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.
The valley’s best op shops include Australian Red Cross in the McWhirter’s Building, Vinnies on the corner of Alfred and Brunswick Street, and LifeLine on Ann Street (you can usually find fancy stuff and vintage goodies here!) Head a bit further north to Doggett Street and you’ll find a Salvos super store. There’s SO MUCH to sort through here but it’s well worth it.
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. 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).
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, and Retro Metro. Other great 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.
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.
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, Vinnies, LifeLine and Red Cross Australia. Make a morning of it.
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.