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The best places to shop secondhand in Ballarat

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03 May 2023

Filed underSee & Do

Stephen Kind once wrote “Sooner or later, everything old is new again”. 

And with the revival we’re seeing in all things retro, that saying couldn’t be truer than right now. 

So to help you find your next vintage treasure, we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favourite places to shop secondhand in Ballarat.

And don’t miss the annual Ballarat Antique Fair (May) or Ballarat’s Biggest Book Fair (March long weekend).

Ballarat Vintage & Collectables Market

Ballarat Vintage & Collectables Market

9367 Western Highway, Ballarat

Go there for: More than 80 vintage stalls under the one roof.

Rocket and Belle

Rocket and Belle

37 Mair Street, Ballarat

Go there for: Interesting, unusual, rare and quirky antiques, vintage, industrial and barn objects.

Alexa’s Treasures

44-46 Sturt Street, Ballarat

Go there for: The beautiful range of vintage costume jewellery.


202 Grant Street, Ballarat

Go there for: The old and unusual. Antik has a particular love for industrial and vintage decor items including advertising, signage and “garagenalia”.


5 Doveton Street North, Ballarat

Go there for: Over 30,000 CDs plus a vast collection of vinyl LPs and singles. 

Antiques Goods & Chattels

34 Main Road, Ballarat

Go there for: Quality antique, vintage and retro items.

The Known World Bookshop

The Known World Bookshop

28 Main Road, Ballarat

Go there for: A wonderful selection of quality secondhand books in an eclectic Art Deco-inspired space. Think modern classics, fine art, history, philosophy, Australian, militaria, science and technology, local history, poetry, children’s literature and more.

The Dressing Room Recycled

The Dressing Room Recycled

20 Main Road, Ballarat

Go there for: Vintage clothing from the 1920s through to the 1990s.

The Main Emporium

13 Main Road, Ballarat

Go there for: A “collective of eclectic collectables”.

That Little Bookshop

819 Doveton Street North, Ballarat

Go there for: A wide range of pre-loved books to suit most tastes.

Lydiard Furniture & Antiques

Lydiard Furniture & Antiques

205 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat

Go there for: Rare and beautiful Australian antiques and collectables.

Vintage 216

216 Skipton Street, Ballarat

Go there for: Vintage farmhouse pieces and gardenalia.

Heroes HQ

1/22 Selkirk Drive, Ballarat North

Go there for: Preloved comics.

Dave Wright Militaria & Collectables

6a Shepperd Street, Ballarat

Go there for: Hundreds of militaria-related items.

Out of town…

44 on Brooke

44 Brooke St, Smythesdale

Go there for: A treasure trove of vintage furniture and collectables.

Beaufort’s Big Garage Sale

31 Neill Street, Beaufort

Go there for: Antiques, china, tools and farm sundries.

Westbury Antiques

Westbury Antiques

119 High Street, Avoca

Go there for: 17th, 18th and early 19th century furniture and decorative items.

Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.