeLine shop (mostly clothes, not always great), Vinnies (similar spread), and the epic SWOP vintage shop. SWOP allows you to bring in your vintage or designer clothes and swap them for store credits or cash. Likewise, you can shop for great vintage and designer clothes. SWOP has also opened up an op shop downstairs from its West End store. But wait, there’s more. On Hardgrave Road you’ll find the St Veronica Thrift Shop (a treasure for vintage goods), and on Montague Road there’s the Salvos Hope Op Shop (lots of stuff here – head upstairs for fashion) and a Vinnies super store.
Op shops and vintage stores in Paddington
Paddington has long been known as the home to Brisbane’s best vintage stores. When I was 17 I bought my first vintage item here, a pink velvet Laura Ashley jacket. It’s a prize. You’ll find the best spots on Latrobe Terrace including Vinnies Paddington (pictured – head up stairs for retro), a very cool second-hand store called The Red Queen Design and Retro Metro. Other vintage stores in the area include Yesterday’s Thrift Shop on Nash Street, Ra Ra Superstar on Given Terrace (vintage heaven), and the Paddington Antique Centre on Latrobe Terrace which has a small but great collection of vintage dresses, jackets, jewellery etc.
Op shops and vintage stores in Brisbane City
Stuck in the city? Not to worry, there’s second-hand clothing stores here too. Check out the SWOP Clothing Exchange and LifeLine shops on Adelaide Street, and Vinnies on Mary Street. There’s also the Suitcase Rummage on in Reddacliff Place on the first and third Sunday of every month.
Op shops in Geebung
If you’re in the know about Brisbane’s vintage scene you’ve probably heard how epic the Geebung op shops are. In a line on Railway Parade is a mammoth Salvos store full of treasures, a Vinnies op shop, a LifeLine op shop and Red Cross Australia. Make a morning of it.
Op shops and vintage stores in Sandgate/Brighton
Brisbane’s bayside boasts some pretty neat vintage stores too. Drop into Vinnies Brighton and Vinnies Sandgate, Salvos at Sandgate, and Footprints Bracken Ridge Thrift Shop. You will find some serious vintage treasure here.
Vintage stores in Albion
Last but definitely not least is a trip to Albion to visit Studio Thrifty 4 – a not-for-profit super thrift and vintage store. With all items capped at $5 it’s the perfect place to find a quality bargain in a bright and colourful setting. Visit for pre-loved vintage and designer goods.