The Best Vintage Shops in Birmingham, UK

Browsing a vintage clothes rack
Browsing a vintage clothes rack | © Joseph Brent/Flickr

Freelance Travel and Music Writer

Vintage clothing is all the range and in Birmingham there are a cluster of stores specialising in anything from 1920s garments through to 1980s and even early 1990s attire. Read on for the best vintage shops in the UK’s second city.

1. Gingermegs Vintage

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Gingermegs is a boutique vintage shop based in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. Stocking a specialist selection of affordable clothes and accessories, Gingermegs Vintage offers an array of items including vintage wedding dresses, 1950s costume jewellery and 1940s coats; making it one of the best stores of its kind in Birmingham.

2. Cow Vintage

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Cow vintage Warehouse, Digbeth, Birmingham
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Located in a large warehouse in the heart of Digbeth, Cow has been a mainstay in Birmingham for as long as we can remember. Selling a range of men’s and women’s clothes, bags, hats, belts and just about everything in between, Cow is a definite recommendation for a central vintage shop with character.

3. Off the Scale

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Situated opposite the popular York Road in the southern suburb of Kings Heath, Off the Scale is a vintage shop with a unique twist. Using the store to raise awareness towards the stigmas surrounding mental health – in particular, depression – Off the Scale is a not-for-profit organisation which helps relevant charities and organisations. While its permanent home is on York Road, they also have a mobile bus which pops up at local events, universities and colleges to continue spreading the word.

4. Top Banana

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Pair of Levis jeans
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Also on York Road is Top Banana, an intimate vintage shop specialising in some of the best clothing about. The cosy store specialises in Grade A clothes and is just a stone’s throw away from popular haunts the Hare & Hounds and Cherry Reds, making it a must-visit when popping to Kings Heath for a gig or a catch-up with friends.

5. Urban Village

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Based in Digbeth, Urban Village are proud purveyors of some of the finest vintage clothing the city of Birmingham has to offer. Despite being primarily known for their vintage clothes, they’re also known to buy and sell anything from records and furniture, all the way through to scooters and cars. Check out their new store on Bowyer Street which is open on Fridays and Saturdays.

6. Vintage Hideaway

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Browsing a vintage clothes rack
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Situated in the student paradise that is Selly Oak is Vintage Hideaway, a small but loved vintage boutique. Owned by a self-confessed ‘hoarder’, this small but treasure cove-like store is always great for unearthing clothing gems. Vintage Hideaway also offers services like polishing and hand-stripping of unique furniture.

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