The saying “Fashion fades but style is eternal” has never been more right as fast fashion takes a back seat and buying pre-loved becomes the perfect pastime.
Broken down into the vintage shops and op shops, here are some of the best thrift stores in Canberra to support sustainable second-hand style and save the bank – and the environment!
Located in Fyshwick, Dirty Janes is a vintage shopping experience like no other. The maze of stalls will keep you entertained for hours with a vast selection of vintage and handcrafted items to be found. Open daily, Dirty Janes even has a café to help curb your coffee addiction.
80 Collie Street, Fyshwick
T: 6169 4945
Exploring the explosive combination of vintage and modern fashion and interiors, Designer Op Shop Emporium is a collective of local small businesses that is passionate about recycling fashion. Alongside designer labels, you find homewares from Luxe and Beau and Blissiimo, flowers from Eight Stems, collectables from Jilly’s Vintage and more.
1 Lyell Street, Fyshwick
T: 6225 8128
With good quality designer clothing at affordable prices, Material Pleasures is a must when in Fyshwick. Open daily, the store carries Country Road, Oroton, Zimmermann, Camilla, David Lawrence and more.
3 Barrier Street, Fyshwick
T: 6280 0825
Established in 2018, Lost Vintage is a hidden gem in Canberra’s city. Featuring cool ‘90s inspired accessories, unisex denim and branded vintage pieces, all clothing is brought in from registered sellers and suppliers, proving quality is always preferred over quantity.
Shop G03A Lonsdale Street, Braddon
Based in Canberra, Timeless Vintage is a treasure that can only be found online, providing quality vintages pieces directly from the United States. They stock fan favourites including vintage sports and Disney tees and sweatshirts.
In a corner of Garema Place, the Green Shed Underground is a thrift lover’s dream. Get lost in the basement while exploring rows of clothes, books, furniture and more.
Cnr East Row and City Walk (Behind Maccas).
A timeless classic, a second-hand prize can always be found at Salvos stores. Located all over Canberra, notable mentions include Salvos Phillip, Fyshwick, Jamison, Mitchell and Tuggeranong.
- Phillip: Shop 7, Phillip Market Place, Corner Hindmarsh Drive and Botany Street
- Fyshwick: 15 Mildura Street
- Jamison: 53 Bowman Street, Macquarie
- Mitchell: 32 Hoskins Street
- Tuggeranong: Tuggeranong Square, Unit 1/3 Anketell Street
Another classic, Vinnies stores across Canberra often have some of the best pre-loved goodies mius a hefty price tag. Vinnies Warehouse Mitchell deserves an honourable mention; the retail centre and warehouse is bursting with pre-loved clothing, bric-a-brac, shoes, linen, books and many other items.
- Mitchell: 32 Buckland Street
- Tuggeranong: Pitman Street, Greenway (open 7 days)
- Dickson: 1/9 Woolley Street
- Phillip: 17 Colbee Court
- Queanbeyan: 130 Monaro Street
Anglicare manages a number of retail recycling stores that sell quality recycled clothing and household items at affordable prices. Get lost among the racks of pre-loved clothing and find a bargain.
- Erindale: 31 Grattan Court, Wanniassa
- Phillip: 41-43 Colbee Court
- Queanbeyan: 170 Crawford Street
The best little boutique in O’Connor promoting sustainable fashion and accessories. Open on Saturdays 10am-1pm with recycled clothing, bags, shoes jewellery, etc. Look out for Miss Pandora on the nature strip at St Philip’s Church in McPherson Street. Join the community and like Pandora’s Op Shop on Facebook.
24 McPherson Street, O’Connor
Comment below to share your favourite op shop, thrift or vintage store for pre-loved finds in Canberra.