Thursday, 18 February 2010

The Shop. (My favourite vintage shop in London.)


A while back, in my reader comments, someone asked if I could recommend the best vintage shops in East London. I am an expert in this field, I cannot be modest, so I thought I should tell you about The Shop on Cheshire Street, which is definitely my favourite vintage shop in the area.


A veritable veteran of the area at fifteen years in business, it is run by a mother and son team. The Shop always has marvellous and plentiful stock: vintage dresses in wonderful prints and fabrics, quality cashmeres and woollens, piles of silk scarves and fabrics neatly folded into every possible drawer and cabinet, eminently wearable hats, and a huge cabinet of costume jewellery, hair combs and beaded evening bags. There are also cabinets full of folded and pressed vintage fabrics.


The biggest plus point to me is that everything is in great condition and very reasonably priced. There is absolutely no mass-bought vintage filler, the stock is pure quality throughout. And I can let you in on a tip: Thursdays are when they bring in the new goodies.


I escaped with only a vintage cream silk blouse today, in perfect condition and a bargain at £15. I can't get enough of silk at the moment: hurry up Spring!

The Shop is at number 3, Cheshire Street, and is open every day.

16 comments:

  1. Sooo putting that on my 'to go to' list for when I'm next down in London! Thanks for the tip :)

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  2. "I am an expert in this field, I cannot be modest" <--- love that! Great find too.

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  3. Love that little brown frock with the lacy collar - I'm sure I had something similar. You should have bought it!

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  4. Nice tip Caroline. Will defo be making a little trip there.

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  5. Well, I won't be hopping over there today, but that black dress reminds me of a Rodarte frock of burnt and torn lace on display at the Cooper-Hewitt museum, NY.

    Do you wear your new blouse with everything? Whenever I fall in love, I find ways to work it into my leisurewear to evening getup!

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  6. Great tip! I'll check it out if I'm in the area.

    S
    http://notjustmedical.wordpress.com

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  7. Thanks for the recommendation. I've been passed The Shop lots of time but never been in. There are quite a few vintage shops in that area, so it's nice to know which are worth a visit.

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  8. Cool tip - the photos make it look so nice.

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  9. What a fantastci looking spot! I just love having my own special vintage shop to go to. My fave is in Islington in Camden Passage. Yours looks fab! Gonna go check it out soon! happy weekending xxx LZ

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  10. Thanks for the tip Caroline. Another place I like to look is Blackout II in Covent Garden, its a real treasure trove. Have a great weekend. x

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  11. Thanks Laura Jean! Glad to see you're back on your blog already. ;p

    mother: I don't think it would've fit. And I always buy dresses from that shop that are too small! Gave the last one away...

    Lydia: Yes, that lace dress was fantab. And quite on-trend. I am happy to just have a photo of it. :) I've not worn my new blouse yet but yes, I do always want to wear new favourite things to death, even when they're completely inappropriate!

    That's Not My Age: It is by far hands down no DOUBT the best vintage shop in the area. I mean, dresses are between £12 - 25 and in AMAZING condition.

    Emily: I love Camden Passage's shops, too. Annie's, and that little place with the prom dress outside. They are much more $$ than this place, tho.

    Stacy Lou: Blackout II is a definite favourite of mine, too. They have brilliant stock in there, it's almost like a collector's place. LOVE the basement, too.

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  12. Have you been to the Park Boutique on Victoria Park Road? I popped in during the summer and downstairs they had some lovely vintage pieces - not my size - boo!

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  13. I'm so jealous of your vintage shop! I looks like you've got a lot to choose from. My local shop is so overpicked...I just need to go to London I suppose

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  14. Thank you for the tip-off... I MUST go.

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