Whether it’s cut-off shorts, 50s frocks or old-school sweaters, you’ll find it all in Leeds’ vintage stores.
When it comes to vintage shopping, Leeds is pretty gosh-darned awesome. You’ll find a whole host of stores selling everything from jeans to jewels, so there’s no shortage of choice – but before you hit the town, let us introduce you to some of the shops you need to know about.
One of the more recent vintage stores to open in Leeds, Ryan Vintage has quickly become an essential part of the city’s shopping scene. Packed to the rafters with handpicked pieces, it promises top-notch items that are totally deserving of a place in your wardrobe, although you’ll have to hunt them out. The store itself is intimate, taking a corner unit just round the corner from Trinity and Briggate – well worth a detour.
Ryan Vintage, 13 Duncan Street, Leeds, LS1 6DL.
A Leeds original that has since spread across the North, Blue Rinse kicked off its vintage reign in Leeds way back when, in 1997. They started out in Kirkgate Market before bagging a permanent spot on Call Lane, where you can find them today. Nip in for an awesome selection pre-loved clothing for both guys and girls, with their own recycled pieces bringing relics of the past bang up to date. Don’t miss their regular vintage fairs either, which will see you buying preloved gems by the kilo.
Blue Rinse, 9-11 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7DH.
One of the latest additions to Leeds Corn Exchange is Twit-Woo Vintage, a charming little shop that dreams of days gone by. You’ll find all manner of treasures here, with pieces that date back to the 1920s mingling alongside 80s classics. There’s a little something for ladies and lads alike here, think Lindy Bop dresses and sharp waistcoats alongside waist-cinching belts and Mod style scarves.
Twit-Woo Vintage, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 6DT.
A Manchester export that’s made it across the Pennines, Pop Boutique has found its home on Central Road. It lives up to its name, with a colourful decor and a great soundtrack, that can be enjoyed as you browse rail upon rail of vintage treasures. As is the way now, they have an impressive array of recycled pieces, that take the old and turn it into something new, which makes this one of the best vintage stores to visit in Leeds if you’re looking for a pre-loved look that taps into current trends.
Pop Boutique, 12-14 Central Road, City Centre, Leeds, LS1 6DE.
For something a little bit different, try Aladdin’s Cave. Unlike the other vintage stores in Leeds, their focus is on jewellery, which means you can get everything from engagement rings to pocket watches, all from days gone by. As a family run business, it’s a very personal shopping experience, and they’ll be happy to help you choose between the very tempting selection on offer, some of which dates back to Edwardian times.
Aladdin’s Cave, 19 Queens Arcade, Leeds, LS1 6LF.
If it’s choice you’re after, Best is the place to go. It’s one of the biggest vintage stores in Leeds with two floors for you to explore and a mysterious third level that always makes us think there’ll be something new next week. The Leeds store opened in 2007, but it proved to be the first of many, as their unique brand of vintage classics, re-made pieces and vintage-style fashion has been so popular that they’ve spawned stores in Newcastle and Liverpool.
Best Vintage, 22-24 Newmarket Street, Leeds, LS1 6DG.
If you like to shop online, check out Rebecca Jade Vintage and Dusty and Dylan – they’re both Leeds based, but they do their thing on the web. If it’s home accessories you’re after, try our list of Awesome Vintage Furniture Stores in Leeds, they deserve one all of their own. And if that’s not enough, we’ve got a whole guide to shopping in Leeds.
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