Best Gold Coast Vintage, Retro and Op Shops

How good are the threads and “farshon” fads of yesteryear!?  There’s nothing like coming across a super funky find that you know will be one-of-a-kind instead of one-of-the-same from chain stores.  For those of you who aren’t already aware of the joys of finding a preloved treasure in a vintage store or op shop, you don’t know what you’re missing.  Op shops have shed their stigma and found a place in the hearts of hip, eco-conscious consumers.  Added to the joy of the hunt, retro shoppers also know that buying preloved clothes and wares reduces your carbon footprint and saves treasures from landfill.  For the already converted and curious, check out these hidden houses of gems scattered across the Gold Coast.  Featured are the cool retro nooks of Strange Days, Miss Brown Vintage, Orbit Op Shop and Desert Digs rummage, along with some classic “so-daggy-it’s-cool” Op Shops.  

All things rock n’ roll, with a touch of western soul
Miss Brown Vintage Clothing specialises in eclectic original & modified vintage
Quality preloved goods featuring clothing, bric-a-brac and homewares, books, toys, CDs and records
Pop up vintage rummage market at Mo's Desert Clubhouse with tunes, drinks and vintage collections
The cleverly named Backyard Clothes Line is a funky retro and vintage clothing favourite
Servicing the local community offering clothing, bric-a-brac and household items
Quality used clothing, furniture and homewares raising funds for the thousands of stray and abandoned animals
Secondhand goods including clothing, bric-a-brac, furniture, manchester, toys, books, media and lots more
Quality secondhand and recycled goods, including clothing, homewares, furniture, toys and lots more
Unique and collectable items with a variety of vintage Revival threads, bric-a-brac, furniture and more

You’ll also find vintage rack sales at local markets like the Burleigh Village Markets and some fabulous shops that have moved their wares online post-pandemic, including Hunt & Gather Vintage and Tweed’s gorgeous Get Frocked.  Also expect treasures from Coolangatta recently replaced favourites Retrosheila and 20th Century Antiques & Collectables to pop up online.  Keep an eye out!

By Michaela Lyons

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Pop up vintage rummage market at Mo's Desert Clubhouse with tunes, drinks and vintage collections
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