Victoria's best regional vintage shops

Whether you're hunting for vinyl, clothing, or homewares, here are the out of town gems that are waiting to be discovered. 

After a three-hour stretch of driving, you’ve signalled your lunch break to find a pie and sauce, coffee scroll and a quick coffee. Steak and onion in hand you go for a wander down the main street of a town only breaking the soundwaves with the chatter of the rosellas. Hardware store left and furniture bazaar right, you’re then stopped in your tracks by a vintage shop. Surprised and excited, you amble in to find a vast array of timeless reads, clothing and china – suddenly you’ve found the key to your next day’s attire. To celebrate the beauty of finding a retro treasure chest on the road, here’s our guide to Victoria’s best regional vintage shops.

Brick Lane Bazaar, Daylesford

There’s certainly a ‘50s Route 66, American diner, petrol-head feel to Daylesford’s Brick Lane Bazaar. Springing a surprise as you walk in due to its sheer size, the shop has been compared to the TARDIS for its bottomless reach. Thorough vintage hunters will have a field day as Brick Lane Bazaar houses everything from automobilia to records to vintage clothing and art deco. There’s even life-size Bic pens, gum machines and old oil cans. Where do we begin?

34 Vincent Street, Daylesford

Totally Barking Vintage, Warrnambool

Warrnambool’s Totally Barking Vintage is a two-levelled fortress of retro goods. The inspiration of all the sightseeing down the Great Ocean Road probably has you excited out of your skin and Totally Barking Vintage is the perfect place to utilise the surplus enthusiasm. Replete with ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s vintage clothing, it’s the perfect place to mix and match on retro outfits and you can even go crazy on homewares, fabrics and kitchen essentials.

180 Liebig Street, Warrnambool  

The Vintage Shed, Tyabb

Tucked behind the Mornington Peninsula sits the peaceful coastal town of Tyabb. Forging quite the reputation as a haven for vintage goods, Tyabb is home to a number of boutique stores with The Vintage Shed at the top. The unique aspect of The Vintage Shed is that it is run by individual stallholders, each with a different eye, meaning there is a constant rotation of stock.  

93 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Tyabb

View Street Bazaar, Bendigo

Bendigo is steeped in gold mining history, having experienced the most lucrative gold rush that has ever happened across the world. Treasures coated the streets between 1850 and 1900 and today, View Street Bazaar carries the legacy as a haven of rare antiques, contemporary jewellery and maritime objects. It’s smack bang in the middle of town, so the opportunity is before you to wander the streets and check out what the gilded Bendigo has in store.

91 View Street, Bendigo

Inglewood Emporium, Inglewood

Stretch 45km west of Bendigo and you’ll step upon the quiet town of Inglewood. Another town gold-crusted in 19th-century riches, Inglewood is also home to Brooke Street, an avenue famous for its vintage retreats. The Inglewood Emporium is just the start of the adventure, offering up an eclectic selection of vintage clothing, records and cute ephemera.   

76/80 Brooke Street, Inglewood

Cowes Bazaar & Gallery, Phillip Island

Rushing to see Phillip Island’s penguin army in full flight? Step on the brakes and check out what Cowes has to offer, with its three-pronged café, gallery and bazaar at the top. Home to more than 50 stalls piloted by local artists, the penguins might have to wait until tomorrow because this vintage shop will have you trawling for hours. Looking for a satin wedding dress, a retro car manual or eternal comics inspired by everything from Carbine Kid to G-Man, Cowes Bazaar & Gallery has you sorted.

158 Thompson Avenue, Cowes

Birregurra Emporium, Birregurra

At the northern foothills of the expansive Otway Ranges lies the eclectic beauty of Birregurra. People flock to the town’s Sunday farmer’s market but it’s the Birregurra Emporium which has been attracting the most interest since its early 2017 inception. Home to collectables which paint a picture of the town’s individuality, the emporium has also been known to open late and invite punters to partake in some late night festivity.

8 Main Street, Birregurra

Bruthen Bizarre, Bruthen

Home to a spectacular Blues and Arts Festival decorating the town in February, East Gippsland village Bruthen also houses a fantastic trash and treasure trove of random collectables. At the Bruthen Bizarre, you can find everything to champion your retro home renovation ­­– rustic lamps, vintage homewares, even kids clothing if the young ones need a wardrobe makeover.

Main St, Bruthen 

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