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Second hand boutiques and vintage clothes in Canberra?

By BlondieACT - 19 August 2011 18

 Just wondering if anyone knows of some great second hand boutiques or markets in Canberra? Mostly looking for vintage clothing and jewellery at a fairly cheap price.

I know of the Salvos and Vinneys but not aware of any specialty boutiques or markets.

What’s Your opinion?


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Second hand boutiques and vintage clothes in Canberra?
poetix 12:51 pm 29 May 12

EvanJames said :

Best op-shop in Canberra is in Queanbeyan. It’s called The Bargain Hunter, and is where donationis to Anglicare and Brotherhood of St Lawrence go. It’s HUGE, and has a good vintage section, as well as lots of juicy label finds. Amazing array of men’s polo shirts in summer too.

Thank you so much for this! Only just saw it after the thread was revived and went out to Queanbeyan today. That Anglicare op shop is the best I’ve seen, including in Melbourne. I won’t say exactly how much I bought, but it was certainly more than I usually spend. The Catholic one down the road was quite good too, though less of the really spectacular. (The Catholics have dropped all their prices by 50% today, too, because of the reconciliation parade happening down the main street.)

Funny, it’s only because I trust you on shopping that I went out there at all, and I’ve never met you, so far as I know.

Life_in_the_Can 1:20 pm 28 May 12

….however, I would recommend the Geelong St Antique store, friendly service & great prices.

Life_in_the_Can 1:18 pm 28 May 12

Down Memory Lane:
I had been happily shopping here for five years since I moved to Canberra without incident, until one day I made an offer on an object and was rudely shot-down by the owner. Then after I said ‘no worries’, a burly man followed me round the shop giving me a death stare. I ended up buying a pair of shoes, but still was followed out of the shop by the burly man, who proceeded to death stare me outside. Considering my long term support of the shop & recommending it to collectors I know interstate, this was a pretty lousy way to deal with a customer. I have been collecting for over 20 years & have managed an Antique Centre, so I am accustomed to how a good shop is run & what constitutes good service. Also I don’t dress like a normal Canberra public servant type, I dress slightly quirky & collect quirky things. There seems to be much ‘we don’t like the cut of your jib’ attitude in Canberra businesses if you don’t dress conservatively enough. Why is this so? I have money to spend & they don’t want it?

silvernitrate 8:04 am 25 Aug 11

I-filed said :

Blondie I’ve noticed all these suggestions are the retail-priced, marked-up boutique second-handery and no-one has told you about the three good opshops in inner Canberra. Clearly no-one wants to face off with you over a bargain! : )

Care to share 😀

BlondieACT 2:02 pm 24 Aug 11

Thanks for all the suggestions – extremely helpful!

EvanJames 12:27 pm 21 Aug 11

Best op-shop in Canberra is in Queanbeyan. It’s called The Bargain Hunter, and is where donationis to Anglicare and Brotherhood of St Lawrence go. It’s HUGE, and has a good vintage section, as well as lots of juicy label finds. Amazing array of men’s polo shirts in summer too.

imaagine 11:21 am 21 Aug 11

Wombat Wardrobe on Carleton St in Kambah is fantastic

OzChick 1:37 pm 20 Aug 11

Fash and Treasure is awesome. I have found some great vintage bargains there.

I-filed 11:05 am 20 Aug 11

Blondie I’ve noticed all these suggestions are the retail-priced, marked-up boutique second-handery and no-one has told you about the three good opshops in inner Canberra. Clearly no-one wants to face off with you over a bargain! : )

Stilks 7:06 am 20 Aug 11

Material Pleasures, Fyshwick…….bonus of being opposite Flute bakery!!! 🙂

harryhaller 8:43 pm 19 Aug 11

April’s Caravan or what it’s called, inside the Front Gallery and Cafe in Lyneham, might be worth checking out. Always very busy in there.

wherestarzan 8:07 pm 19 Aug 11

Yeah Fash ‘n’ Treasure is what you’re looking for. It’s now on once a month and it’s all clothing/shoes/accessories .. the next one is coming up on the 3rd of September. There’s usually about 100 stalls … 50% second-hand, 25% vintage and 25% brand new/designer/handmade clothing. Last time i got a vintage leather jacket for $30 .. bargain!

DrJohn 7:09 pm 19 Aug 11

BlondieACT – have a look at the Front Cafe at Lyneham shops and there another at the church just north of the O’Connor shops on Macpherson St. There is also the Gorman House Markets in Braddon and a clothing Xchage group (mebe through the ANU Environment Collective) that does community fairs – if you can find them. Hope that helps. DrJ.

NancyNobody 4:45 pm 19 Aug 11

Keep an eye out for the next Fash and Treasure at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston – http://www.fashntreasure.com.au. They have a bevy of stall holders selling vintage and contemporary stuff. Its awesome!! Just wish those blue wedges were in my size.

luther_bendross 3:53 pm 19 Aug 11

I like Down Memory Lane, up the end of Geelong St in Fyshwick. There’s another antique store on Geelong St but they’re more proper antiques, as opposed to heaps of old cool stuff.

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