Get thrifty and unique with a vintage shop in Cardiff
Whether you’re looking for the latest vintage trends or cute 60’s buttons, Cardiff has a wealth of nostalgic fashion finds for you to pilfer through. From the hustle and bustle of the Bessemer Road Car Boot Sale to the 70’s vibe of Hobos in the High Street arcade, you’ll be sure to find some vintage treasures to take home.
Nestling just behind Cardiff Central Station, Jacob’s Market has been a fascination for browsers and rummagers for more than 40 years. Three floors crammed with more than 30 stalls specialising in vintage clothing, period furniture, militaria, vinyls, comics, coins and so much more. The Whistlestop Cafe on the first floor will keep you refreshed, and on selected summertime dates, there’s even a rooftop cinema.
If retro shirts and groovy skirts are your thing, Hobos is where it’s at. The tiny yellow and purple shop is packed with rails of ace 1960s and ’70s clothing and accessories, as well as some carefully selected modern pieces. Founded by two childhood sweethearts, Hobos is the place for retro dresses, loon pants and shoulder bags.
Supplying fresh produce to the locals since the 1770s, Cardiff Market remains a much loved institution as the tradition continues today. Maintaining a classic charm, the impressive Victorian structure is home to the usual traders like butchers, bakers, greengrocers, fishmongers and drapers, many of whom have a good line in friendly banter. Head upstairs in the market to check out the rare records and vinyl specialists, Kelly’s Records.
4. Cardiff Fashion Quarter
Like a secret cavern hewn into a painted fantasy wall, the Cardiff Fashion Quarter is one of the city’s best kept shopping secrets. An emporium to the wares of artisans and creatives, you can also find a wide range of quirky vintage on offer as well as oddities, trinkets, original artworks and pre-loved curios.
Just outside the city on the way to Penarth, the Pumping Station, a reclaimed building in itself, carries a rich reputation for specialising in salvage items such as reclaimed doors, fireplaces, vintage furniture and even garden ornaments. Antiques are bought and sold, and model train enthusiast are amply catered for too, as are devotees of the drum kit, with many sets and accessories stocked by real enthusiasts. This is a real hidden gem for vintage homewares.
Recently voted Wales’ Best Charity Shop, Oxfam Boutique Cardiff is something really special. Thanks to the generosity of those who donate haute couture fashion by designer labels such as Versace or Valentino to the charity (both of which I have seen in store), the rest of us can get closer to buying fabulous gowns that would usually be way beyond budget. Visit often to stay up to date with stock arrivals. Although the Oxfam Boutique is the evident flagship store, there is still much to be discovered and be pounced upon within both Roath and Canton’s charity shops clusters.
7. Bessemer Road Car Boot Sale
Open on weekend and Bank Holiday mornings only, Bessemer Road is more than just a vintage shopping opportunity. Established in 1993, it’s a fun treasure hunt for seeking out the special and the unique with anything and everything capable of turning up here. Two of my most stylish friends are regular shoppers at Bessemer Road and their home furnishings and wardrobes are highly enviable. Arrive early for the best bits.