Thursday, 18 February 2010
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.