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Wellington’s shopping scene is as eclectic as the city’s cultural vibes. New Zealand’s cool little capital is always a great place to get thrifty, with Cuba Street being the main gateway to vintage fashion. Flea markets are scarcer, but you’ve got a handful of must-watch and must-visits to look into. To help you make the most out of your secondhand expedition, here are some of the best places to find some trendy retro threads.
A relatively new addition to Wellington’s bustling market scene. Inspired by vintage market scene in Christchurch, and the prevailing alternative flair of Wellington’s Newtown suburb, Kate Peters decided to establish the Newtown Vintage Market in late 2016. Peters had been involved in several markets in her hometown of Littelton and hoped to create a space that would support local artists and creative stallholders of all backgrounds and interests. From plants to vintage clothing and antiques, this is definitely a cool community initiative to keep on your radar. The market is held on the first Saturday of every month, from 10am to 2:30pm.
An even newer community initiative and definitely one to watch. The Wellington Flea Market and Car Boot Sale began its operations in May 2017, with plans to run on the first Sunday of every month thereafter. The market is open from 10am to 2pm and relies on more than 30 different stalls covering all the market must-sees, from foods to vintage fashion and everything else in between.