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From Tango to Hunters and Collectors, see the best vintage stores New Zealand has to offer
Shop second-hand - it's ethical and environmental, reducing landfill while eliminating manufacturing materials and processes. Opshops usually support a worthy cause, too, although you're best to go boutique if you want someone to do the sifting for you.1. TangoHigh-end and designer vintage, mainly sourced from Europe. Visit Tango (55-57 Little High St, Auckland) for its collection of hats and special occasion dresses, and fab stories from owner Driss.2. New LynnA suburb not a shop, but New Lynn is a collector's paradise. The Salvation Army (Unit 8, 2 Margan Ave) is one of the best op-shops in Auckland, then there's Savemart (21 Veronica St), collectibles store Deco to Retro (3 Tomo St) and Americana destination Cockspurs Vintage on Totara Ave.3. VixenThough it's hard to single out vintage stores in St Kevins Arcade, we keep coming back to Vixen for their 80s dresses, vintage tees, sequined jackets and America-sourced goods.4. The Preservation SocietyFormerly The Modern Miss, owner Violet Faigan fills The Preservation Society (21 Moray Place) with gems from the early twentieth century and beyond, with shelves overflowing with accessories.5. RummageHomeware, furniture, kitchen bits and clothes - Rummage (1 Anderson Rd, Matakana) is a fun jumble with cheaper prices than the city. Check out the rest of the Matakana Collectibles Trail while you're there.6. Dead Man VintageSadly, the Grey Lynn shop has gone, but the online home of Dead Man Vintage still has a curated selection of Los Angeles-sourced pieces from the 20s to the 80s.7. Hunters and CollectorsThis Cuba Street institution is a haven for designer wares, often stocked with pieces from Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, and local designers such as Zambesi and Nom*D. If you're not in Wellington, save the store's Trade Me account as a favourite.
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