No-one knows their way around a vintage rack better than Adelaide Cabaret Festival Artistic Director Ali McGregor. The performer is a pre-loved clothing queen. One of the first things she does when she heads to any new city is seek out the best vintage stores. “When travelling I can’t really look for furniture (although don’t for a minute think I haven’t managed to check in a vintage chaise lounge on an international Qantas flight back to Oz!).” Ali has a particular thing for small homewares, art, clothes and weird musical instruments.
In the lead-up to Adelaide Cabaret Festival (8 to 23 June) she shares her favourite local places to fossick for treasures.
“I have found all sorts of goodies here over the years and wasted many an hour deeply considering how I could bring rocking chairs and large sets of cutlery back to Melbourne. Last year when I hit town for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival I immediately came here to find something special to make my hotel feel like home (I live in a hotel for a month so it is good to personalise it). I found this gloriously cheesy vase that is most definitely Louis XIV (via Taiwan circa 1984). I also found my prized VHS copy of the 1982 cinematic heaven that was Starstruck, a rare melodica and enough Melamine crockery to stock a fully working 1960s picnic basket or three.”
“Their upstairs clothing stash is one of the best in the world. I found this beautiful black dress a couple of years ago and immediately wore it in Club Swizzle. Then, for last year’s opening night Cabaret Festival gala at Her Maj, we had a situation where I was to be suspended by wires from the ceiling and needed something glamorous to wear that covered the harness. I popped down the street to Antique Market and found this incredible wedding kimono. It looked spectacular above the stage and it has even been taken to the Festival Centre archives now as actual historical treasure.”
Ed’s note: Our beloved Antique Market will soon close its doors for good so make sure you make the most of it (and the sales) while you can.
Want more? Hit these gems up.
Fritz Vintage Fashion Picks
Push Pin Boutique
For the most stunning 1940s to 1970s vintage frocks, head to this little hideout off of Gouger Street. Evening, daywear, and everything in between.
8 Compton Street, Adelaide.
The funkiest threads and décor in town with price tags to make you smile.
6 Rosetta Street, West Croydon.
Fox On The Run
Discover a unique combination of eco-friendly fashion and modern styles. This is the one-stop destination for retro, handmade clothing and accessories for men and women.
238 Rundle Street, Adelaide.
The shop may be little but the styles are not. This is the place to be for rustic goodness and locally-made loveliness.
117 Main Road, McLaren Vale.
Vintage garments to suit the style conscious. Sent to your door with the click of a button.
The Lion The Witch Vintage
Quirky clothes plucked from as a far back as the 1940s. Some of the treasures are shipped in directly from the UK.
58 Frome Street, Adelaide.
Hype & Seek
A mini mecca for high-quality vintage accessories, fashion and furniture. Step in the door and time travel back 50 years.
3 Elizabeth Street, Croydon.
Whatever at Willunga
Whether it’s a pristine vintage Chesterfield, a full 70’s dinner set, a psychedelic 80’s shirt, rare vase or that Bowie vinyl you’ve always wanted, Whatever is a pre-loved goldmine. Sourcing quality collectors items and hard-to-find goodies, the range is hard to beat, on any given visit.
6A High Street, Willunga.
Vintage Bride Boutique
Find the one-of-a-kind wedding frock that will make you glow on the big day.
69 Payneham Road, Adelaide.
“Hello gorgeous!” This is the greeting from Taya Saturn, owner of this Thebarton vintage clothing store… whether or not she knows you. Her stock is top notch, too.
56 George Street, Thebarton.
Magnolia At Oakbank
Fancy fabrics and unique antiques. All of the stock is sold online.
Red Cross Shop
Volunteer-run, great clobber, decent change rooms, located near The Exeter… what’s not to love? Find this high-end op-shop in the CBD’s east end.
284 Rundle Street, city.
Exclusive Vintage Clothing
We found this by accident and are hesitant to reveal the location (the stock is that good). Actors, cabaret stars, and all round old-style glamour pusses shop at this suburban haunt. The quality is exceptional.
35A Braund Road, Prospect.
With an eye for vintage treasures and one-off pieces at prices that won’t break the bank (or lead your significant other to leave you), Vintage Carousel is a must for home owners or renters looking to make their house a home.
The Kmart of the second hand clothing and homewares world, Savers is the superstore version of your favourite op shop. Get ready to spend hours digging here for designer clothing, homewares, electronics, art and books. You never know what you will walk away with.
Where is your favourite op shop? Let us know in the comments, below!