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12 November 2010 77 Comments

Christmas will be coming early for someone this year as our favourite vintage-loving friends have grouped together to offer one lucky reader a whole load of goodies!

VintageBrighton.com Christmas giveaway prizes

Up for grabs in this unique Christmas selection box are some gorgeous presents, including:

Pin-up girl cushion love from Brighton POD.

Standing for Promoting Original Design, Brighton POD acts as a shop window for some of the country’s most exciting design talents and has donated this gorgeous pin-up girl cushion by Crumpet and Skirt, as featured in our retro homewares article.

Vintage floral apron love from Wooden Hill Vintage.

Emily Inglis opened Lewes’ Wooden Hill Vintage boutique in October, selling gorgeous vintage fashions, homewares and handmade cards in a unique shop space. She’s wrapped up a very cute floral vintage apron as your Christmas gift.

Heart locket necklace love from Kate & Aud.

It’s no secret that we love this two-storey vintage boutique in the North Laine. Full to the brim with party dresses, Aran knits, leather satchels, kitsch jewellery and more, a trip to the shop always it feels like you’ve been let loose in a very glamorous dressing-up box. And their heart locket pendant will go with anything.

Vintage Penguin book stack love from Fanny & Lil.

Mother and daughter team Sue and Sarah Leeves, aka Fanny & Lil, “love to recycle beautiful and useful pieces”, from vintage kitchenwares to books, and also offer a sourcing service. They’re giving away a set of three vintage Daphne du Maurier classics for your reading pleasure.

Vintage cream tunic dress love from Vintage Owl Boutique.

Jennie and Cassie sell a stunning selection of vintage fashion, from the 1920s to 1980s, both online and at local events. Check them out at the Frock Me! fair on 28 November and Loved, Worn & Reborn on 5 December. This pretty cream embroidered dress would look great with a skinny tan belt.

Reclaimed notebook and pencils love from Yukka & Stamp.

Projects duo Yukka & Stamp, made up of couple Charlotte and James, bring unused objects out of retirement by turning them into plant pots, cactus holders, notebooks, bunting and more. This “Indie Fish” notebook, with Woolworths pencil crayons, is one of Charlotte’s favourites, reminding her of an Eighties’ shell suit…


All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning this entire prize bundle is tell us about your favourite place to buy second-hand gems, be it a vintage boutique, charity shop or market. It needn’t even be in Brighton – us vintage lovers do get around after all.

Just leave a comment telling us where your favourite vintage haunt is and why you love it and we’ll pick the name of one lucky commenter out of a hat (probably a mixing bowl actually) and announce the winner in this blog post by the end of November. Competition closes 27 November.

So go on, share the vintage love and good luck!


Congratulations to Sharna Leggott who was the lucky winner of all these fab vintage goodies.

Start the conversation...


  • Sam said:

    Frock Me vintage fairs!

  • shelley said:

    Antiques shop in Narberth, West Wales. Fantastic vintage eta sets and a huge selection of vintage blankets and materials.

  • Alex D said:

    Kemp Town flea market is quite possibly the greatest treasure trove of vintage goodies I have ever laid my eyes upon. Whether it’s furniture, vinyl, taxidermy or other curios, it never fails to disappoint or surprise.

  • Claire M said:

    Vintage Goodwood without doubt – so many well stocked stalls & so many beautifully dressed customers!
    Utter vintage heavenly magic…..

  • Giada said:

    London in general but especially Brick Lane :) There is just so much to see and buy!

  • Deb said:

    Beyond Retro in Brighton, I literally squealed when I first went in there and turned the corner and realised how far back it went!

  • Deb said:

    Forgot to say why I like it – the amazing range of styles, the friendly staff who will show you how to tie hairscarves and the beautifully styled mannequins!

  • donna said:

    The Real McCoy in Exeter sells beautiful antique & vintage clothing from the 1920’s onwards. It’s a really pretty shop and even has its own coffee shop.

  • Bridget said:

    Wooden Hill Vintage in Lewes: Ascend to vintage heaven … a very special selection of vintage treasures to have and to hold :)

  • Louise said:

    Upper Gardner Street Market on Saturdays and the Flea Market on Upper Gardner Street in Brighton everyday – never know what you are going to find in either of these and are always reasonably priced.

    Ford Airfield car boot, near Arundel, on Saturday mornings for fantastic house clearance treasures

  • Claire said:

    I have a great charity shop right on my doorstep here in Glasgow – the Emmaus shop. It’s bargain basement prices and mostly awesome furniture. I got a 1940s display cabinet for just FIVE EARTH POUNDS! Amazing!

  • katherine grieve said:

    charity Shop definitely, i volunteer in a children society charity shop and always find brilliant stuff

  • Kirsty Fox said:

    I love Castle Antiques Centre in Westerham, Kent. It is just full of little knick knacks and does everything from ornaments and furniture to clothes and records.

  • bella smyth said:

    it has to be local charity shop i picked a ornment for 10p and found it was worth £200 i have kept it and ive aslo picked up loads of vintage clothes for pence,
    p,s loving the blog x

  • M HOCKENHULL said:

    Dagfields outside Nantwich Cheshire is stuffed with loads of little shops full of antiques and books, could quite easily spend an entire Sunday milling around!

