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10 must-visit places for amazing vintage fashion finds

06/05/2015

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In a world where it's easy to spot at least three people wearing the same high street dresses as you in just one working day (true story), vintage shopping and the promise of a unique find is thriving.

Once considered niche, vintage shops can now be found in towns up and down the country, offering clothing and accessories from yesteryear.

But where to head for the best vintage finds? We asked Visit England to round-up their favourite locations - discover their top 10 picks by clicking through...

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Stroud, Gloucestershire

Nestled away in the Cotswolds, there are plenty of unique buys to be found in Stroud's numerous boutiques which include Time After Time, where Lily Allen has been known to pop in when she's in the area. Also worth checking out is the Shambles market (pictured) for clothing, jewellery and other vintage items.

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Alice Found Treasure, Leeds

Alice Found Treasure is a boutique that sells affordable vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery and homewares alongside handmade pieces thoughtfully created and inspired by classic designs. Proud to provide a bespoke experience without the price tag, a visit to Alice Found Treasure ensures coming away with something exceptional and exclusive. If you can't make it to Leeds, you can also find them on ASOS Marketplace.

Unit 13 The Balcony, The Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7BR

Alice Found Treasure on Facebook

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Afflecks, Manchester

Manchester’s indie emporium of eclecticism, selling everything from top hats to tattoos. A rabbit warren of a building where the trendsetters flock to shop at the 50 independent outlets over five floors; from the best vintage clothing stores to retro sweet shops, they've got it all.

52 Church Street, Manchester M4 1PW

Afflecks.com

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Brighton, East Sussex

Where to start in Brighton? The seaside town is jam-packed with vintage stores in all shapes, sizes and specialities. Here we've selected some of the best...

· The Vintage Workshop

· Peculiar Vintage Jewellery

· Merlin & Ellis

· Snooper’s Attic

· Lavender Room

· Get Cutie

· Hope & Harlequin (pictured)

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Stardust Years, Winchester, Hampshire

Opened in July 2013 by Karen Fitzsimmons and her husband, Gary Nicholson, Stardust Years brings to Winchester the glamour and style of past times – from the Victorian era through to the 1970/80s. "All our clothing and accessories are hand-picked so we can ensure the highest quality of fabric and tailoring," says Karen.

"Not only do we have pieces by Christian Dior, Hardy Amies, Harrods and Hermès, but we also have items from the stores of the day as well as many handmade dresses which reflected the changes in the economic and social climate of the period."

So, is it the quality of the clothing, the comfortable dressing room (with its chair from the QE II cruise ship), or the lovely vintage music in the background that makes this a Winchester “must-visit” shopping destination? “I hope we provide a friendly, relaxed shopping experience where you can browse quietly, research our fashion books or share the memories stirred by our vintage treasures,” says Karen.

3 Walcote Place, Winchester SO23 9AP

Stardustyears.com

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The Custard Factory, Birmingham

Five minutes’ walk from Bullring, at the heart of Birmingham’s creative quarter, you will find the iconic Custard Factory, full of character and urban charm and set in a beautifully restored collection of riverside Victorian factories, in which Alfred Bird once invented and manufactured his instant eggless custard. Among the vintage shops on offer at the Custard Factory are Vintage Hideaway, Gingermegs Vintage and Flamingo Vintage.

Gibb Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B9 4AA

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Wild, Nottingham

Wild is located in Hockley in Nottingham, which is renowned for its large range of vintage and independent boutiques and was recently named by the New York Times as one of the hippest neighbourhoods in the UK.

4-6 Broad Street, Nottingham NG1 3AL

Wild Clothing on Facebook

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St Gregory’s Antiques and Collectors Centre, Norwich

This superb cornucopia of vintage, collectables and antiques is the first place to head to in Norwich if you are looking for a fantastic range of clothes, jewellery, furniture, lifestyle, upcycled items and more offered by over 30 experienced dealers. The venue in itself is fascinating – a 14th century medieval church located in the heart of the Norwich Lanes, Norwich’s trendiest area for independent coffee shops, retailers, eateries, hairdressers, bar, pubs and entertainment venues. Eager shoppers will not be disappointed by the eclectic mix of lovely things on offer. It will take a while to get around as well, so be prepared for a good rummage!

Pottergate, St Gregory's Alley, Norwich, NR2 1ER

St Gregory's Antiques and Collectors Centre on Facebook

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Pop Boutique, Manchester

‘Pop Boutique has been on the block since 1983. The most retro of Manchester’s vintage shops, with clothes from the 60s to the 90’s as well as fashion from the Pop label. They sell all manner of things your everyday vintage junkie might find interesting and are vintage lover’s decorative heaven; there are art deco mirrors, glass cabinets, retro coffee tables, vases and decorative cushions.’

34-36 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JN

Pop-boutique.com

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Cow, Birmingham

Cow is an affordable vintage clothing and accessories retailer, selling handpicked items that are sourced from around the world.

82-85 Digbeth High Street, Birmingham B5 6DY

Wearecow.com

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