Tigerlilly Quinn: Style in your city - a guide to shopping vintage in Bristol

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Style in your city - a guide to shopping vintage in Bristol


Wearing and shopping for vintage is something I've been doing for about 12 years now. I first fell in love with it when my mum passed down some of her seventies pieces to me as an 18 year old although to be honest I've actually been glad in vintage pieces since I was child. I was raised in charity and flea market clothing as my parents are very thrifty and it wasn't until I was around 15 that I actually started buying clothes that were new. Most of my childhood I was wearing clothes from the sixties and seventies which is probably a blessing considering I was raised in the 80's which wasn't a great time for fashion ;)


I think things used to be a great deal easier when you wanted to buy vintage items as it wasn't considered very 'cool' in the 80's and 90's and so prices were very cheap. I love that owning a piece of vintage clothing probably means you have an item that is one of a kind and also one that tells a story about its previous owners. I love to imagine what the person who used to own its life was like, especially with the 50's and 60's pieces I own.

Whenever we travel I always always stop off at local flea markets and thrift shops and pretty much to tend to pick up at least one item. I think clothes are the perfect souvenir from a trip away. I bought the dress in the last picture of this post from a Paris kilo sale for about five euros!

I thought I would share some of my favourite places to shop vintage in Bristol in case any of you live in the city or are planning visit!


In terms of charity shops your best bet is Gloucester Road. There is actually a dedicated vintage clothing charity shop on the road but other than a typewriter I don't think I've actually bought anything from here as it tends to be on the pricey side and has a bit too many 80's items for my liking. The other charity shops can throw up some real treasures though and I've found a few fisher price items for Wilf as well as the coat I'm wearing below. My favourite shop on Gloucester Road for vintage though is called RePshyco I'm pretty sure I got that top dress from there. You can pick up dresses from around £25 and there is a great selection of cowboy boots and T-shirts as well as homeware upstairs.


When I used to work in Clifton I would pop into the charity shops there and pick up a few vintage gems but I have to admit being the more expensive side of the town the charity shops tend to reflect this also. You can find a really amazing piece but they will probably know it's worth and charge accordingly. I've racked up spending a fair amount that way!

Tom has picked me up a few birthday presents from Loot by the bear pit in Bristol but I'm ashamed to say I've not even visited yet! He also bought me the dress in the third photo down form a charity shop on Park Street which is also home to a few independent shops and BS8 which I believe does sell some vintage items too (although it's been years since I've been in!).

The other place I tend to pick up a few bargains is The Vintage Kilo sale that comes to the city every 3 months or so. I got the second and last piece from there, as a retailer I get to visit a little earlier and pick out items I think would fit my store and I'm desperate to visit their warehouse one day.

It's a bit hard when talking about vintage to be able to share with you guys where you can buy something similar. Clearly with vintage you are unlikely to be able to find the same item but I thought  I would share below some of my favourite highstreet vintage inspired pieces.

edited - Tom reminded me there is also a great vintage shop on Corn Street called Urban Fox and I also remembered that The Bird Cage is a cafe with a vintage selection too! 

We would love it if you wanted to link up and join in with 'Style in your City'. This fortnight we're changing the rules a bit to make easier for you to showcase your city style. We want you to hunt down what catches your eye and shouts style to you. We'll pick be showcasing our favourites on our blogs each fortnight.

Last week I loved this post from The Owl and the Accordion 

My favourite IG picture was from Lapin Blu here (you can find her blog here)

We're running this as a bi-weekly feature and you don't have to have a blog to join in or live in a bustling city for that matter, simply use the hashtag #styleinyourcity on twitter and/or IG with a photo and tag @wildandgrizzly and @tigerlillyquinn.

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Thanks so much to everyone who linked up over the last two weeks, if you fancy linking up you can do so below, the next link up will be in two weeks time.


28 comments:

Eleanor Willock said...

Would recommend Rhubarb Jumble on North Street too, it's pretty recent and has some excellent stuff, particularly coats and men's ties actually, I got D a lovely Liberty one there for Christmas

Kizzy said...

I love you fashion choices, wish I was a bit braver to extend my style

fritha strickland said...

oh yes! I popped in there for all of 5 minutes once with a tired toddler and thought 'I must come back here!' a reminder to, thanks! x

Keri-Anne said...

My favourite thing to do is go around charity and vintage stores. I love finding one offs and bargains!! P.s you look so purdy in that first picture ;) xxx

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

I love Urban Fox, went in there the other day but both kids were kicking off so plan to go back without them ;) Also want to check out the vintage kilo sale, meant to go last time but missed it for some reason. I hate the charity shops that claim to sell 'vintage' clothes, they are always SO overpriced and I've never found anything I like in them. Much more fun to find hidden gems in normal charity shops! Great post :) x

Alison Perry said...

Love all of these buys above. I'm TERRIBLE at buying second hand. I walk into a shop, get overwhelmed by the choice (and my brain can't compute that there aren't different sizes in things ;) ) and then leave empty handed. Sounds like you have loads of choice in Bristol.

Phoebe Thomas said...

I love your look and it's so different from anything you see in France, especially on the Riviera where vintage isn't really done!

daisychaindream said...

I love Loot for a browse, it's worth a visit soon!

Alice J-T said...

I love all your vintage dresses Fritha, you always look so beautiful in colour. I need to pay a visit to Bristol for a vintage browse x

hannah staveley said...

They all look amazing on you but I could not pull them off.

angela said...

I adore vintage but I cant pull it off :( you look fab! x

Mari said...

Wow some gorgeous finds there especially the bright yellow outfit, I'd snap that up in a shot

sarah-louise kimmer said...

So love your sense of style...you rock it! Thanks for sharing my shot - it was so fun! Hope to catch up with you sometime soon x (ps laBin? ;0) xxx

Jaime Oliver said...

I would love to sort my wardrobe out and start from scratch with vintage .. although I wouldn't know where to start!

fritha strickland said...

haha whoops sorry about that! and yes that would be lovely! xx

Louisa said...

I love vintage but it doesn't like me, I can't quite carry it off with but I would love to update some retro clothes to suit me more.

lisa prince said...

oh you do have a lovely wardrobe of clothes

Michelle Ordever said...

Vintage suits you to a T! I've heard that 70s fashion is coming back this season (how true that is, I don't know) but I aim to rock it if I can!! x

Katie Albury said...

You definitely have an eye for gorgeous vintage looks...my wardrobe would look so dark and miserable next to yours. I really do need to inject some life and colour into my style! x

Vaichin@RamblingThroughParenth said...

Loving all the outfits, the blue ensemble in particular.

Boo Roo and Tigger Too said...

I love your style, you really have an eye for the perfect vintage look

Globalmouse said...

I love your striped colourful dress - it's gorgeous and what a bargain. Bristol really does have some great places!

Kara said...

We have a new charity shop open by us and I have found some lovely vintage bargains

Beautyqueenuk said...

You always look fabulous in whatever you wear, im slightly envious that everything seems to suit you x

Adele Jarrett-Kerr said...

Ooh, would have to recommend Nanny Freddie's Attic over in Avonmouth of all places. I was shocked to see it there as it's just not what you expect to find in Avonmouth but I'm utterly addicted. Have just bought a full stoneware service for very little. Fantastic finds at truly amazing prices.

Wild & Grizzly said...

It's always good to find places to grab some vintage delight! X

emmaand3 said...

There are some great ideas there.

Clare Nicholas said...

I never seem to find anything exciting like these. You look fabulous

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