Vintage shopping in Manchester: a guide

Manchester Vintage Shopping

Britpop and football may be credited with putting Manchester on the map, but Britain’s second city has another string to its bow: shopping. Head northwest to discover an eclectic selection of retro goodies in the city's finest vintage stores.

You may be familiar with the wide selection of high street shops on offer in Manchester's sprawling Trafford Centre, or the luxurious designer brands situated in King's Street. However, in the trendy Northern Quarter, a vibrant vintage fashion scene contends for the title of the city's best shopping. Here are some of the best spots for quirky clothes, interesting homewares and retro trinkets. Once you’re all shopped out, drop off your bags and put your feet up at our Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport.

Manchester Vintage Shopping

Retro Rehab

Retro Rehab is located on Oldham Street and sells bold, eye-catching vintage pieces for men and women, sourced from all over the world. Each item is lovingly restored and ready to wear but be warned: items go quick so you might need to act fast.

Cow

One of Cow's four UK stores is located in Manchester's Church Street. Stock consists of original items as well as reworked pieces and accessories. Sift through the racks and you might find a classic design from the likes of Missoni, Moschino and Ralph Lauren with one big difference: a vintage price tag.

Pop Boutique

Pop Boutique is an affordable gold mine of retro fashion, furniture and accessories. This Oldham Street store processes more than 10,000 kilos of clothing each week, editing it down to just the crème de la crème. Any pieces that aren’t fit for sale are upcycled, creating new items from vintage fabrics.

Vinyl Exchange

Vinyl Exchange is the largest second-hand music store in Northwest England. The basement is dedicated to vinyl, but on the ground floor you’ll find a huge range of pre-owned and rare CDs. Whatever your music collection is missing, you’ll probably find it here.

Junk Shop

There’s nothing trashy about Dale Street's Junk Shop. This quirky store specialises in sustainable clothing, focussing on pieces that are made in Manchester and designed by the city’s most promising young fashion designers. The shop itself is a homage to recycled materials, sporting a counter made entirely of used Fairy Liquid bottles.

Manchester Vintage Shopping

The Retro Games Shop

The Retro Games Shop, situated in Afflecks emporium, is a treasure trove for those who yearn for the days of playing Zelda and Super Mario on a classic Nintendo. An expansive selection of old-school game consoles and computer games offers customers a trip down memory lane.

Milner & Webb

Just around the corner from The Retro Games Shop you can find Milner & Webb. Known for a huge selection of pre-owned shoes and clothing, the store also sells vintage toys, board games and cameras.

Blue Rinse

Eclectic '70s shirts and classic Fred Perry designs jostle for space among expertly reworked items in this famous store. If you shop at Urban Outfitters you may recognise some of the pieces too: Blue Rinse supply the ‘Made in England’ range to the popular high street chain.

Vinyl Resting Place

Not only a wonderful pun but also a fantastic place to stock up on collectible vinyl records. For over 15 years, Vinyl Resting Place has offered visitors a library cherry-picked by the shop's owner.

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