Some of Bristol’s best thrift and vintage stores
Bristol is packed with thrift stores, vintage stores, charity shops, flea markets and garage sales – some 151 vintage and charity stores and 10 flea markets and garage sales to be exact. In fact, we have a whole culture of thrift shops living right here in the city – lovers of anything second-hand instead of buying new.
And a new study has even revealed that Bristol is among the top five UK cities for second-hand shops – losing only to London, Liverpool, Birmingham and Glasgow. That means it’s actually the most thrifty place in the southwest.
The new study, by Betway, used data from Yelp to take cities around the world and search for thrift stores, vintage stores, charity shops, flea markets and garage sales in each city, combining them to give a total figure. In the final list of ‘The Thrifting Capitals’ from the UK, Bristol came fifth with an aggregate score of 161.
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The city has a long association with the subculture scene, so the 161 shops and markets here are never short of customers. So we thought we’d highlight some of our favorite and must-visit thrifty places in Bristol…
The vintage thrift store
Where: park street
The vintage thrift store on Bristol’s Park Street is packed with handpicked unique vintage and reworked items, with hundreds of new items added every day. Opening hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Beyond retro is located in the heart of Bristol’s shopping district in Broadmead and is packed with some 10,000 unique gems – from high street must-haves to retro rarities. The store also offers the “Beyond Retro Exchange” program which allows customers to swap out their favorite old pieces to help solve the problem of fashion waste.
They even have an online store.
Stokes Croft Treasure
Where: Stokes Croft
Stokes Croft Treasure is a charity shop and community center that raises funds for the area. Selling carefully donated clothing, shoes and accessories, it also sells handmade items created by the women who work and volunteer at the store.
Additionally, all money raised goes into a ‘treasure chest fund’ which can be applied by people and projects in the Stokes Croft area, feeding resources into the local community – so far, he funded murals by local artists, educational projects with young people and even a literature festival.
Where: St Nick’s Market, Corn Street
urban fox sells a range of vintage and retro clothing and accessories, in the heart of one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. The store itself is located in a Grade II listed building, opposite the check-in office and opening hours are 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday and 12pm-4pm Sunday.
At Uncle Sam’s
Where: park street
At Uncle Sam’s is a vintage clothing store (with a jukebox and vintage decor) selling a range of American clothing – western shirts, varsity jackets, biker jackets, patterned shirts, Hawaiian shirts, denim belts , bandanas, shoes and more. Opening hours are 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Gloucester Road
RePsycho is an independent vintage clothing, homeware and electronics retailer on Gloucester Road. Its stock includes clothing from decades past, as well as new clothing and homewares and new additions being added almost daily.
Where: Stokes Croft
The vintage market in Stokes Croft is an Aladdin’s cave of retro, vintage, antique toys, art, furniture, vinyl, CDs, DVDs, taxidermy, clothing, watches, jewelry and even upcycled furniture. It is usually closed Monday through Wednesday and reopens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Thursday through Saturday) and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Unfortunately, this market (which is overseen by the church and the charity LoveBristol) will close permanently in July.
Where: Old Market
Bristol Vintage stocks a wide range of vintage items, antiques and collectables – from household items to garden accessories and more. Open all week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., it’s chock-full of treasures, making it a hotspot for thrift stores in and around town.
Where: Hay Market Walk
Vintage booty sources products from as far afield as New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and Paris and offers 6,000 items online and an additional 200 new pieces added weekly. The opening hours of their Bristol store (they also have a store in London) are 10.30am to 6pm (Monday to Saturday) and 11am to 5pm (Sundays and Bank Holidays).
Where: Cheltenham Road
Fabulous vintage sells affordable vintage and retro clothing and accessories in its Cheltenham Road shop. Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday to Saturday) – it is closed on Sundays.