50 best antiques and vintage shops
Vintage experts give us the low-down on their favourite antique-hunting haunts...
‘The world’s your vintage oyster in Alfies – a buzzing antiques market with a rather nice roof cafe on top,’ says Katherine. Over 100 dealers sell everything from mid-century furniture to Jessie Tait ceramics.
8 Pimpernel & Partners
It’s no coincidence that this vintage oasis on Kings Road appears on the cover of an album by hip folksters Mumford & Sons – the band’s Winston Marshall is the son of owner Sabina. Celebs aside, it boasts a steady supply of French brocante pieces at affordable prices.
596 Kings Road, SW6 2DX. 020 7731 2448; pimpernelandpartners.co.uk
9 360 Degrees Vintage
Run by mother and daughter team Kit Allen and Lynn Burgess, 360 Degrees Vintage is a fashion gem offering both men’s and women’s wear. ‘I found a great range of gloves and scarves, along with plenty of 1940s offerings – knitwear in particular,’ says Kiera.
3/3A Greenwich Market, Greenwich, SE10 9HZ. 07904 709759
11 Target Gallery
‘For top-notch pieces, I’ve always paid a trip to Target,’ says Katherine. ‘Richard Chamberlain and Geoff Rayner are supreme authorities in the field of modern design – just give them a call to arrange a viewing of their stock, which ranges from Ernest Race furniture to post-war British textiles.’
20 Fitzroy Square, W1T 6EJ. 020 7387 7200
Deborah has been selling vintage clothing since she was in her teens and was at Camden market along with Wayne Hemingway in the 1980s. A former director at MTV, Deborah opened her shop in 2008. ‘I love Deborah’s rather wonderful floating dresses from the 1970s,’ says Katherine.
28 Church Street, NW8 8EP. 07767 437732; deborahwoolf.com
35 Killigrew Street, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3PW. 01326 218881; elephantandmonkey.co.uk
‘If I ever truly had a vintage secret, this would be it,’ says Naomi, who only reluctantly tells us about this shop, which she discovered accidentally while she was on, of all things, a detox retreat. ‘Owner Sue Nurse has the pick of the old country houses in the area, and Revival duly bursts with a great range of vintage costume and chinoiserie.’
64 High Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SQ. 01803 732807
20 Wells Trading Post
‘This has three giant floors of everything I want in my life, from deco tea sets and Lucite brooches to vintage parasols, Victorian beauty sets and old typewriters,’ says Naomi. The extensive stock changes all the time, so it’s always worth popping in if you’re in the area.
Old Priory Mill, West Street, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2HG (closed Mondays). 01749 671454; wellstradingpost.com
21 Focus On The Past
Items from Focus on the Past regularly appear in H&A shoots. ‘Whether it’s a French dresser, an Enid Collins handbag, Bakelite telephones, postcards or old toffee tins, I find there is always something here that I’m tempted by,’ says Kiera. ‘It really is the perfect local shop for a good rummage.’
25 Waterloo Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4BT. 0117 973 8080; focusonthepast.org
3 Walcot Buildings, London Road, Bath, BA1 6AD. michaelsaffell.com
9 Marmion Road, Southsea, PO5 2AT.
62 Elm Grove, Southsea, PO5 1JG.
9 Crane Street, Chichester, PO19 1LJ. 023 9273 9437
‘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.’
The Maltings, Station Road, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, CM21 9JX. 01279 722044; herts-essex-antiques.co.uk
29 Junk Deluxe
‘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
‘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.
58 Norman Road, St Leonards-on-Sea. 07815 013337; waywardvintagefabric.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.’
6 Chapel Yard, Albert Street, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6HG. 01263 713771; pastcaring.net
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.’
Grove Mill, The Green, Eccleston, Chorley, PR7 5PB. 01257 451889; bygonetimes.co.uk
Bishops Yard, Main Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5LA. 01434 634567; re-foundobjects.com
151 West Port, Edinburgh, EH3 9DP. 0131 228 2589; hermanbrown.co.uk