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.
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!