Handmade & Vintage, Milton Keynes
One of the best vintage bazaars in the country is back for its winter appearance at Centre:MK, offering three whole days of joyful perusing, pondering and purchasing. From handmade jewellery to rails of gorgeous vintage clothes to quirky homewares and unique gifts (Christmas is only 16 weeks away after all) this is the place to snaffle those vintage finds that’ll have all your friends wondering how you developed such impeccable taste. Handmade and Vintage is at the Middleton Hall, Centre: MK 9.30am-6pm on Fri 28 Oct, 9am-6pm on Sat 29 Oct and 10.30am-5pm on Sun 30 Oct.
Dare to Dream, Princes Risborough
This little vintage store was recommended to me by a Muddy reader and it’s a real gem. The clothes are hand-picked and high quality, all with modern sizings as well as provenance, making the perusing all the more fun. It has women’s clothes, wedding outfits and some men’s classics as well as a rotating choice of accessories.
No. 38 Vintage Emporium, Newport Pagnell
This store on Newport Pagnell’s High Street is basically the John Lewis of vintage housing 45 different traders in a department store fashion across the two floors, along with local indie brands. Expect an eclectic mix of furniture, jewellery, kitchenalia (yep, that’s a real word), clothing and collectables.
Vintage & Vogue, Beaconsfield
Started by two friends with a passion for preloved clothing, Vintage & Vogue is run out of a pop-up private garden studio and offers a more relaxed, personalised take on second hand shopping. The store sells a mix of preloved designer gear (recent additions include a leopard print Ganni short and Mulberry Bayswater bag) alongside curated vintage pieces. You can book a personal appointment or shop via Instagram for the latest drops.
Throwback Vintage, Milton Keynes
This too-cool-for-school brand specialises in Eighties, Nineties and Y2K fashion (ask your trendy teen) with a selection of hoodies, sweatshirts, and bomber jackets online out of its MK warehouse. There’s even a whole section dedicated to shell suits, although I think I’ll give that trend a hard pass.
Siren Vintage, Milton Keynes
Based in Stony Stratford and online, Siren Vintage sources luxury vintage pieces from various eras in history and has worked with film sets and theatres all over the country. The store sells vintage clothing and ephemera, but the real headliner is its beautiful jewellery selection from delicate Victorian brooches to 1920s silver earrings.
The Retro Room, East Oxford
Tucked away down St Clement’s, you’d be forgiven for walking straight past this quirky shop with its unassuming storefront. However, inside it’s a Tardis with three rooms of vintage goodies to riffle through from accessories and homeware on the top level, down to pre-loved designer and then The Retro Room at the very back – wall-to-wall with rails brimming with bargains.
Helen & Douglas House, Summertown
Enter this charity shop on the right and you’ll find your usual high street cast-offs, books and DVDs, but take a left inside and the space transforms into a vintage treasure trove with an especially excellent homewares department. Best finds to date? A hot pink vintage M&S chunky knit and set of 70s Champagne glasses. Weirdest find? A retro Marmite teapot!
Oxfam Superstore, Oxford
At 18,500 sq ft (wowzer) this superstore is the biggest Oxfam in the world with rails upon rails of opportunities to find a hidden gem. Put off by the size? Don’t be – the whole shop is organised into handy sections and more like a TK Maxx than your usual higgledy-piggledy charity shop. If you prefer shopping second-hand from your laptop there’s also a great vintage section online here including men’s, women’s and wedding dresses.
You’ll have to put in the hard graft to uncover the goods at this bonkers shop on Oxford’s Ship Street, but trust me, it will be worth it (case in point, a gorgeous vintage satin kimono hanging in my wardrobe). The shop’s owner has a hoarder-esque approach to curation with mountains of clothes piled up floor to ceiling but that’s half of the fun, right? And it’s so vintage, it doesn’t have a website.
Reign Vintage, East Oxford
A staple on Cowley Road for over 10 years, Reign stocks a selection of European and designer clobber from Seventies dresses to urban Nineties streetwear and has an excellent denim offering (vintage Levi’s for £25? Yes please). You can also buy online, where stock is updated daily, or from the London outpost in Soho.
The Ballroom Emporium, East Oxford
Open since 1984, this vintage emporium is a favourite amongst Oxford University students for finding beautiful, unique formal dresses (it’s also a goodie for fussy teens during prom season). The shop also sells a range of vintage clothing, accessories, homewares, has a fantastic costume department (Halloween incoming!) and a brand new Natural Food Emporium at the front of the shop selling locally farmed food, fresh pastries and coffee.
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