Belfast's Vintage Treasures
One of my favourite things to do when I’m visiting a city is to have a rummage through their best vintages shops – a vintage dress to wear and treasure is a much more fabulous souvenir than a trashy ceramic ornament! Vintage shopping is a huge trend in Belfast with an iconic vintage fair flying the flag for nostalgia and style, to vintage stores packed with treasure to uncover. Here the best vintage shops Belfast has up its sleeve:
Frock Around the Clock
The ultimate vintage experience in Belfast is Frock Around The Clock Vintage Fair. As the longest running vintage fair, the quality of the vintage sellers is second to none with around 40 retailers at each fair. Frock Around The Clock also includes local crafters selling their wares and sweet treats in the form of handmade chocolates and cupcakes. The atmosphere alone makes it a fair that you want to spend some time browsing and hearing the fabulous stories behind some of the pieces for sale. A day of glamour and nostalgia – Frock Around The Clock vintage fair is a must-visit for any vintage lover.
St George's Market
St George’s Market also hosts some quality vintage retailers at the Sunday Market. Look out for Norma Jean Vintage for quality vintage clothes, jewellery and accessories. If you love your vintage with extra sparkle then check out Vintage USA for glittering jewellery pieces.
Get your retail therapy totally guilt-free by shopping in vintage specialist charity shops. Oxfam Vintage, 8 Castle Street, Belfast in the city centre is just a skip up from the big Primark on Royal Ave and has a fantastic selection of vintage clothes, footwear and accessories. Vintage finds donated to Oxfam stores all over Northern Ireland are sent to this vintage hub. Check out Oxfam Vintage's Facebook page for regular posts of new stock.
Just up from CastleCourt Shopping Centre on Royal Ave is Re:Store Vintage run by the charity East Belfast Mission. Donations to Re:Store charity shops are funnelled to the city centre store to result in wall-to-wall vintage finds.
Vintage Shops Belfast City Centre
Belfast City Centre is also home to classic vintage stores Tag 13 and Young Savage. At Tag 13, 13 Church Lane (near Victoria Square) you’ll find a mix of leather jackets, sequin dresses and vintage Levi jeans.
If you like a coffee with your shopping check out Young Savage at 89-93 North Street. Located within the Bigg Life Arts Centre you can sip your tea in Café Wah while checking out the vintage wares.
Vintage Shops Belfast's Queen's Quarter
Botanic Ave in the Queen’s Quarter of Belfast is the home of two great vintage shops. The original Belfast vintage store - The Rusty Zip, and Yellow Submarine. The Rusty Zip opened in Belfast in the summer of ’98 and has been delighting Vintagistas ever since. The Rusty Zip houses an eclectic mix of eye-popping vintage clothing, accessories, and quirky costumes as well as some upcycled items like bags made from vintage fabrics by local designers.
Located at 44 Botanic Ave, near the Empire Music Hall, look out for the bright yellow door with the porthole to enter into the Yellow Submarine’s den of vintage delights. Themed rooms add an extra level of visual fun with lots of the boys including vintage vinyl, t-shirts, denim, and quirky furniture finds.
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