Whether your wish list includes Ercol or Eames furniture, antique apothecary cabinets or humble apple crates, bus blinds or antlers, or one-of-a-kind prints, a rummage in a vintage shop can unearth all manner of cool to add an eclectic feel to your home.
SoGlos has rounded up some of the top spots to search for vintage homeware and furniture in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds, spanning elegant antique shops, stylish interior stores to vast retro emporiums.
If you’re something of a vintage enthusiast then Gloucester Antiques Centre on Westgate Street is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. Boasting the accolade of being one of the biggest and longest established antique centres in the UK, shoppers are spoilt for choice with the dizzying array of goods on sale, from furniture, clocks, glassware and more.
With over 40 dealers selling their wares at Gloucester’s Fad & Fated, there are certainly plenty of second-hand gems waiting to be unearthed. Shoppers can expect to find two floors jam-packed with everything from furniture to glassware, while the in-store vintage café is perfect for refuelling.
A firm favourite with interior designers, for covetable French and Swedish decorative antiques head to Anton K & Decorative Antiques in Winchcombe. The inspiring showroom, run by Karen and Anthony Cull, stocks a discerning and ever-changing collection of unique antique pieces that echo the faded grandeur of times gone by.
Shoppers with a penchant for French interior decor are spoilt for choice at Cheltenham boutique Rechercher, which stocks an eclectic range of vintage pieces for the home, spanning lighting, furniture, mirrors, art and more. With items beautifully and creatively displayed, the owners’ interior design backgrounds are clearly evident when browsing at the Montpellier shop.
Shoppers looking for a plethora of vintage pieces under one roof can head to Malt House Emporium, in Ashchurch, near Tewkesbury, where you’ll discover as modern, bespoke space, brimming with pre-loved finds from over 70 dealers. The ever-changing stock features an array of items spanning mid-century modern to industrial vintage and there’s even a tea room on-site, too.
With outposts in Nailsworth and Tetbury, Domestic Science offers a one-stop shop for those looking for unique vintage homeware alongside an aesthetically pleasing selection of new pieces. Shoppers can expect to find everything from kitsch accessories for the home to industrial furniture, in addition to colourful textiles and ceramics.
Take a trip down memory lane with a visit to Pink Vintage in Cheltenham’s Montpellier, which stocks an eclectic mix of second-hand finds, curios for the home and lovingly upcycled furniture. The pink-painted shop also sells Annie Sloan chalk paint, so you can add your own creative flare to pre-loved chairs, tables and dressers.
With regularly-changing stock, spanning bric-a-brac, vintage pieces, works of art and designer goods, Antiques Emporium Griffin Mill, near Stroud, is a dream find for second-hand hunters. Founded 15 years ago by 23 antique dealers, the emporium caters for interior designers, enthusiasts and bargain hunters alike, whether you want to spend a little or splash the cash.
Emma Cooper transforms pre-loved furniture into re-loved pieces at her Vintage Rocks workshop in Lydney. Visit by appointment to browse a selection of items, from occasion tables to chests of drawers, or stock up on paint if you fancy giving a second-hand chair or dresser the DIY treatment.
Those looking for a beautifully curated selection of antiques are spoilt for choice at Lorfords, which has two Cotswold outposts, one in the centre of Tetbury and the other situated in a converted WWII aircraft hangar at Babdown Airfield in Beverston.
If you’re after quirky vintage finishing touches for the home, pay a visit to Wild Boar in Stroud where you’ll find a bohemian selection of antiques, curios, art, and taxidermy, sourced and beautifully styled by creative owner Becky Thomas.
This appointment only showroom in Twigworth specialises in dramatic, interesting and unusual antiques from 18th to 20th century furniture. Owner Andrew, known as ‘Mr Blighty’, has been dealing in antiques for over 30 years, and made Gloucestershire his home after opening his first antique shop in the Cotswolds, aged 22.
For elegant interior pieces and ‘offbeat antiques’ call in to Amy Perry Antiques to discover an utterly stylish selection of decorative antiques and furniture on sale at the Tetbury boutique. With industrial chic signage, gilded mirrors, decadent chandeliers and reupholstered furniture on offer, there’s something for every design taste.
With treasures from over 50 dealers, Cirencester Antiques Centre is a top-notch spot to rummage for some pre-loved pieces for your home. At the shop, situated in the Market Place, you’ll find ceramics, furniture, lighting, mirrors, and textiles, and if you’re in need of a refreshment head to Annie’s Tea Room on the first floor.
There’s nothing like a weekend stroll up the Bath Road especially when you can take in a shopping trip to Cheltenham Market, where you’ll discover a host of retro homeware and furniture. With indoor and outdoor stalls, along with an ever-changing pop-up shop, there’s plenty to tempt vintage hunters into parting with their cash.
While Stroud is known for its legendary Saturday farmers' market, it’s also home to Shambles Market which takes place in the town every Friday and Saturday. Those searching for second-hand homeware should head over on a Friday when the Vintage Mary stall pitches up, selling all manner of retro household items.
The Cotswold town of Tetbury is famed for its bountiful collection of antique shops, including Top Banana Antiques. Stocking pieces from over 50 dealers, specialising in everything from Victorian furniture to kitchenalia, second-hand hunters have a plenty of scope to discover individual additions for their homes.
A veritable cornucopia of vintage treasures, Gloucester’s Upstairs Downstairs is run by husband-and-wife team Vic and Shirley Foster who share their enthusiasm for all-things second hand at their shop near The Docks. With a large selection of vintage pine, unique decorative pieces for the home, and more, shoppers can easily lose track of time while scouting out the two floors.
While it’s located just beyond the border near Ross-on-Wye, Baileys Home is well worth making the pilgrimage to – especially if you’re a fan of pared back interiors and unique, antique finds. Set in a rural converted farm setting, the shop is beautifully laid out and is brimming with Instagram-friendly photo opportunities.
Station Mill Antiques Centre is located in Chipping Norton and showcases the wares of 80 high quality antique dealers across two floors. Shoppers can expect to find everything from kitchenalia to furniture, with the ever-changing stock offering something for all types of antique hunter.
Broadway’s Betty & Violet is a charming vintage shop run by Ali Hocking who sources a carefully curated selection of antiques and collectables, with an emphasis on stoking textiles, fashion accessories, haberdashery, and decorative items from days gone by.
Piper Chatfield Fine Furniture is located in the charming Cotswold market town of Stow-on-the-Wold and stocks a wide range of antique and vintage finds that are designed to make your home individual and full of personality.
Head to The Old Pill Factory in Witney, Oxfordshire to enjoy a spot of vintage hunting in the Cotswolds, with the charming shop offering a selection of curated picks from a host of dealers. Stock includes a mix of restored antique furniture, lamps, linens, mirrors, glass, ceramics, toys and homeware, and provides plenty of inspiration for your home and garden.
Bliss Home & Vintage in Chipping Norton sources its ever-changing stock of modern and second-hand pieces from French brocantes and design-led contemporary British brands. Expect to find something for every style of home, with items spanning furniture to quirky decorative accessories.
At various dates throughout the year, Three Counties Showground in Malvern plays host to a Flea Fair which showcases interesting antique, retro and vintage items from up to 300 stallholders, who pitch up both indoors and outside. Shoppers can expect to find prices for every budget and prepare to get there early to pick up the most covetable pieces.
By Anna Marshall
Tuesday 08 August 2017
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