Finding that perfect bargain is always a day-maker, even if it’s not strictly necessary. From coveted designer wares and antique treasures to unconventional knick-knacks and handy contraptions, the world is a collector’s oyster. So that you can find that diamond in the rough, Culture Trip has searched high and low to unearth Edinburgh’s best car boot sales and second hand vintage fairs. Happy rummaging!
Edinburgh’s Car Boot Sale
Epic and enticing, Edinburgh’s Car Boot Sale and market runs every Saturday and Sunday at the Corn Exchange from February to November. Over 150 spaces make this beauty a prime spot to channel your inner bargain hunter come rain or shine.
Out Of The Blue Flea Market
A Spoonful Of Vintage
Less of a spoonful and more of a bucket-load, A Spoonful Of Vintage is a retro-enthusiast’s dream. Organised by The Vintage Vendors, each and every item is specially selected, resulting in numerous gems each screaming ‘pick me’. From ceramics and home wares to furniture, fashion, and accessories from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, expect to leave looking like a smug movie siren dripping in jewels and fabulous finds. These markets are seasonal, so keep your ears to the ground for the next event.
Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Memorable and magnetic, Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair is one of the best and largest vintage markets in the UK. Filled to the brim with affordable vintage traders, this one is absolutely worth a rummage. From just-in stock and the best of vintage fashion to exquisite accessories, menswear, home ware, hair, beauty and more, the Affordable Vintage Fair is less a diamond in the rough and more stand-out-from the crowd kind of glistening.
Brought to Edinburgh by the same wonders behind local festival Linkylea, Betty’s Boutique is a pop up shop with all the trimmings. In Betty’s case, the trimmings include a whole host of guest artists, DJs and musicians — and that’s on top of the hand-picked showcase of vintage clothes spanning across all eras. Whether effortlessly cool, glitzy, or rock star, this is where to find those dynamite picks. Oh, and don’t be surprised if you stumble across a secret shindig — these guys know how to party, while looking the epitome of fabulous of course.
Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair
Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair casts a spell over everyone who enters. This award-winning fair tours over 40 cities across the UK with the crème de la crème of vintage traders. This epic entourage also comes complete with a pop up hair and beauty salon and vintage tea party sporting uncounted cakes. The real treats, however, are the endless stalls of vintage and retro clothes, jewellery, home ware and collectables. Unsurprisingly, this fair has been deemed the ‘Best Vintage Fair’ at The National Vintage Awards for three years running.
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