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Out of the Closet

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If you blink you might miss the entrance to Out of the Closet.  Keep your eyes peeled for the set of stairs that will lead you from Flinders street to the basement location of this vintage store.  Here you will find a solid collection of vintage goods such as belts, ties, boots, hats, shirts, skirt, dresses, pants (there was guy trying on a pair of leather pants when I visited), bathers, handbags and vinyl records, as well as a dedicated costume area.  The fitout leaves much to be desired, having said that, the modest decor may account for the relatively competitive prices for such a secondhand store in such a prime location.

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Retrostar

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Retrostar has long been on the vintage hit list for Melbournians; located in the Nicholas Building on the corner of Swanston Street and Flinders Lane it is considered somewhat of an institution.  The store and its collection have shrunk in size since I last visited, but comparatively it is still a very large.  This first floor emporium is overflowing with bevy of apparel including clothing (women’s and men’s), hats, leather-goods, dresses, jackets, pants, skirts, shirts, ties, belts, hair clips… the list goes on.  Strictly speaking not all the stock is second hand, some of the sunglasses, singlets and bags on display seem to be vintage in style and not actuality.  While this mixing of new and old may not be to every vintage shopper’s taste it seems to hit the mark with Retrostar’s target demographic.

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