THE BEST SECOND HAND SHOPS & VINTAGE SHOPS IN BRIGHTON & HOVE
#SecondHandSeptember is a campaign run by Oxfam to bring awareness to our fast fashion habits and to encourage people to shop sustainably and take part in the circular economy. We’ve put together a handy list of some of our favourite second hand and vintage shops in Brighton & Hove to help you get started.
Wander through Brighton’s North Laine and you’re spoilt for choice as a plethora of second hand and vintage shops line the streets. If you’re a local pro-thrifter, you’ll know that if you venture outside of the city centre, there are many more amazing shops to discover.
An honourable mention to Oxfam’s shops in Brighton, especially their book shop in Kensington Gardens.
Run by the cooperative recycling company Magpie, Shabitat is located in Saunders Park off Lewes Road.
This is a warehouse filled to the brim with furniture, electrical goods and homeware as well as clothing.
If you’re looking to revamp a room in your house, or are after some upcycled, one of a kind items it’s well worth a trip.
And, you can feel safe in the knowledge that your money is being used to fund Magpie’s essential services.
To Be Worn Again is a Brightonian classic. Having been a staple of the North Laine for over 20 years, they’ve got two shops in the area and boast a huge collection of clothing.
They stock all eras of fashion, from 1950’s Rockabilly-style shirts all the way to 90’s shell suits. Their price range is pretty reasonable and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a cheaper bargain in the area.
They host monthly £15 Kilo Sales at their warehouse in Worthing, which is every vintage shoppers dream and well worth the trip.
Affectionally called ‘Snoopers’ by locals, this flea market is another iconic Brighton store. Its labyrinthine layout means that you can spend hours upon hours in there and still keep finding new bits and pieces.
The stock is vast and you can get anything in there from trinkets to long-forgotten vintage photograph collections, up to large furniture pieces. Head up into their attic and you’ll find their intricate, beautiful vintage clothing and hand-made pieces by local artists.
With over 90 independent vendors selling their wares, there is something for everyone hidden away in Snoopers.
If you’ve got a slightly larger budget for your furniture, then a trip to ERA on Trafalgar Street is well worth it. With a focus on quality and design, they hand-pick their collection of mid-century antiques, furniture and decorative interiors.
They painstakingly refurbish every item in-house and take great care in curating their collections.
They also have an online shop, so if you’re unable to make the trip down yourself, you can browse and order their stock here.
Wolf & Gypsy is another more high-end shop on this list. Having opened in 2009, they have always aimed to keep their collections wearable, so they can easily sit in a modern wardrobe.
Their pieces are eclectic, varying in era and style and they also offer a small selection of jewellery and homeware.
They have also added an online store to their website with a larger collection, so you can browse before you buy. But we’d recommend visiting their cosy shop next time you’re in the North Laine.
Emmaus is a global charity, helping people to overcome homelessness. Their site in Brighton is an impressive space in the heart of Portslade village, with several shops and a cafe located in their listed buildings.
The ‘Companions’ who live and work in the Emmaus community run the space, so your visit to the community is what will help keep it running.
Moving back into the North Laine, and you’ll find another landmark of vintage clothing in Brighton, Dirty Harry.
Originally inspired by the Canal Jeans Store in New York, the shop itself carries a whole host of clothing, from 1950’s workers’ jackets to their limited collection.
The shop now spans three floors and is an important part of any vintage shoppers trip to Brighton.
Fast fashion isn’t just a problem for adults. Parents are expected to spend around £10K on just clothing for their child. By buying second-hand for children, parents could make a saving of around 50-90%.
Tiny Human Club curate collections of second-hand and vintage kids wear from all over the world. Whilst they don’t have a physical shop, their online store is extensive and stylish.
They also have a buy-back scheme, so once your kid has outgrown an outfit from them, you can send it back for credit. What’s not to love?
If you keep walking up from the Flea Market, you’ll find yourself surrounded by antique shops in the heart of Kemptown Village.
It’s hard to pick a favourite, but if we had to it would be the cafe-come-antique-shop-come-nail-bar, Kemptown Trading Post.
This quirky shop is not only home to beautiful antique clothing and furniture, but while you’re in there you can also get your nails done at Seaess Nails & Beauty on Thursday’s and Friday’s.
Treat yourself to a cup of coffee at next door’s Cup of Joe (run by the same owners) and take in the sights and sounds of Kemptown.