Some of my top suggestions include Retro, a vintage clothing store that’s tucked away near Grey Street. Retro holds a lot of stylish and classic vintage clothing items from leather jackets to 20s style fur coats, it’s easy to spend an enjoyable afternoon looking through their collection of old-school style clothes.
If you’re looking for something a bit more central and a bit less independent, there’s also ‘The Vintage Clothing Store’ on Northumberland Street. The store, also found in York, is a chain which sells lots of vintage clothing ranging from decades whether it’s a vintage Nike sweatshirt or an 80s bomber jacket.
Personally, I also enjoy taking a wander through Grainger Market, which is where you can find The Yesterday Society vintage clothing shop, a colourful and vibrant store that sells lots of little vintage items from sunglasses to scarves to 60s-style dresses. Whether you’re a fan of vintage clothing or need something to wear for a themed party, I always enjoy taking a wander through the store.
If you’re looking for some vintage furniture or objects, a great place I’d recommend near Portland Green and Ouseburn, is Flea Circus, a department store of independent sellers that sell lots of vintage gems, from lamps to tables to vinyl, if you look well enough, there’s tons of great finds!
If you don’t mind the search for vintage pieces, then I also recommend just visiting some of the local charity shops. There is one particular street, near the Gate, that has the majority of the charity shops along the street. Salvation Army, British Red Cross, Marie Curie, and all the main charity shops are there and often have a lot of cute items if you look hard enough. Also, a lot of the time you can find something great for a lot cheaper than a usual vintage shop, so it’s definitely something to take a look at.
I’d also highly recommend going to markets. Ouseburn has a weekend market for independent sellers and makers and often there will be a few vintage items. This also applies to the Tynemouth Saturday and Sunday market, which is not just a great trip to the beach but also includes selling old cameras and prints to quench your vintage hearts. Also, Ouseburn Garden occasionally holds a small vintage clothing sale, selling a lot of unique clothing. And even if you don’t find anything, it still makes a good day out!