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Top five places to shop secondhand

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07 Jun 2021

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 plan where to look for your next vintage statement piece, we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favourite places to shop secondhand in Ballarat.

Grandad’s Sweater

Regret throwing away your favourite tee from the 80s? The likelihood of ever finding the same tee again is low, but with the rise in vintage fashion you might just be able to find your new favourite retro look. 
New to Ballarat’s vintage shopping scene is Grandad’s Sweater. Lead by a team who specialise in buying and reselling high-quality vintage clothing, your next one-of-a-kind statement piece is closer than you might think.

You’ll find Grandad’s Sweater open every weekend at 418 Sturt Street. 

The Amazing Mill Market

With 80 stalls and thousands of pre-loved goods to be discovered, you can easily spend hours wandering this Warrenheip warehouse. 
You’ll find everything from vintage clothing and antique furniture, through to collectables and vinyl. 
There’s also an on-site café to refuel on coffee and cakes. 
You’ll discover the Amazing Mill Market just off the Western Highway at Warrenheip.


Renew your obsession with the old and unusual at Antik. From collectables and vintage industrial pieces to jewellery and military history, you’re bound to leave this popular corner shop with full hands.
Take a look through The Shed on Mair at 37 Mair Street, open Friday and Saturday 11am-4pm. 

The Known World Bookstore

Sitting pretty on one of Ballarat’s oldest streets is The Known World Bookstore. Housing a collection of hand-curated books on almost every topic, it’s hard to resist walking out without a classic in hand. 

The Known World Bookstore isn’t the only secondhand shop in this historic strip of Main Road, so make sure you wander and see what else you can discover. 

Vintage soul

Trawling for items through op shops isn’t for everyone. But we hear the reward is totally worth the time and patience often required. But what if we told you there’s somewhere in Ballarat that offers more than just great vintage finds… 
New to Ballarat’s op shop scene is Vintage Soul, a speciality store opened by the Ballarat Specialist School to help provide students with valuable retail experience and fundraise for school programs. 

Vintage Soul is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am-2pm during school terms. 


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.