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And now for the third and final instalment of my vintage shopping in Melbourne saga!
After experiencing the delights of Gertrude Street in funk-tastic Fitzroy, it was time to broaden my horizons and explore Brunswick and Smith Streets, which both intersect Gerturde and have the same groovy-vintage feel to them.
Here are my highlights.
Brunswick Street - Top Pick:
479 Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy, Melbourne
Take the tram up Brunswick Street to Clara Fox, a tiny shop jam-packed with treasures. Their stock ranges from 1920's to 1980's but the bulk is 1940's, 50's, 60's - which is heaven to me.
The shop is physically small, and they've got a LOT of inventory, so be prepared to dive in deep. Clothing runs the gamut from eveningwear to daywear and bedwear. There's quite a good section of nighties and slips.
stashed with mint condition vintage girdles and bras
nighties, slips and bedwear
Dresses and gowns - that's an original 1930s
yellow crepe dress for a mere A$125
If you go to Clara Fox be sure to check out the display cabinet full of treasures:
I was able to look at a gorgeous and fully vintage white ostrich feather burlesque fan - just like what Sally Rand would have used! It was LOVELY, and I'm sure it will see its way back onto the stage someday when the right person comes along.
Smith Street - Top Pick: Lost and Found Market
12 Smith Street (near Gertrude Street)
This place is gi-normous. Be prepared to get lost in what feels like a huge vintage garage sale. This really is a 'market', representing many vendors who each have their own 'area'. This means that the inventory is organised by vendor, not item, so each area features clothing, knick knacks, accessories, etc, and you'll have to traverse the entire place to find what you're looking for.
But if you've got the time, it's a fun place to wander around.
Other places of interest:
Let me just say you could spend days trawling the area, and there are many, many vintagey shops and wonderful bookstores, cafes and the like - far too many to mention. Here are a few to look out for.
377 Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy, Melbourne
As the name suggests, this is mostly an Austin-Powers-Groovy-Baby sort of place. It was a bit too mirror-ball-and-platform-booty for my liking, but they claim to stock 40s and 50s stuff so it could be worth a look.
382 Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy, Melbourne
One of the many, many vintage stores on Brunswick Street. I didn't find anything on the day I was there, but it looks like a shop that's worth checking out every now and then.
Smith Street, near Gertrude
346 Smith Street, North Fitzroy, Melbourne
A sort of rockabilly-meets-gothic-princess store, their mainstay is the huge variety of custom fancy corsets - the kind you are meant to wear on the outside. They do, however, stock a limited range of retro reproduction dresses, including popular brand Stop Staring. I had about 10 minutes in this shop before I needed to high-tail it to the airport, which was just enough time to squeeze into this pink Stop Staring number:
only somewhat less well endowed...
Cnr Smith and Johnston Sts (across the road from Vicious Venus)
I only just ducked my head in here, but it's a large-ish shop, laid out nicely and is definitely worth a look.
I hope you've enjoyed a taste of Melbourne Vintage Shopping - the city certainly holds a wealth of opportunities and I only managed to make the tiniest scratch in the surface! If you've got your own recommendations for Melbourne vintage hotspots please feel free to comment.