We pick the best stores for vintage fashion in the East of England
Written by Amanda French
Whether it’s a flapper dress from the 20s, a shell suit from the 80s or a 50s handbag which you are hunting for to complete your wardrobe, we’ve rounded up the best shops and fairs across the East of England to help with your hunt. Don’t forget to check out your nearest charity shop too, which are often packed full of vintage fashion bargains for great prices.
Vintage shops in Bedfordshire
Lawson & Lee (http://www.lawsonandlee.co.uk/) is a vintage and retro shop based in Ampthill. With a huge range of vintage hats, jewellery, handbags and clothing, you’ll certainly find a hidden gem here.
This summer, Clapham, near Bedford, is taken over by a huge vintage festival, Twinwood (www.twinwoodevents.com) which not only showcases vintage music with over 60 live acts, but also celebrates classic vehicles and has over 100 vintage stalls and traders, leading to possibly one of the best vintage fashion fairs in the country. So much choice!
Cambridgeshire vintage shops
Jemporium Vintage (www.jemporiumvintage.co.uk) on Burleigh Street in Cambridge stocks everything from Levi’s denim jackets and sweatshirts through to corduroy shirts, suede and silk bomber jackets and cropped t-shirts among many, many other things. With a focus on truly wearable items from the 50s through to the 90s the shop sources affordable fashion items.
On 7 May the Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair arrives at The Cambridge Guildhall (www.judysvintagefair.co.uk/city/cambridge/) with 50 traders selling everything from women’s fashion to men’s suiting, watches to jewellery and everything in between. A treasure trove of vintage fashion, this is a must for any fashionista.
Essex vintage shops and markets
Best Days Vintage (www.bestdaysvintage.co.uk) based in Colchester have picked the very best fashion items from across the world for both men and women. Items are even customised and tailored to make them a unique vintage purchase, transformed for everyday wear. Items can also be purchased through their marketplace on ASOS.
The Curiosity Fair in Saffron Walden (www.thecuriosityfair.co.uk) has events throughout the year showcasing the very best of vintage clothing and homewares, crafts, jewellery and antiques. A great fair for the whole family, there’s also tea and cake as well as face-painting. Something to keep everyone occupied while you shop for the perfect outfit. The next fair takes place 30 April.
Stopping by St Albans to do some shopping? Make sure to pop into The Fleetville Vintage Emporium (www.fleetvillevintage.co.uk). A vintage lover’s dream, this shop is packed with fashion from across the decades, as well as a good selection of homewares and more. Get some extra energy for trying on all the clothes with a visit to their coffee shop for a cup of tea and a slice of cake, all served in vintage china. You can find The Fleetville Vintage Emporium at 221 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL1 4TB.
Barkway Antiques and vintage fair is held regularly in the picturesque village of Barkway in Hertfordshire monthly. Visit www.flapperfortunes.co.uk to find out when the next fairs are running. The fair takes over the small village hall with over 20 stalls and a small tearoom. Discover hidden fashion gems amongst other treasures for the home and garden.
The best places for vintage clothes in Norfolk
Based in Holt, Past Caring (www.pastcaring.net) is a shop and online boutique packed with everything from the early 1800s through to the 1960s. Searching for a Victorian cape or a 1950s cocktail dress? This place has everything. A real Aladdin’s cave for fashionistas.
The Little Vintage Lover Fair (www.littlevintageloverfair.co.uk) is a pop up fair focusing on vintage fashion and homewares and travels to venues around Norfolk throughout the year. The next fair is scheduled for Sunday 8 May at Mannington Hall.
Vintage and antiques fairs in Suffolk
Vintage Angels (www.vintageangelsclothing.co.uk) specialises in vintage and designer clothes for men and women. With stock spans the years from Victorian and Edwardian through to the 90s, there’s something for every era of clothing.
Visit the Clare Antiques Fair (www.clarefair.co.uk) to pick up some vintage fashion bargains. Held regularly at Clare in the heart of Suffolk, find a variety of stalls offering a treasure trove of vintage styles.
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