The first weekend of the year and a whole seven days without Christmas snacks & a daily prosecco, it was time to hit the shops. It’s been a rainy weekend but I’ve been out and about a bit and first stop was the Cowley Road in Oxford for my first snoop of the year.
I love that Cowley Road has lots of independent businesses, I stopped off at the flower shop to get some bits and also spotted this HUGE fruit, which made me giggle.
The Barnardos charity shop has had a move around and I’m sad to say the vintage rail seems to have disappeared and there is definitely a lot less clothing in there. However, I have pointed out before that the shop’s vintage rail was not updated too much.
There was this brown and white dress that was always in there. They’ve moved the entertainment section to the back so there are loads more DVDs and CDs, if that’s your thing and the homeware modules are a lot more prominent in the shop. But alas, I will mourn the clothing.
I tried on a leather jacket with a faux shearling collar but it didn’t look right on. But I did find a cool vintage sequin top.
For the second time in not so many weeks, I’ve tried to visit the Sue Ryder vintage shop on Cowley Road but it has been shut. Last time, it said they were on lunch but this time loads of sale posters in the window but no one there..? Another customer and I waited a little bit but no luck. I’ve managed a charity shop and I’m sure any retailers out there can relate… closing your shop over a Saturday lunch time, not the best idea for your sales.
I decided to visit Reign Vintage instead. I always love their window displays – they are constantly changed up with lots of sumptuous vintage to drool over. And I love that they mix and match snazzy shirts with classic staples. It’s a very colour coordinated shop inside and features women’s wear, men’s and loads of accessories.
Here is a range of vintage pieces I pulled out that I would love in my wardrobe. As it’s January, my post-Christmas bank account was not up to much and nothing blew me away. So, I didn’t pick anything up but I’m looking forward to more shopping this year and getting my vintage style back on track.
Are there any new shops out there I need to know about – in Oxford, England or online? I’d love to hear about them.