Totally Vintage Brighton
We’re all still crazy for vintage and retro. Kirstie Allsopp has re-fired our passion with her new TV series, but even before that we’ve had a love of all things old, up-cycled and things which have a history.
Why do we love vintage stuff so much? Grayson Perry in his brilliant tv documentary suggested it’s become a middle class obsession with things that offer the security of the past and we want to be unique. And it’s true.
Well, everyone loves a bit of nostalgia don’t they? It does give you a warm, comfortable feeling , but let’s be honest, some of the furniture, fabrics, objects and clothes of the past just look great and were made well. We might have been all sucked into this incredible selling power of nostalgia, but you know what, we like it!
Brighton especially loves vintage and retro.( I think we’re all a tiny bit obsessed with it here…) Our houses are old, it’s not a new build town, so we like having vintage things in them because it suits the style. There are loads of shops selling vintage and retro furniture and objects in Brighton and Hove.
And it’s not just furniture, there are great vintage and retro fashion shops. Brightonians are well known for not being afraid to wear whatever they feel like without anyone batting an eye. So where better to shop for quirky vintage and retro pieces than here?
If you’re creating a home and you want to find lots of unique and original pieces for it, why not come down to Brighton for a weekend of browsing and buying?
Stay in comfort in a self catering apartment like Rock Apartment and get some style inspiration. A lot of the furniture and object d’art in this apartment has been bought in local shops.
*This is in the Kemp town district of Brighton which has great quality vintage furniture shops. Take a look at these shops while you’re there…*
*Brighton Flea Market:* a great emporium with furniture, ornaments, lamps, retro textiles..you name it, and from all eras.
*Kemp Town Trading Post:* a whole range of stalls from different sellers with upcycled, original retro and period pieces…even vintage clothes.
*Room Service:* specialists in 20th century furniture, lighting, objects and art
*Metro Deco:* Art Deco specialists and a beautiful Parisian style tea room too. Perfect for a cream tea after all that browsing!
*In Retro Spect:* great for original and reproduction retro
*Vintiques:* owned and run by Mark Stacey from BBC’s Bargain Hunt. This has antiques, vintage and retro, too.
*Alex MacArthur:* antiques and interiors with the emphasis on the dramatic and decadent. Fabulous for Steampunk interiors. Quirky objects from 17th century ecclesiastical to 20th century industrial.
Other great shops in the same road are Room Service, Ad-Vintage, All Eras, Paros Antiques and Corner. At least a day’s browsing in all of those!
Why not have a girls’ vintage clothes shopping weekend?
In central Brighton the North Laines is the place to go where there are many vintage/retro shops. Browsing the Laines will take all day and there are great restaurants and cafes there too.
Not to be missed, every Sunday at the Corn exchange in Brighton there’s “Frock me!”. A vintage fashion fair from 11am to 5.30pm, in the heart of Brighton with over 70 fashion experts selling their hand-picked and re-worked wares.
In addition, here is a selection of some of the vintage shops in Brighton’s North Laines.
*Beyond Retro:* A large warehouse-style store full of on-trend vintage garments
*Bobby Sox Vintage:* Hand picked vintage clothing and accessories
*Dirty Harry:* American style vintage clothes
*Green Brick:* Vintage labels from Chloe, Marc Jacobs etc
*Hope and Harlequin:* Vintage clothes and wedding dresses, evening wear, interior items
*Immediate*: Mod vintage, caters of Indie kids, punks
*The Mod Shop:* New clothes for the new Mod.
*Loot:* Two floors of vintage clothes for men and women plus home items
*Snoopers Paradise:* A definite must visit, huge emporium of clothes, furniture and vintage/retro items
*Nanadobbie:* Perfect if you love a 70’s/ Scandinavian look. Scandinavian ceramics/glass, 1970s furniture, industrial and upcycled .
*Starfish:* Vintage clothing from the 1940s onwards.
*To Be Worn Again:* Biggest vintage clothing shop in Brighton.
*Tramp:* Vintage boutique, classy vintage
*Wolf and Gypsy:* Vintage clothes and named Britain’s best vintage shop by Company magazine.
I could go on and on! This is just a taste of what’s on offer in Brighton and there’s just as much in Hove! You could book a weekend away in Albert Mansions which is in Church Road, Hove yet still close to central Brighton and also close to vintage stores.
All over Brighton and Hove there are great shops where the owners are passionate about vintage!
Thinking about it, a weekend probably isn’t long enough! There are great mid-week Monday-Friday deals with Brighton Holiday Homes, so you can save money and have even more to spend on those must-have items! You might want to think about hiring a van so you can get it all home, too…
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