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Hunter Gatherer – Brotherhood of St Laurence

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Who knew a not-for-profit vintage store could be so fabulous?  I had always assumed that Hunter Gatherer was privately owned but in actual fact it is run by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.  The collection here is hand picked from the hundreds of thousands of items donated each year to the Brotherhood of St Laurence – so this really is the cream of the crop.  The stock is affordably priced and best of all you know the proceeds are going to charity.  Most of the collection is dedicated to womenswear however there is a small array of menswear.  There is also a smattering of accessories and homewares.

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One Nine One, Bridge Road

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It was St Patrick’s day when I visited One Nine One on Bridge Road and the themed window display hinted at the fun and fabulous vintage store that lay beyond.  Inside this Australian Red Cross op-shop you will find a sea of clothes, scarfs, belts, ties, hats, shoes, sunglasses, bags, wallets, books, records, homewares, cameras, disc-mans, suitcases, a small amount of furniture and much more.  From the swish change rooms down to the timber coat hangers it is obvious that a lot of love and attention has been invested in this opportunity shop – there is even the opportunity to try before you buy with a record player and headphones set up amongst the collection of vinyl records.  Many of the accessories look brand new or barely worn and have been carefully sorted and displayed (see photos below).  At the rear of the store you will find the secondhand book section complete with reading chairs, a lovely place to sit if you need a little respite from all that shopping.


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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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