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Phnom Penh Picks: authentic vintage and second-hand chic around the city

Away from the capital’s markets are boutiques selling second hand clothes and accessories. If you want authentic garments, hurry to the big vintage sale this weekend – on until Monday.

A bag from Toto Recycled Shop
A bag from Toto Recycled Shop. Charlotte Pert

Bag
Vintage clothes shopping really is a lucky dip. Like Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. It can be daunting to dive in amongst all those racks and racks of detritus and leavings, but often treasure awaits. If you had been to the Toto Recycled Shop Japan last week you might

Bikini from the 1960s.
Bikini from the 1960s. Charlotte Pert

‘60s pinup bikini
Everyone loved an itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny bikini in the 1960s. This original is adorable and a steal at $45.History of Things to Come sale, private residence, #21 Street 306. 8am to 8pm until Monday.

Fringed dress from the vintage sale
Fringed dress from the vintage sale. Charlotte Pert

Fringe dress
This red wiggle dress dates from the 1960s but features ‘20s flapper chic with the white tassels. Priced at $55.History of Things to Come sale, private residence, #21 Street 306. 8am to 8pm until Monday.

Moccasins at Sakura Recycle Shop
Moccasins at Sakura Recycle Shop Charlotte Pert

Moccasins
The clothes and accessories at the Sakura Recycle Shop in Boeng Tra Baek may not meet the strict definition of “vintage”, but it’s a good place to pick up cheap and characterful pieces. For example, we found a pair of funky and comfortable faux-suede moccasins for $3.

Rainbow striped dress
Rainbow striped dress. Charlotte Pert

Rainbow striped dress
Channel the ‘70s with this rainbow-coloured, full-skirted day dress. $35 History of Things to Come sale, private residence, #21 Street 306. 8am to 8pm until Monday.

Scarves at Lost and Found
Scarves at Lost and Found. Charlotte Pert

Scarves
Wedding season is sticking around for another month or so, and what more perfect opportunity to accessorise your neck with a scarf. Lost and Found offers a wide selection, from plain black, white and colour, to patterned scarves including a particularly striking grey with black skulls. Prices ranges from $3.95 to $5.95 and you can find silk or cotton. Lost and Found, #321 Street 63

From the early ‘50s, this dress comes with a matching lace jacket
From the early ‘50s, this dress comes with a matching lace jacket. Charlotte Pert

Silk lace
ensemble
If this early 1950s navy and blush silk dress wasn’t pretty enough, it comes with a matching lace jacket. Worn together, they make a great wedding outfit, or pop on the jacket to smarten up jeans. Just $65 for both. Get there quick. History of Things to Come sale, private residence, #21 Street 306. 8am to 8pm until Monday.

This embroidered tafffeta dress dates from the 1950s
This embroidered tafffeta dress dates from the 1950s. Charlotte Pert

Taffeta dress
This lilac taffeta dress was made in the ‘50s, when tailors knew the importance of a cinched waist. It’s boned, so will be flattering on the figure, and comes with a matching bolero for added glamour. Priced at $120. History of Things to Come sale, private residence, #21 Street 306. 8am to 8pm until Monday.

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