Best places to shop vintage in Northants
Shop sustainably in style with our pick of the 15 coolest vintage shops in Northants for uncovering unique hidden gems. Ready, steady, shop!
If you want to know about vintage shopping in Northants, step this way. Your Muddy editor has been trawling attic shops and chazzas since I was first allowed to get the bus on my own and even volunteered at Oxfam on Gold Street so I could get all the best bargains as they came in, but vintage shopping is an ever changing landscape and, these days, pre-loved doesn’t have to mean dusty and damp, it’s a unique and conscious way to spruce up your wardrobe and interiors and make your style stand out from the crowd.
Our top tips for a really good rummage are: Don’t be put off by less than chic shop front, as it usually means there are bargains to be found within, don’t be afraid try a good haggle and, if you’re looking for something specific such as a piece of furniture, check the dimensions of the space before you head to the shops.
Simply Salvaged, Heart of the Shires, Weedon
A bright, spacious and friendly one stop shop for everything from bargain furniture projects, to fully spruced up painted pieces, and from contemporary paintings and handmade jewellery to vintage collectables. You can even buy chalk paint here to get stuck in to your own upcycling projects and there are few gorgeous lifestyle concessions too including Muddy fave, Hopping Hare Candles, which make the whole shop smell absolutely incredible. Simply Salvaged also run regular workshops, so if you fancy learning about furniture painting or oil blending for scented candles this is a lovely space to get crafty. Top finds include a bargain Queen Anne style cabinet and a cute handmade silver sloth necklace.
West Barn Country Interiors, Gayton
This is a kind of a Northants version of Bailey’s Home and Garden on a considerably smaller scale, but also a bit more affordable. Win. You do need to make an appointment before you turn up but it’s definitely worth it if you’re after vintage garden finds or French furniture and homeware, owner Sue has an exquisite eye and restores many pieces herself. Think armoires stuffed with vintage linens and characterful terracotta pots.
Second Time Around, Culworth and Banbury
Second Time Around are a charity furniture restoration project for people with disabilities, offering training and volunteering opportunities to promote social inclusion and adult independence. A brilliant platform, but also one of our favourite places to shop for lovely vintage homewares, especially the barn at the back of Forge Coffee in Culworth, where we can get a fix of our favourite caffeinated drink while we’re at it. There are loads of gorgeous pieces of furniture, garden planters and victorian gilt picture frames.
The Barn, Farthinghoe
The Barn is a gorgeous treasure trove of vintage furniture and and other juicy finds at Greenacres Farm in Farthinghoe. Grab a reclaimed Belfast sink, garden tools, old still life oil painting or on-trend industrial factory lights.
The Furrow, The Plough, Everdon
Save this one for later when the pub re-opens, it’s a fantastic stone barn tucked behind the Plough in Everdon (which is a pretty special pub, btw), but sadly they are currently still closed except for takeaways due to the dreaded C-word. Nonetheless, this place is a joy for anyone who loves a good rummage, you’ll almost certainly find a china tea set just like the one your Granny had, a painted wooden chair, or a stately union flag.
There are over 200 dealers in this fabulous emporium and you’ll find experts here who know what they’re talking about, so it’s perfect if you’re after something specific. From antique jewellery and silverware to furniture and rugs and a fabulous range of retro and kitsch including taxidermy and collectable kitchenalia, you can easily loose yourself in here.
These are actually two businesses but, as they’re in the same building at the utterly fabulous, Grade II listed Royal Ordnance Depot, you can visit both together and spend many a happy hour foraging for treasure. Vintique is great for vinyl, clothes and accessories, whilst Emporium is the place for big items of furniture and reclaimed architectural thingumies (technical term).
Village Antique Market, Weedon
Another one in Weedon, this one is a labyrinth of rooms and floors where you can probably get anything you can think of from carved African masks and costume jewellery to Ercol chairs, Arts and Crafts wardrobes and Edwardian stained glass windows.
Watling Reclamation, Paulerspury
This is an absolute goldmine if you need anything for a house or garden renovation. From cast iron fire surrounds and railway sleepers to reclaimed bricks and slate tiles, this is a huge indoor and outdoor space just off the A5.
Harley Equestrian, Woodford Halse
Bit of a tangent, but bear with… this massive equestrian supplier is soooo much more than that. For starters there’s the cafe that serves amazing home-cooked quiches straight from the Aga, but I digress. There’s a fabulous little vintage clothing and accessories section tucked away at the back of the shop and, if it’s top notch, posh vintage you want, this is the place for rummage. You’ll find gorgeous gowns, vintage fur coats and designer handbags galore.
Vintage Guru, Northampton
I practically explode with excitement when I get the chance to visit Vintage Guru and would have absolutely been in heaven as a vintage-obsessed teen if this has been around back in the day. If anyone remembers the iconic Quiggins in Liverpool then this is it’s reincarnation on St. Giles. Deep breath. Books, toys, homewares, accessories, prints, cards, clothes and so so much more. Absolute retro joy.
Vintage Retreat, Northampton
Hello, what’s this then? A vintage emporium, Art Deco style tea room and fabulous events space? Don’t mind if we do. Delve into the racks and racks of clothes from the 1930s to 1990s (HOW is ’90s vintage?! Weep) and refuel in the tea room cafe.
My Little Vintage, Towcester and Olney
Vintage traders and artisan makers galore, you’re bound to find some treasure at My Little Vintage, from quirky ceramics and enamelware to lovely antique dressers and vintage Victorian kids nighties. Am I the only one who can’t resist buying these even though my kids are now rebel tweens and wouldn’t be seen dead? Ah well, pop them in the antique tea chest for the grandkids.
15 Collingwood, Northampton
Last but by absolutely no means least, 15 Collingwood is a haven for anyone obsessed with MCM style (that’s Midcentury Modern, BTW). Classic Scandi vibes abound at this bright and colourful store showcasing stylishly curated retro homewares with a design aesthetic and not a hint of mothballs.