Never turn up in the same outfit – top vintage stops in the UK!

The fear is always present – turning up to an event in the same outfit as your friend (or even worse: somebody you don’t like!)

Friends often have similar taste in clothes and you’re probably sick of being in an uncomfortable WhatsApp group centred around not wearing the same outfit.

The question is: how is this situation avoided? Custom designer pieces are exceptionally expensive and with the cost of everyday living on the increase, it’s pricey to be unique.

Vintage shops are the perfect way to avoid the awkward moment of turning up to a party in the same Topshop outfit as four other people whilst also (usually) being affordable.

Here are some of the best vintage shopping locations in the UK:


Northern Quarter is a hotspot for vintage shops! Surrounded by edgy eateries and record shops, this is one of the best areas in the U.K for unique pieces.

Check out Afflecks, previously a department store, now an indoor market full of dozens of independent stores and vintage shops.

Bristol: There’re three places to go in Bristol for vintage clothes: the city centre, Gloucester Road and the West End. Purchase a bargain in the £5 bucket at “Loot Vintage” or if you’re looking for an extra special outfit, Urban Fox (a little more expensive) is home to the best vintage finds in the area.

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At the foot of Edinburgh Castle lays the Grassmarket – home to a selection of upmarket vintage shops, cute bars and nice eateries.

Although more expensive than most vintage shops, W.Armstrong & Son is a must see vintage spot and not just a store – an experience.

Birmingham: Spread out across the city, a handful of exceptional vintage stores in Birmingham are housed in tiny boutiques to large empty warehouses. The shops may take a little longer to explore but there’s lots of bargains. Credit Crunchers vintage is not the prettiest store around but if you have time to look there’s suede jackets as low as £3.

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Last day to get your clothing at £5 per kilo so make sure if your shopping in Birmingham to pop in and have a look

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Significantly smaller than the other cities, Newcastle still has a lot to offer in the vintage realm from The Yesterday Society located in Grainger Market (surrounded by tasty food vendors) to the more stylised imported American clothing of Flip Vintage.

The noteworthy local favourite is Retro, which is a mix of old and newer vintage items and coincidentally located opposite Pleased to Meet You, a chic gin bar.

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If you’re planning a trip to any of these shopping locations make sure you save money by booking cheap train tickets at