A fantastic open-air venue, where you can browse unique fashions from fledgling designers, plus vintage clothing, furniture and knickknacks. The beach bags and resort wear. This is where the hip children’s clothing line Rock Your Baby was born. Bonus: after bagging a bargain, head to the beach just steps away. Open Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Former Vogue editorSharyn Storrier Lyneham is behind this interiors store, filled with whimsical and wonderful finds, from vintage furniture reupholstered in one-off fabrics to canvases printed with Baroque interior scenes and gorgeous candles from Maison Balzac. Clients can also order unique fabrics – like Storrier Lyneham’s own design Harlequin – by the meter.
Each Saturday stalls stretch across several blocks on Oxford Street on the grounds of the Paddington Uniting Church. The “makers market” hosts local fashion designers, along with purveyors of jewelry, crafts and gourmet foods, at 250 stalls. Many of Sydney’s young design talents display their new T-shirt and blouse collections or latest line of flirty dresses and fanciful hats. A portion of the funds raised benefits the church’s social programs. Open Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Vintage Clothing Shop
Some secondhand clothing stores can feel musty and dispiriting, but this one – a Sydney institution since the 1970s – is bright, upbeat and filled to the brim with antique treasures. Shop for heirloom jewelry, high-end designer vintage and accessories like beaded handbags, furs and adorable hats. It’s a favorite with stylists and fashion editors.
Vampt Vintage Design
For a primer on Mid-Century Modern design both global and local, head to this vintage furniture specialist, whose owners source important pieces from far and wide. They offer a great range of classic Scandinavian designs (Hans Wegner chairs turn up often), along with lesser-known Australian design stars, like Grant Featherston, whose distinctive curvy lounge chairs fetch top-shelf prices.