Iso had all of us wanting to clear some space in our wardrobes. Space to fill with more stuff we didn’t need, obvs. Either way, we’re certain that now more than ever you’ll want to be heading into your local thrift shop or vintage salon. Chapel Street Precinct has a plethora of incredible pre-loved goods stores. Check them out below.
These do-gooders are working to combat addiction in adolescents by giving 100% of money raised in all of their stores to Teen Challenge International Vic, their very own addictions rehabilitation centre. Designer labels sold at a fair price will have you strutting your stuff for a good cause.
77 Chapel St, Windsor
Op shopping, but not as you know it. This permanent market has everything weird and wonderful you can imagine. Chapel Street Bazaar is one of Melbourne’s iconic and longest running secondhand, antique and retro stores. The Chapel Street Bazaar is home to over 80 stall holders, each with their own passion, products and knowledge in the one convenient and well located store.
217 Chapel Street, Prahran
Look no further for all your pawnbroker needs, Chapel Street Pawnbrokers is the oldest pawn shop in Victoria (est. 1973) and she looks darn good for her age. A family run business with three generations of pawnbrokers on board, means you know they know their stuff. These guys specialise in new and estate jewellery.
378 Chapel St, South Yarra
Save money and lives at the Save The Children Op Shop in Windsor. More than just retail therapy, not only will you pick yourself up an array of recycled fashion pieces, books and some vintage and modern day gems, your purchases will help to create better lives for children in Australia and overseas.
59-61 Chapel St, Windsor
Prahran Mission’s Goodwill Shop raises much needed funds to support those living with mental illness or who are living with extreme economic or social disadvantage. A maze of clothing, books, CDs, household goods, furniture, and other rarities.
211 Chapel St, Prahran
Noted frequently as some of the best op shops in Melbourne – Sacred Heart Missions Op Shops have a unique personality and stock that reflects the spirit of the local community, adding a little local quirk to the shopping experience.
262 Chapel St, Prahran
110 Commercial Rd, Prahran
100% of the profits from your purchases and donations help fund The Salvation Army programs that transform lives for the better. A mission to end hunger, homelessness and build stronger families and communities – we like the sound of that.
115-117 Chapel St, Windsor
With regular donations, the Prahran Red Cross store is a well-organised (thanks to the awesome staff) treasure trove of pre-loved and new clothing, homewares, gifts and accessories always worth the trawl through.
188 Commercial Rd, Prahran
Cash Converters is evolving from Australia’s largest second-hand retailer and now strives to be Australia’s most reliable and compliant personal finance lender. Well worth the rummage – there are bargains everywhere.
Shop 3/233 Chapel St, Prahran
A mecca for luxe designer clothing, handbags and accessories, Stupid Vintage is a must-do for the pre-loved vintage lover. Head down to Green Street for some 70s to 90s era style. This is thrift shopping at its best people.
1/40 Green St, Windsor
These guys are the consignment queens, Eurotrash is a Chapel Street icon, housed right next to Chapel Street Bazaar. Our top pick for all things authentic, designer and high-end. Think Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga and Prada, just to name a few. All in mint condition too.
4/217 Chapel Street, Prahran
Italian for ‘My Treasure’, Mio Tesoro specialises in authentic preloved designer handbags, shoes, clothes and accessories. Brands include Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Mio does not take the hand picking process lightly, so you know you’re getting top qual.
568 Chapel St, South Yarra
Okay, this is the spot you can spend hours playing dress ups. An organised chaos, a vintage salon supreme and a jewel in the crown of vintage shopping. Ball and Chain will leave you feeling well and truly inspired.
262 Chapel St, Prahran
Measuring up to 17 metres in height, each of these interactive displays of intergalactic awe will grab your attention by day and take your breath away by night. See them come to life with vibrant lights, electric energy and sounds from 8-11pm nightly. Get ready for vibrant lights, electric energy, up-cycled masterpieces, and streets of FREE family fun. We’ve added an army of larger-than life 17-metre space robots to the precinct until 31 January.
We’re celebrating the January public holiday by lapping up all the things we missed the most during lockdown – live music, world-class food and drink and being in the company of the people we love. All whilst being grateful to live in this prosperous country. Following a harrowing last year, heading out to give your favourite locals some love this Australia Day has never been more important. However you observe your day off this year, Chapel Street Precinct’s restaurants, bars and cafes would love to raise a glass with you.
Grab your mates, pull up a deckchair, slap on some sunscreen and watch the Channel 9 tennis live broadcast on a 10 metre mega screen in Prahran Square from 16 to 21 February 2021.
Check out who’s joined the vibrant corridor that is Chapel Street Precinct. We got some new friends in town last year and we’re giving them an extra big shout out for bravely swinging their doors open during what was an incredibly tumultuous time.
The days of living lacklustre lives in our residential boxes are (thankfully and hopefully) over. While our newfound freedom is oh-so-sweet, it feels like mere months ago that we were hanging out for the day when we could look back and laugh about the perils of lockdown. This is that day. Get an eyeful of some long-gone and relatable iso moments below. Today, getting off your couch means going further than the fridge and back to Chaps.
“Arrivederci Italy, Ciao Chapel Street!” Much loved radio personality and comedian Kate Langbroek has returned from Italy to rediscover her one true amore, Melbourne’s iconic Chapel Street Precinct, which has seen a post lockdown renaissance of booming business over summer. Langbroek has stitched the words ‘Support Local’ on her sleeve, making unexpected visits to many Chapel Street Precinct businesses.
Right now, it’s black and white. Please support your local faves now or they may not be around for much longer. We know this time is strained for almost everyone, so when it comes to buying food, clothes or any shopping you need doing, just think TWO WORDS. SUPPORT LOCAL. With your support, they’ll get through this. It’s now or never.
Now that the afternoons and evenings have heated up and we’ve shredded our iso grumps, it’s time for summer afternoons and glasses of wine in the sunshine. Luckily for ya’ll, we know the outdoor dining and beer garden hot spots, where the drinks and meals are tasty and good times ensue.