Vintage fashion and homewares are currently enjoying an unprecedented popularity, and throughout the city shops are popping up everywhere, claiming to purvey genuine wares inspired by the 'good old days'. However, Perth is a big city and therefore it's sometimes hard to know where to go to find the best products.
In your opinion, where can Perth's best vintage shops be found? Are they all in the trendy inner-city suburbs or can you find good stuff further out, in less well-known areas? Where have you been and what areas are your favourites? What suburbs are Perth's hidden gems?
Fremantle and William Street at Northbridge both have some great vintage shops. In Fremantle they seem to be mainly around Market Street, leading up from the railway station towards the market, and there are a couple around the historic Atwell Arcade. The Broken Doll in the Atwell Arcade is very good. It's also worthwhile looking out for Perth's two Retro Vinnies stores...one in Fremantle and the other in Northbridge.
I've noticed that over recent years a few good ones have popped up in Perth's CBD as well. Miss Brown on Forest Chase specialises in vintage and remodified vintage clothing, and is very good. Although Pigeonhole isn't specifically a vintage shop, a lot of its fashion and wares are inspired by vintage and retro.
More recently, Maylands has morphed into a trendy shopping destination, and although I haven't visited recently I've heard that there are several lovely vintage shops there. Mount Lawley is another old favourite.
Finally, never underestimate local op shops. I personally find ones that are a bit out of the way are great, as you can find some real gems that haven't been already been discovered by other vintage-lovers. Midland and Morley are favourites as there a quite a few larger op shops at both. A personal favourite is the small Baptistcare Op Shop at 2/8 Dewar Street in Morley, as it still maintains the friendly, old-fashioned vibe that many larger places have lost.