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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.
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
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
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.
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