If you're staying in Potts Point, you don't need to travel far to get a unique retail experience. Skip the crowded department stores on Pitt Street and avoid the Westfield Mall – if you want to discover some hidden gems, the secondhand stores in Potts Point and Kings Cross have you covered.
What makes the secondhand stores in the area so good? Fashionable residents, of course! With well dressed locals always turning in cool, trendy apparel, you can be sure to score stylish garments. Here are three of our favourite shops just a few minutes from the Macleay Hotel.
The Wayside Chapel
Take a left down Macleay Street, a right on Hughes, and you'll arrive at church. Well, kind of. Aptly named, The Wayside Chapel is a religious experience for thrift shoppers, who frequent the store for vintage finds at a discounted price.
The Wayside Chapel is a religious experience for thrift shoppers.
The store is filled with eclectic clothes, shoes, jewellery and bags. The Wayside Chapel's packed shelves and racks are home to designs from Gucci, Valentino and Carla Zampatti, as well as lesser known brands and homemade items.
When you shop at The Wayside Chapel, rest assured that your money is going towards great causes in the community. The shop's profits fund a number of services and programmes in and around Kings Cross, which include a program to support and teach life skills to people living with mental illnesses and the Twilight Program, which provides evening meals and activities for homeless people.
Potts Point Vintage
Right next door is Potts Point Vintage. When you walk in the door, you'll be transported to an earlier time. You just won't be able to place exactly when, however, because the shop features items from the 1920's to the '80s and every decade in-between.
The shop's owner and curator, Arnold Kieldgaard began purchasing items from deceased estate auctions when he was living in rural Katoomba. Browsing his collection doesn't just feel like shopping – it feels like you've visited a museum. Among English fine china, hats, luxury suits and furs, are a series of vintage wedding dresses that will delight brides and fashionistas alike.
If you want pre-loved but not necessarily vintage, look no further than Blue Spinach, where nothing is more than 15 years old. A short walk from the Macleay Hotel, Blue Spinach prides itself in its pristine collection of designer clothes, shoes and handbags from the likes of Balmain, Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen.
Meticulously curated, the shop offers a 100 per cent authenticity guarantee, backed by 20 years experience in luxury fashion.
Shopping is only one way to spend your days if you stay at the Macleay Hotel. Located right in the heart of the action, the Macleay Hotel is the perfect accommodation for your trip to Sydney.