Advantage In Vintage: Today I’m going to let you in on a few places around Britain I LOVE to go to to for vintage that perhaps aren’t quite where you would expect.

As someone who has spent time living in London, Hampshire and Yorkshire, I am privileged that I can offer a wide variety of places to visit too.

First off is Montpellier Mews in Harrogate (not to be confused with Montpellier Antiques which is right next to it!) Tucked away inside here are an amazing array of dealers. My favourite has to be Elegant Era. The lady who runs it stocks an amazing range of high quality clothes and accessories mostly from the Forties and Fifties. Last winter I remember her having THE best Lilli Ann suit. Elegant Era is a great place to go for the fuller figured lady. The owner tends to stock pieces mostly in the 12+ size range.

Also tucked inside Montpellier Mews is another trader (she has her area right outside Elegant Era), which stocks an amazing array of vintage jewellery and handbags. If you are looking for reasonably priced real-skin handbags she is your go to lady! I got my favourite Thirties ostrich skin clutch from her for just £30!

Montpellier Mews Antiques Market, 11 Montpellier Street, Harrogate, HG1 2TQ

Still in Yorkshire is York Antiques Centre. Head downstairs for the vintage clothes area. I find here prices are always reasonable (and sometimes you can pick up serious bargains). I bought an amazingThirties devore jacket there last year for just £18.

The Antiques Centre York, 41 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AW

Heading down south, one of my favourite places to visit has to be Salisbury Antiques Market. Here there are a few traders who have vintage clothing although the highlight has to be Rose who trades upstairs. She always has a wide variety of vintage Vogue magazines and mid-century clothes at incredibly reasonable prices. I purchased one of my favourite Horrockses dresses from her earlier in the year for £50.

37 Catherine Street Salisbury, SP1 2DH

Bath is another of my favourite places for vintage hunting. Filled with amazing vintage shops I stumbled across the Bartlett Street Antiques Centre by accident after coming out of the Costume Museum on my most recent visit. Head downstairs for amazing vintage jewellery and also a small selection of vintage and also antique clothing.

8 Bartlett Street, Bath BA1 2QZ

I’ve always found the vintage scene a little lacking where I come from (Sutton in Surrey/Greater London). Although head to Kingston-upon-Thames and there are treats to be found. My highlight is Kingston Antiques Centre, which in the past two years or so has really stepped up on its vintage offerings. A number of the traders here sell vintage clothing and accessories. My tip is to REALLY rummage. Over the summer I picked up a stunning Fifties silk scarf for just £2 here!

29 Old London Road, Town Centre, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6ND

Advantage In Vintage is Liz Tregenza, a vintage collector and fashion historian.
Not only does Liz love vintage but also the social history connected to the clothes.
Liz primarily collects garments from the Forties and Fifties and has a passion for novelty print text

 

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