  • SAMANTHA.R.C said:

    In York where I live we have a street called Goodramgate and down there, there is half a dozen charity shops including Scope, Oxfam etc, you can find anything you need, no need to go to any of the chain shops, these charity shops have EVERYTHING!

  • andrea caizley said:

    we have a flea market thats on at the town on a friday and its sells all sorts of goodies, but does`nt sell the fleas. lol

  • Kelly Padwick said:

    Boot fairs when they are on in the Summer, otherwise I look on ebay or in charity shops :)

  • Yasmin Butt said:

    My favourite place for vintage would have to be commercially the retro boutiques that line Notting Hill Gate, there is a side street filled with them with shops like Retro Man and Retro Woman. But to be honest I love raiding my mum’s closet most of all : ) And Freecycle offers of bags of clothes have thrown up some weird and wonderful things from yesteryear too.

  • Gemma Harrison said:

    My mother in law lives in France and when we go and visit her I love going to the Brocantes. Large antique/brick-a-brac shops. always full of interesting and unusual bargains.

  • Rachel Quinn said:

    The charity shops in Portslade, plenty of bargains and largely forgotten about by the rest of Brighton (oops perhaps not any more!).

  • Kellie said:

    I love Pop in Liverpool, but we had a travelling Vintage Fair here in Chester last weekend that was good – I think it goes around the country ♥

  • Mia Fergusson said:

    Basics Plus in Scarborough- it sells lots of second hand household things like sofas, beds, cookers ect and even sells brickabrack and there is a discount for the less well off- amazing shop.

  • Julia said:

    I visit local charity shops and car boots sales. Love also markets in london.. Sometimes you can spot a real gem there :) ebay is another source..

  • Kate said:

    Funkymonks Clothing near Canterbury’s East Gate is a treasure trove of vintage clothing, accessories, bags and much more. The store has been around for as long as I can remember and it was there I found my leather vintage satchel. Despite being such a minute store it is still possible to while away a good hour sifting through the full-to-bursting rails. To top it off, their prices have always been very reasonable and there is room to haggle. The afore mentioned satchel only cost me £12!

  • Kelly said:

    I love visiting all the Charity Shops in Liverpool . I have found lots of precious gems , unusual items and plenty of gorgeous silver rings ! <3

  • Sara said:

    I can get lost in Snoopers Paradise for hours!.. bought a pair of shoes from there this weekend actually. There’s something for everyone in there and if you’ve got a keen eye you can pick up the odd bargain. Also like the Flea Market in Kemp Town.. bit more furniture orientated and a bit more expensive but still worth a look :)

  • Sara said:

    ..Oh yes, Beyond Retro is the ONLY place to go for very cool retro clothing.. especially military x

  • Polly Bastow said:

    The charity shops in George Street in Hove are great, but I just love my days out in Brighton, so many exciting shops in North Laine it’s a treasure trove, especially Snooper’s Paradise :-)

  • Sharna said:

    The Shelter charity shop on Western Road – cheaper than the others in that area, I believe its because the deco is not very trendy!

  • Jasmine said:

    I love browsing in charity shops, also love all the different stalls at Botany Bay. I have bought some lovely things from there. Another good place is Antiques Fairs, we have one about every 2 months at our local Sports Village.

  • rebecca bate said:

    we get quite a bit of stuff of ebay …does that count.

  • Linda Hine said:

    Charity shops definately – a treasure trove of goodies to be found!

  • Chris williams said:

    revolver retro st isaacs walk colchester great for retro and vintage clothes

  • Elaine Livingstone said:

    I love to root round the car boot sale at Ayr racecourse on a sunday morning

  • katrina said:

    I love Byres Road in Glasgow, lots of funky little back street shops. Takes me back to my rummaging student days :)

  • Lorna Peppiatt said:

    In my local animal sanctuary charity shop in Antrim. It has loads of great bargains, I just love going in there.

  • Hedvig said:

    Myself and some friends set up a clothes auction. We all bring our old clothes and some food and drinks. Collect the clothes into a pile, then start trying them on. The auction begins and the money raised goes to local NGOs in zimbabwe. And any left over clothes go to a charity shop. It great fun and very sociable as friends that have never bedn are always invited, you get clothes you would never look at twice in a shop and good causes benefit.

  • Teresa said:

    Ebay and car boot sale in Chelsfield Kent!

  • Gemma said:

    I like to travel down to Ormskirk in Merseyside and browse the charity shops there, i can always uncover a vintage bargain or two from there, full of hidden gems!! xx

  • ella said:

    I love the Garment District in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • Claire broony said:

    Thrifty Beatnik newcastle upon tyne, Other than that I like to have a good browse on ebay :)

  • emma holder said:

    Holden Vintage and Classic in Linton Trading Estate
    Bromyard, Herefordshire,it’s like Aladdin’s cave i always find some treasure there

  • Jessie Staton said:

    Mine has to be Londons Portabello Market, it’s such a fantastic atmosphere with amazing smells of roasted nuts and fresh chirros, and my favourite part of all is in the antique Market which is filled with history and stories from all over the world. I love looking at all the charms and broaches and am so intrigued as to who owned them before and where they came from. It’s a magical place and definatly my favourite :)

  • Julie Thomas said:

    Hatton country world in Warwickshire Lovely place with lots of hidden gems

  • Emma Farrell said:

    I love car boots but in the winter I head to the vintage shops in Nottingham including the Vintage Warehouse and Wild Clothing.

