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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | May 20, 2022

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Brisbane's Top Six: Thrift Store Edition

Brisbane’s Top Six: Thrift Store Edition
Teagan Witherow

If you love the hunt and enjoy the find, then this is your new guide to Brisbane’s best thrift stores.

  1. Can You Keep a Secret (619-621 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba)

Just so you are aware this is not your average thrift store, it’s better.

‘Can You Keep a Secret’ is also a lounge bar, live music venue and vintage store. It’s a three in one!

This triple threat venue has been described as a “quaint hole-in-the-wall” and “the best place to get together and have some fun!”

The secret is out and do with that what you may.


2. SWOP (161 Boundary Street, West End) 

Of course, SWOP must be included in this list.

This trendy op shop even offers selling and trading services, in case you’ve recently decluttered your wardrobe.

SWOP is on top of all the latest trends, so you won’t have to be looking through racks of clothing for hours. they only stock the best of the best.


3. Studio Thrifty 4 (270 Abbotsford Road, Bowen Hills) 

Not to be dramatic but this is the most aesthetic thrift store. Make sure you bring your disposable camera or polaroid.

Everything is organised by colour, there is a gigantic wall mural and even disco balls. It’s like walking into a rainbow.

Studio Thrifty 4 actually stock donated items from SWOP and they are currently refurbishing the store, so there are definitely some great finds.


4. Salvos Indooroopilly (11 Musgrave Road, Indooroopilly) 

The list would not be complete without something a little more traditional like Salvos.

If your favourite sport is thrifting, then you should head to Salvos.

The Indooroopilly Salvos has only recently opened in place of JB-HI-FI, so it’s a very large store. Be prepared to enter a world of vintage galore for hours.


5. Dressed for Success (2/47 Anderson Street, Fortitude Valley)

Dressed for Success, also known as Suited to Success, is a thrift store run by a not-for-profit community organisation that helps people overcome the barriers to employment.

You definitely want to support this business but first, make sure you check out their website for some inspiring outfit transformations.


6. Retro Metro (297 Given Terrace, Paddington)

Lucky last we have Retro Metro.

When you step foot into Retro Metro it’s like stepping back in time. This fabulous store stocks items from the 20’s to now.

There is no doubt you will be coming out with a groovy treasure or two.

I guess money can’t buy happiness if you shop in the wrong places. At least now you have a list of all the right places.

Next stop, thrift shop.



Image Credits: Studio Thrifty 4