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Vintage shop snoop: Unicorn, Ship Street in Oxford

Unicorn is like a melting pot of vintage. It’s like what I imagine the first vintage shops ever looked like – just completely packed and owned by some eccentric character.

The packed rails of Unicorn in oxford
The packed rails of Unicorn in Oxford

Its windows are full to the brim, as are the rails and its safe to say I don’t think they have a cleaner (or for that matter ever had a hoover….) but what it lacks in space, it makes up with charm. Every time I go in I honestly feel like I’ll find a gem hanging, tightly packed on the rammed rails.

The window display at Unicorn

It’s owned by a lady called Eva, small but fierce and always seems to be putting out more stock from an area out the back that seems to get magically bigger not smaller. There are no price tags on anything so you have to ask Eva, which makes me scared sometimes!


It sells a lot of wool mix pieces, quirky shirts but mainly its party dresses. There’s also a great section of shoes, jewellery and what can only be described as knick-knacks. Eva must like floral prints as when I visited they were everywhere.

The delights of Unicorn

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There may not be enough room to shake a stick (the futon below fills the room anyway!) but its a great little shop. How it affords to stay open is a mystery, as I don’t think I’ve ever seen more than one person in there. Worth a visit and let me know if you go by sending me a tweet @VintageOxford.

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You can find Unicorn at Ship Street in Oxford City Centre – there’s no email/twitter/website for the shop (makes me love it slightly more)

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