Whether you’re looking to redesign your home or minimise your collection – op shops in Sydney more than provide. The city is brimming with endless boutiquesand bustling markets that cater for every kind of thrifty or mindful shopper.
Lucky for you, we know the best spots to nab a second hand find. So get ready to tighten those purse strings, we've searched the streets to bring you our design-savvy edit of stores, markets and boutiques to help you consume more mindfully, save money and most importantly, have fun doing it.
Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre
Make a day of it and head to The Grounds of Alexandria. Then pop around the corner to Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre – a supersized vintage marketplace. You could spend hours wandering around the various different stalls, trawling through retro homewares that date back from the Victorian era and all the way up to the 20th century. The coolest part is, if you can’t find what you’re after, the centre’s dealers will put it on their ‘wish-list’ and try and source it from somewhere for you. Winning.
This off-the-beaten antiques store is filled to the brim with the coolest of vintage finds – when it comes to second-hand shopping, Apostlebird is one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets. Whether you’re looking for rustic antiques or quirky pre-loved homewares, you’ll likely find it here, and have the best time whilst doing so. Our tip: make sure you have plenty of room in your backseat – you’re going to fall in love with everything you see and you’re going to want to take all of it home with you.
Lunatiques Vintage and Design Collective
Make a beeline to this homewares bazaar, Lunatiques Vintage and Design Collective in Mascot which is a collection of individual dealers, furniture makers, collectors and designers all under the one roof. The coolest part about this form of marketplace is that all the wares reflect the individual styles of each stall holder, meaning you can peruse a very eclectic array of antiques, retro and rustic furniture, décor and memorabilia. When you get a little weary (understandably!) , pop on over to their on-site café for a much needed coffee re-fuel.
Reverse Garbage is a non-profit cooperative with an environmentally friendlypurpose (they want to minimise landfill by encouraging re-use of materials that would otherwise go to waste.) Come armed and ready to rummage around in this chaotic (but incredible) second hand treasure trove.
Search through vintage antiques, indoor and outdoor furniture or pick up old off-cuts to make your own furniture yourself. Reverse Garbage also runs a range of hands-on workshops to help inspire you with home DIY projects. We think creating your very own piece of furniture out of original materials is way more fun that trying to follow instructions in an IKEA manual.
Sydney Used Furniture
Located in the Inner West suburb of Dulwich Hill, Sydney Used Furniture is an antique haven that really bridges the gap between second hand and chic. Usually thrift-shopping involves searching through hundreds of items before finding the perfect piece, but this store makes finding that gem an effortless task.
Everything has been tastefully and carefully sourced by the experienced team to bring you a curated selection of furniture and vintage décor. Sure you might lose the thrill of the hunt, but when it comes to furniture shopping, we definitely think easier is often better (and more pain-free!).
If you’re looking for furniture at affordable prices you might want to think about heading to one of the many markets in Sydney on the weekends. Not only are the prices budget-friendly but the ability to haggle with the stall holder is always an attractive possibility. Our pick is the Rozelle Collectors Markets – an open-air market held at Rozelle Public School, that comes brimming with second hand furniture. A bargain hunter’s paradise.