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by Renae Failla, Geelong Social Media

There is nothing better then buying something on sale and when you love clothes, bags and accessories just as much as we do there has to be a better way to save. Many people often associate second hand/vintage boutiques with negative connotations like ‘used’ and ‘old’ but when you flip that over to pre loved treasure you will be amazed at what you can score!

We have searched far and wide to get the best round up of second hand designer boutiques in Australia and we think that you will be pleasantly surprised. Each of these boutiques handles every piece that comes through their marketplace with great care seeing the beauty in each piece. And not to worry if there isn’t a boutique in your state most of these allow you to purchase their treasures online.

Firstly, in Melbourne we have the Vintage Marketplace located in High Street Northcote. Two friends Katie and Jai as had an idea to start the Vintage Marketplace in 2009. With a trip to the US the pair went on the hunt to discover some of the best vintage pieces and brought these back to Melbourne. It started at the local markets as a small store and grew in popularity online, so much so that the two eventually set up a bricks and mortar store. Here you will be able to find everything from those light wash denim overalls you have been lusting after all year or even a dateless small designer bag in mint condition.

 

Vintage Marketplace 90s vintage overalls

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next over in Brisbane, QLD we have The Vintage Collective on Ipswich Road, Annerley. This small store prides itself on breaking the bounds of the traditional stigma associated with ‘second hand’ showcasing a range of carefully curated one off pieces that have barely been worn. The store’s owner has had a career in fashion for over 30 years and hopes to share her passion and eye with other fashion lovers. She keeps this saying close to heart “Recycle the past & create the future” realising that her store will appeal to fashion lovers, collectors and those on the hunt for quality. Here you will find a range of vintage items and accessories.
In NSW you can’t go past Harlequin Market in Double Bay Sydney. This little gem is “An eclectic store-sized treasure chest where past and present meet” showcasing an optimum range of designer jewellery that will make any girl swoon. Owner of the store Bruna Harrison has had 30 years of experience in sourcing collectable luxury jewellery pieces. Their range features the likes of Lea Stein, Chanel, Monet, Trifari as well as a variety of one of a kind pieces. The store also creates one off crystal vintage pieces on site!

Harlequin Market- Chanel Bracelet

 

 

 

Now if you haven’t heard of this next one you MUST get onto it! In Melbourne every girl knows about it. So you have an upcoming wedding, christening or engagement and you need an elegant dress but can’t afford the $300-$1000 price tag? You can’t possibly repeat the dress you wore to your last function and frankly you want something new. Well this place has you covered and all you need to do is pay a rental price. It’s called Something Borrowed Melbourne and their store is located in Church Street, Richmond. Designers in their range include Alex Perry, Camilla and Marc, Lover, Manning Cartell and Nicholas.

 

 

Image credit: Something Borrowed With the same concept there is also Rent a Dress Australia. This one doesn’t have a physical store but instead allows you to get directly in touch with the owner of your favourite listed dress and rent it for your next night out. You will have to pay the cost of shipping both ways if you are not in the same state as the lister but this can be good if you find a dress in the same state as you. It’s like Gumtree but fancier and for dresses.

 

 

 

Now I’m sure we have some handbag enthusiasts reading. Enthusiasts that love a good designer bag but prefer not to pay $700 for it. Your best bet will be to head to the online store Luxe it Fwd, which literally provides designer bags to your doorstep. They have been featured in

Shop til you drop, Fashion Weekly, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age all with glowing reviews about the product range and the amazing service. You can attain quality and style guaranteed for a small price.
Luxe It Fwd succeeds in creating “authentic accessible luxury to your doorstep, without compromise on the high-end boutique experience”.
Whether it be Celine, Chanel, Louis Vuitton or Hermes— Luxe.It.Fwd have a selected range of popular styles from all of your favourites.

Image credit: Luxe It Fwd

Last but not least over in South Australia we have the wonderful The Vintage Bride Boutique. Located in the heart of Adelaide in South Australia, The Vintage Bride Boutique began with a childhood passion for vintage pieces, which quickly grew too large for the home. This is your wedding dress go to place if you want second hand pieces.

The owner of the store Rene grew up searching through charity shops with her family to discover unique pieces that nobody else found value in. She began selling her pieces at the local market. This soon overflowed into her first shop In Love Again Vintage that laid the foundations for her vintage business. To make the dresses even more unique she started to restore and re work the vintage pieces so that other people could wear them again with a love for vintage. Her collections are available both online and in store.

Image Credit: The Vintage Bride Boutique

And that’s a wrap! If you didn’t love vintage stores before then you will now!

 

 

 

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