Prepare for more checked shirts, denim shorts and retro accessories than you can handle; I’ve been vintage shopping.
I distinctly remember the first time James and I got stuck into Manchester’s vintage clothing scene, right back when we first moved here. We wandered the streets, stepping in each boutique we saw, finding treasures aplenty.
Feeling that vintage shopping itch, we went back for more a few weekends ago.
For all the other vintage lovers out there, I thought I’d share my favourite destinations in Manchester’s Northern Quarter for rooting through rails of retro goodies.
Blue Rinse, 21-23 Oldham Street
I first came across Blue Rinse Vintage when visiting the store in Leeds, and I remember falling in love with it. It was three stores of vintage goodness, full to the brim with trendy authentic items and reworked pieces, and the store in Manchester is the same.
There’s lots to look at for both him and her, with lots of variety. There’s beautiful flippy floral skirts, retro sportswear and more checked shirts than you can shake a stick at.
It’s not super cheap, but not that expensive either, and you can find some designer goodies too.
Blue Rinse also run an incredible kilo sale in the room next store, once or twice a month. You get to fill your bags and pay according to the weight you accrue, meaning even more vintage for even fewer pennies.
We Are Cow, 61 Church Street
The first thing you notice about Cow is it’s quirky shop fit, with simply cool design in every corner. There’s a lot of reworked pieces, particularly in the women’s section, though you’ll need to be a fairly small size to fit into them. And, the subtly lit cabinet on the first floor is home to some little jewellery treasures, too.
Head downstairs, and you’re greeted with even more rails upon rails of vintage goodness, including plenty of accessories and an entire wall of ties and belts, which we’ve spent many an hour perusing.
I’ve claimed some great finds from here, including a black and white stripey Ralph Lauren top with zip detailing (yep, I shop in the men’s section) which is now one of my go-to casual tees.
Junk, 2 Dale Street
With it’s floating branches and hanging logs, adorned by vintage clothes that feel both authentically exotic and tongue in cheek, it’s hard not to love Junk Shop. There’s lots of cool girl garms and a selection of cutesy and quirky jewellery to choose from, and despite being small, it’s full of treasures, and a pleasure to shop in.
Pop Boutique, 34-36 Oldham Street
This store is an absolute haven for clothing and homeware knick knacks, with everything from the cool to the downright curious inside.
Step into the ground floor and you’ll find plenty of rails of reworked pieces, including tees, shirts, and denim. It’s vintage, but a little more refined.
Descend to the lower floor, and you’re surrounded by throwbacks to the 60s and 70s. As well as even more clothing and footwear, there’s some amazing retro home pieces on offer – lampshades, cushions, coffee tables, and even an ornamental Wurlitzer jukebox or two on display. Picture frames, mirrors, clocks, teasets – for the eccentric looking to spruce up their home, it’s an absolute dream.
Where are your favourite places to shop vintage in Manchester? Let me know in the comments!