Vintage clothing is a delight for fashionistas looking for something unique or more special than fast fashion which can be found at a chain store anywhere. Some shoppers enjoy vintage because it tells a story, or they appreciate the quality of a well-made garment. Most fashion icons in the know have a penchant for vintage items to make them stand out from the crowd. In the past couple of years, vintage shopping has certainly become a trend, and it’s not only because it’s hip but also because the idea of sustainability is supported. Every year millions of items of clothing are going to waste. The textile industry is one of the most environmentally harmful and shoppers who want to shop more consciously are turning to eco-friendly options, buying vintage is one of the best and most affordable. Cape Town is an incredibly fashionable city with some excellent vintage shops, we’ve taken a look at some of the best below…
Observatory is a quirky suburb of Cape Town where you can find quite a few vintage stores. The area is popular amongst students as the University of Cape Town is located close by. This part of town also has an alternative touch to it with funky stores, South Africa’s only anarchist infoshop, the South African Astronomical Observatory and numerous restaurants and bars that are most likely to be crowded.
Bang Bang Vintage Market
Bang Bang Vintage Market is fully stocked with an amazing selection of retro rain jackets, tracksuit jackets, High Waisted pants, jerseys (or sweaters), Army Boots and many accessories.
Location: 65 Lower Main Rd, Observatory, Cape Town, 7925
Hours: Mon–Fri 10am-5pm | Sat 10am-2pm
Phone: 072 264 1246
To be found on Instagram @bangbangvintagemarket.
Grand Funk Retro Vintage
Grand Funk Retro Vintage has a lot of cool retro clothing and accessories, such as quirky vintage blouses, unique denim pieces, sweet floral jerseys, assorted sunnies (sunglasses), shoes, and much more.
Location: 26 Lower Main Rd, Observatory, Cape Town, 7935
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm | Sun 10am-4pm
Phone: 021 447 5600
To be found on Instagram @grandfunk_retrovintage.
Voom Voom Records & Vintage
Voom Voom Records & Vintage has a great selection of records, vinyl’s, 33’s, 45’s, cd’s, turntables, books, clothes, and bric-a-brac.
Location: 15 Lower Main Rd, Observatory, Cape Town, 7925
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm |Sun 11am-5pm
Phone: 082 580 4367
If you don’t have the time or inclination to venture out to Observatory (affectionately known as Obz) then you still have ample selection in the City Centre along Long Street, not far from the Waterfront you can find some other great Vintage shops.
Gracious Daisy Vintage
The Gracious Daisy sells vintage pieces and collectables of bygone days. Here you will find the most precious vintage styled clothing and accessories. Things that will remind you of the things your grandma hangs on her wall or places in her glass cabinet.
Location: 285A Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001
Hours: Mon-Thu 10am-6pm | Fri 10am-5.30pm | Sat 10am-4pm
Phone: 021 422 3597
To be found on Instagram @graciousdaisyvintage
Vintage and the City
Vintage and the City has vintage and street style clothing for men and women. They have a large variety of training jackets and jerseys from different brands such as Fila, Adidas and Nike. Furthermore, they have some old-fashioned denim jeans from Guess, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Levis for you in store. Come and find your perfect fit!
Location: 287 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
Hours: Mon–Fri 10am-5.30pm | Sat 10am-4pm
Phone: 021 422 5646
To be found on Instagram @vintage.andthe.city.
Glitterati Vintage Clothing
Glitterati is a vintage and retro clothing shop. It sells men’s and ladies clothing dating from the 1950s to 1980s. The clothing is often of a better quality than modern items and have lasted a long time. These items have become most sought after.
Location: Antique Arcade, 127 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-3pm
Phone: 082 819 5247
To be found on Instagram @glitterati_vintage.