The best vintage and second-hand shops in Edinburgh

By Keith Smith

Lovers of vintage clothing and accessories are in for a real treat, because they are certainly well-catered for in Edinburgh.

The real bargains are to be had in the plethora of vintage and second-hand stores, charity shops and emporiums of curios you’ll tend to be seen grouped together in small pockets throughout the city – Stockbridge, Morningside, Dalry and Gorgie are all home to a good selection of these. You’ll probably have to wade through some dross to locate the gems, but they are there to be unearthed if you’re willing to look hard enough.

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Edinburgh boasts a wide and varied vintage retail offer

If you’d prefer someone else to sort the wheat from the chaff for you, then there are a profusion of stores that cater to almost every vintage whim and desire.

You’ll pay a premium for that service, but on the whole, the price tags aren’t exorbitant and still offer fantastic value for money. Style guru Mary Portas and Save the Children collaborate with Mary’s Living and Giving Shop in Raeburn Place which is a sure-fire bet for big name brands, but the daddy of them all is undoubtedly W. Armstrong & Son, which claims to be Britain’s largest vintage emporium. Spread across three tardis-like sites, the stores are a Mecca for vintage enthusiasts; if you can’t find it here, chances are it probably doesn’t exist.

Quirky outlets

Rammed full of little record stores, quirky gift outlets and clothing stores, the twisting, winding Cockburn Street which feeds up from Waverley Station and Princes Street Gardens towards the High Street also appeals, although it’s more niche than vintage. If it’s old books you’re seeking, then try any one of the half a dozen or so second-hand bookstores in the locale of West Port.

And proving that small can sometimes be best, the picturesque St Stephen Street in Stockbridge offers a diverse array of shops, from vinyl at VoxBox Music to beautiful books at Golden Hare Books, plus yet more vintage looks, including bridalwear at Those Were The Days and womenswear and accessories at Elaine’s Vintage Clothing.

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Image credits: ©Annie Theby/eduardovieiraphoto/Unsplash; Artem Beliaikin/Pexels; Jordan Moffat Photography/Those Were The Days Vintage

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