Get out there and start digging!
Hailed as the shoppers’ paradise, there is no shortage of places in Hong Kong to treat yourself to a little retail therapy. Choose your pick from independent boutiques, or chain retailers, all the way to ethical clothing labels and outlet malls dotted across town. If you are searching for something out of the ordinary, hit up your local vintage stores and consignment spots to score some amazing second-hand steals. We’ve put together an exhaustive list of retro-inspired stores in Hong Kong for every thrift shopper. Happy hunting!
For the Nifty Thrifters
Hong Kong Salvation Army
Salvation Army is known for its insane low prices and for donating its profits to those in need. You can find literally everything here, from clothing and books to home goods and toys.
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Mee & Gee (Me & George)
This is a great place for cheapity-cheap secondhand scores from Japan, Korea, and Europe! We love its humble $10 price tags and insane three-for-$100 deals. You can put together an entire outfit for under $200 if you are up for a challenge. You will have to dig through the racks to find the treasures though, but it is worth it when you do. Two to three hours can go by easily without notice when you are busy plowing through the massive selection of bargain-priced apparel.
Mee & Gee (Central), 9 Li Yuen Street West, Central, Hong Kong, 2501 0186
Mee & Gee (Wan Chai), 3 Tai Yuen Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2153 0393
Mee & Gee (Mong Kok), 55 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 2388 0004
Mee & Gee (Mong Kok), 64 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 2391 3091
Mee & Gee (Mong Kok), 181 Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 2394 8057, www.facebook.com/meegeeco
This eclectic shop is known for its vast array of show-stopping sunglasses at unbeatable prices (with most under $200)! We also love the treasure trove of new and used gold statement jewels. Pick up one (or several) of the vintage suitcases to haul it all home in! They look great stashed in a corner, or even stacked as an impromptu end table.
Select 18, Shop A, G/F, 18 Bridges Street, Central, Hong Kong, 9121 3011, www.facebook.com/select-18
A well-loved favourite of Hong Kong’s street style fans, Kaister exclusively sells pieces that are imported from Korea. With bold prints, bright colours, and interesting textures, all its clothing exudes quintessentially vintage vibes!
Kaister Shop, Shop 311-312, New Town Mall, 688 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 3107 0775, www.facebook.com/KaisterShop
For the ‘70s Fanatics
The unpretentious shop boasts a quirky mix of vintage 70’s American goods and pre-loved items from around the world.
Asterisk, G/F, 60 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2803 0684, www.facebook.com/asteriskarewe
Bang Bang 70s
Take a step back in time at Bang Bang ‘70s. Here you can find disco worthy duds, designer shoes and bags, and some very groovy accessories and memorabilia.
Bang Bang 70s, 1/F, 16A Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, 6461 7448, www.facebook.com/bangbang70s
You can find some rad ‘70s poly blend dresses here in cheeky prints! Our favourite though, is the rack of leather and suede blazers that can go for as low as $400! It is tight quarters and smells vintagey for sure, but there are some good buys to be had!
Beatniks, 31 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2881 7153, www.facebook.com/vintagebeatniks
This small space is tucked (you guessed it!) in between two streets – Kui In Fong and Tai Ping Shan Streets. Even though it’s teeny, you can easily spend a good couple of hours getting lost in here. The counters are crammed with a variety of miniature goodies – from vintage brooches, and leather bags, to old toys and fun things for oddity collectors. We are keen on the pins, perfect to pile on and spruce up any jacket with a bit of nostalgic charm.
InBetween Shop, 6B Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 9751 3644, www.facebook.com/inbetweenshop
Tucked away in what looks to be a cross of a wet market and a basement near Caroline Hill Road is Luddite. Watch your head as you wander around because clothing hangs from every surface. We love the old varsity jackets, hippie-inspired patchwork dresses, and boho tops. There are also some very cool leather accessories perfect for gift giving.
Luddite, G/F, 15A Haven Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2870 0422, www.facebook.com/luddite1811
Both new and vintage clothing is stocked at Microwave. This is the place to shop if you are looking to get snapped by street style photographers, as the pieces are bold and meant to cause a scene. We love how over the top the garments are, meaning that you will never show up at the same party matching any of the other guests!
Microwave, G/F, 7 School Street, Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2566 8823, www.facebook.com/microwave-123798527656351
If you miss your US Goodwill buying trips, you will be glad to hear that you can get the same rush here! All items are sourced directly from the US and brought back to be sold by the Midwest-born owner John Hollander. Loads of ‘90s denims, flannels, leathers, and good ol’ fashioned cowboy boots can be found here!
