14 Second-hand stores that every fashionista should know about

Here’s where to pop tags in Cape Town, Jozi, Durbs & PE!

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If you’re looking for a way to join in on the sustainable fashion movement – thrift shopping is a really great way to start. Not only will you become a more responsible shopper, but you’ll score some crazy unique items that (more than likely) no one else will be wearing.

From second-hand high-end designer treasures to quality retro gems, here’s where to find those one-of-a-kind keepsakes that won’t break the bank.

Read more: Your Beginner’s Guide: 6 Easy Ways To Join The Sustainable Fashion Movement

Here are 14 second-hand stores that every fashionista should know about


1 Second Time Around

Think: Mixture between ‘granny-chic’ vs cool – second-hand magic
Where: 196 Long Street, Cape Town
Contact: 021 423 1674


2 Babette

Think: Anything goes – an assortment of vintage, retro and local pieces
Where: 41 Church Street, Cape Town
Contact: 021 424 4457

3 Afraid Of Mice

Think: One-of-a-kind vintage and second-hand pieces. The type of clothing you wish your mother had kept for you
Where: 86 Corner of Longmarket Street and Long Street, Cape Town
Contact: 021 423 7353


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4 Dreamland Vintage

Think: A fun array of unique ’70s, ’80s and ’90s garments and accessories sourced from around the globe
Where: 7 Beckham Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Contact: @dreamland_vintage

5 Never New

Think: A little something for everyone at any age – you won’t leave empty-handed
Where: 15 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town
Contact: 079 845 6926

6 Vintage and the City

Think: Trendy vintage apparel vs urban new
Where: 287 Long Street, Cape Town
Contact: 021 422 5646


7 Patou Boutique

Think: Second-hand high-end designer handbags and shoes
Where: 360 Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall Park, Sandton
Contact: 011 787 6011

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8 Vintiqueen

Think: One-of-a-kind local South African vintage
Where: 300 Commissioner St, Jeppestown, Johannesburg
Contact: 011 021 2328

9 The Stuff We Love

Think: An assortment of unique buys sourced from all over the world
Where: 7th Street in Melville, Johannesburg
Contact: 0827079556

10 Reminiscene

Think: The OG of JHB vintage stores, having been around for over 27 years
Where: Shop 106, 27 Boxes, 75 4th Ave, Melville, Johannesburg
Contact: 083 256 0813


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11 Rags and Lace

Think: Women only clothing including name brands such as YSL, Gucci and Ralph Lauren
Where: 358 Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall Park, Randburg
Contact: 011 787 2130

#TIP: Did you know that if an item has not been sold after three months, it will be marked down to 75% off. Be sure to check the sell-by dates on the price tags for a real bargain!


12 2080 Vintage Thrift Shop

Think: Dope second-hand streetwear and bling accessories
Where: 273 Dr Yusuf Dadoo St, Greyville, Durban
Contact: 067 024 7778


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13 The Thrift Collection

Think: Great quality thrift garments without the vintage price tag
Where: Find them at I Heart Market (next to Moses Mabhida Stadium) on the first Saturday of every month. Or shop on their Facebook page every Monday night at 8pm.
Contact: thethriftcollection@gmail.com


14 The Backroom – 2nd Love Boutique

Think: A high-end consignment store with all of your fave labels under one roof
Where: 62 Main Road Walmer, Port Elizabeth
Contact: 079 177 3778

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