Where to find the best vintage stores in regional Victoria

Where to find the best vintage stores in regional Victoria

Words by Tom Parker

One man’s trash…

Picture this: after a three-hour stretch of driving, you’ve signalled your lunch break to find a pie and sauce, coffee scroll and a quick coffee. Steak and onion in hand you go for a wander down the main street of a town only breaking the soundwaves with the chatter of the rosellas. Hardware store left and furniture bazaar right, you’re then stopped in your tracks by a vintage shop.

Surprised and excited, you amble in to find a vast array of timeless reads, clothing and china – suddenly you’ve found the key to your next day’s attire. To celebrate the beauty of finding a retro treasure chest on the road, here’s our guide to Victoria’s best regional vintage shops.

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Brick Lane Bazaar, Daylesford

There’s certainly a ‘50s Route 66, American diner, petrol-head feel to Daylesford’s Brick Lane Bazaar. Springing a surprise as you walk in due to its sheer size, the shop has been compared to the TARDIS for its bottomless reach. Thorough vintage hunters will have a field day at Brick Lane Bazaar which houses everything from automobilia to records to vintage clothing and art deco. There’s even life-sized Bic pens, gum machines and old oil cans. Where do we begin?

Find Brick Lane Bazaar at 34 Vincent Street, Daylesford.


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The Vintage Shed, Tyabb

Tucked behind the Mornington Peninsula sits the peaceful coastal town of Tyabb. Forging quite the reputation as a haven for vintage goods, Tyabb is home to a number of boutique stores with The Vintage Shed at the top. The unique aspect of The Vintage Shed is that it is run by individual stallholders, each with a different eye, meaning there is a constant rotation of stock.

Find The Vintage Shed at 93 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Tyabb.


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Inglewood Emporium, Inglewood

Stretch 45km west of Bendigo and you’ll step upon the quiet town of Inglewood. Another town gold-crusted in 19th-century riches, Inglewood is also home to Brooke Street, an avenue famous for its vintage retreats. The Inglewood Emporium is just the start of the adventure, offering up an eclectic selection of vintage clothing, records and cute ephemera.

Find Inglewood Emporium at 76/80 Brooke Street, Inglewood.

Cowes Bazaar & Gallery, Phillip Island

Rushing to see Phillip Island’s penguin army in full flight? Step on the brakes and check out what Cowes has to offer, with its three-pronged café, gallery and bazaar at the top. Home to more than 50 stalls piloted by local artists, the penguins might have to wait until tomorrow because this vintage shop will have you trawling for hours. Looking for a satin wedding dress, a retro car manual or eternal comics inspired by everything from Carbine Kid to G-Man? Cowes Bazaar & Gallery has you sorted.

Find Cowes Bazaar & Gallery at 158 Thompson Avenue, Cowes.

Bruthen Bizarre, Bruthen

Home to a spectacular Blues and Arts Festival decorating the town in February, East Gippsland village Bruthen also houses a fantastic trash and treasure trove of random collectables. At the Bruthen Bizarre, you can find everything to champion your retro home renovation ­­– rustic lamps, vintage homewares and a variety of bric-a-brac.

Find Bruthen Bizarre at Ronald St, Bruthen.


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Want more second-hand goodies? Check out our list of Melbourne’s best op shops