Midwest (Tin Hau), Shop 58, G/F, Victoria Centre, 15 Watson Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong, 2802 6886
Midwest (Mong Kok), Shop A, G/F, Nelson Court, 45 Waterloo Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 2328 8757, www.midwest-vintage.com
The hippie concept shop stocks loads of music equipment, but pay special attention to its vintage cartoon t-shirts. It also sells reproductions of all the classic band tees, so you are sure to find the perfect present here for the music lover in your life!
Retrostone, B04 & B23, Basement, Trendy Zone, Chow Tai Fook Commercial Centre, 580A Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2838 6419, www.facebook.com/pg/retrostone-HK
White Whale Co.
This unassuming store offers vintage clothing and hand-crafted leather goods heaped from ceiling to floor and from wall to wall. Its most popular items include ‘40s and ‘50s French workwear, along withmilitary jackets imported from Japan and Europe.
White Whale Co., Room 4, 9/F, Prosper Commercial Building, 9 Yin Chong Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 5404 4954, www.facebook.com/whitewhalecompany
Woo Ping Optical Co.
Glasses are not just worn for sun protection or vision correction anymore! They have made a full-fledged fashion comeback! You can score some cool, secondhand frames here for rock bottom prices.
Woo Ping Optical Co., 278 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong, 2571 7810
For the Antique Queens
For those who don’t mind splurging a little, this is a treasure trove for all that are infatuated by vintage ready-to-wear and haute couture. Heart-shaped Chanel bags sit alongside studded Versace ones, while matching shoes lie just beneath. Racks are stocked with Chanel and Gucci coats and mannequin’s boast chunky Escada jewels. Prices range from $1,000 to$6,000 for the jewels, $1,000 to$12,000 for bags, and $500 to$40,000 for clothing. You can find a steal, but the real gems are priced as such. Even those with shallow pockets should still stop in to see the beauty of these pieces! Just make sure to call before visiting.
OnceStyle, 1/F, 8 On Wo Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2889 3660, www.oncestyle.com
If you are on the hunt for premium vintage-inspired leather jackets, you have come to the right place. Oldies sets out to sell leather jackets that can last in your wardrobe. With a great deal of fits and styles to choose from, you are bound to come across one that you fancy!
Oldies Leather, 1/F, 28 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2575 8775, www.facebook.com/oldiesleather
Featuring a carefully hand-picked collection of clothing, bags and wallets, jewellery, home décor, and handicrafts, this delightful vintage trove offers exquisite pieces in European royal style.
Vintage1961, Room 01, 12/F, Bonham Commercial Centre, 44-46 Bonham Strand West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 5588 8339, www.vintage1961.me
The Vintage Concept specialises in gorgeous antique watches – think vintage Rolex, Patek Phillippe, and Omega. It also has chunky gold Chanel jewelleries from the ‘80s and ‘90s. If you are looking for a vintage LV or Goyard trunk, then you must come here. The prices are high, but you could walk away with a piece of history as some of these trunks date back over 100 years. Totally worth a gander if you are in the area!
Vintage Concept, G/F, 15 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 2522 2301, www.thevintageconcept.com
For the Consignment Pros
With eight locations scattered all over Hong Kong, it’s easy to pop into Brand Off when you’ve had a moment to spare. The handbags are lust worthy and in beautiful shape – no one would know they are secondhand! Brand Off also sells accessories and jewellery from all your fave designers.
Brand Off APM Shop, Shop UC-2, apm, Millenium City 5, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, 2505 1225
Brand Off Central Shop, 15C Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2868 1221
Brand Off City Plaza Shop, Taikoo Shop 120, Phase II, City Plaza, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong, 2967 6137
Brand Off Sheung Shui Shop, Shop 303B, Landmark North, No. 39 Lung Sum Avenue, Sheung Shui, Hong Kong, 2595 088
Brand Off Star House Shop, Shop B, 1/F, Star House, 3 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2375 3770
Brand Off Tsim Sha Tsui Shop, G/F & 2/F, Wing Lock House, 16 Peking Road, Tim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2732 2065
Brand Off V City Shop, M-35, MTR Level, V City, 83 Tuen Mun Heung Sze Wui Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, 2798 7277
Brand Off Yuen Long Shop, Shop 228, Yuen Long Plaza, 249-251 Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long, Hong Kong, 2478 6266, www.brandoff.com.hk
Consignment is the name of the game at Green Ladies. The clothing on offer is current, with trend goods that are in like-new condition. It also has an impressive selection of shoes, accessories, and handbags.
