Glasgow is known as a shopper's paradise, but not only does the city have big high street brands and stunning malls, it's also a place that's ideal for vintage shopping and discovering second-hand treasures. From retro glamour to granny chic the city is awash with eclectic vintage stores. So to get you started, here's some of our top picks of the vintage and pre-loved shops in Glasgow!
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Located in the Southside of the city, Glad Rags is a not-for-profit vintage store that has a great selection of men and women’s clothing and accessories. And if you’re in need of a refreshment after all that rummaging around, pop next door to the Glad Café - the sister cafe to the shop.
The Glasgow Vintage Company is located in Kelvinbridge in the city’s west end. An extensive range of unique clothing from the 50s to the 80s for men, women and children. With over two floors of vintage attire to enjoy, what's not to love?
Glorious is also in the west end on Great Western Road. They have a big selection of second-hand clothing from all your favourite high street stores, with a variety of bags, shoes, scarves and jewellery as well as a collection of vintage clothing.
Although not strictly a vintage shop, Granny Would Be Proud is an indoor market which takes place at Hillhead Book Club in the west end and has been running for a number of years helping to promote ‘local talent and smart shopping with soul’.
Mr Ben Retro Clothing can be found in Glasgow's Merchant City. Having established itself as one of the most well stocked vintage stores in the country; there's classic, designer labelled clothing and accessories from a variety of decades, meaning you'll be spoilt for choice. Glasvegas’ drummer Caroline McKay quit the band and went to work in Mr Ben’s where she first met James Allan, the lead singer.
Retro Clothing is one of the UK’s longest established vintage clothing shops. Located just along the road from the Glasgow Vintage Co. Their selection of men and women’s vintage clothing ranges from tail coats to evening dresses, alongside a huge choice of clothing and vintage accessories, jewellery and even bedding.
Established in 1986, you'll find Starry Starry Night along the cobbled Dowanside Lane just off Byres Road in the west end. This traditional boutique is a collection of treasures from years gone by! Their wealth of vintage items include antique clothing that dates back to the Victorian and Edwardian era right through to the 1980’s.
After scouring the vintage stores of the West End, complete your retro style with a visit toPin-ups. Here the girls in pink will give you the perfect hair style and make-up from your chosen era.
City Retro 41 vintage store can be found on King Street in the Merchant City. They have a fab variety of men and women’s vintage clothing on offer; from baseball sweaters to wedding dresses and so much more, including a range of accessories to suit all tastes.
Books & Record Stores
Voltaire & Rosseau
Voltaire and Rousseau is a second-hand bookshop located in the west end. The shop is packed to the rafters with great books and has become a real treasure trove to both students and literature fans alike.
Caledonia Books is based in the city's Kelvinbridge area and specialises in second-hand and antiquarian books, covering subjects ranging from Scottish art and literature to history and philosophy.
Operating for nearly 20yrs in the west end, Thistle Books buy and sell a large range of second hand books, specialising in Scottish literature and history. They even offer a book finding service.
Also in the city's west end you'll find Albamusick, a sheet music collectors dream, carrying one of the largest collections of classical music in Britain. Mixed Up Records, sells new and not so new vinyls, CDs and DVDs to collectors and music fans alike. And bargains are always to be had at charity shops and Oxfam Record Store is no exception. Selling CD’s, vinyl, 78’s and even second-hand sheet music.
Established in 1977, Lost Chord is the oldest second-hand record shop in Glasgow. A crate diggers dream, Lost Chord stocks lots of vinyl and if you are lucky you might discover some rare gems.
In the city centre you'll come across Love Music, an old-school independent store, rock music specialist and champion of unsigned artists from the city and beyond. While Rubadub Records is a must for any DJ, providing hard to get electronic music from across the world. Rubadub not only sells great music, but with former staff including Jackmaster (Number 5 in Resident Advisors Top 100 DJ’s 2016) they live and breathe good music.
Somewhat of a Glasgow institution, Missing Records has been supplying second hand music to the masses for a number of years and is still going strong. Based on Argyle Street, Missing Records carries a huge selection of music and even caters for film buffs too.
With every type of music genre catered for at Monorail Music, this independent record store is the first stop on every music aficionados list when in Glasgow. From Jazz to Hardcore and everything in-between, if you love music, visit Monorail Glasgow.
Famed for being the oldest confectionary store in Glasgow. Glickman’s sell well-known Scottish sweets from your youth and undiscovered candy delights your grandparents used to enjoy. Try their homemade Macaroon Cake, made in traditional copper pots – even Jamie Oliver approves.
If Willie Wonka was Glaswegian, and called Mrs Mitchell, this would be his factory! Selling every sweet delight you can imagine plus much more, people flock to Mrs Mitchell’s Sweetie Shop on Argyle Street for a Scottish sugar rush like no other.
Famed for its love of home baking and all things vintage, TheCup and Saucer serves up cakes, fresh ground coffee and quality loose leaf teas, all with a dash of rock and roll. Escape the hustle and bustle if even for just a moment and savour their sweet treats, lovingly served up in Glasgow’s west end.