Princess Beatrice just made vintage clothes cool again

While many have slated the royal for wearing a ‘hand-me-down’ dress, others have praised her for supporting sustainable fashion.

The youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York jazzed up a Norman Hartnell dress worn by her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth back in 1961.

Another celeb who is all about sustainable, or vintage, fashion is iconic actress and activist Jane Fonda, who vowed never to purchase another new piece of clothing in her lifetime. A host of other celebs also got fans talking earlier this year over their decision to ‘up-cycle’ old dresses on the red carpet (before Covid-19 hit).


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These Hollwood actresses ‘upcycled’ old dresses for the Oscars

And as we all know, the future of fashion is about all things sustainable. It’s also no secret that incredible gems of vintage clothing, shoes and even accessories, can be found in thrift stores, also known as ‘second-hand’ stores.

Take a look at where you can go vintage shopping in SA…

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If you’re big on online shopping, you’ll be ecstatic to know that thrift shopping is as easy as the click of a mouse.

Vintage Shopper, Lootsin, Lehza, Vintro, The Changing Room and many, many more sites all offer quality and timeless pieces that can be delivered to your door.

Pre-loved wedding dresses

Forget ‘second-hand’, the buzz is all about ‘pre-loved’ bridal looks, like Beatrice’s. If you’re looking for a place to purchase or sell your dream wedding dress, check out these sites:

Sift through these stores in your local cities

If you have the time, and a keen eye, you’ll love browsing through treasure chest thrift shops. Here are a few of the big ones…


2080 Vintage Thrift Store

Where: 273 Dr Yusuf Dadoo St, Greyville, Durban

Contact: 067 024 7778

The Thrift Collection

Where: The I Heart Market located next to Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium (or check their FB page)


Durban’s Denim Place

Where: 8 Morrison Road, Durban

Contact: 063 207 4361

Cape Town


Where: 41 Church Street, Cape Town
Contact: 021 424 4457

Never New

Where: 15 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town
Contact: 079 845 6926

Afraid Of Mice

Where: 86 Corner of Longmarket Street and Long Street, Cape Town

Contact: 021 423 7353



Where: Shop 106, 27 Boxes, 75 4th Ave, Melville, Johannesburg
Contact: 083 256 0813

Patou Boutique

Where: 360 Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall Park, Sandton
Contact: 011 787 6011


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Rags And Lace

Where: 358 Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall Park, Randburg
Contact: 011 787 2130


The Backroom – 2nd Love Boutique

Where: 62 Main Road Walmer, Port Elizabeth
Contact: 079 177 3778

Just Vintage Collectables

Where: 7th Avenue, Newton Park
Contact: 0761107313