Head to these fantastic vintage furniture shops in Leeds and add a touch of old school charm to your home.
Are you decorating? Moving house? Filling a space? It’s time to go rummaging around the best vintage furniture shops in Leeds. Whatever your budget is and whatever style you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find timeless pieces, from Chesterfield sofas to art deco fireplaces. So next time you’re in need of antique inspiration, head to these quirky stores and make the past cool again.
Swiss Cottage Antiques
Swiss Cottage Antiques has an almost endless supply of vintage furniture. Step into the jam-packed warehouse which has every nook and cranny filled with incredible finds. You’ll find 19th and 20th century cabinets, wardrobes and tables, but look a little deeper and there are plenty of one-off gems, with everything from ornate fireplaces to grandfather clocks. They take the time to restore and repair anything that needs it and prices are kept competitive. Expect to pay anything from £1 to £1,000.
Swiss Cottage Antiques, 85 Westfield Crescent, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1DJ. It’s open 10am to 5pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but other times can be booked by appointment.
Junk Again specialise in house clearances, so they have a constant stream of new items coming into their Leeds store. It’s cheap and cheerful as they try to keep stock moving. Because their range changes so often, it’s a bit of a lucky dip, but they always have classic furniture at prices that rarely go over £100 – think wardrobes, sofas and dressing tables, as well as ornaments and appliances. Need something delivered? It’s free.
Junk Again, 153 Woodhouse Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NY. It’s open 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.
Tomlinsons Trade Warehouse
Roy Tomlinson is an antiques expert with over 40 years of experience and the former auctioneer now runs one of the best furniture shops in Leeds. Enter their massive warehouse which has incredible finds around every corner. If you’re looking for clocks, lighting or ornaments, this is the place to go, but you’ll also find a wide range of eclectic furniture to browse, including the iconic mice-adorned pieces by master maker Robert Thompson. Prices range from £10 to £2,500.
Tomlinsons Trade Warehouse, Sandbeck Lane, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 5HF. It’s open 9am to 5pm on Tuesday and Friday, and by appointment on other days.
You won’t find anything at The Cave on the high street. Alongside traditional furniture, they have a big selection of unusual pieces, from quirky sculptures to animal head wall hangings and cow-skin chairs. You can browse a large selection of stylish industrial pieces that have been reclaimed and repurposed. Prices range from £5 to £500 with free local delivery, unless you’re taken by the life-size silverback gorilla, which will set you back £699.
The Cave, 122 Long Row, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5AA. It’s open 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday.
St Luke’s Cares
There are two St Luke’s Cares shops in Leeds, but it’s their Dewsbury Road branch that’s ideal if you’re looking for vintage furniture. They have a huge warehouse where you can get everything from beds to sofas, dining tables and wardrobes. All items are cleaned and repaired before they go onto the shop floor, where you’ll be able to pick up a bargain, all while helping them continue their work with vulnerable people in South Leeds. They even offer a delivery service.
St Luke’s Cares, 246-252 Dewsbury Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 6JQ. It’s open 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
Aquarius Antiques has been a leading name in vintage furniture since 1981. Their collection features a wide range of items that date back as far as the Georgian era and as soon as you step inside this treasure trove in the heart of Kirkstall, you’ll find anything and everything, from old school enamel signs to bookshelves, jewellery and paintings. It has its own restoration workshop, so all the pieces are checked and fixed before you take them home and you can even bring your own pieces for a bit of TLC. Prices range from £20 to £5000.
Aquarius Antiques, Abbey Mills, Abbey Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3HP. It’s open 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday.
Antique Furniture Direct
Antique Furniture Direct is a carefully curated vintage furniture store run by Leeds antique dealer Rob Hartley. He only has around 100 pieces available at any one time, with a clear, distinct focus on special Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian furniture that Rob has sourced himself. They’re sympathetically restored and sold as investment pieces that will set you back anything from £100 to £2,000.
Antique Furniture Direct, 48 The Locks, Woodlesford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8PU. It’s available 24/7 online, but you can visit their warehouse by appointment.
If you’ve got a big budget and even bigger ideas, pay a visit to Retro Boutique. It’s one of the best vintage furniture shops in Leeds. From Chesterfield sofas to old classroom chairs, apothecary shelves and dining tables, they’ve got everything you could want. The best pieces will set you back a fair bit, with some items reaching up to £1,000, but you can expect to find a host of quality gems that will brighten up your home.
Retro Boutique, 8-10 Headingley Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AS. It’s open 11.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 12pm to 5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Trash and Treasure
Trash and Treasure only looks small, but delve inside and you’ll find it’s absolutely packed to the rafters with vintage furniture. It’s one of the most eclectic collections in Leeds, so make sure you’ve got a bit of time to look around, because this is a place where it pays to have a good old rummage. There’s plenty of classic furniture like drawers, wardrobes and tables, as well as a large selection of Chesterfield sofas, but the stock is constantly changing with every house clearance they do. And it’s not expensive by any means, as prices range from a couple of quid to around £200.
Trash and Treasure, Moor View, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1AQ. It’s open 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.
Schofields Antiques is a family-run vintage furniture shop that has a wide range of stock from the past 400 years, but they have a particular fondness for Victorian pieces. You can expect dining sets, sideboards and shelves at competitive prices – they start from £2 for small ornaments and run all the way up to £700 for bigger, sought-after items. Their Pudsey store is also a workshop where they re-paint, repurpose and re-upholster their furniture, and indeed yours, so if you have an old piece at home you can bring it in for a bit of TLC.
Schofields Antiques, New Street Cabinet Works, 49 New Street, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 8PE. It’s open 9am to 4.30pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am to 2pm on Saturday.
Looking for bargain vintage furniture? Head to Poverty Aid. This is a massive charity shop, with all the usual bric-a-brac, that’s home to a massive furniture warehouse where you can find quality gear for a great price that rarely tips over £100. It’s catered to the local student-centric Hyde Park area, so expect lots of essentials, from wardrobes to tables, sofas and drawers. There’s loads of new stock added daily to furnish your home for a snip of a price – which adds up to help a great cause.
Poverty Aid, 165 & 169 Cardigan Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1QL. It’s open 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sunday.Cover image © Copyright Leeds-List 2019 by Joseph Sheerin.