Bristol, in South West England, is pretty much a hub of quirky-cool fashion. If you’re into garments from the bygone eras, then you’ve come to the right place — there are loads of thrift stores dotted around the city. In fact, there are so many that knowing where to go could get a little confusing. That’s why we’ve compiled a guide to the 10 best vintage stores that Bristol has to offer.
Along the busy Gloucester Road lies RePyscho, a long-standing store packed to the brim with vintage treasures, from denim to plaid shirts to dresses to footwear. A boutique this is not; be prepared to sift through a lot of items, but you’re guaranteed to find some amazing one-of-a-kind items on your hunt.
85 Gloucester Rd, Bristol, UK, +44 117 983 0007
Having only opened its doors a few years ago, Rhubarb Jumble is fairly new in the secondhand clothing game; however, what it lacks in experience it makes up for with quality. The store feels less thrifty than some of the other vintage stores, with only a few rails displaying cool, retro items — there’s even a selection of homeware!
52 North St, Bristol, UK
In the centre of the city on Corn Street lies Urban Fox. A small secondhand store with a large selection of clothing from all different eras, their range of vintage Levi’s is particularly good — jeans, jackets, shirts, dungarees… you name it, they’ve got it. Expect a great selection of sunglasses, too.
58 Corn St, Bristol, UK
Uncle Sam's American Vintage
Uncle Sam’s American Vintage
Uncle Sam’s is another of these stores that has been around for a while. As one of the more established shops, their range is full of vintage band T-shirts, cool hats, coats and pretty much everything else! With an ideal location halfway up Park Street, this is definitely a good place to spend your afternoon before heading for a spot of lunch.
54A Park Street, Bristol, UK, +44 117 929 8404
More towards the bottom of Park Street lies BS8, a cool, spacious store stocking independent local brands as well as a range of cool vintage items.
34 Park Street, Bristol, UK
Loot pretty much epitomises what Bristol is all about: cool and creative individuals. With a more stripped-back vibe, expect one-off items from all over Europe. The team at the store re-work items to bring them up to date or patch up any signs of wear and tear.
6 Haymarket Walk, Bristol, UK, +44 117 922 0633
Like your vintage designer clothes? You’re guaranteed to like Rag Trade. With an abundance of well-picked, beautiful items wanting a new home, you won’t be short of choice here. You can even trade in your unwanted designer items that have been sitting in your wardrobe from eras gone by!
2 Upper Maudlin St, Bristol, UK, +44 117 376 3085
The Clifton Vintage Boutique
More specifically stocking items from the 1880s to the 1980s, The Clifton Vintage Boutique specialises in women’s, men’s. and children’s clothing, jewellery, vintage bridal accessories, luggage, curtain quilts and so much more.
The Clifton Arcade, Clifton Arcade, 13 Boyce’s Ave, Bristol, UK, +44 7791 671229
Owned by the same team behind Uncle Sam’s, Dustbowl is dedicated specifically to vintage menswear. Think aviator jackets, American sportswear, vintage grooming materials, cool footwear and more.
6, Clifton Arcade, Boyce’s Ave, Bristol, UK, +44 117 973 1091
As well as providing a tailoring service, BettyRae — which sits right in the centre next to the shopping giant which is Cabot Circus — offers a select amount of vintage items including cute tea dresses, vintage 1980s mom jeans, denim jackets and more. There’s even a cute selection of succulents! What more could you want?
9 Fairfax St, Bristol, UK, +44 117 329 3125