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Burgess Hill vintage shopping guide

21 December 2015 No Comment

Around 15 minutes from Brighton by car of regular train services, Burgess Hill has plenty to offer the vintage and second-hand shopper. Fiona Friend, who has just relocated her vintage boutique Wear It Again Sam to the town after five years in East Grinstead, gives us the tour…

Burgess Hill vintage emporiums

Miss Mabel’s Magnificent Emporium Burgess Hill

Miss Mabel’s Magnificent Emporium

10 Victoria Way, RH15 9NF

A good place to start your visit or stop for lunch, Mabel’s is a converted warehouse with parking and an excellent tea shop offering good range of healthy salads and lunches and amazing home-made cakes all served on vintage china.

With over 80 stalls selling a variety of shabby chic and vintage furniture, gifts, cards and retro clothing and three stalls dedicated to vintage clothing, Mabel’s is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm.

Miss Mabel’s Magnificent Emporium Burgess Hill

Wear it Again Sam has a double space upstairs selling both ladies’ and men’s vintage clothing and accessories from 1940 to 1970, alongside attractive salon Beyond the Fringe, run by experienced hairdresser Karen who specialises in vintage styles.

Mabel’s runs a series of workshops for children and adults on a variety of arts and crafts from painting furniture to sewing and regularly host events for charity.

Light, bright and airy with friendly staff and vintage music, there’s a real buzz about the place.

Martha and Daisy’s

School Close, RH159RX

Martha and Daisy's Burgess Hill

Also worth a look is the more recent Martha and Daisy’s, which opened in February and boasts around 120 stalls with lots of retro, shabby chic and vintage homewares, as well as a couple of vintage clothing stalls and an attractive tearoom at the back. They also have parking and are open 9am – 6pm Monday to Saturday and 10am – 4pm Sunday.

Rocking Horse Antiques and Home

15-17 The Martlets, Burgess Hill

Rocking Horse Antiques & Home, Burgess Hill

In the centre of Burgess Hill is the Martlets Shopping Centre where the third emporium is based. Rocking Horse Antiques and Home is a real treasure trove, like a smaller version of Brighton’s Snooper’s Paradise, and has around 40 stalls over two floors. Find everything from toys and homeware to paintings and furniture all at good prices.

Burgess Hill charity shops

The ten charity shops in Burgess Hill are all grouped close together in the Church Walk and Church Road area so you can hop from shop to shop. You’ll find…

St Peter and St James Hospice at 1a The Martlets has a fine selection of good quality clothes, if a little expensive. I found an excellent Crombie overcoat for £45. St. Peter and St James also has a clearance store at 5a Mill Road (at the top of Church Road) where there are excellent bargains to be had.

Barnardo’s also has two shops in Burgess Hill – their Donation Centre which has real bargain basement prices in the Martlets and a Community Store at Unit 2, 200 London Road – close to Mabel’s and similar to an American thrift store. You have to dig about to find vintage but it’s there!

Marie Curie at 26 the Martlets has a good selection at reasonable prices. I found a couple of vintage pieces.

British Heart Foundation at 56 Church Walk has cheap prices but not always a great selection.

Red Cross at 130 Lower Road. Perhaps not their best shop but repays the occasional visit.

Cancer Research on 46 Church Road has higher prices with no vintage to be found on my last few visits.

Salvation Army – one of the best charity shops in the town, it doesn’t take cards but terrific prices and a rummage unearthed quite a few vintage items.

St Catherine’s on 28 Church Road is surprisingly cluttered and tricky to shop but has reasonable prices.

All opinions expressed are those of Fiona Friend and not representative of www.vintagebrighton.com

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