Vintage shops are like well-hidden gems, especially in a little city like Adelaide. Lucky for us, we have a vintage-seeking fiend on the team who is always scouring to find these gems!
Located opposite the comic book store in Citi Centre Arcade, ONYX Vintage is a brand-spanking new store that is run by co-owners Bernie Elston and Tegan Solly, in partnership with Renew Adelaide. The two ladies come from a retail background and are hoping to provide their customers with alternative clothing and drag-queen friendly accessories. Inspired by Jeffree Star Cosmetics‘s Onyx shade, ONYX Vintage has brilliantly replicated the power of being bold and beautiful through their immaculate collection of vintage wear that includes sunglasses, cosmetics, clothing, shoes, and accessories (to name a few).
The store may be tiny, but it is packed with lots of pre-loved accessories and clothing that have been hand-picked and attained throughout the years by the ladies. The store gives off a vibe that encourages customers to dress and present themselves closer to their personality. The alternative style of fashion has always been an enticing one for me, because it allows the person to dare to be beautiful.
Bernie and Tegan have previously been in business through pop-up shops in the markets of Adelaide city (Gilles Street, Ebenezer Place) and in Sydney. While the store comes with an array of choices that mostly cater to women, there are heaps of accessories that people of all genders can welcome themselves to. There is a lot of versatility with the ‘edge’ factor that make this store unique. There is also a bountiful amount of flannel shirts and jackets that come from Bernie’s ‘flannel stage’ and we could not be happier to see the abundance. It won’t take you long to realize that most of the items here are inspired by the owners’ own personal flair and we cannot get enough of how loud yet gorgeous the collection is.
In addition to the clothing and accessories, Tegan’s cute hair pins and jewellery that are part of her business Sniggle Curios are also available for purchase in-store. If you’re into pop culture, you may find some exquisite creations for the comic book / TV show / movie lovers.
To celebrate their grand opening, ONYX Vintage is having a $2 sale on selected items of clothing and accessories. Having visited the store today, I was able to get a bargain deal of clothing and accessories for under $10, so if you need some last minute Christmas shopping done without breaking the bank, you may want to try your luck here. You may also want to incorporate the use of scrap fabric (available in-store) for making DIY gifts for your loved ones – after all, it’s always better to give presents that are one of a kind, right?
Address: Shop 27, Citi Centre Arcade, 141-159 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000
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Words & Photos by Fatema Sitabkhan