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Best places to shop vintage in Bucks & Oxon

Shop sustainably in style with our pick of the 10 coolest vintage shops in Bucks & Oxon for uncovering unique hidden gems. Ready, steady, shop!

OXFORDSHIRE

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.

Unicorn, Oxford

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?

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.

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

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 Herve Ledger bandage dress and white Prada mules) alongside curated vintage pieces. You can book a personal appointment or shop via Instagram for the latest drops.

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.

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.

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2 comments on “Best places to shop vintage in Bucks & Oxon”

  • Christina October 9, 2020

    Another brilliant place to find vintage/ designer clothing is Brockhurst Boutiqe in Chesham.
    https://brockhurstboutique.co.uk/

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  • KP October 9, 2020

    GREAT idea to do a scoop on Vintage – you missed a brilliant one ‘Dare to Dream’ in Princes Risborough – has mostly women’s cloths really well selected and some men’s classics (tweed jackets and very cool ties) and some other things I can never resist – silk scarves and funky handbags – all super quality controlled and actually measured so that the ‘size’ on the tag (a 1970s size 12 is not what it would be today!) is a much more accurate guide to if it is going to fit you or not. Has amazing gowns/maxi dresses and blouses through to tailored jackets and LBD options..

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