Fashion Conscious, Earth Conscious

A cross-section of Cape Town’s best 2nd hand shops

With a shift to recycling and conscious consumerism, perhaps it is time we focus on reusing all those clothes already hanging around? Not only can the pieces of the past make for an interesting fashion statement, but with a bit of smart modification they can be reincarnated into dreamy modern designs!

Secondhand Rose

Whispering of history and ancient sophistication, Secondhand Rose takes its inspiration from our past. Unique vintage pieces can be found here as well as modern clothes in the theme of the theatrical, each piece carefully chosen for its quality and style. Beautiful scarves and bizarre buttons can also be found here.

Where: Cavendish Close, Claremont
When: Monday-Friday 9:30 to 5pm, on Saturday closes 1:30pm
Contact: 021 674 4270

The Cat’s Meow

This shop appeals to the lady in me; think Marilyn Monroe. Find something here to add quirk to your style – anything from a vintage hat, a retro skirt or a classic plaid jacket. All one of a kind or rare pieces, rest assured your look will indeed make you feel like ‘the cat’s meow’!

Where: 399b Albert Road, Woodstock (next to the Old Biscuit Mill)
When: Monday- Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturdays opens at 9am
Contact: 083 337 4448 or 084 364 6578


Old meets new and I love the result! Stunning redesigns of vintage clothes and fabrics, this really is fashion upcycling at its best. Find flattering dresses in an interesting variety of colours and designs. The interior of the shop is an intrigue too: expect antlers, old suitcases and ceramic kittens.

Where: 41 Church Street, City Centre
When: Monday- Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturdays closes at 2pm
Contact: 021 424 4457

London Road

Situated in the trendy Kalk Bay, this small patch of UK patriarchy brags classy age-old decadence. Reminiscent of Camden markets, these imported pieces are all unusual in style and shape. Find fantastic dress-ups and browse interesting relics from a bygone era. Boys clothes too!

Where: 21 Main Road, Kalk Bay
When: Tuesday-Sunday from 10am to 4:30pm
Contact: 076 398 1035

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