Edinburgh’s Coolest Vintage and Secondhand Markets

Vintage Market | © Eddy Milfort/Flickr
Vintage Market | © Eddy Milfort/Flickr
Photo of Tori Chalmers
22 March 2017

The Scots are no strangers to style. Whether strutting down Princes Street or parading around Stockbridge, Edinburgh can at times resemble a full-blown fashion show. Admiring the wondrous fusion of old and new trends, as well as off-kilter styles, never wears off. Dress to impress and save those pennies with our guide to Edinburgh’s coolest vintage and second hand markets.

Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair

Beauty Salon, Market
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Always stealing the show, Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair is less of a market and more of a pre-loved retro playground. This famous travelling fair has taken the bejeweled crown three times in a row for the ‘Best Vintage Fair’ in the UK. Enough said! Saunter around 40 stalls of all things vintage, rummage through the kitschy collectables and retro homeware, and prepare for extreme pampering at the vintage beauty salon. Always situated in the striking Assembly Rooms, the cherry on top is the live entertainment on stage to set the scene.

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair

Verging on totally overwhelming, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair ticks every box. Picture tribes of trusty vintage traders showcasing an ocean of vintage finds from men and womens’ fashion and accessories, to homewares, and hair and beauty. With each fair comes a new season of stock featuring desirable wares from the most memorable decades at insanely sexy prices. Prepare for the rummage of all bargain rummages!

Assembly Rooms, 54 George St, Edinburgh, Scotland

Out Of The Blue Drill Hall

Art Gallery, Concert Hall, Building
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If you consider yourself a rummaging machine or antique aficionado, then Out Of The Blue Drill Hall Flea Market was made for you. This flea market is a happy place when on a mission of unearthing hidden gems. Reserve your Saturdays and scan the 50 stalls for secondhand treasures. The mixture of rare antique finds, pre-loved goodies and delicious eats at the Drill Hall Café, amalgamate to a triumphant trifecta.

Betty’s Big Boutique

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Keep all eyes peeled for sporadic events involved with Betty’s Big Boutique — a pop up shop with prowess. Elusive yet legendary, when such shindigs do arise, they are worth attending. From secondhand wacky attire and retro statement pieces to classy glad rags, it’s not uncommon to find all odds and sods. Adding an extra dose of excitement to the already entertaining mix, Betty’s Big Boutique is home to various guest artists and DJs.

A Spoonful Of Vintage

A Spoonful of Vintage offers a series of seasonal vintage fairs destined to whet the sartorial appetite of those with a fondness for all things pre-loved. The selection, which includes a range of expertly picked and meticulously curated homewares, furniture, fashion and accessories, lends itself to those with a discerning eye for fabulous finds. Whether funky 1970s disco queen, dashing 1920s debonair or ravishing 1960s siren, there’s enough class and sass at these fairs for all the great decades.

Stockbridge Church, 7b Saxe Coburg St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 332 0122


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A momentous ordeal, Scotfairs organises the best antique, vintage and collectors fairs held across Scotland. With four monthly venues (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Ayr) and 48 annual events, there’s a whole lotta love. The fairs feature specialist items, exclusive antiques, coveted collectables and a ton of randoms span from copper and brass to football memorabilia, books, estate jewellery, coins, stamps, furniture and more. Those eager to dabble in dealer shenanigans can learn a trick or two while having their antique, vintage or pre-loved treasures valuated.

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