Vintage fashion lovers that do not mind crowds and a good old fashioned rummage might like to hear about Unique Vintage Warehouse Sales that take place in Cheltenham, Melbourne's South East.
Unique Vintage offer genuine vintage clothing (from 1950s - 1990s) at bargain prices, opening their warehouse to the public every few months, usually on a Saturday. Items you will expect to find include t-shirts, blouses, skirts and bags for $5. Dresses, jumpsuits, overalls, knits, blazers, cardigans, pants, jeans, shorts and shoes for $10. Coat's (including wool, fur, fux fur) and boots will set you back $20. Leather jackets and men's coats range from $25 - $50.
You will notice mostly American labels at the Unique Vintage Warehouse Sale, organised in accordance with style of clothing. Frocks, overalls, jackets and coats are displayed on clothing rails, boots and shoes on tables, and the rest you'll find in boxes; jumble sale style.
Men folk are not left out at Unique Vintage Warehouse Sale, there are plenty of mens clothes and shoes to choose from. Bring your boyfriend, husband, brother, cousin or male friend and they may well leave with an equal number of bargains as you do.
Bare in mind that you are shopping at a warehouse and changing rooms do not really exist. My advice would be to wear appropriate clothes that you could try other garments on over the top i.e. long skirts and leggings for ladies. Also worth noting, this is a CASH ONLY event, and there are no ATM's found nearby, so bring an adequate amount of cash with you.
The Unique Vintage Warehouse Sale's have become immensely popular, with crowds of people eagily waiting for the rolling door of the warehouse to open on sale days. Interestingly, Unique Vintage do not advertise their sales via a website, popularity gained momentum through word-of-mouth and through their Facebook page, which now attract a following of over 14,000 (at the time of writing). Sales are usually announced to Facebook page followers and e-mailing list subscribers a month prior to the next sale.
The Unique Vintage Warehouse is situated on an industrial estate in Cheltenham. It is easy enough to find, with ample free street parking, but if you wish to travel to the sale via public transport, take the train to Moorabbin (Frankston train line), where you find a FREE shuttle bus that runs shoppers to and from the train station and the warehouse.
The Unique Vintage Warehouse Sale is a fashion shopper's paradise, you can easily go home with a new-to-you vintage wardrobe without breaking the bank. There are plenty genuine bargains to be found at the Unique Vintage Warehouse Sale, but to emphasise, you do need to be prepared for the hustle and bustle. Join up to the Unique Vintage e-mail list and be one of the first to hear announcements of the next public sale.