1. RECYCLE BOUTIQUE – Whist visiting this upmarket second-hand shop you’re sure to find a pot of gold, especially when least expecting it. Recycle Boutique has an extensive range of all things designer, but at a bargain price. Racks upon racks line the walls, categorised and colour coordinated for your benefit. From mini-skirts to denim jackets, Cue to Tommy Hilfiger – and every type of shoe imaginable, it’s well worth the trip for your next outfit. They stock both men’s and women clothes and, you can even set up an account to recycle your own wardrobe (and receive half the profit!).

Find them at Sydney Road, Brunswick, Melbourne, VIC 3056


  1. PENNY LANE – This gorgeous little boutique boasts elegance at an affordable price. Pick up pre-loved high-end pieces or stylish new arrivals to suit every taste. With cute knits, silk shirts and cocktail dresses you won’t be disappointed. They can be a little pricey, but well worth your pennies (no pun intended) – and to top it off tag them in a photo on instagram of you wearing your purchase and you’ll receive 10% off your next one. A must-visit!

Find them at 145 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Melbourne, VIC 3056

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Photo: Penny Lane

  1. FINKI – If the mention of independent designers isn’t enough to grab your attention, then the unique and funky designs on display surely will be. Finki’s hand-made and individual designs are sourced from a number of independent Australian designers and showcase fabrics of every kind. They also have hand-crafted accessories including purses, handbags and jewelry to add to your look. Did I mention they’re all independent?

> Find them at 159 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Melbourne, VIC 3056

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Photo: Finki

  1. VICIOUS VENUS – For all those retro rockabilly lovers, the dolled-up racks of Vicious Venus will have you in an instant. Hand-crafted in Australia or exclusively imported from the States, the frocks and polka-dots are endless. There’s a range of dancing shoes to complete every outfit too. Whether it be for that next event or personal every-day style, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

> Find them at 155 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Melbourne, VIC 3056

  1. DUCHESS BOUTIQUE – If you’re after something a little more fancy, perhaps for a university ball, a twenty-first or cocktails with friends, then Duchess Boutique has you covered. Their elegant gowns and shimmery cocktail dresses will have you instantly in love and, although pricey, for the right gown it can be justified.

Find them at 521 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Melbourne, VIC 3056

By Alanah Frost

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