TheAquariumVintage

The Aquarium Vintage and Costume

Melbourne, Victoria 324 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars (78)

TheAquariumVintage

The Aquarium Vintage and Costume

Melbourne, Victoria | 324 Sales

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The Aquarium Vintage

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The Aquarium Vintage

Announcement    Hello Vintage Lovers! Our shop is a Vintage Collective based in Melbourne, Australia.
Follow us on Insta: @theaquariumvintage.com to see items first!
We stock pop-culture, true vintage, kitsch and costumes.

FREE SHIPPING on items priced over $100AUD

We have just made our Etsy store gender fluid. You'll find tops together and bottoms together. Not separated by gender. Dresses, jumpsuits and overalls are in the 'Full Piece' section. We'd like anyone from any gender, or genderqueer folks, to be able to wear what makes them feel good!

As we operate a brick and mortar shop as well be quick to secure items you love so you don't miss out! Please understand our prices reflect the cost of running a business, paying models/photographers, overheads and the small profit we use to survive. We only discount when running a sale.

FINE PRINT
Please take the time to read our FAQ's section. There you'll find details on garment care, sizing info, our postage info and your responsibilities when you purchase an item. This is an important part of buying on Etsy so please don't skip it.

****WE DO NOT ACCEPT RETURNS/REFUNDS/EXCHANGES.
Please read our listings carefully. Purchasing an item means to us that you have.
Contact us directly if there is a problem with your item or order we are always happy to chat.

Announcement

Last updated on 07 Aug, 2019

Hello Vintage Lovers! Our shop is a Vintage Collective based in Melbourne, Australia.
Follow us on Insta: @theaquariumvintage.com to see items first!
We stock pop-culture, true vintage, kitsch and costumes.

FREE SHIPPING on items priced over $100AUD

We have just made our Etsy store gender fluid. You'll find tops together and bottoms together. Not separated by gender. Dresses, jumpsuits and overalls are in the 'Full Piece' section. We'd like anyone from any gender, or genderqueer folks, to be able to wear what makes them feel good!

As we operate a brick and mortar shop as well be quick to secure items you love so you don't miss out! Please understand our prices reflect the cost of running a business, paying models/photographers, overheads and the small profit we use to survive. We only discount when running a sale.

FINE PRINT
Please take the time to read our FAQ's section. There you'll find details on garment care, sizing info, our postage info and your responsibilities when you purchase an item. This is an important part of buying on Etsy so please don't skip it.

****WE DO NOT ACCEPT RETURNS/REFUNDS/EXCHANGES.
Please read our listings carefully. Purchasing an item means to us that you have.
Contact us directly if there is a problem with your item or order we are always happy to chat.

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5 out of 5 stars
(78)

About TheAquariumVintage

Sales 324
On Etsy since 2015

We're Making a Splash!

The Aquarium was dreamt up by Leah Octopus in 2011.

Working in thrift and vintage stores in Vancouver, Leah built her collection of retro and kitsch costumes with a goal of opening a shop on her return to Melbourne.

The name came from a rejected job application at the The Vancouver Aquarium.
"Now I can say I work for The Aquarium, but my own tank of treasures" - Leah

The shop began as market stalls and rented space within other Melbourne stores such as 'Vintage Garage' and 'Lost & Found'.

The brick and mortar shop opened its doors in Northcote's High Street in Feb 2016.

Locals have appreciated a diverse range of clothing and the opportunity to use the store as an outlet to consign their old items.

The Aquarium stocks North American vintage, retro, pop-culture and costume pieces in amongst its kitsch collection of ocean trinkets and nautical props.

The Aquarium also hosts local vintage suppliers of vintage and vinyl.

Come Dive In: 7 days 11am - 6pm
Some late nights.

