Australia is often known for being more expensive compared to the United States. This applies for a wide range of things regarding daily needs. So how about shopping for things like clothes? Thankfully, Australia does not lack good thrift stores. And Sydney has quite a number of it. One of them is Vinnies Glebe. This blue-colored store houses a variety of items including a large selection of clothes. This store is rather easy to spot on a busy street thanks to its signature blue and logo that always accompanies its stores. You can find stuff like dresses from Princess Highway for less than $15, only a tiny fraction of the price. Here are some other options:
Wayside OP Shop at Potts Point
This thrift store is a part of the Wayside Chapel that operates it with a mission of community service. It’s a small shop with most of the stuff sold being clothes, with a few other items as well. Things you can find other than shops are books, CDs and even kitchenware. There is an all $5 clothing rack that you can browse through. A pair of jeans costs $10 to $20 depending on the brand. Shopping here won’t only give you some good deals, but would also allow you to contribute to a good cause. While generally very affordable, some items’ prices are on the steeper side of the bargain when it comes to thrift stores price range. But it’s noteworthy that this shop is run to fund a charity.
Salvos Stores Michinbury, New South Wales
This is a huge store with a warehouse style architecture. Block a couple of hours in your day when traveling if you’re serious about your thrifting endeavor. There are $2 as well as $5 clothing trolleys that you can browse through to find some gems.
Salvos Stores also sell a rather huge collection of homewares and furnitures. You can find sofas, beds, coffee tables, dining tables, to little items such as flower pots, plates, cups, and more. You can even furnish the whole house with this single store. Quality of clothing vary. It’s easy to find those in good condition that seemed to have never been used at all. You just have to browse persistently enough to find them.
Lifeline Shop, 46 Sydney Road
This store has somewhat of a niche of what they sell—which is mostly classic styles and clothes that can be considered leaning to the more “formal” side. Those who like to be well-dressed at all times would find this store a delight when traveling and shopping in Sydney. Those travelers who are looking for work outfits would find this store has an abundance of options here. You can get a DKNY dress for less than $30 and a Dianna Ferrari dress for less than $20. Some pretty good deals on dressy stuff and branded items. Once you’ve gotten your fill of clothes shopping, head to the second floor. The section is filled with books of all kinds and genre. You can find secondhand books as low as $1 as well as some kids book collections. The store’s profit goes to the Lifeline organization for suicide prevention and crisis support.