Many a fashionista becomes a whirlwind when in a vintage shop. The moment those pre-loved retro finds come into focus, it’s game on. Blink and you may miss them. When it comes to owning some serious fashion game, Glaswegians steal the show, thanks to the variety of fantastic options in store. Whether you are after granddad chic or 70s dance queen, go wild with the best vintage shops in Glasgow.
Starry Starry Night
As scintillating as the constellations painted across the sky, Starry Starry Night is the shooting star of vintage emporiums in Glasgow. Every pre-loved clothing dream comes true here. Located on the quaint cobblestones of Dowanside Lane, this beauty has the full works, including clothes dating back to the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The selection of party dresses scream ‘belle of the ball’ status and the selection of costume jewellery and handbags are on point. Tried and true, this boutique has enchanted Glasgow since 1986.
Starry Starry Night, 19 Dowanside Ln, Glasgow, Scotland +44 141 337 1837
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Mr Ben Retro Clothing
Bursting at the seams with covetable wares, Mr Ben Retro Clothing is a closet worth sifting through. Remember the cartoon Mr Benn? The guy was a fashion king and had a wardrobe suited to every occasion. As if by magic, expect to leave this shop just like him — suited and booted to the nines! A true clothing cabinet of curiosity, this delightful boutique contains rail upon rail of snazzy clothing from every memorable decade. Those with a discerning eye will lap up the occasional designer outfits. You name it, they have it.
Mr Ben Retro Clothing, Kings Court, 101 King St, Glasgow, Scotland +44 141 553 1936
A commendable cause, Glad Rags, a non-profit secondhand shop overflowing with unique vintage pieces, and it is related to The Glad Cafe and The Glad Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping Glasgow’s youth with workshops and music lessons. Bespoke wares reign free amidst an excellent array of shoes and accessories, a testament to the fact that up-cycling holds great significance. Those with an affinity for helping others, who live by the motto ‘waste not want not’, and who live to paint the town red, will be on cloud nine here.
Appropriately named, Glorious is classy to a tee. The inviting Tiffany-blue hues, meticulously organised rails and fab brooch selection will never lose its sparkle. Those who love vintage but can’t stand the arduous task of sifting through kilos of clothes, will be in their element. Imagine a curated playground of high street finds laced with stellar vintage pieces — that’s Glorious.
Glorious, 496 Great Western Rd, Glasgow, Scotland +44 141 357 5662
The Glasgow Vintage Company
The Glasgow Vintage Company, with its impeccably well-picked clothes and splendid layout, is hard to beat. This is the place to find that look-at-me dress, fisherman cardi, Fair Isle knit and adorable children’s pieces. Situated at the West End, expect to come across goods spanning from the 50s all the way to the 80s. The stock appears in abundance, the prices are appealing and the vibe is in a league of its own. A fail-safe vintage treasure trove destined to seduce.
The Glasgow Vintage Company, 453 Great Western Rd, Glasgow, Scotland +44 141 338 6633
The City Retro Vintage Fashion
Vintage lovers can’t help but flock to City Retro like a magpie to a dazzling shiny brooch. The finds, which are irrevocably cool, are always expertly picked. From retro Adidas sprinter shorts and men’s western cowboy boots, to vintage Levi’s denim, and Norwegian jumpers, there’s so much love in one room. Although wonderfully overwhelming, the influx of endorphins that arise when spotting that gem make it totally worthwhile.
The City Retro Vintage Fashion, 41 King St, Glasgow, Scotland +44 141 237 4649
Granny Would Be Proud
Forget granny — your great, great, great, great granny would be bursting with pride over this epic vintage utopia. Once more, she would no doubt be elbowing you out the way to get in there first! In all seriousness, Granny Would Be Proud, an indoor market showcasing finds from the best vintage and retro sellers, is as innovative as it is enticing. The array of wares from the over 250 sellers manifests itself into a wardrobe tailored to turn heads. From vintage and designer, to second hand, home goods, hats, arts and crafts, there truly is something for everyone.
Hillhead Bookclub, 17 Vinicombe St, Glasgow, Scotland +44 141 576 1700
Vintage And Retro Furniture
Who says vintage has to be all clothes and no homeware pieces? If the thought of Ikea cookie cutter furniture makes you shudder, perhaps shake matters up and explore Vintage And Retro Furniture . The selection of furniture includes picks from the 50s, 60s and 70s, and showcases statement pieces capable of transforming a home from drab to drop-dead-gorgeous.
Vintage And Retro Furniture, 569 South St, Glasgow, Scotland +44 7803 235651