I had the pleasure of visiting Bristol last weekend and attended the Jazz & Blues festival with my friend. The next day we went for a good ol’ vintage and charity shop snoop. I just love the shops in Bristol, it’s so nice to walk down the street and not see the same old brands.
We first stopped into Cox and Baloney a vintage shop and cafe. It’s a beautifully merchandised shop with lots of homewares and also sells re-pro vintage tea dresses. It’s a very ‘girly’ shop, bright and light.
Next up, we went to Emmaus Bristol as I wanted to see how it compared to the Oxford one (and as you might know, I’ll soon be the new Retail Manager at Emmaus Oxford!).
It’s hidden away slightly from the main walk into town and had a very spacious shop, set over two floors. Emmaus’ main product is furniture but the shop had a small clothing section and a homewares wall. I quite liked the wooden signs hanging down and on the ground floor the lighting on the ceiling was pretty cool, lots of wires twisting and weaving.
As much as I love a well laid out shop, I also have a thing for crazy, messy, stuffed-to-the-rafters vintage shops. My friend took me to a vintage warehouse place (yes, I can’t remember the name!). It’s a place where several sellers have stalls and local upcyclers sell their wares. It was mad to say the least and we couldn’t even work out how or who we were meant to pay for stuff!
We rifled through the rails of clothes, checked out the furniture and delighted at the weird and wonderful in there. There was an old vinyl record player pumping out some disco tunes as well.
Last up was another furniture charity shop, which has a great name – Happytat. It was packed full of new and vintage furniture. It was a strange shop in that, even thought it’s a charity you couldn’t really tell what it was going to towards. It was only when I picked up a leaflet on the way out that explained that it was a community enterprise rasing money for The Crisis Centre Ministries, Love Bristol and the Bristol Life Fund. At the back of the shop it had a workshop space for upcycling (don’t know how that works with health & safety!) but the prices of some of the pieces were astronomical in my opinion. A lick of paint does not warrant £300. With the other furniture priced well, it just seemed a bit at odds.
And so that was my little trip to Bristol. I finished off the weekend with a nice curry and some girly chit-chat before heading back to the dreaming spires. Do you have a city you just love to shop in? Let me know.