Bristol's best vintage shops and how to find them
Wherever you move in the country to head to uni, there's a certain stereotype to fill the shoes of.
Maybe we think that everyone in Bath definitely hasn't yet moved on from the 2012 peak Jack Wills had in the fashion stakes, or that the tweed-wearing applied-to-Oxford students and Durham have more pairs of Hunter wellies than course books (and that's saying something).
As for you people down south in Bristol, you know the stereotype you have to fill. Pink puffer jackets with Plisse trousers; oversized denim jackets that were 100% worn by an old, boring man who had hearing problems. Neither get-ups are particularly edgy, as you're all clones of each other, but the key to this here is that you think you're edgy. You dress with edge. And just in case you weren't born a clone and are actually attempting to settle into Bristol life, you might need a little help to become edgier. Just to be frank, you're edgier before your vintage/just rolled out of bed but spent an age getting ready transformation, as you're actually different, but that's not the point. One needs to morph in Bristol. So head out the door, walk past the stoners in the subways and hunt out these vintage shops for all your puffer jacket/Grandad-vibe needs.
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85 Gloucester Rd | find them online here
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Bought a shirt that is too small and barely fits because the print is that amazing I can't bear the thought of anyone else owning it ? All these patterns will give you a migraine. P.S. if you ever see any lurid vintage shirts (particularly with a dagger collar) please let me know! #vintage #vintageshirt #70sfashion #repsycho #bristol
Now, you have two kinds of vintage shops. Those that house rip-off dirty Nike t-shirts, cropped, rebranded as 'vintage' and repriced at £50, and then the shops that really do actually have some one-off vintage finds. Luckily, RePsycho on Gloucester Road is the latter. A treasure trove of all things authentically vintage, you can while away the hours sifting through the goods on sale.
52 North St | find them online here
Now, if you've got a little less patience with getting your edge on in Bristol, then Rhubarb Jumble is your go-to shop. Less thrifty than other stores, there are a few select rails displaying all things vintage- and there's even a selection of homeware that could bring some indie vibes to your digs! If your patience has completely gone out the window, then there's always the website: you can shop to your heart's content at the click of a mouse. You don't even have to be seen dead trying to be edgy in store! Save the embarrassment for later when you actually have to venture outside in your new, 'super edgy' ensemble.
58 Corn St | find them online here
With a central location in Bris, Urban Fox is particularly good for a vintage jean. Levi's in all kinds of cuts, shapes and sizes are to be found: jeans, jackets, shorts and dungarees are all waiting for you to snap up, at hopefully a fraction of the original price. Because it is second-hand, after all.
Uncle Sam's American Vintage
54a Park St | find them online here
Not a new kid on the block, Uncle Sam's, like an actual relative, always has your back. Although not yet prominent on the ol' social media or the internet, this shop doesn't need marketing to keep it going. Well established, their range has everything edgy you'd want to get your edgy hands on: vintage band t-shirts, hats galore and a range of coats for the colder months.
34 Park St | find them online here
Perfect for the edgy student, BS8 has been around for a solid two decades- potentially a little older than those of you seeking out such edgy garments. So, it's safe to say that BS8 know what they're doing. At the back of the store, you'll meet the vintage finds. All the stock is hand-picked and includes some rare designer gems that you can get your mitts on from time to time. And as they know to expect us edgy students, the store hosts local DJs from noon-5pm every Saturday. So you can bop whilst you shop 'til you drop.
6 Haymarket Walk | find them online here
Love re-worked vintage? Loot's your vintage haven. There's edgy and then there's edgier, and if you're sporting vintage that's been made one-off by the Loot team, then you can give yourself one massive pat on the back, as this achieves you many edge points. Only downside to this shop? The fact that Loot is actually a chain, with shops up and down the country, could lose you a couple of your edgy brownie points. Shame.
2 Upper Maudlin St | find them online here
Ooh, designer vintage? No dirty, rip-off Nike t-shirts here. Just rip-off designer. Arguably, it is worth every penny, however, with hand-picked, beautiful designer garments ready to get your hands on. And the best part about this shop? The clue's in the name. You can even trade in any designer items you have hanging around in your wardrobe (because who doesn't? Ahem).
The Clifton Vintage Boutique
The Clifton Arcade, Clifton Arcade, 13 Boyce's Ave | find them online here
We're talkin' proper vintage, here. If you'd like to dress like a Victorian (because, again, who doesn't?!?) head to The Clifton Vintage Boutique for garments dating back to the 1880's. Not exactly your thing? No worries, as they also house clothing from the 1980's, so you can shoulder pad your way to full edginess.
6, Clifton Arcade, Boyce's Ave | find them online here
Owned by the same team behind Uncle Sam's, Dustbowl is for you edgy males. With aviator jackets and vintage American sportswear galore, you can officially kit yourself out for the 'I've just rolled out of bed, what do you mean I put effort in?' Bristolian look.
9 Fairfax St | find them online here
Too scared to go full edge in Bristol? No worries here, as BettyRae Vintage is situated right in the city, next to the mahoosive shopping centre of Cabot Circus. So, you're fully able to get half the outfit in New Look, and maybe accessorise with a vintage touch from BettyRae. Plenty of denim, plenty of cute tea dresses, this is the vintage stereotype nailed. Want another reason to head to BettyRae? As we all know, every indie student has to have at least three succulents displayed in their room, and BettyRae has an eclectic array of cacti for all your indie plant needs. Fabulous.
So what are you waiting for? Hit up the vintage shops and channel the edgy Bristolian you were destined to be.