The Best Places to Go Vintage Shopping in York

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Photo of Emma Lavelle
9 November 2017

York is one of the best cities in the UK for vintage shopping, with plenty of excellent thrift stores complementing its abundance of antique shops. Whether you’re after retro threads, vintage wedding gowns or rare designer garments, these are the destinations to add to your York address book.

Bowler Vintage

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One of the best known vintage shops in York, Bowler Vintage has literally doubled in size since first opening its doors back in 2008. After just a few years, the store relocated from its original tiny premises to a two-storey building packed full of men’s and women’s retro clothing. You’ll find everything from rare vintage gems to reproduction vintage dresses, sourced and reworked by Bowler’s expert team.

Dog & Bone

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Nic Barker begun his vintage-selling career by purchasing and touting retro finds on the internet, before setting up a market stall and eventually opening Dog & Bone in 2013. The shop is testament to Nic’s love of all things vintage, with homeware and lifestyle products expertly curated and artfully presented across two large floors. There’s something for everyone here with a great selection of affordable gifts positioned alongside one-of-a-kind vintage party frocks.

Expressions Clothing

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A York institution, Expressions is one of the first places to head to if you’re in search of unique retro clothing. The store stocks a wide array of vintage and reproduction dresses and accessories, but it’s their rare selection of American sportswear pieces that have really made its name. If you’re looking for American football, baseball and basketball jerseys, this is the place to head.

Priestley’s Vintage

Looking for something glamorous? Make Priestley’s your first port of call to discover an eclectic array of luxurious vintage evening wear, perfect for special occasions. You’ll find everything from retro Burberry trench coats to sparkling costume jewellery with a selection of silk, lace and lamé party dresses vying for your attention.

Priestley’s Vintage, 11 Grape Ln, York, UK +44 1904 631565

Vintage Emporium

Although the Vintage Emporium specialises in antique homeware and furniture, they also stock an impressive selection of retro clothing and accessories. There’s no sign of anything post 1970s here; instead you’ll discover a carefully curated collection of dresses, jewellery and handbags mostly dating from the thirties to the sixties.

Vintage Emporium, 18 Fishergate, York, UK +44 1904 619899

Glory Days Vintage

If you’re searching for a unique wedding dress, head to Glory Days to peruse their collection of vintage wedding gowns. Alongside the original vintage dresses you’ll also discover a selection of replicas that reference every style of wedding from rock ‘n’ roll brides to Art Deco influences. There’s also a capsule collection of vintage knitwear, outerwear and accessories to complete your look.

Glory Days Vintage, 3rd Floor, Cromwell House, 31 Micklegate, York, UK +44 1904 652892

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York Antiques Centre

Don’t write York’s antique centre off as just a place to find knick-knacks; there’s a small room on the bottom floor filled with piles of retro clothes and accessories that are incredibly well priced. You’ll have to be prepared to rummage, but your efforts are sure to be rewarded with the discovery of one or two vintage gems.

York Antiques Centre, 41 Stonegate, York +44 1904 635888

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