Where to thrift shop in Brisbane when your wardrobe needs a do-up

Got a New Year’s Resolution to cut down on the amount of new clothes you buy? Wanting to get out of the fast fashion cycle? Just simply looking for some new threads? Op shops are the place for you, and there’s plenty of spots in Brisbane for every kind of style.

Can You Keep A Secret?

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619 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba

Do you ever wish you could browse through clothes and have a beer at the same time? Well, you can! This vintage heaven and lounge bar is stacked with gorgeous one-off pieces that you can sift through with an afternoon tipple. Bevs and threads? Absolutely. There’s plenty to explore in this cosy little Woolloongabba space, so come for the drinks and stay for the clothes.

Can You Keep A Secret? is open Wednesday-Sunday 3pm-midnight.

Vinnies Paddington

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16 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington

Paddington is home to some of Brisbane’s best op shops, and pretty much everyone has found an incredible feature item for their wardrobe somewhere along the Paddington strip. Vinnies Paddington is a heritage building turned second-hand haven, and as the neon sign says, you can head upstairs for the ‘Retro Section’. They also sell bric-a-brac and have a pretty solid record collection!

Vinnies Paddington is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-3pm and Sunday 10am-2pm.

Local Opy

Brisbane City’s newest op shop

Level 2, 134 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City

A hidden inner-city gem, Local Opy is a not-for-profit that donates the entirety of their shop earnings to a different charity each month. Head up to the second level of 134 Adelaide Street to find some gorgeous gems, all organised by colour. Local Opy is perfect for a quick shop on your lunch break so swing by and go snap up some corduroy pants or a new pair of sunnies!

Local Opy is open Monday-Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday 11am-7pm and Saturday 11am-5pm.

Studio Thrifty 4

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Studio Thrifty 4 in Bowen Hills

270 Abbotsford Road, Bowen Hills

Studio Thrifty 4 is all about high-quality modern and vintage for incredible prices. Literally. Everything is $5 or less. They’re a 100% charity operation too, so rest assured, all their funds are going to a good cause. We challenge you to go there and NOT find something amazing to jazz up your wardrobe. Plus, you can tag your finds on Instagram to get featured on their page.

Studio Thrifty 4 is open Wednesday-Saturday 10am-4pm.

Retro Metro

Retro Metro Paddington offers a wide range of second-hand retro & vintage clothing options

297 Given Terrace, Paddington

Another Paddington jaunt, Retro Metro is the place to go for curiosities, coats and some of the best button-ups Brissy has to offer. You can find groovy evening wear or chill afternoon drinks attire, glam vintage items from the ‘20s through to the ‘80s and décor and vinyl records to boot. Discover hidden gems behind the weatherboard doors on its iconic Paddington corner – this is one you won’t want to miss.

Retro Metro is open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.


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161 Boundary Street, West End

SWOP is Brisbane’s local arm of the famous SWOP clothing exchange, which is great for buying some premium pre-loved clothes, shoes and accessories. Their stores are gorgeous, socially responsible and perfectly curated for some vintage-chic vibes. The cool thing about SWOP is that they’ll actually buy your goods at their Brisbane location for store credit or cash… gone are the days of just donating! You can check them out on Instagram or at their West End store.

SWOP is open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.

Suitcase Rummage

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Brisbane Square, Brisbane CBD

Get your hide-and-go-seek energy on every third Sunday of the month in Brisbane Square at Suitcase Rummage. Some of Brisbane’s trendiest wardrobes will be on display in suitcases for you to find your perfect piece. The best part about this is you can find a whole new set of things every month! Plus, if you’ve got some things to sell, you can easily register on their website to be a part of the action.

Suitcase Rummage is open every third Sunday of the month from 12pm-5pm.

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