Tried & Tested: Vintage shopping on Oxford Street Britain’s most famous shopping mile is a must for all high street lovers. But what about vintage? Are there any hidden vintage gems to be found somewhere between Selfridges and Mango? QueensofVintage.com has braved the hordes of tourists and Christmas shoppers to find out for you. Maybe the second Saturday in December isn’t the best of days to head down Oxford Street. In preparation for Christmas the whole area has been closed off to traffic, but instead of tranquil pedestrians, crowds of willing, credit card wielding shoppers are roaming the streets. I’m beginning to think the credit crunch is a sinister marketing ploy invented by the retail industry to start the sales early! The first shop I decide to check out is Urban Outfitters, which has a whole section dedicated to vintage on the second floor. I love the great selection of vintage shoes, and spot some lovely white courts and brown leather riding boots, both in excellent condition. Although there are no vintage clothes, Urban Outfitters offer a range called ‘Renewal’ which consists of limited edition, one-of-a-kind clothes that have been handcrafted from vintage, dead stock and surplus materials sourced from rag mills around the world. Their renewal tuxedo dress (on sale for £39.99) looks amazing. The range is also available online. 3 Responses Antonia B December 30th, 2009 This is brilliant, thanks Lena! I am only just getting into vintage shopping (despite being really into vintage stuff as a child – there used to be amazing flea markets in Bath!). So I’m taking myself off today to the places you’ve written about. Especially excited about Beyond Retro – I may even go to both of their stores today! Thanks again x Reply Lena December 30th, 2009 Happy vintage shopping! Do let us know how you got on! Reply Antonia B January 4th, 2010 Ooh I had a lovely day out visiting these three places. I found Beyond Retro a little overwhelming as they have really crammed the place full. I think it’s definitely worth checking for fantastic coats and a small selection of rather special cocktail dresses (mainly 60s I think). Marshmallow Mountain had beautiful stock, but a little too modern for me – they seem to have some rather glamorous 70s/80s pieces. So I went up to Stromboli’s Circus upstairs in Kingly Court – and I think that’s the place for me! Lovely large and spacious shop floor and with lovingly hand-picked clothes and household prettiness. Luke at Stromboli’s is also very friendly, explaining that he sources British pieces, Marshmallow Mountain is all American, and Beyond Retro, all Canadian (that’d explain all the French labels!). Unfortunately the two coats and 1940s dress I attempted to try on were all too little.. But I did buy a cute little black, wool wrap over cardigan with Marabou trim for £15! I’m new to this site and so inspired and excited by all the wonderful articles. Thanks so much x Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.