Bristol is full of thrift shops, vintage stores, charity shops, flea markets and car boot sales – some 151 vintage and charity shops and 10 flea markets and car boot sales to be exact. In fact, we have a whole culture of thrifters living right here in the city – lovers of all things second-hand instead of buying new.
And a new study has even revealed that Bristol is among the top five best UK cities for thrift shopping – losing out only to London, Liverpool, Birmingham and Glasgow. That means that it’s actually the thriftiest place in the south west.
The new study, from Betway, used data from Yelp to take cities around the world and search for thrift shops, vintage stores, charity shops, flea markets and car boot sales in each city, combining them to give a total figure. In the final list of ‘The Thrifting Capitals’ of the UK, Bristol came fifth with a total score of 161.
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The city has a long association with the subculture scene, so the 161 shops and markets are never short of customers, here. So we thought we’d shine a light on some of our favorite and must-visit thrifty places in Bristol…
The Vintage Thrift Store
Where: Park Street
The Vintage Thrift Store on Bristol’s Park Street is full of unique handpicked vintage and reworked items, with hundreds of new items added each day. Opening times are 10:30am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday.
Beyond Retro is situated in the heart of Bristol’s Shopping Quarter in Broadmead and is packed with some 10,000 one-off wonders – from street-style staples to retro rarities. The store also offers the ‘Beyond Retro Exchange programme’ which allows customers to exchange their old pre-loved pieces to help solve the problem of fashion waste.
They even have an online store, too.
Treasure Stokes Croft
Where: Stokes Croft
Treasure Stokes Croft is a boutique charity shop and community hub raising money for the local area. Selling hand-picked donated clothing, shoes and accessories, it also sells handmade items created by the women who work and volunteer at the shop.
What’s more, all of the money raised goes into a ‘Treasure Chest Fund’ that can be applied to by people and projects in the Stokes Croft area, feeding resources into the local community – so far it has funded murals by local artists, educational projects with young people and even a literature festival.
Where: St Nick’s Market, Corn Street
Urban Fox sells a range of vintage and retro clothing and accessories, in the heart of one of the oldest parts of the city. The shop itself is situated in a Grade II listed building, opposite the registry office and opening times are 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 4pm on Sundays.
Where: Park Street
Uncle Sam’s is a vintage clothing store (boasting a jukebox and vintage decor) selling a range of US attire – from Western shirts, varsity jackets, biker jackets, pattern shirts, Hawaiian shirts, denim belts, bandanas, footwear and more. Opening times are 12pm – 6pm, Monday to Friday, 11am – 6pm on Saturday and 12pm – 5pm on Sunday.
Where: Gloucester Road
RePsycho is an independent vintage clothing, homeware and electronics retailer on Gloucester Road. Its stock includes clothing from decades gone by, as well as new garments and homewares and new additions are added almost every day.
Where: Stokes Croft
The Vintage Market in Stokes Croft is an Aladdin’s cave of pre-loved retro, vintage, antique toys, art, furniture, vinyl, CDs, DVDs, taxidermy, clothing, watches, jewelery and even upcycled furniture. It’s usually closed Monday to Wednesday, reopening at 10am to 6pm (Thursday to Saturday) and 11am – 5pm on Sunday. Sadly, this market (which is overseen by LoveBristol church and charity) will be closing for good in July.
Where: Old Market
Bristol Vintage stocks a wide range of vintage items, antiques and collectibles – from homewares to garden accessories and more. Open all week between 10am – 6pm its full of treasures, making it a hotspot for thrifters from in and around the city.
Where: Haymarket Walk
Loot Vintage sources its products from as far as New York, LA, Berlin and Paris and boasts 6,000 items online and an additional 200 new pieces added every week. Opening times for their Bristol store (they also have a store in London) are 10:30am – 6pm (Monday to Saturday) and 11am – 5pm (Sundays and Bank holidays).
Where: Cheltenham Road
Fabulous Vintage sells affordable vintage and retro clothing, as well as accessories from its store on Cheltenham Road. Opening hours are 10am to 6pm (Monday to Saturday) – it’s closed on Sunday.
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