Eclectic and unfound: A day of thrift shopping in the City of Port Phillip
If you’re after books to add to your collection, some vintage party shirts for the warmer weather, or some homewares for your living room – then exploring the curated boutiques and untouched op-shops in the City of Port Phillip could be a treasure trove in waiting. Explore a day that’s hot on the heels of a bargain…
Morning: South Melbourne/Port Melbourne
After choosing from the plentiful breakfast and coffee options at the buzzing South Melbourne Markets, stay put and make your first stop at Koenji – a little Japanese market space that specialises in women’s fashion from Tokyo circa 1950s to 1980s.
For some, the bustle of the market can make you feel like some fresh air. If that’s you, take a stroll through the Victorian architecture-lined streets and make your way to South Melbourne Community Chest. This is where you will find a mixture of second-hand clothes, furniture and homewares.
If you still have some time up your sleeve, the sun shines brighter on the bay. So, head on down to Vinnies Port Melbourne, and have dig through this oft-overlooked armory of secondhand items.
Midday: Albert Park/Middle Park
Shopping is hungry work! Restore your energy levels in the Albert Park village, or on the lake at one of the many well-regarded lunch spots.
Once you’re replenished, check out Goodwill for friendly staff and a broad selection of clothes and homewares ranging from $1 upwards. For a curated vintage boutique experience, browse the selections at Sarah Vintage and As If Designer Recycle.
Afternoon: St Kilda East/Elwood
It wouldn’t be an authentic Melbourne experience without an arvo caffeine while you search the clothes racks. This is where Thryft in St Kilda has you covered, with their multi-use space that combines a cafe alongside a well curated op-shop.
Once you’ve had your afternoon pick-me-up, you can scoot along to the famous Greeves St Recycling Shop where the profits go towards empowering women at risk. If by some measure of unbreakable determination, you still have the thirst for that elusive vintage item, you can check out Sacred Heart Mission.
They have locations on Grey Street in St Kilda, and on Inkerman Street in St Kilda East. Sacred Heart has a broad network of op-shops all over Melbourne and are always receiving new stock for you to check out.
Has all that rifling for clothes made you thirsty? Luckily, you’re in the right area to find a comfy spot to rest your feet and order a refreshing beverage.
The City of Port Phillip is always evolving. So, to find out more about what’s happening – from unique events to the inside tips only the locals know – check out Explore Port Phillip today!