Five ways to be thrifty in North Melbourne

If it’s guilt-free retail therapy you’re after, North Melbourne is home to a number of shops packed with affordable vintage and second-hand goodies. Cheap and cheerful eateries sprinkled around this diverse suburb can also make for a reviving pit-stop after pounding the pavement.

But where will you find these bargains? Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Ace Antiques & Collectables
Once you cross the threshold at Ace Antiques & Collectables, it’s wall-to-wall treasures from the early 1900s through to the ’70s. As well as specialising in collectable radios and lights, there’s a mind-boggling array of toys, homeware, signage and art pieces available. Store owner Dave is up for a haggle, so don’t be afraid to push him for the best price.

Store mannequin wearing bishop's hat with various antiques in background

Amazing finds from across the decades at Ace Antiques & Collectables

Salvos Store
The North Melbourne Salvos is a classic op-shopper’s haven. You’ll need to rummage to find the best deals – so visit when you’ve got time up your sleeve – but there are mountains of quality household items and great value clothes available. 

Heartland Records
It’s easy to miss this eclectic record shop on the corner of Victoria and Chetwynd streets, but don’t be fooled by its unassuming exterior. Inside Heartland Records is a thoughtful collection of rare and interesting music, DVDs and t-shirts. New records are fairly priced, and there’s a solid offering of second-hand items if you’re after something cheaper.

Display rack in store with rows of vinyl records

Music legends abound at Heartland Records

Martin Fella Vintage
At Martin Fella, it’s all about quality vintage. Whether on the hunt for a one-off original to spice up the wardrobe or perusing ideas for a costume party, you’re sure to be delightfully surprised. It’s great for well-priced winter coats and handbags as well.

Shop exterior displaying vintage clothing and homewares

This Fella loves his vintage

Three Crowns Hotel
After a big day’s shopping, head to the Three Crowns Hotel for affordable pub grub and a refreshing ale. These guys offer specials several nights a week, so time your trip with a dinner deal and keep the bargains coming! The $15 steak night on Wednesdays is popular with locals, while $2 Taco Tuesdays make for super cheap eats.

Where do you snag a bargain in North Melbourne?