An alternative guide to shopping in Bristol
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Cotham Hill charity shops Cotham Hill is a charity shop magpie’s haven, located off Whiteladies Road and right by Bristol University’s main student hub, with multiple stores to choose from. If you time your visit right (think just as term ends), they’re full of clothes students either no longer want or can’t be bothered to drag back to their family homes and you can find yourself some real treasures. Gloucester Road If you’re after a unique find, a wander down Gloucester Road is just the ticket; it is home to more independent shops than any other street in the country and is known locally as Bristol’s indie shopping district. It has everything from second-hand steals to beautiful, handmade pieces depending on your budget, with the added bonus that buying from one of its vendors directly helps an artisan continue to do what they love. The next three shops are just the tip of the Gloucester Road iceberg.
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Fox and Feather Fox and Feather has been going strong on Gloucester Road for almost seven years. Admittedly the clothes, although beautiful, are probably out of most students’ budgets. Nevertheless, they stock some amazing jewellery, which will add interest and individuality to most outfits and is a more affordable but no less valid way of supporting a deserving local designer.
That Thing That Thing really does have everything; it sources its stock from over 50 independent designers, most of which are also based in Bristol. Through its doors you’ll find everything from one-of-a-kind vintage pieces to their eponymous line, and in the summer it really comes into its own as a one-stop shop for everything festival fashion-related.View this post on Instagram
A little bit of winter sunshine is definitely needed right now! Love @michgoldie in this white ruffle blouse- in store and online now. #outfitinspo #shopsmall #styleme #whatmamaworemonday #jeansandanicetop #theindependentshopkeepers #postitfortheaesthetic #aquietstyle by @goldieldn
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Thrift The only word to describe Thrift that comes close to doing it justice is “emporium”. It’s jam-packed full of pieces that will liven up any wardrobe and, better yet, lets you do so without damaging the planet because it’s all second-hand! They also rework vintage clothing from brands including Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, so if you’re in Bristol you’d quite frankly be foolish not to pay them a visit.View this post on Instagram
NEW corduroy pinafores to help you look fabulous in the weather change . . . These items have been reworked using corduroy fabric to make a gorgeous new style pinafore . . . Pop into one of our stores today! #sobeysvintage #sobeys #reworkedclothing #cordurory #pinafore #autumnal #bristol #exeter #cardiff
BS8 Just up the road (literally, have you seen how steep Park Street is?!) from Thrift and Sobey’s is BS8 - two whole floors of second-hand goodness. If vintage sweatshirts are your thing, then this is the place for you; with seemingly every colour and size under the sun under one roof you’ll be spoiled for choice. Equally, don’t miss the dressier hidden gems; lurking among said sweatshirts are party dresses and skirts of all shapes and sizes. So there you have it, our alternative shopping guide to Bristol. For those of you not lucky enough to be able to hit up Bristol's fashion spots, you can find some more student-friendly fashion here.View this post on Instagram
*sings Missy Elliot* We all know that the textile industry has a negative impact on the environment Buying secondhand clothing is better for the planet! Best of all we have a range of reworked vintage items in store lovingly hand made by our rework gal @caitynunu! Features brands such as Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Adidas and Carhartt! Come in store to check them out! Styling by @fern.bradie.dee Window by @alicejbarkwellyeah