Where to buy vintage clothing online in Australia
by Michelle Garrett
Vintage fashion: Australians know too well that devastating moment upon clicking “check out” when a $40 fantasy skirt doubles in price with shipping. So... here are places to buy vintage clothing online. If you live in Australia.
Online shopping for vintage and vintage reproduction apparel is a fabulous idea in theory; the range online is endlessly more impressive than that which is available in Australian stores. But like a mosquito in the room, exorbitant shipping prices kill a little of this happiness. Here are some online resources which will help you remove high shipping prices as a concern, and still have beautiful vintage frocks delivered to your house:
This is a classic internet resource for vintage. Etsy allows people to set up stores and sell their own handmade or vintage goods – it's a little like eBay, but prices are fixed, and there's more of a focus on creative businesses. Naturally, vintage stores have flourished. You should find some lovely frocks at reasonable prices here, but most conveniently, you're able to search for sellers from your area or country so it's easy to find stores with low shipping costs.
It doesn't exactly sell alternative clothing, but with free shipping worldwide, ASOS is totally worth it if you scrounge around a little. You won't find vintage, but you'll find vintage-inspired clothing seeing as it's quite on trend in mainstream fashion right now.
Miskonduct Clothing (www.miskonduct.com)
This store is based in Newcastle (NSW), and shipping is less than $10. It stocks gorgeous repro dresses and such, with brands like Tara Starlet represented. Frocks are rarely more than $100, and there is a bevy of smaller things to choose from if you feel like splashing out on some cat eye glasses or cherry earrings.
Pin Up Boutique (www.pinupboutique.com.au)
This boutique can be a little more expensive, but this is probably because of the extensive range of repro clothing from the most well-known brands such as Bettie Page Clothing and Route 66. The advantage of this store is that shipping is just $10, so if you've been checking out glorious items on an international website, buy here instead.
Drama Queen (www.drama-queen.com.au)
If you're seeking more burlesque-y fashions, saunter over to Drama Queen. This site stocks a dazzling array of lingerie, swimwear, hosiery and burlesque paraphernalia (nipple tassles and the like). The most dazzling part of all is that shipping via regular post is a mere $5. This is a pittance when compared to shipping prices from other vintage lingerie stores such as “What Katie Did”.
Yes, it is possible to buy vintage clothing online in Australia. Enjoy your travels on the internet as you seek out sassy additions to your wardrobe.