I love Bristol.
Sometimes when you arrive in a city you can just feel a buzz and Bristol, for me, is one of those places. I was visiting my friend Georgia for the weekend and having lived in Bristol since uni, she was a great tour guide!
There are soooo many vintage and charity shops and I think this must reflect the student and artistic side of the city. I spent the first few days with the team at Oxfam Books on Cotham Hill. They have a great selection of vinyl and some really cool comics (as well as music and lots of books, of course!) I picked up three recipe books, a book about the North for my Southern boyf, a Chuck Berry CD and volume two hits of the 60s. It had ‘ferry across the Mersey’ on it, so I couldn’t resist.
I then took a walk down Cotham Hill and peeked into some of the charity shops. For one street, there are lots to choose from and I obviously was drawn to the vintage-esque shops. I visited the St Peter’s Hospice, which was good but only had men’s clothes in. I then headed to the CLIC Sargent, which was amazing. It had a very local feel; with vinyl, vintage, seasonal wear and some homeware pieces dotted in between.
I took a few pieces to try on, sorry for the selfies! I thought the quality was great but they had lots of woolly jumpers and I would have liked to have seen some more summer pieces – especially as it was a super hot day.
After saying goodbye to Cotham Hill I headed back to my friend’s house for the evening. We got up early and in typical girl fashion took a few hours getting ready. We set 12 as the target and think 12.15 we left – so not too bad!
We started at the top of Gloucester Road visiting Iota, a shop of full of quirky home accessories and gifts. It started at St Nicholas’ market and grew to be an independent boutique style shop.
Next up we headed to Marie Curie – it was half fashion, half clothes but I couldn’t find anything good. The St Peter’s on the road was ace, we found some cool summer items, a wedding dress and picked up this vintage red St Michael’s coat.
The CLIC Sargent on Gloucester Road is awesome, really quirky and full of vintage and upcycled gems. Here are some of my fave pieces. Isn’t the Kit Kat tea-pot great.
Repsycho is a full on vintage shop and reminded me of Jack and Danny’s in Bath. The first time I visited Bristol I remember this shop having a mini camper van in the window – and seven years later I don’t think much has changed! It had some great vintage sports wear, it was a shell suit heaven.
Last but not least was a visit to Cox and Baloney, a vintage inspired shop and tea cafe. It was so pretty and quaint and had some great vintage re-pro pieces. They also have their own brand of tea, which is quite cool.
We had a long hot day in the sun stopping off for some drinks along the way. There was a mini festival on in Stoke’s Croft so it was very busy and we finished off with a quick wine or three before heading home.
As I said at the beginning, I love Bristol, and it was great to revert back to being 15 again with my friend shopping and mooching on a Saturday – possibly our favourite hobby together 🙂 (but not good for the bank balance!)
Have you ever visited Bristol? – let me know your top shops.