  • Laura Carrol said:

    I love the charity shops in Stratford upon Avon, you can get some really lovely things there :)

  • Diane Ayres said:

    Gloucester Antiques Centre. It’s huge and sells lots of vintage items, not only antiques.

  • Theresa N said:

    Yard sales are my favorite I’ve found some really great items.

  • Nanno said:

    The Fashion Souk held in the Ulster Hall Belfast. Its on every 2nd Sunday in the month. It has everything from Vintage Designer, Humble Jumble from the back of peoples wardrobes, Home made clothes and Jewellery and revamped vintage. The atmosphere is great and its a great way to spend a Sunday.

  • Tillie said:

    Lucy in Disguise in Auston, Texas. Beautiful party clothes, lots of cowboy boots!

  • Diana said:

    Wright Manley auctions near Beeston market in Cheshire – they often have things from more rural properties, so you never know what is going to turn up.

  • Summer said:

    In Cornwall they have bootmarkets in different towns everyday of the week!! I picked up some huge colourful dangly earrings last time i went down.
    Also the affordable vintage fair at the racecourse a few weeks ago was great.
    Lastly the Friends shop on st james st is usually worth a rummage.

  • Paula .D said:

    I Love Judys Affordable Vintage fairs to buy and sell…. She Travels around the Country with her band of merry vintage sellers and also curates Vintage at Goodwood. Apart from that you cant beat the good old Charity shop….bargains…bargains …Bargains ;)

  • va said:

    In Toronto I use to go to the Salvation Army , Kensington Market in downtown city area , and loved to buy cheap scarves . Now that I am in India , haven’t found any vintage shops here sadly .

    tumblemumbo at gmail dot com

  • Nicole said:

    Snooper’s Paradise, Brighton. It has everything you could ever want, and more!

  • Trudy said:

    Room At The Top Hastings….brilliant stuff..aladins cave and really good prices

  • Adam H said:

    Hi there

    I have found a few really nice vintage shops in Arundel one for clothing and a few for vintage jewellery, all run by really nice old people !

  • andrea tinkler said:

    We have a wednesday market that sells everything. Its great for a rummage and you can get some really good bargains. Everyone always comments and asks where i got stuff from. love it

  • Allan said:

    For great furniture I pop into my local Red Cross shop in Cheltenham, there is always something that I fancy.

  • Mia Ali said:

    i love looking in charity shops or at car boot sales,you can always pick up a bargain!

  • Jane said:

    I look on Ebay for clothes, but for chunkier stuff I trawl through my local charity shops.

  • Heather said:

    Flock Boutique in Sheffield
    or the travelling vintage fair!

  • Kim said:

    Charity shops anywhere – but Emsworth & Guildford are good hunting grounds!

  • Christine said:

    Not many places in North Norfolk so i go to Brick Lane in London. Fantastic place!

  • noelle sousa said:

    Gotta be Charity Shops… They are like treasure chests, jus waiting to be opened :0)

  • Karen Walkden said:

    charity shops in my local and surrounding areas and ebay of course !!

  • Dana Rodriguez said:

    The Daytona flea market is great!

  • HedgeHogi said:

    Flea Markets here in Dallas, TX and ebay!

    alholm.co at gmail dot com

  • eva said:

    i use my local charity shops in north london but EBAY is my favorite too,if you have the patients to browse you will find really good stuff

  • Rosie said:

    love traipsing round the 2nd hand shops in Cheltenham with my mum!
    We usually uncover a treasure after a day’s rummaging…

  • janice channer said:

    I have some really good charity shops here in South Wales and I do love a good rummage at a boot sale too……….

  • XmasDolly said:

    I buy my vintage stuff at a Goodwill in my neighborhood, which is in Batavia, IL They have two stores actually one is in Aurora, IL which isn’t that far from me either. Wednesday’s you get a discount too! I have found many things there. I’ve been looking for my grandmother’s pattern she had on her plates. I have found two so far. They have so many things from old jewelery to pictures, and clothes.

  • Betty said:

    My mum’s wardrobe for clothes, charity shops for everything else – too many classic finds

  • Sharma said:

    I absolutely love Hope and Harlequin, everything comes with its own little story about its history.

    The stunning items they manage to get in are lovingly restored to their former glory and the accessories they sell are all exceptionally special – I was lucky enough to have a locket bought for me from here; it still had the original black and white pictures of the lady that owned it and her husband.
    The girls that work in the shop are all so knowledgeable and very helpful – which is a must in any vintage shop!
    I could happily spend quite some time in the shop LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!
    (Plus it is where I bought my all time favourite, vintage coat!)

  • pink yoga pants said:

    Snooper’s Paradise, Brighton. It has everything you could ever want, and more!

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