It’s part and parcel of a cool city to have a thriving vintage and secondhand scene, right? So, absolutely no surprise that Cape Town excels in this department. I love picking up a couple vintage pieces from an international city- feels like such a connection to fabulous women from the past! I find myself making up stories of what their previous owners did while wearing them. Anyway, here’s my guide to some favorite vintage shops in the City Bowl. They happen to all be on Long Street so pick out an afternoon and enjoy wandering into a bunch of them. My advice: start on the Waterfront end, and work your way uphill, ending with a green tea mojito and dim sum at South China.
My haul: a 60’s floral dress that reminds me of Draper James’ fall 2016 collection, a navy and white vinyl vanity from the 50’s with red lining, a pink satchel and two bright Yves Saint Laurent silk scarves.
This closet-sized shop is set back in the Long Street Antique Arcade, and is just filled to the brim with retro clothing and accessories from as early as the 1920’s. The owner, Terry Mullins, sources her items from local auctions and street markets. I asked a couple questions about the origins and craftsma
nship of various items which she answered effortlessly! I struck gold here with a couple Yves Saint Laurent silk scarves for about $5 each, a 1950’s navy and white vanity with a red lining which I’m planning to use as a camera bag/purse, and a pearl collar necklace from the 50’s as well.
The vinyl “vanity” I couldn’t live without.
Best for: Vintage luggage, tweed jackets
Trading Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday from 9:30am-1:30pm
Where: 127 Long Street
Afraid of Mice
If you’re interested in a more curated, civilized vibe then this is the vintage shop for you. The owner hand-picks higher end pieces and maintains racks that aren’t totally jam-packed like some other places. The motto of the shop is, “pieces you wish your mom saved for you” and I found that to be spot on! A light, airy space makes with vintage bird cages hanging from the ceiling makes for a pleasant shopping experience.
Best for: That leather Moschino gingham bomber jacket you didn’t know you needed but now can’t live without?
Trading Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday from 9:30am-12:30pm
Where: 86 Long Street
Second Time Around
This place also falls into the “curated” category, with breathable racks and an open space. Gorgeous bedazzled silk gowns hang on the back wall, holding stories of lavish nights out from years past, longing for a sophomore role. I picked up a pink 50’s leather evening bag from here that has Jackie O written all over it.
Best for: Gowns and evening purses
Trading Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm
Where: 196 Long Street
Vintage and the City
Best for: 60’s style dresses, 80’s track jackets and jean jackets
Trading Hours: Monday-Saturday from 10am-5:30pm
Where: 287 Long Street (right next to South China Dim Sum Bar- highly recommend after a long day of shopping! Or really any time. Order everything. Plus some green tea mojitos. So good.)
For those of you in town this weekend, looking for some vintage shopping on Saturday? Check this out!
And for those of you still dreaming about a Cape Town adventure, pin this post for future reference 🙂
Happy almost Friday!