Yet again, it appears that our shopping habits can only be fulfilled from the solace of our sofa. But despite the temporary closure of charity and vintage shops, sustainable shopping is not on hold, with many of our go-to shops going online. Whether you’re looking to add some excitement to your daily walks, or you’re after a lockdown treat, here are some of my favourite vintage sites:
Sitting close to home, York’s own Dog and Bone Vintage began as a mere market stall, only a decade ago, quickly growing into one of York’s go-to vintage shops. Now, the team sources and sells European and American vintage clothing. Unique to the online experience, Dog and Bone lists which decade each piece is from, contributing to the clothing’s character, as you give it a new life. Although some garments are admittedly on the pricier side, you are guaranteed to find a timeless look to not only last the decades that have passed, but also those to come.
Follow them @dogandbonevintage on Instagram to keep up with regular stock drops.
Fellow Yorkshire based vintage shop Glass Onion normally resides in Sheffield. Similar to Dog and Bone, Glass Onion also has humble roots, starting 14 years ago from the depths of a coal shed. Today, the team promote and pioneer circular fashion by giving clothes a new life, and saving them from landfill. Emulating this season’s sought-after athleisure aesthetic, Glass Onion offers vintage sportswear, oversized sweatshirts, and pre-loved designer at student friendly prices. Amongst their vast vintage selection, you can find big name brands at a fraction of their original price, without compromising on quality or style. I recently found a vintage Ralph Lauren sweatshirt in their Sheffield store which has quickly become my lockdown bestie!
Follow them @glassonionvintage and @glassonion.sheffield on Instagram for the newest styles, read worthy blog posts and lots of behind the scenes snaps!
Originating online, North Workshop primarily focuses on sourcing vintage denim and slogan sweatshirts. Stocking well-known brands, such as Levi’s denim, you are assured to be buying a quality piece. Again, these brand names are reflected in their price, but their unbranded garments at lower prices are equally as lust-worthy, as well as their bargain boasting sale section! Bonus points also go to North Workshop for displaying all of the items on a model!
Follow them @northworkshop on Instagram for professionally polished photography of their latest stock.
Known for their reworked vintage pieces, We Are Cow has shops up and down the country offering one of a kind vintage wear. Unlike the typical vintage shop, We Are Cow promotes a line of reworked pieces, taking vintage materials and garments and transforming them to suit today’s favorite styles. All pieces are hand-tailored in the UK and give a sense of uniqueness to each garment. And if that wasn’t enough, they also source stunningly unique and timeless second-hand clothing fit for any occasion.
Follow them @wearecow on Instagram for access to exclusive discounts, styling inspo, and to hear about stock drops!
About the Author: Zara Osako is in her second year of studying English Language and Linguistics at the University of York.