25 Waterloo Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4BT. 0117 973 8080;
‘Hidden away in a side street in Clifton, Period Pieces is the kind of shop you dream of discovering,’ says Kiera. ‘It’s piled high with furniture, crockery, vintage fabrics, glass and lighting. Owner Nora Beroual also offers an upholstery service, with prices starting from as little as £40 for a drop-in seat.’
43 Alma Vale Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2HL. 0117 946 6900; bristolperiodfurniture.co.uk
‘The name says it all,’ laughs Mark. Whether you’re into the 1950s, 70s or 80s, you’ll find everything you need to kit out your home in this New Forest treat. ‘Expect panels of vintage fabric and the largest selection of ice buckets this side of Del Boy’s flat.’
One Legged Jockey is bursting with vintage men’s clothing. There are two shops in Southsea and one in Chichester. ‘Owner Keith Jeff is always on hand to help you find the perfect item,’ says Naomi.
9 Marmion Road, Southsea, PO5 2AT.
62 Elm Grove, Southsea, PO5 1JG.
9 Crane Street, Chichester, PO19 1LJ.
023 9273 9437; oneleggedjockey.co.uk
25 Snoopers Paradise
‘It’s part retro shop and part car-boot sale,’ says Mark. ‘You’re bound to find something you want.’ Kiera agrees: ‘A Brighton institution and destination for weekenders and local browsers alike, you’ll find students trying on hats, couples looking for furniture, or single shoppers flicking through the paperbacks.’
7-8 Kensington Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4AL. 01273 602558
26 Style & The City
‘Helen Black loves vintage and shopping,’ says Judy, ‘which makes for a very wearable, and forever changing, selection of exquisite clothing and accessories, mainly 1940s to the 1970s.’
100 Marmion Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 2BB. 02392 876611
27 Dinky Vintage
'This Brighton store is entirely dedicated to vintage children's clothes,' says Kiera. 'Dinky Vintage has sweet Fifties frocks and sailor-style pea coats, all in miniature.'
39b Sydney Street, Brighton, BN1 4EP. 01273 911055; dinkyvintage.com
28 Herts & Essex Antiques centre
‘With 70 dealers under one roof, this is the perfect place for a good old rummage,’ says Katherine. ‘There are fascinating retro pieces to snap up. And it’s so easy on the train – just hop off at Sawbridgeworth station and you’re there.’
‘It might be small,’ says Mark, ‘but it’s packed with a constantly changing, affordable selection of furniture, pictures and homewares from the 1950s-80s.’
RG Scott Furniture Mart, The Old Ice Works, Bath Place, Margate, Kent, CT9 2BN.
07963 892041; junkdeluxe.co.uk
Winner of Best Vintage Shop in H&A's Britian's Best Antiques Shops awards, Nanadobbie specialises in Fifties oak desks, statement chairs, unusual lighting and colourful Scandinavian glass.
16 Gloucester Road, North Laines, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4AD. 01273 676778; nanadobbie.com
31 Glass Etc
‘Andy McConnell is a Roadshow colleague of mine but his glass emporium really is the centre of the glass universe,’ says Katherine. ‘I’ve parted with as little as £10 for a rather memorable birthday present and £65 for a glorious mid 1960s Finnish vase.’
18-22 Rope Walk, Rye , East Sussex, TN31 7NA. 01797 226600; decanterman.com
32 Tango Tea Collectables
‘I can’t go home to Portsmouth without stopping by Tango Tea,’ says Naomi. ‘It’s a real art deco mecca and sells a little bit of everything, from jewellery and magazines to curios and clothes. Owner Jenni Catlow always has something special.’
3 Albert Road, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 2SE. 02392 733363
33 Wayward Vintage Fabrics
‘With a presence in London’s Portobello Market and Brighton’s North Laine, and a shop in St Leonards, Andrew Hirst has a great collection of haberdashery, including buttons and fabrics,’ says Kiera.
Offering a selection of bags and fabulous costume jewellery, Wardrobe has been involved with many films and TV productions. ‘I simply love visiting Wardrobe,’ says Katherine. ‘It’s here I succumbed to my favourite piece of jewellery of all time, a vintage green domino necklace.’
51 Upper North Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3FH. 01273 202201
‘The minimal white shelves display an amazing array of affordable vintage and retro items from up-and-coming and established names,’ says Mark. ‘The popularity of the mid-century modern Scandinavian influence is clear.’
14-15 Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AA. 0121 224 7378; fragiledesign.com
36 Past Caring
‘This shop is in the lovely town of Holt in Norfolk, a place of my childhood memories,’ says Keeley. ‘Expect lots of pretty textiles and lace, and a good selection of Victorian and Edwardian clothes.’
