The 9 best vintage shops in Birmingham
With vintage and retro garments becoming increasingly popular, it’s no surprise that Birmingham offers an array of vintage shops to accomplish that perfect look.
If you are an avid vintage enthusiast, shopping on a budget, or simply enjoy browsing, this article will provide a summary of the best vintage shops around. Featuring: Thrifty Vintage Birmingham, COW Vintage, Credit Crunchers Vintage, Vintage Hideaway Brum, The Oasis, Urban Outfitters, Harper & Lewis, Birmingham Rag Market, Top Banana Vintage, Off The Scale Vintage.
Thrifty Vintage Birmingham
Situated in the creative quarter of Birmingham, Thrifty Store Vintage is a new and exciting opening. This concept space in Digbeth offers the cheapest vintage garms, trainers, homeware, records, VHS tapes, collectables and offerings from local independents. Aside from the fact that it’s slightly further out of the main city, it’s definitely worth a visit for vintage enthusiasts. The shop is based inside a beautifully basic warehouse which adds to the vintage feel. In terms of layout, the clothes are carefully organised into denim, leather, t-shirts, dresses etc. which makes the shopping experience even more enjoyable. Despite vintage and second-hand shops being notoriously expensive, you will not be disappointed with the pricing at Thrifty Store. With a range of jackets from £10 and t-shirts from £5, you can grab a lot for very little.
Perhaps the best thing about this place is the events which are held monthly, which include kilo sales, clearance offers and many more. However, the most impressive bargains may be attained during the £1 sales, where a section of the warehouse is dedicated to hundreds of garments. This enables you to pick up a variety of branded clothes (such as Adidas, Puma, Levi’s, Ralph Lauren etc.) — all for £1! To attend one of these events, you will have to purchase a ticket for around £5. Queues may be long so make sure you get there early to avoid disappointment because things are snatched up quickly! If you are interested in this store, you can follow them on @thriftystorebrum to keep up to date with their upcoming events and other bargains they have to offer.
Milk Street, Birmingham, B5 52R
Open every day: 12-5pm
Operating in major cities such as Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham and Sheffield, COW Vintage offers second-hand vintage renewal and re-worked garments fit for lovers of everything vintage. Although prices may vary, the clothes are often considerably cheaper than other popular vintage stores and you can often find reduced bargains within the store. All the clothes on offer are completely unique, so you can rest assured that you will be the only one sporting it in Birmingham. COW caters to anyone’s tastes, offering everything from suede, leather, cotton, sequin, corduroy and branded items. The décor resembles a warehouse and often sports a DJ spinning cool vinyls, which makes waiting for your mate in the changing room a pleasant experience. If you fancy taking a sneak peek at what they have to offer before making the trip, visit their website.
82-85 Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DY
Open every day. Monday to Saturday: 12-6pm. Sunday: 11am-5pm
Credit Crunchers Vintage
Although it may not initially be the most aesthetically pleasing, Credit Crunchers Vintage is definitely worth a trip. It’s no-frills décor and layout means that the clothes are ridiculously cheap, with suede jackets priced from £3. It may take slightly longer to find that perfect vintage item, but once you do you will not be disappointed. Truly living up to its name, you are able to nab items which would otherwise cost you £50+ for under £10. The shop includes a vast selection of wax jackets, suede coats, cargo pants, hats, and even fancy dress. For a genuinely authentic vintage experience, visit Credit Crunchers Vintage if you have some time to browse.
23 Moat Ln, Birmingham B5 5BB
Open 10am-5pm. Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Vintage Hideaway Brum
With two shops, situated in the Custard Factory and in Selly Oak, Vintage Hideaway is a small independent shop specialising in vintage, retro, collectables, antiques and handmade items. The shop in Selly Oak is a perfect location for University of Birmingham students (5 minutes from campus). It truly is a hidden gem, offering a variety of clothes, shoes, plants, records and crockery. There are often deals such as 25% off, and a rail of clothes and shoes outside the shop — all priced at £5. This quaint little shop is well worth a visit since they stock some beautiful items. If you are interested in supporting this independent business, why not also check out some of the bargains on their eBay shop.
579 Bristol Rd, Birmingham B29 6AF
Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Open every day 6am-6pm
The Oasis - Alternative Fashion Store
An entirely unique entity to Birmingham, The Oasis has something for everyone — no matter your style! Arguably one of the biggest and most eclectic stores in central Birmingham, each section contains a separate shop, offering a huge variety from hippie chic, vintage renewal, tattoos, piercings and plenty more. With constant deals and sale rails, you are sure to pick up a bargain or two. For those of you who love the convenience of commercial shopping centres, but looking for something more alternative, this is the place for you. Set up over three floors, you can channel your inner chameleon since each stall offers something completely different, yet equally as edgy.
110-114 Corporation Street, Birmingham B4 6SX, United Kingdom
Open 10am-5.30pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
Urban Outfitters is a shop loved by many, providing all the latest fashion trends. However, they also have a vintage renewal section, meaning the team at Urban Outfitters have scoured flea markets and vintage sources to find a range of the coolest vintage trousers, t-shirts, dresses, shorts and much more. Although prices may be slightly more expensive than other vintage stores, the sheer coolness of this shop and the clothes inside make up for this. You can be certain that anything you pick up from here is on trend, or maybe even one step ahead.
Address: 57 Corporation St, Birmingham, B2 4LP
Open: Monday- 10am-7pm
Harper and Lewis
Founded in Birmingham in 2012, Harper & Lewis is an independent clothing retailer that has since set up shops in Southampton and Reading. Placed inside the Bullring, Harper & Lewis offers a range of unique clothing, heritage labels and reasonably priced jewellery. Stating “we are not followers”, the collections displayed are nonconformist and truly authentic. If you are looking for unique but trendy fashion pieces, head to this shop in the Bullring.
Bullring Shopping Centre Bullring, Birmingham B5 4BU
Open Monday to Saturday: 10am-8.30pm.
Birmingham Rag Market
The Rag Market opened in December 2000, and is part of a diverse and vibrant shopping centre — making the city one of the best in the UK for shopping. Inside the market exists a number of vintage shops selling discounted Levi's and a range of beautiful fabrics. The Rag Market is situated in the heart of the city and is open all year round. This place is definitely worth a visit if you have a passion for designing and making your own fashion statement.
50 Edgbaston St, Birmingham B5 4RB
Open Tuesday to Saturday: 9am-5pm
Top Banana Vintage
Situated in Kings Heath, Top Banana offers a brilliant selection of your favourite vintage brands (such as Vans and Converse, to name a few) — not to mention at very competitive prices! With its cool bright yellow exterior, it makes a bold statement reflective of the clothes inside. The shop provides quality vintage clothes for both men and women which are mostly inspired by American fashion from the 60s and 70s. With 4.8/5 stars on Facebook, their ratings affirm that this is a shop worth a visit.
14 York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7RZ, United Kingdom
Open Thursday to Saturday: 10am-5.30pm
Off The Scale Vintage
Off The Scale is a vintage shop based in Birmingham — but with a twist. They provide a mobile vintage bus which employs young people who have had experiences with their mental health. This unique concept aims to provide mental health awareness through a non-profit organisation. Started by a husband and wife in 2015, they combined their interests in vintage fashion shops and music promotion to help raise awareness of the stigmas surrounding depression. The beautiful vintage clothes are all sold by weight, which is an excellent way to save some money on your purchases. Alternatively, you can shop online or just browse their stunning collection. Keep your eyes peeled for this brilliant mobile vintage shop since the bus travels all over the West Midlands to university campuses and other exciting events.