Want to pick up a bargain? Need some cheap retail therapy? Make a beeline for Headingley, where you’ll find a treasure trove of charity shops.
Headingley is packed full of charity shops, where you can pick up vintage bargains. Looking for a retro dress? You got it. Want to add to your record collection? No problem. Need some furniture to brighten up your home? Walk this way. You’d be amazed at the cool and unusual finds you can pick up here, so don’t hang about, spend the day in Headingley with a tour of its finest charity shops.
British Heart Foundation
Next up, take a short walk to the top of the centre of Headingley for the British Heart Foundation. This is a small shop, but it’s absolutely jam-packed. Scour the racks at the front where you can pick up a range of vintage menswear and womenswear, or have a look on the shelves which are awash with shoes, bags and vintage homeware. It’s also a great shout if you’re looking for a new novel or album with huge piles of CDs, records and books at the rear. Don’t forget to check the secret little room in the back – here you’ll find all the latest donations that others might not have discovered yet.
British Heart Foundation, Arndale Centre, 28 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2UE.
The Samaritans of Leeds Charity Shop
A little off the beaten path, The Samaritans of Leeds Charity Shop is worth a detour. Not many people know it’s there, but they’ve got all kinds of goodies for you to browse. There are racks and racks of books, or if you need something to brighten up your home, you can pick up everything from old school lamps to tables and chairs. There’s more – they have retro threads for men, women and kids. And don’t forget the record racks and the electronics section at the rear of the shop.
The Samaritans of Leeds Charity Shop, 27 North Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3HW.
Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro
If you love proper vintage finds, the Sue Ryder shop is an absolute haven. This isn’t your standard charity shop, it specialises in one-of-a-kind items that are refreshed daily. At the front you’ll find rail after rail of women’s fashion, ranging from the 1920s to the 1990s – they even offer an alterations service, so you can make sure your find fits. Alternatively, you can rummage through the shelves, which are loaded with kitchenware, accessories and furniture. There’s more upstairs too – you’ll find an extensive selection of vintage menswear, as well as an impressive array of vinyl LPs on the racks. Don’t forget to look on the walls to browse their rarest records.
Sue Ryder Vintage & Retro, 57 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AB.
Next up is Oxfam, the first of two, and it’s just a couple of doors down. This is your standard Oxfam shop, but it’s spread across two units, so it’s absolutely massive. As you walk in, you’ll be faced with an almighty selection of vintage records, they know their stuff here, so you can bag hard-to-find LPs, as well as CD, DVDs and electrical items. In the other half of the shop, you’ll find loads of pre-loved clothes, shoes and accessories. The back wall is home to a small selection of books, toys and kids’ clothes. They update their stock here on a daily basis, so you’ll always find something new.
Oxfam, 45-47 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AB.
A few doors down, you’ll find the Cats Protection. If you love shopping as much as you love cats, this is the charity shop for you. It’s great for women’s fashion and kids’ clothes, with rails and rails covering the walls. You won’t struggle to find your next great read here either, as their well-stocked shelves are constantly replenished. It’s also a good bet if you want to find ornaments or kitchenware for your home.
Cats Protection, 33 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AA
No. 31 Brain Tumour Research and Support
The No. 31 Brain Tumour Research and Support shop is the newest charity store to open up in Headingley and it’s a little bit different to the rest. It has its own mini cafe, where you can grab a cuppa and a slice of cake, so you might want to make this your mid-crawl pitstop. Afterwards, scour the shelves where you’ll find plenty of books – there’s a big section for the little ones too. They also have a small range of records, and at the back of the shop, you’ll find bits of furniture and homeware. Need some new preloved gear? Around the tables in the cafe, you’ll find rails of clothes for both men and women.
No. 31 Brain Tumour Research and Support, 31 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AA.
Bookworms rejoice – Oxfam Books is an absolute treasure trove. Once again it’s spread across two units, and it covers all literary bases. The left side of the shop is home to a massive fiction and crime section, so you can bag your next favourite novel. The right side is where you’ll find their non-fiction offering, with books on everything from history to sport, entertainment and literature. It’s also great for students, with loads of old course books on sale here. Looking for a new CD or DVD? They’ve got plenty of them too.
Oxfam Books, 13-15 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AA.
Martin House Hospice Shop
At the bottom of Otley Road, you’ll find Martin House, a charity shop dedicated to the Leeds children’s hospice. It’s home to a wide array of second-hand clothing and accessories, for both men and women, with new items added every day. It’s not just the clothing that makes this charity shop a must-visit though. They’ve got a big furniture warehouse, so you can do the finishing touches to your home on a budget. They’ve also got a decent collection of vinyl records, books and children’s toys in the back corner.
Martin House Hospice Shop, 5 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AA.
Nip past The Skyrack on the corner of Otley Road to find Mind, the final stop on our Headingley thrift shopping crawl. You’ll help to fund the mental health charity’s work in the local community by trawling through the packed racks in their big shop. Looking for womenswear, shoes and accessories? There’s loads in the right hand side of the shop. Rather menswear, records and books? You’ll find all that on the other side. They’ve also got a slew of homeware, furniture and children’s toys dotted about the place.
Mind, 10/10B St Michael’s Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3AW.Cover image © Copyright Leeds-List 2019 by Joseph Sheerin