When it comes to vintage, Sheffield steals the show. The city has its own antiques quarter with 20 independent shops and half a dozen larger emporia to help take a load off your wallet. All the shops are clustered in an easily walked loop. Cafés, bars and artisan food stops are peppered along the route, turning your visit into more of a day out than a trolley dash.
With its wares spilling out onto the street, Heeley Bank Antiques Centre sells a hodgepodge of goods from flowerpots to vintage fashion, furniture to fine art. It’s typical of the hidey-hole retro boutiques you’ll happen upon here. Among the fancifully named food stores, The Rude Shipyard arguably boasts our favourite moniker. The indie café sells second-hand books and has new owners Ben and Beki at the helm. Steer yourself here for generous cake portions and a bohemian vibe. But not on Wednesdays, as it’s closed.
Tucked away in the affluent Stockbridge area of Edinburgh, this vintage boutique is about as far from standard retro retail fare as you can get. Stocking beautiful garments capturing the quintessential style of their times, Those Were The Days is the perfect place to find fabulousness without breaking the bank.
The constantly refreshed collection of women’s vintage fashion features a host of big-name labels - and plenty of one-off items to add even more class to your collection. Men’s clothing is coming soon, though only via the store’s elegant website for the time being.
Wandering beyond the front room of this basement boutique is like tumbling into Narnia - but here the snowy whiteness is provided by a stunning collection of vintage bridal gowns. Already married? This might be the perfect excuse to renew your vows in style...
Along with its sister store in Manchester, Blue Rinse embraces Del Boy aesthetics (the website is more garish than an ‘80s shell suit) to sell job lots of clobber for a steal of a price. If you’re not a fan of spending hours in front of a changing room mirror, you may have found your vintage shopping nirvana. For £15 you can buy a kilo of clothes here - just pile them up and take them to be weighed.
The shop also stocks classics garments including vintage Ralph Lauren shirts and even curios such as authentic 1980s Puma trainers. But some of the best gear comes from the store’s Re-made In England range. For this collection, the Blue Rinse team takes tired old clothes and material and handcrafts them into wearable garments that are sold wholesale to other shops, stocked in store or even made to order.