Shop members

  • Leah

    Owner

    Vintage Collector! AQV is my baby. It's most likely me you'll contact if you have questions. I do my best to respond ASAP! I love hearing from you if you're happy with your purchases so please leave feedback. Thanks for fishing through my Aquarium

  • Woody

    Models L

    Size M-L. Large fits comfortably on Woody as he has broad shoulders, Medium is a tighter fit. We'll often put him in XL too. Bust: 38inch, Waist: 33inch, Height: 5'9

  • Alex

    Models S-M

    Size S-M. Alex is tall so he wears a size M generally. He fits S because he is slim. Please take his height into consideration when sleeves end short. Bust: 35inch, Height 5'11

  • Heidi

    Models XS-S

    Size 6-8 AUS. Heidi mostly models vintage from the 50's-70's as she is petite. She wears mostly size 6 tops and 8 bottoms. She can fit into some size 4 items. She has a petite waist and bust. Bust 30inch, Waist 26inch, Hips 36.5inch, Height 5'4

  • Jordan

    Models M

    Size: 8-10 AUS. Jordan is our femme athletic model. She often models our 80s vintage as she has broader shoulders and petite hips. Bust: 38inch, Waist: 30inch, Hips: 41inch, Heigh: 5'5.

  • Sarah

    Models M-L

    Size 10-12 AUS. Sarah has those CURVES! She got booty so often fits a 12 on the bottom. She does have a small waist so will model 8-10 tops. Bust 36inch, Waist 27inch, Hips 40inch, Height: 5'8

  • Hussien

    Models S

    Size S-M. Hussien is generally a size small as he is slim but he is very tall, taller than Alex. Please take his height into consideration when sleeves end short. Bust: 37inch, Waist 34inch, Height 6ft

  • Hayat

    Models M-L

    Size 10-12AUS. Hayat has feminine curves. She wears modern fits. 5' 6" Bust: 35inch, Waist: 28inch, Hip: 42inch

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on 07 Aug, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Will you discount products?

Sorry, our prices are set. These prices cover many things from overhead costs, fee's, models/photographers and time spent on listings.
Running a small business is costly. But, by making a purchase with our store you're helping keep something special operating!

Sizing details

Our items are measured flat and doubled (where necessary).
We list accurate measurements as sizing listed on tags can vary from country of origin or brand.

Please measure yourself to see if it matches our measurements listed before contacting us to see if our item will fit you.

Feel free to get in touch if you require other measurements that we have not listed e.g. torso length, straps, armholes etc

We have each models sizing info in our 'Shop Members' section

Care instructions

As all our items are vintage and pre-loved care should be taken when washing garments.
Some vintage pieces do not provide care instructions.
In this case: please wash garments separately in cold water and allow to dry naturally.
In some cases items we get have never been worn so we can't ensure they have been washed before. Please wash dyed items separately to ensure dye does not run through your laundry for the first wash.

Quality of Garments

We strive to provide the best quality products.

Although the nature of vintage/pre-loved items may show signs of wear, we may not list minor wear but we will list other defaults.
For items such as tee's and most casual wear we consider general signs of wear to be part of the charm of vintage.

Contact us if you want to know more about a particular garment.

Returns

We do not issue refunds on returns unless the item was not as it was described to you.
In such cases you must make contact the day you receive your order, return post within 2 days. We will issue a full refund (including postage).
Please read the listing details and store information before you place an order.
We do not refund/return if you have mis-read the listing.
Please contact us if you have an issue with an item we are happy to chat!

Our Postage Obligation to YOU

We post with AusPost
www.auspost.com.au

Our postage quote includes packaging/handling. We may over estimate but refund overages.

We post on Mon, Weds and Fri mornings. We'll have your item posted within 1-2 days on most cases.

Our parcels are tracked and we will provide the tracking number to you on dispatch.
If you wish to have your item insured or sent via express post please get in touch with us before you check out.

Express is normally double the cost of standard.
To insure an item:
AUS: $1.50 per $100 of your item's value + $3 signature on delivery
Elsewhere: $9.60 + $3 signature on delivery

Shipping estimate for standard post:
Aus (excl. WA & Northern QLD): 3-5 business days
NZ: 7-12 business days
Elsewhere: 12-15 business days

YOUR Responsibilities

Postal Service:
We DON'T take responsibility for items lost within the postal service. Contact AusPost with your tracking number if you're parcel does not arrive. Asking us means we're double handling information to you.

Paying customs fee's is your responsibility. Time it takes for you to do that is not included in the postal service's delivery estimate.
PLEASE NOTE: We will NOT lie on our customs form on your behalf. We don't mark items as gifts and we list exact prices.

Please ask us to adjust our listing for a new postage price to include insurance and express if you require it before you check out.

Check postal restrictions/fee's for your country:
http://auspost.com.au/parcels-mail/international-post-guide.html