Rebecca Sparrow leads a treasure hunt through the Queensland capital.

Photo: cc R A McGuire / Flickr

Photo: cc R A McGuire / Flickr

Souvenirs are half the fun of holiday shopping. But if a vintage tee is more your style than a snow-dome of The Great Barrier Reef, check out these fantastic retro and vintage stores on your next visit to Brisbane.

Adornments, 135 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington
Swing by if you’re after high-end vintage specialising in the 50s and 60s.

Miss Posh Poodle, 103 Latrobe Terrace
Genuine 50s fashion from hats and gloves to prom dresses. They’ve also been known to stock old MGM costumes! Ring-a-ding-ding! 

Box Vintage, 29 Vulture Street, West End
This is the place you’ll find that quirky party dress or retro tee from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. 

 La Bella Donna, 643 Wynnum Road, Morningside
designer stuff and amazing vintage clothes. If you’re after a wedding dress from 1910 or a 1950s chiffon frock, this is your place. 

Tiger Rag, Shop 2/702 Ann St, Fortitude Valley
Tiger Rag is a little different. It’s retro-inspired clothing and accessories for guys and dolls – so not genuine retro but who cares when you can grab the cutest pair of polka dot ballet flats for $49?  Sailor pants, cats eye sunglasses, bowling shoes … all fabulous. Prepare to shop big. 

Brisbane Vintage Fashion Fair, West End
If you are a vintage fashion aficionado then you absolutely won’t want to miss the Brisbane Vintage Fashion Fair. It’s held twice a year and sells genuine treasures from the Edwardian, Victorian and Jazz Age eras as well as smoking hot frocks and trinkets from the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties.  Some tips: many of the stall owners only take cash, so load up before you go, and give yourself a few hours to look around. For more info and to sign up for their email alert go to