Looking for your next vintage haul? If you’re travelling to Queenstown, you’ll have a handful of eclectic stores to browse through. Come and take a closer look at some of the best second-hand treasures you’ll encounter while staying in New Zealand’s adventure hub.
The Walk In Wardrobe
This fashion boutique has earned a strong reputation among locals and visitors alike for its vast collection of second-hand and vintage designer clothing. The Walk In Wardrobe is a spacious shop that is tucked away on an off-street, right at the heart of the town. Even in a modestly-hidden location, the outlet makes a lasting impression: ample clothes racks, uncluttered and colour-coded according to size, beckoning fashion-forward shoppers to revamp their wardrobe without burning a hole their wallets.
Quality, second-hand clothing and homewares and all for a good cause too. Located in the Remarkables Park Shopping Centre, the volunteer-run CanShop is operated by the New Zealand Cancer Society, a non-profit organisation that provides advocacy, research and community support for cancer patients around the country. Clothes range from mainstream labels to cool New Zealand designer items. Proceeds always go back to the Queenstown community and everything stocked in store is decently-priced and in optimal condition.
If you’re still in a thrifty-but-charitable mood, Happiness House Op-Shop is worthy of a visit. The charity shop stocks new and well-kept secondhand garments, as well as jewellery, nick-knacks, books and homewares. A half-full plastic bag of clothing goes for NZ$5 and double that if you want to fill it to the brim. With such a high turnover, there’s always something unique to browse from one day to the next. All proceeds go towards funding the organisation’s Community Centre, which supports local and migrant families, seasonal workers, youth and the elderly as they integrate into the Queenstown community.
Let’s broaden our scope for a bit. If you’ve got a keen eye for antique furniture, retro decor and timeless designer homewares, go and take a peek at The Den of Antiquity. With an impressive inventory of treasured antiques dating as far back as 17th century, the rustic shop has a trove of items to discover and cherish. They even stock fabrics too, so you can always make your own vintage fashion (in the most literal sense) if you’re feeling crafty.
Even if you’ve driven 20 minutes into Arrowtown, you’ll be able to get your vintage fix. Blue Moon Rummage specialises in vintage ski items (not just equipment but clothing too), as well as antique giftwares, homewares, furnishings and decor. The funky collection of ski apparel is sourced from around the globe and their exclusivity is such that they are becoming a rarity to find. Definitely keep your eyes peeled for this shop if you like rummaging through some interesting pieces that are fabulous, quirky and decently-priced.