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Vintage and antiques shops in Rye

7 March 2015 No Comment

Rye is one of those perfectly picturesque Sussex towns where every third person seems to own a vintage or antique shop.

Old Borough Arms, Rye

But rather than getting the feeling that the local car boot sale scene must be competitive (okay, there probably is some of that), what’s more apparent is that these narrow streets nurture specialists. And passionate ones at that.

Quayside antiques Rye

From the wood-paneled antiques lock-ups down at the Quayside to mid-century Americana on the High Street, there really should be a VintageRye.com. Until then, here are five of our favourite shops:

Glass Etc

18 – 22 Rope Walk, www.decanterman.com

Glass Etc antiques shop Rye
Glass Etc antiques shop Rye
Glass Etc antiques shop Rye
Glass Etc antiques shop Rye
Glass Etc antiques shop Rye

You might recognise Glass Etc owner Andy McConnell as the Antiques Roadshow’s charismatic glass specialist. One of Britain’s leading authorities on glassware, Andy has written books and articles for titles including The Times to Homes & Antiques. And may be among the staff to offer you a cup or tea or coffee while you’re browsing the light and bright shop he runs with wife Helen. As well as beautiful glassware and ceramics – many Scandinavian – the ‘antiques and high class junk’ shop sells blankets, trinket tins, lamps, homemade cards and more. And you’re allowed to touch…

Art & Antiques @ Rye

4 Cinque Ports Street

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If you’re looking for glamour – a standout retro party piece for a special occasion that you know no one else will be wearing – then make a bee-line for this boutique.  The hand-picked collection of early and mid-century dresses, coats, hats, gloves, scarves and jewellery marks the antiques shop out from many in the town that focus on homewares and collectables. This is a grown-up dressing up box for fashion fans with a timeless sense of style.

New 2 You Retro

35 Cinque Ports Street

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The best word to describe this shop? Fun. Though not as selectively curated as some of the others on our list, it’s no less full of items that would add character and style to contemporary homes and wardrobes. Expect to find Hornsea ceramics, atomic homewares, nostalgic wall art, colourful mod dresses, fur coats and dead-stock from the 1960s and ‘70s. 

Mccully & Crane

27A Cinque Ports Street, www.mccullyandcrane.com

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The interior magazines and vintage Vogues stacked around this eclectic shop go some way to explain the inspiration behind sets that pair a stuffed goose and propeller and a statue of Jesus Christ with a old liquor sign. Industrial meets iconography, mid-century modern meets 21st century art. It’s edgy, interesting and perhaps most importantly, well-edited. Worth a trip for the ideas alone.

Vintage Stockroom

113 High Street, www.vintagestockroom.com

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Sadly not open when we visited, Vintage Stockroom makes it onto the list by getting us excited enough to want to visit Rye in the first place. And what we saw through the window didn’t disappoint. A little taste of America is served up through primary-coloured mid-century furniture, wall signs and collectable toys. Washed down with plenty of Coke, of course…

Have we missed off your favourite Rye vintage or antiques shop? Let us know below.

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