800 years since it was given the freedom to govern itself, York’s rich history and heritage makes it one of the most popular places to visit in the UK. Known for its Viking, Roman and Medieval past, the city also has a surprising amount of more recent history, not to mention a top notch selection of vintage shops. Here’s our definitive guide to all things vintage in York.

Where to shop


York Market (on during weekends) features a few vintage stalls. Expect jam-packed rails full of Fifties to Eighties dresses, coats, blouses and jackets.  It’s absolutely worth a rummage, dresses start at £15 and you could pick up a Sixties pussy bow blouse for as little as £5.

The Banana Warehouse is Yorkshire’s biggest second-hand furniture shop. The tightly packed warehouse is  stacked to the ceiling with furniture, household appliances and all sorts of house clearance bargains. This is definitely more second-hand than vintage and the rows and rows of stuff can be fairly overwhelming. Still, if rummaging is your thing, you might unearth a gem for just a few pounds.

Deep calls itself a vintage superstore, which is somewhat misleading given there is hardly any worthy vintage on sale here. While you might find trend-lead pieces such as vintage denim jackets or Eighties bags, most of the shop is filled with Deep’s own repro-clothing label. A good alternative to on-trend highstreet shops but don’t expect to find any authentic period looks here.

Medium price-range

Purple Haze stocks a mixture of vintage and vintage-repro clothing, mainly from the Fifties to the late Eighties. While the vintage clothing isn’t cheap and largely focuses on on-trend pieces – think cut-off denim shorts – the selection of accessories is truly great. The vintage bags, suitcases, sunglasses, scarves and hats from all decades are often in mint condition and excellently priced.

If you are a vintage-bride to be you will love Glory Days. The shop specialises in bridalwear and stocks an exquisite selection of wedding dresses from the Forties to the Eighties as well as a few reproduction pieces. However, aside from the bridal boutique there is also a room full of wonderful vintage pieces, from Fifties prom dresses to Seventies Jean Varon frocks.

The Vintage Emporium (below) is easily our favourite vintage shop in York. Owner Keeley has an amazing eye for one-off finds and the three rooms of her shop are filled with high-quality vintage treasures. From Art deco tea sets to Sixties storage jugs, to Fifties sewing patterns and Ercol furniture you are bound to find something for your home here. And have we mentioned the clothes? Exquisite Forties tea dresses, Fifties  frocks and Seventies chiffon dreams sit alongside mint accessories and an impressive menswear section. There’s even a little bridal boutique at the back. This shop alone makes a trip to York worthwhile!


The Antiques Centre York spreads over three floors selling wonderful antiques pieces as well as a few vintage items. There is a surprisingly cheap vintage fashion room in the basement, which is well worth a look for its bargain bucket of handbags and hats. Otherwise expect to pay premium prices for premium antique pieces. Even if the majority of items are beyond your budget, it’s great fun to have a snoop around.

Priestley’s is chock-a-block full of great condition vintage pieces from Thirties fur stoles to Sixties Ossie Clarks and Fifties ball gowns. It’s also sadly incredibly expensive – we’d go as far as saying so overpriced it makes some of London’s most pricy designer vintage boutiques look positively affordable.



If you should get bored of vintage shops  you can always hop on a bus and go to the York Designer Outlet. It does exactly what the name suggests, bringing together lots of designer brands at up to 60% off. Retro-loving guys might be interested in checking out the well-stocked Fred Perry and Ben Sherman stores.

Read on for our tips on where to eat & drink!


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  1. Numi Solomons

    Hi There,
    Good article.Great to see more vintage shops in York.We are 40 miles from York in Whitby, and The Stonehouse Emporium is a must see destination for retro lovers.We have just added a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/thestonehouseemporium, so that we can update fans daily on items as they arrive, and before they are put on the website.Like us for 10% discount in store, or on line.