Inspired by Caroline Jones’ ‘Knickers Models Own’, here are our favourite spots to shop vintage in York…
1 Norman Court, 11 Grape Lane, YO1 7HU
Priestleys, tucked away in Norman Court, is undoubtedly the place to go for designer and high end vintage pieces and always has a very cleverly curated collection. It is definitely the most up-market spot on this list, and always great quality. The store looks beautifully minimal and chic, but still has the charming sense of clutter that is expected from any respectable vintage shop. Best for more formal wear, it has the most beautiful dresses and fur coats – expensive but totally worth the extra cost.
The Antiques Centre
41 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AW
As the largest antiques shop in York, The Antiques Centre has something for everyone. Although it looks small from the outside, the building is actually huge, housing everything from jewellery to furniture – it even has a cafe! The women’s fashion section is harder to find, hidden away at the back of the store in the basement, but is certainly worth a visit. It has a modest collection of both casual and more dressy pieces, as well as a lot of fur, but is reasonably priced and satisfying to rummage through. The whole store is like a treasure trove, and it would be easy to spend all day browsing through the mesmerising cabinets of jewellery and other fascinating trinkets.
Dog and Bone
28 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RP
Dog and Bone has a stylish selection of both menswear and womenswear, with men’s at ground level and women’s downstairs in the basement. It has recently moved from Gillygate to bigger premises near Clifford’s Tower, which is completely understandable, as the store seems to have expanded in both stock and style – now selling gifts and accessories as well as clothes. Good for trend pieces, it has a huge collection of denim and lots of floral dresses at very reasonable prices.
28 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LG
The first floor of this charity shop is one of the best kept secrets when it comes to vintage shopping in York. It has a traditional jumble sale atmosphere, meaning that every small find is extra satisfying, and, with a range of clothes from around the 60s onwards, you’re sure to find something for every occasion. As expected, the prices are very low, and we can’t feel too guilty about an impulse purchase as, of course, all of the money goes to charity!
52 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF
Bowler has a sleek and stylishly displayed collection of menswear (ground floor) and womenswear (first floor) which means it is a must-see for any vintage enthusiast. With a mix of both true vintage and retro style pieces, the whole store has a 1950s rockabilly vibe, but stocks clothes from a huge range of different eras (it also has lovely changing rooms, which makes the shopping experience so much more enjoyable!).
51 Goodramgate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7LS
This is a fairly new store, but is already very popular, for good reason. Set in a beautiful building, it is tardis-like, as it opens up into a huge room with high ceilings and curved wooden beams, but remains current with more modern interior additions. It has a huge array of vintage Levis, retro slogan tees and patterned shirts for both men and women, which makes it a perfect stop for vintage-hunters who haven’t saved their originals from first time round!
Written by Holly Bullock