$$$$ Price guide: expensive
This vintage treasure trove on Gertrude Street is a testament to the depth of knowledge and commitment of its owner Nicole Jenkins. There are around 1000 items in store, a further 1000 listed online and thousands more awaiting display. The quality of stock in Circa is outstanding thanks to the great skill and attention that has been invested in restoring each item to its former glory. Repairs and restorations are done in-house by Circa’s staff Nicole, Kate and Esther. For me the highlight of this vintage store was the superlative collection of vintage hats – check them out!
What sets this store apart is Nicole Jenkins, who has spent much of her life collecting, learning and writing about all things vintage. She is one of the few purveyors of vintage clothing in Melbourne who can tell you the era and origin from which an article came, for example she is able to distinguish between a true 1950s dress and a 1980s dress designed in 1950s style. In addition to this Nicole is super friendly and demonstrates an enthusiasm for vintage goods that is infectious – check out the Circa blog for ‘how to’ tips, online shopping, events, forums and much more. Keep an eye out for updates on a new Southland pop-up shop in the pipeline.
Mitchell House, First Floor
358 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9606 0776
Thursday – Friday: 12pm – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 12pm
Tuesday to Saturday by appointment.