Up-Cycling, the Economical Retail Therapy

As shoppers are becoming increasingly savvy, up-cycling has become a commonly used term by Melburnians when it comes to purchasing high-end fashion. Contradictory to the hours of tedious online haggling that we may have been once accustomed to, for those second-hand pieces which often arrive visibly “worn” and unpleasantly odorous, the process of buying, selling and exchanging pre-loved designer wear and accessories has never been so simple and sophisticated. We picked out a few of our favourite local retailers and events to put on your radar for those moments when you are craving some luxe retail therapy without the hefty price tag.

FASHION CONVERSION, the newest local designer consignment event bringing together thrifty fashion buyers and sellers, will take place in Collingwood this weekend. Created by Jordana-Lee Pearce, FASHION CONVERSION is said to be a shopping event that will present a curated collection of up-cycled apparel, hand-picked from the wardrobes of Melbourne’s own style-setters. With the support of well-respected print and online publication Fashion Journal, and an extensive range of designer labels on offer, this weekend’s event is sure to be one not to miss!


7 August 12-5PM, 8 August 10AM-5PM

9 August 11AM -4PM

Allpress Studios, 84 Rupert Street, Collingwood

image via // @Fashion_Conversion

BRUCE is a retail gem for designer brand lovers. Its stores, which cater for both guys and girls, are renowned for their pristine offering of high quality vintage and second-hand pieces by international designers from Chanel and Saint Laurent, to Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garcons. The aesthetic elements of these gorgeous boutiques, such as their beautifully understated interiors and minimalist visual merchandising, disguise them like they are any other full-priced luxury store – making them an absolute delight to browse and shop!


157 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

284 Queens Pde Fitzroy North

Stop Staring on Toorak Road provides customers with the sleek and refined experience that you would expect from any retailer in its affluent radius but with a distinct economical difference. Not only does this boutique give new life pieces by labels such as Givenchy, CAMILLA, MATICEVSKI and ACNE, by way of buy and sell, but patrons can also hire their products. Their incredible and broad selection of delicate designer millinery makes this South-side store a playground for race-goers heading into Melbourne’s Spring Carnival.

Stop Staring

256 Toorak Rd, South Yarra

If you prefer a more traditional style of second-hand perusing, the Round She Goes indoor fashion market may be for you. Previously featured as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s 2014 program, Round She Goes is an award-winning pop-up market for women that travels Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Here you can find a bazaar of individual stalls selling a mixture of pre-loved and vintage high-end apparel and accessories, along with a bundle of op shop treasures and bargains.

Round She Goes

11 October 10AM – 3PM

Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell Street Coburg