‘Small but perfectly formed,’ is how Wayne describes Berties. Founded by Robert Skidmore, whose background is in television and film costume, it stocks glamorous fashions from the 1920s-50s.
14 Market Street, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9NW. 07532 004313; berties-vintage.co.uk
Carole Smith had been standing at antiques fairs for 17 years before she set up shop in Hinckley in November. The focus is on homeware goodies, kitchenalia and small pieces of furniture, some of which she paints and upholsters herself.
‘I’ve always had a soft spot for Denby,’ says Katherine. ‘And Stoneware Quest has a staggering selection of its post-war designs.’
Hemswell Antiques Centre, Caenby Corner Estate, Hemswell Cliff, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 5TJ. 01234 772955; stonewarequest.co.uk
40 Bygone Times
‘This is one of my favourite shopping destinations,’ says Mark. ‘It has everything from Fat Lava to vintage telephones. Don’t forget the basement.’
Mother and daughter Pauline and Thea Roger’s shop bursts with vintage clothes and accessories. ‘We’ve had a dress worn by 1956’s “Miss Kendal” to 1940s pieces for honeymoon cruises,’ says Thea.
Owned by Steve Elvidge, Space has an eclectic mix of vintage clothing, furniture, homewares, records, books and more. ‘There are several vintage dealers – or ‘space holders’ – based here too and their different tastes shine through in the great array of things for sale, from mid-century furniture to Tretchicoff prints,’ says Keeley.
‘If you enjoy a good rummage, then this shop is for you,’ says Judy. ‘The shop front is unassuming but step inside and you’ll find a vast shopfloor stocked with thousands of beautiful dresses, tailored jackets, trinkets and shoes, some of which date back to the 1920s.’
117 Main Street, Haworth, West Yorkshire, BD22 8DP. 01535 646538; the-souk.com
44 Catherine Smith
‘1920s frame bags, 1930s jewellery and a well-curated selection of designer items from Ossie Clarke, Biba and Jean Varon are just a small sample of what you’ll find in Cathy Smith’s beautiful Harrogate shop,’ says Judy. ‘Delicate silk dresses and special pieces from the 1920s-50s are kept in the back room.’
57a Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 0NL. 01423 500234
45 Purple Haze
‘This successful shop, owned by mother and daughter team Laura and Carolyn Cowlbeck, is the
place to visit in York,’ says Judy. ‘They sell timeless vintage clothing and accessories, from 1950s floral dresses to 1980s knitwear.’
52 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF. 01904 630407
46 Purple Rabbit Vintage
Yorkshire seems to be going through something of a purple patch – certainly in terms of vintage clothing. ‘This shop has a fantastic selection of 1950s cotton day dresses and men’s vintage suits,’ says Keeley.
69 The Piece Hall, Halifax, West Yorks. 07542 950590; purplerabbitvintage.co.uk
This popular store is owned by former fashion designers Jenny Vaughan and Simon Young. Vintage garden furniture and tools are displayed alongside cakestands, glasses, enamelware and many miscellaneous delights.
Bishops Yard, Main Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5LA. 01434 634567;
‘Gerardine and I grew up in East Lancashire and dressed second-hand from the great stores there,’ says Wayne. ‘Decades stocks a huge range of women’s clothing and accessories from 1870-1970 and the choice is always wonderful.’
18-20 Lord Street West, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 1JX. 01254 693320
‘This is the store to head to when you need a little sparkly pick-me-up,’ says Judy. ‘I love Preserved for its glamour and no-nonsense, affordable clothes, cardigans and amazing selection of rail-upon-rail of glorious eveningwear.’
‘Anna Nicholson really knows what she’s doing with Herman Brown, Edinburgh’s leading vintage destination since 1983,’ says Wayne. You’ll find an eclectic mix of vintage fashion and jewellery – expect leotards, cameo brooches, 1950s powder compacts and beaded knitwear.
151 West Port, Edinburgh, EH3 9DP. 0131 228 2589; hermanbrown.co.uk
H&A’s resident stylist, Kiera is responsible for stying our beautiful decorating and discovering antiques features.
Wayne founded the fashion label Red or Dead in the 1980s. He is now involved in a clutch of projects but we love him best for his Vintage Festival
, which this year takes place at Boughton House, Northamptonshire.
has appeared on the Antiques Roadshow
as miscellaneous expert and has a keen interest in vintage fashion and jewellery. At the moment you can catch her on Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
, Mondays at 5.15pm on BBC Two.
Naomi is a London-based stylist and the UK’s leading vintage personal shopper. She runs and edits vintagesecret.com
and has over 15 years’ experience collecting vintage clothing.