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With Brisbane now at the end of a direct flight from Christchurch, take full advantage of the city’s supreme shopping. Whether you love designer, discount or a little bit of both, Brisbane satisfies every shopping appetite.
1. For the vintage vixen
If you like: Old-school Coca Cola memorabilia and the like.
Then you’ll LOVE: Paddington.
Paddington beholds a treasure trove of vintage finds and glorious op-shop discoveries. With stores that could pass for museums and chintzy boutiques that resemble a costume department, it’s old-school cool exemplified.
Old Memory Lane: Glorious global memorabilia with a focus on homewares, visitors are beguiled by walls of fetching retro posters, featuring glam gals of yesteryear and suave cads donning sharp suits and drinking Campari. Peruse hand-painted cushions and pick at hard-boiled sweets, discover decadent mirrors and number plates swiped from a 1950s Cadillac.
Adornments: Anything and everything can be sought at Adornments, from hat boxes and Venetian masks to glitzy brooches and whirring jewellery boxes. But the pièce de résistance is by far the mass collection of vintage clothing. Slip into a pair of elbow length gloves and throw on a dropped-waist dress – shake your Great-Gatsby sequins, dahhrling.
Vinnies: Housed in a small 19th century hall, there’s something a little ‘old school-fete’ about Vinnies. With racks of pre-loved clothing and just a hint of musk, it’s an op shop where a little digging (and a nose for the seriously rad) always pays off. Original Levis that once graced the derriere of a real-life Danny Zuko are a common find.
2. For the lover of markets
If you like: Crafts and caboodles washed down with food truck tucker.
Then you’ll LOVE: Brisbane CBD.
There’s a market for every district, borough and back alley in Brissy, but why venture out of the city when the CBD already offers plenty?
Suitcase Rummage: A car boot sale, without the boots, but with plenty of sales and sass, the Suitcase Rummage allows inspiring entrepreneurs to sell their trinkets from out of a battered trunk. Held on the first and third Sunday of every month, it’s bric-a-brac meets clothing, art, ceramics and more. In the market for a magnet? Yup, you’ll find them too. Swapping is common so trade in your scruffy Converse for some new dancing shoes - anything goes at the Suitcase Rummage.
Riverside at the Gardens: Perhaps the prettiest market to pop up in the city, this one occurs every Sunday in the beautiful City Botanic Gardens. Mixing food with fancies, all the usual (but much loved) culinary suspects can be sought, from German sausage to steamed pork buns. Product wise, it’s an eclectic free for all, with anything from Thermos to bra boxes, plus there’s live music playing in the rotunda so tune in while you’re perusin’.
Brisstyle Indie Twilight Markets: The most elusive of all Brisbane’s markets, the twilight only features four times per year (2016 - March 4, June 3, September 16, December 2) but with its lantern-lit aesthetics and the illuminated City Hall featuring majestically as a backdrop, it evokes quite the romance. With stalls selling accessories made from everything imaginable, you’ll find nickity nacks that make the perfect Brissy souvenir - or little fun thing to take home for yourself. Knitted crochet toadstools? Just try and stop us!
3. For the high street fashionista
If you like: Your annual subscription to Vogue.
Then you’ll LOVE: Brisbane's inner city malls and arcades.
Stock up for the new season in Brisbane. High street favourites flank the city’s premier shopping strip, Queen Street, and over-spill into several adjoining plazas, malls and arcades.
Queen Street: Home to all the key stores you extended your credit limit for, from goodies you’ll find in NZ including Cotton On, Dotti, H&M and Forever 21, to the lesser-found megastars such as Zara, Topshop and Lorna Jane.
Brisbane Arcade: To make your shopping experience unique and prestige, pop into the Brisbane Arcade. A relic from 1923, the heritage-listed building is fabulously retro, with polished floors, elaborate balustrades and vintage panelling, not to mention fifty bespoke retailers. Totter between each boutique and you’ll be transported to a grander age of retail indulgence.
Myer Centre: The only thing you need to know about the Myer Centre is that is plays host to Target. And that would be a two-level Target to boot. Stock up on your discount homewares, gifts, confectionary and every other bargain item you could dream of.
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