Now that it’s the time of year for foraging, we wanted to forage with a twist and share with you some of the amazing second hand options that our beloved Bristol has to offer. There is no occasion too fancy and no fashion trend too obscure for Bristol’s abundant vintage, charity and (what are very affectionately known as) junk shops.

Bristol is full of miniature high streets and pockets of creative and commercial activity, so should you find yourself with a spare couple of hours, you can shop as the locals do and take advantage of some of Bristol’s less obvious places to shop.

When we want a unique accessory for our summer shoot and the actual shoot is in December, we need to think warm thoughts and use our imagination! Luckily we can always ask the wonderfully knowledgeable and endlessly friendly volunteers at our favourite charity shops what they might have in the back. One of the most useful things about charity shops is that you can get things way out of season, they don’t have the same speed obsessed “too late!” attitude of high street retailers.

Childrens Hospice Shop, Park Street, Bristol

Childrens Hospice Shop, Park Street, Bristol

HORFIELD

Take a trip to Horfield which has a great retro clothing shop ‘Fly Boutique’ and some brilliant charity shops including St Peter’s Hospice furniture store and a beautiful reclamation yard that you could blink and miss if you don’t look out for the toy soldiers.

GLOUCESTER ROAD

Further down to the heart of Gloucester Road, you’ll find a wealth of well stocked charity shops often with vintage selections picked out by the clever volunteers who can spot a gem a mile off.
Offering the most vintage glamour is the Clic Sargeant ‘Shop on Gloucester Road’. They have a really good men’s section in there, and you can often find beautiful ceramics and homewares for gifts too.

A few doors down is RePsycho – a full and plentiful vintage clothing shop on the ground floor, but the smart ones also head upstairs to the amazing furniture and homewares floor stocking some amazing pieces. It’s difficult not to leave without a new lamp!

Childrens Hospice Shop, Park Street, Bristol

SOUTH BRISTOL

North Street and nearby East Street both have an abundance of good quality charity shops. If it’s furniture you’re after, Bedminster also has some great junk shops like 2nd Chance Furniture, Rachel’s (soon to move up the hill to Clifton) and Elizabeth’s Place as well as a large reclamation yard.
A special mention to Rhubarb Jumble too – a ‘proper’ vintage shop with encyclopaedic sales assistants who are fanatical about quality and take great pride in their beautifully curated finds.

OLD MARKET

The other fantastic spot for furniture is Old Market where on Braggs Lane you’ll find an incredible hidden gem of vintage homewares, furniture, clothing and textiles warehouse. A favourite of film and theatre dressers is the shop in the Swift & Company building, which features a fully constructed and highly covetable retro kitchen.
Old Market street itself is host to some of the city’s most brilliant junk shops – well worth a good root through.

Treasure, Stokes Croft, Bristol

Treasure, Stokes Croft, Bristol

WHITELADIES ROAD

Just opposite Clifton Downs railway station is the beautiful Cotham Hill where you’ll find some great and varied charity shops.
Make time to peek inside ‘The Fancy Dresser’ – a fancy dress shop which hides really beautiful and unusual vintage pieces at the back, conveniently close to the dressing room!

ST NICHOLAS MARKET

A walk around Bristol’s Old City will take you to Urban Fox – great for shoes, accessories and leather coats.
Venture into the glorious St Nicks Market for more than just lunch and you will find an incredible second hand bookshop which seems to go on and on, a wonderful place to forget the time and meet your new favourite read.

STOKES CROFT

The Treasure Chest in Stokes Croft has a highly exciting £1 box and is a real gem of a place, they always try to make their items affordable and often have an unusual selection which is really nice to see in such a creative city.

PARK STREET

You’re spoilt for choice on Park Street which is smack bang in the city centre. For vintage you have the wonderful Uncle Sam’s and the well-stocked vintage rail in Oxfam. The gift shop Love From Random has a really nice selection of vintage homewares and magazines on their first floor and the charity shops are fantastic, great quality stock with an abundance of choice.

Urban Fox, Corn Street, Bristol

The corners of the city seem to be too numerous to count and are well worth exploring. We haven’t even touched on Jacobs Wells Road, Clifton Village, Henleaze, Picton Street or the surely hundreds of places we’re yet to discover. This is only a whistle stop tour – the great and the good of finding interesting, rare and characterful pieces on a shoe string in Bristol.

Let us know what we’ve inevitably missed out, and give a shout out to the best secret places for 2nd hand shopping where you live – we love a recommendation!

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