Bold Street is one of the best places to go for vintage and charity shopping. It is vibrant and busy with a variety of independent coffee shops popping up as you go along so you can stop for your caffeine kick whilst looking for the best bargain.
Resurrection is an independent vintage shop that also sells branded items, its own range of customised items as well as doing adjustments. The store has a casual, relaxed vibe with colourful posters plastering the walls in the dressing rooms and green wallpaper with flowers on nearly every wall of the upstairs shop floor in the women’s section. The floor upstairs is also mostly covered in Middle Eastern carpets, giving the store a multi-cultural look.
The store has a unique style that keeps very up-to-date with the latest trends, such as velvet which has been leading a storm on the high street as an every day and evening wear piece. The store has dedicated a section to vintage velvet, mainly red and black giving a sophisticated edge to the otherwise quirky style. Resurrection defines itself as ‘mainstream but with a bit of an edge’. Indeed there are the conventional on-trend items we see all the time at the moment such as the denim look with the must have Levi jeans and denim jackets. They also sell a large number of trilby hats and faux fur coats, leather jackets as well as leather bags such as mini satchels and soft leather bags with unusual detailing. What surprised me on my recent visit was the collection of western-style boots they had which were positioned next to a range of new Vans trainers. I haven’t seen western-style boots as a must have item this year, but perhaps Resurrection are proving themselves to also be a store which accommodates not just the trend-seekers, but the ones who are looking for that standout piece to get everybody turning heads.
Resurrection’s branded pieces are mainly classic and on-trend with the sporty look being emphasised on the displays especially. However, like they said, they have an edge. For example, at the moment they are selling a black leather jacket that has random and colourful badges on the collar and down the sides on the front.
The men’s section is also split into vintage and new. Plaid seems to be very in at the moment in men’s wear and there are a large range of sports tops and patterned t-shirts as well as knitwear and winter coats.
Plaid is also largely featured in Pop Boutique; another vintage store on Bold Street selling on-trend pieces as well as those quirky pieces every vintage shopper loves.
As you walk into Pop Boutique, on your left there is a long wrack of denim jackets, mainly Levi ones. The Levi brand is very on-trend at the moment with fashionistas desperate to grab a pair of vintage Levi jeans or jacket to dress up or down for any occasion. Despite the Levi trend I bought a fabulous Wrangler jacket costing £18 which is just below the average price of £22 for a denim jacket in Pop Boutique.
Despite these two fantastic vintage shops on Bold Street, there are also a variety of great charity shops to have a browse through (see Holly Benning’s article on your ‘chain store’ charity shops which is Part One to this article). Take 2 is an independent charity shop with a sophisticated feel to it which I do not usually find in charity shops. Usually I find that random t-shirts for example are thrown together without being organised into anything except size. Take 2 has a different take on things. The clothes are colour co-ordinated and the clothes appear to be carefully chosen to present a sophisticated style. They do not appear to put clothes on display which have logos; instead they have beautiful blouses, dresses, tailored trousers – a lot of evening wear! This part of the store can be seen on the far left and right. In the middle however you get your more everyday style clothes as well as accessories. The store mainly consists of women’s items. However, the men’s section has a great selection of shirts and jumpers.
So if you are a bargain hunter like me, the classic student saver, and an avid shopper who likes that quirky one of a kind piece, Bold Street is definitely the place to go.