Green Ladies & Green Little Outlet, G/F, Kowloon Kindness Centre, 143 Lai Chi Kok Road, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong, 2778 9885
Green Ladies Sai Ying Pun Branch, G/F, 168 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2110 3482
Green Ladies Wan Chai Branch, Shop 8-9, UG, C C Wu Shopping Arcade, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2157 0242
Green Ladies Wong Tai Sing Branch, Unit 15, G/F, Lions Rise Mall, 8 Muk Lun Street, Wong Tai Sing, Hong Kong, 2661 4377, www.gl.sjs.org.hk
Decked out in a funky bright orange shade, Hipster 9 rocks an eye-catching storefront that is hard to go unnoticed. You can get your hands on brand new or gently worn luxury consignment items like outerwear, bags, and accessories. Rumour has it that local celebrities and socialites periodically stop by here to drop off pieces from their personal collections.
Hipster 9, 6 Lok Ku Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2310 0688, www.facebook.com/hipster9hk
French-born Heloise has made it her mission to bring beautiful French-focused fashion to Hong Kong, the eco and affordable way. Visit her showroom on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am to 6pm, and Thursdays from 2:30pm to 8pm, orbook an appointment (email [email protected]) outside of normal hours to discover everything from Maje and Sandro, to Isabel Marant, Chanel, Hermes, and Dior. Label Chic offers clothing (most under $2,000), shoes (again, most under $2,000), bags (starting from $4,000), and even a few accessories – all in like-new condition, with deeply discounted prices from retail! Heloise only accepts consignments from those she knows and trusts, and those that can prove the goods are real. While here, check out the adorable kids’ selection she has on hand as well.
Label Chic, Unit A, 3/F, Gough Plaza, 33 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 6254 2010, www.labelchicboutique.com
Maggie & Co. Vintage Shop
Maggie & Co. is a trusted store with more than 10 years of experience trading in luxury goods, and a solid reputation for delivering excellent customer service. The owner Maggie often restocks her shop with fresh finds, including new or consigned high fashion items all at reasonable prices.
Maggie & Co. Vintage Shop, Flat 801-803, Kai Ta Commercial Building, 66-72 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, 6159 3205, www.facebook.com/MaggieCoVintage-Shop-1437292329630319
Gently used handbags from nearly every top designer are on offer at Milan Station. Up to ten outlets can be found all over town and many also carry brand name wallets, scarves, and jewellery. Most locations put the purses on accessible shelves so you can try them on without having to ask the associates to remove them from glass cabinets. Still can’t find your dream bag? Exit the station and try your luck at another one of these consignment chains – from France Station, Italy Station, Paris Station, to VIP Station.
Click here for a full list of locations.
For the Brides-To-Be
If you are after a little ‘something old’ for your wedding day then check out this site, or better yet drop by the studio (hours by appointment) to see the goods for yourself! Mrs. Vintage stocks lacy wedding dresses from the ‘20s to ‘80s (around $2,000 to $4,500), along with a host of accessories at every price point to add to your ensemble. Even if you are not a bride, you will find a hearty offering of printed vintage dresses and pre-loved brand name goodies at your disposal.
Mrs. Vintage, 1/F, 229 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 9784 8124, www.mrs-vintage.com
Satis-Factory Vintage Emporium
Known for the beautiful vintage wedding dresses and coordinates, this quaint neighborhood shop also hosts pop-up calligraphy and craft classes for its customers. You can discover everything here from accessories to homeware. Because it is vintage, most items are one-offs, so buyit when you see it, to not miss out!
Satis-Factory Vintage Emporium, 2/F, Wang Hing Building, 34 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 9783 5141, www.facebook.com/satisvintage
The Wed Genie
The Wed Genie focuses on delivering style over trends and quality over quantity. The shop offers vintage designer dresses for both rental and purchase . The prices of the dresses range from $4,000 to $70,000, but most items fall under $30,000.
The Wed Genie Bridal Pop-Up Shop, G/F, 41 Circular Pathway, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.thewedgenie.com
There you have it – our ultimate list of the best vintage finds in Hong Kong! Just remember to keep these few things in mind when buying vintage:
- Wear something that it is easy to try clothing on Some stores do not have fitting rooms so be prepared!
- Know that vintage shopping takes time. Be prepared to dig through rack after rack. Best to go on a full stomach and some good music on your iPod!
- Check every garment you intend to purchase thoroughly for stains and tears.
- Run your fingers on the seamsand make sure that they are in good condition. Easy mends are doable, but beware for defects that you can’t fix with a needle and thread!
- Wash everything before you wear it!You literally don’t know where something has been or who owned it before you!
- Don’t be afraid torepurpose something if you like the fabric but not the fit. You can always take it to a tailor and have them alter the piece to your liking. Time to get crafty and fuel your DIY fire!
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 7 April, 2014 and was updated on 27 February, 2018 by Kei Wa Lee.
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