Where to Shop Vintage

Where to Shop Vintage

There's nothing quite as fun as the hunt for a great deal at your local flea market. Of course, we are all aware of the great vintage deals that can be found online on platforms such as Depop, Ebay, Asos Marketplace and so on, but the truth is, nothing beats the fun of sifting through antiques and clothes rails to find your perfect and unique piece. In an international city like London, there are all sorts of unique finds to be had and this week, we’ve put together a rundown of some of the best flea markets in the city.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

There’s no question that for the ultimate flea market in London experience, a trip to Camden Market, one of the world’s most famous markets, is a must. You’ll find over 1,000 unique shops, stalls, bars and cafes here as well as a theme park and constant live music on the weekends. This market is a great spot to shop for exclusive homeware selected from Camden Market’s artisans and unique retailers.

When it comes to the best Fashion flea market, nothing can beat the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair. Born in May 2009 in response to the recession, this flea market strives to launch a series of quality vintage fashion, accessories and textile events to suit any taste. Here you can even receive one of the most personalised shopping experiences anywhere, with perks including on-the-spot alterations, personal shoppers and vintage style experts as well as live music to ensure you’re always browsing in comfort. Google when the next market will be and save the date, this one is not to be missed!

We are hearing good things about Walthamstow Vintage Market, where you can expect  items from furniture, reclaimed industrial fixtures, salvaged electricals and lighting, homewares, textiles & vintage clothes, curiosities & collectables, & unexpected oddities. It will be open on Sunday 20th November for as little as £1 entry. Save the date!

In the heart of East London, it would be hard not to mention Brick Lane Vintage Market on this list. Vintage specialists from across the UK and Europe take part in this market, with a range of clothes from as far back as the 1920s up until the 90s. Whether it's glam fur coats, feather capes, vintage bridal wear, men's suits, vinyl records or distinctive accessories, there are bound to be some exciting discoveries to be made for both men and women.

Petticoat Lane Market is smaller in size, but still a great market with stalls that range from clothing, fabrics, accessories and homewares, with plenty of delicious and freshly-made food to be tried while you browse.  This market has a lot of tat- knocked off cheap clothing. Our top tip? There’s way more sellers and unique finds on Sundays!

If you’re looking to make a day out of your flea market browse, then head down to Flea Vinegar Yard at Flat Iron Square and enjoy not only the selection of used and vintage clothing, furniture, ceramics, spectacles, books, magazines and vinyl records but also a food lineup, a taproom, a brewery and fresh garden space to unwind and relax too.

Last but not least, perhaps the world’s best-known street market, if you’re a vintage lover like us, you really need to pay a visit to Portobello Road Market if you haven’t already! Open for business from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 7pm, this is a market where you can thrift some of the most unique finds in London! Drop by and see Frank, he has some of the best vintage! 

 

As Vintage sellers ourselves, we strongly believe that by repurposing someone’s old fashion, we can all make a difference in making the Fashion industry a little bit more circular. Buying second hand is one of the most sustainable ways to purchase new clothes. Why? No new materials or energy is required to make these preloved objects and clothes, meaning buying second hand is a very sustainable alternative to shopping new.

We’ve all spent enough time limiting ourselves to a local charity shop or online, but we strongly believe some of the best finds will always be in street flea markets. So stop making excuses and get out there!

Want to know more about the sustainability of second-hand shopping? Check out our ‘The Benefits of Buying Vintage‘ blog post!

Cherchez La Femme team X

 

 

[information sourced on secretldn.com and timeout.com and vintage-market.co.uk

All images sourced on canva.com]

 

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