Sustainability meets individuality in the CBD this Christmas. Grab a coffee, and take a wander through our trail of vintage boutiques. From the hard-to-find to the one-of-a-kind, you never know what treasures you'll unearth...
Pop the champagne, because the delightful Ruby has set up a permanent shop front in the Gong for her fresh collections of vintage gear. Waratah is a welcoming home to all. The team are young, female, queer, indigenous and rocking sustainable fashion and styling on Dharawal land.
Find Waratah Vintage at 220 Keira Street (near The Grand Hotel).
Find your summer page-turner at Society City. Good reads, classics, and quirky retro volumes are all on offer in the member-run space dedicated to sharing stories and fostering creativity. The welcoming space is a secondhand bookstore, zine machine, freeschool, co-working and community events space.
Find Society City at 274-278 Crown St, Wollongong (opposite Spotlight)
Vin and James of Wandering Merchants are a vintage powerhouse. The uber cool duo bring their many talents to styling, photography, music and creative collaborations. AND they run a store full of goodies, including incredible pre-loved designer pieces, and vintage vinyl sold via Beveridge Enterprises, a not for profit raising funds for the creative scene.
Tucked into quirky Globe Lane, Retro Groove is a cave of wonders filled with vintage fashion, jewellery, homewares, and oddities. If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift, or music festival outfit, this is your store! Owner Rob has quickly become a local icon, bringing passion and dedication to collating his unique range.
Find Retro Groove in Globe Lane, Wollongong (off Crown St Mall)
The Classy Closet
Cheddy Balmforth is a life long avid op shopper, who always dreamed of owning a recycled clothing boutique. At age 54 she made the leap, launching The Classy Closet. Cheddy sources clothing from across the globe to provide designer label clothing and vintage pieces at affordable prices, and in a sustainable way.
Find The Classy Closet in Central Chambers, 81-83 Church St, Wollongong (opposite the Vax Hub).
Op Shops Extravaganza
And if those aren't enough, we're totally spoiled for choice with all your favourite Op Shops scattered around the CBD in easy walking distance. You'll find:
- Vinnies: Lower Crown St Mall
- Salvos Mega Store: 48 Kenny Street, Wollongong
- Save the Children Op Shop: 283-285 Keira Street, Wollongong
- Red Cross: Suite 3, Level 1/65-67 Burelli St, Wollongong NSW
- Lifeline Shop: 19 Auburn Street, Wollongong
The Shop of Things
You never know what you'll find in The Ever-Changing Shop of Things! The treasure-hunting owners scour the nation to unearth rarities, oddities, and fun little bits and pieces. You never know what you'll find from vintage bric-a-brac to limited edition collectibles.
Find the Shop of Things at 1/180 Crown Street (opposite Spotlight).