Thrift stores in Cape Town cater to a wide range of styles and tastes. Serious vintage fundis with a love for gorgeous clothing and shoes have a number of shops to choose from, while those needing something for a dress up party will have no trouble standing out in a crowd either. It’s not just the ladies who are spoilt for choice either… most good thrift shops in Cape Town offer clothing for men as well.
Amazing Second Hand Stores in Cape Town
Where do you go to get the best pre-loved finds in the Mother City? Try one of these second hand stores in Cape Town for starters…
Second Time Around
196 Long Street, CBD / +27 (0)21 423 1674
A firm favourite of vintage shoppers since 1972, Second Time Around is a veritable treasure trove. The prices fall within the higher price spectrum, but the finds here are truly lovely. Men and women’s clothing, footwear and accessories are available, with a wide variety of styles ranging from kitsch to subtle. Look out for beautiful evening gowns and formal suits, incredible heels, quirky hats, glamorous gloves, elaborate vintage purses and handbags, jewellery and plenty of other goodies. Styles range from the 1920s all the way to later eras.
287 Long Street, CBD / +27 (0)21 422 5646
Meanwhile specialises in one-off ladies’ retro garments from the 50s, 60s and 70s, in addition to contemporary clothing from local designers such as Missibaba, Moss and Take Care. Look out for unusual finds such as crochet dresses, lace waistcoats, boldly striped blouses, cord suits and plenty of other eye-catching items. If your signature style is unique and off-beat, you are sure to love the collection at Meanwhile, which is refreshed regularly.
Glitterati Vintage Clothing And Accessories
Antique Arcade, 127 Long Street, CBD / +27 (0)82 819 5247
Cape Town loves its vintage shops so much that there is dedicated mall purely for antique finds. For those in search of something a little more glam and unusual, Glitterati is the place to go. A huge variety of men’s and ladies clothing from the 50s to the 80s is on sale. Expect lots of glitter, faux fur, feathers, lurex, tulle, lace, bold colours, funky footwear, beyond fabulous accessories and plenty of pizazz. Whether its genuine hippy bell bottoms you’re after, or a classic shift dress, you are sure to find it at Glitterati. Old school brides can even find incredible thrifted wedding dresses!
Afraid of Mice
Corner of Longmarket and Long Streets, CBD / +27 (0)21 423 7353
The Afraid of Mice tagline says it all: “things you wish your mother had kept for you.” You won’t find any ugly, unfashionable or cringe-worthy here. Instead, the curators have worked hard to import a collection of premium thrift finds from leading couture houses such as Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren and Stella McCartney. Prices are accessible, making this a great option for those who crave big labels but aren’t too keen on the big price tags.
Cavendish Close, Warwick Street, Claremont / +27 (0)21 674 4270
One of the oldest thrift stores in Cape Town, Secondhand Rose is located in Claremont, close to Cavendish Square. The shop stocks a carefully selected range of ladies’ pre-owned day and evening outfits, cocktail dresses, leather bags, fine shoes, belts and gloves from the 1920s to the 1970s. If you’re looking for something unique to wear to a special event, this is the place to go. Owner Liz Fieldgate is also on hand to offer purchasing advice and suggestions.
Images sourced from CitySightSeeing-blog.co.za, TheAntiqueArcade.co.za and SA-venues.com.