Vintage shopping is like a treasure hunt – you never quite know what you’ll find and when you uncover something amazing, it makes all the digging around worth it. Recently over on Those Gals, we did an episode chatting about why we love vintage shopping and shared a few stories about our favourite vintage finds – it was something we could have easily talked at length about! Vintage fashion is a huge part of my personal style and I often find myself influenced by bygone eras when pulling outfits together.
I’ve had quite a few emails and messages asking about vintage shopping in Glasgow, looking for tips and ideas on where to go. This post has been a LONG time coming and, even though I’ve shared my thoughts on local vintage fairs before, I thought it was high time I shared a guide on how to shop vintage in Glasgow! So today, I’m revealing a few of my vintage shopping tips, reasons to buy second-hand and some of my must-visit destinations in the city for a good ol’ treasure hunt…
First things first – why shop vintage?
The first thing that comes to mind is that by re-visiting pieces from days gone by, we are more likely to find something totally unique. I don’t know about you, but wearing the same thing as 5 other gals at a party is not my bag at all! Buying something beautiful and one-of-a-kind feels special, especially when it fits as though it was made for you (talk about hitting the jackpot!).
Buying vintage is also inexpensive (most of the time!). When second-hand shopping, you can usually expect to have a little more change in your purse after rummaging around your local vintage store, which is an even more appealing reason to give it a chance.
Finally, by shopping for vintage clothing, we are contributing to a sustainable fashion environment. Donations to vintage boutiques save unloved clothes from going to landfill and give them new lease of life again. If that’s not a win-win result, I don’t know what is!
Where to start your search
In Glasgow, we are very lucky to have a strong selection of second-hand and vintage stores, so today I am just sharing a few favourites to get you started. Here are my picks on where to shop vintage in Glasgow:
Retro, 8 Otago Street, G12 8JH
Starry Starry Night, 19 Dowanside Lane, G12 9BZ
Beautiful Cosmos, 14 Nithsdale Road, G41 2AN
Vintage Guru, 195 Byres Road, G12 8TN
The Glasgow Vintage Co, 453 Great Western Road, G12 8HH
Events for your diary
As well as having some pretty great vintage stores all year round, there are also some awesome vintage shopping events in Glasgow that appear on a pop-up basis. Be sure to add these to your calendar – grab a couple of friends and make a day of it…
Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair – this is the UK’s leading vintage fair and has even been hailed as a ‘shopping phenomenon’. It tours on a national basis so keep an eye on the website for their next stop in Glasgow.
Beatroot & Lace Bazaar – a two-day vintage extravaganza that features design, fashion, art and music. The next bazaar takes place at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Halls on 30th and 31st May. See you there!
Vintage shopping tips
All set to browse some of Glasgow’s finest vintage fashion? Hooray! Let me finish off with some final shopping tips:
Keep an open mind – vintage shopping gives you the chance to play dress up and think outside your usual style comfort zone. Never tried sequins? Not sure if you could pull off a cape? There’s never been a better time to find out…
Forget sizing – the way clothing was made decades ago is a little different to the way it’s made now. The best thing to do is try things on!
Check and inspect – for imperfections that is! As with anything second-hand, it’s important to give things a little once-over. And if there are one or two things needing attention, decide what’s repairable and what isn’t before you walk away.
Think of the potential – are you swooning over that fabric but not sure about those massive shoulder pads or puffy sleeves? Maybe that dress would look better as a skirt? If you can see the potential in a one-off piece you might just find yourself channelling Molly Ringwald in Pretty In Pink and turning it into your next project!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my little guide on how to shop vintage in Glasgow. Do you have any tips to share? Let me know!
Here’s to the thrill of the treasure hunt,