4 of Birmingham's best vintage shops
Taking a trip to a vintage shop is one of the best ways to keep yourself looking stylish on a student budget.
You’re sure to find one-of-a-kind pieces that no one else will have, plus you’ll be helping the environment by avoiding fast-fashion retailers. Bonus!
We’ve got you covered with our list of the top four vintage shops in Birmingham.
1. COW Vintage
COW Vintage sells a variety of men’s and women’s accessories and clothing, handpicked from around the world according to the latest trends.
Head down to their shop in Digbeth, located in a brick and mortar warehouse, to find some second-hand designer bargains.
It’s sure to be a fun shopping experience as there’s often a DJ playing vinyls – who doesn’t want to listen to some cool tunes as you’re hunting for your new denim jacket?
If you aren’t studying in Brum, don’t worry. They have 5 other shops around the UK, and a website (wearecow.com) for online shopping.
Check it out: Browse their Instagram for serious fashion inspo.
2. Thrifty Store Birmingham
Another vintage gem located in a warehouse space, Thrifty Store offers the cheapest clothing, shoes, home-ware and collectables – including records and VHS tapes.
You’ll find some impressive bargains here, with t-shirts starting from £5 and jackets from £10. The best picks though are up for grabs in their sales events. Entry is usually £5 but once you’re in, you can pick up plenty of pieces for just £1! Yes, you read that right. Just arrive early to avoid the queues.
Check it out: Visit their Instagram page to find out when their next events are.
3. Top Banana
This cute little shop in Kings Heath sells competitively-priced vintage garms, mostly inspired by 60s and 70s American fashion.
Its retro logo and bright yellow exterior nod to the bold and unique style of the pieces you’ll find inside.
If you’re looking for some new trainers, check out their collection of Converse and Vans!
Check it out: Top Banana’s 4.8 out of 5 Facebook rating speaks volume about the quality of this vintage store.
4. Off the Scale
Off the Scale is a vintage shop with a twist.
This not-for-profit store aims to raise awareness of mental health issues, particularly the stigmas surrounding depression.
Their mobile vintage shop on a bus employs young people who have experienced mental health issues and travels around Birmingham, appearing at events and university campuses.
Shopping here will make you feel doubly glowy inside - saving the planet with second-hand clothes and supporting a brilliant charity. Bonus: you get cool clothes out of it too.
Check it out: Take a look at their Depop to check out the fabulous clothing they sell.
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