5 Of The Best Places to Shop Vintage in South East London
Updated: May 7, 2019
Want some fab flares, a frilly shirt or a sparkly jumpsuit so you can catch the eye of the judges for our Best Outfit Dance Off competition at the next HSDY?
Or maybe you’ve got a special occasion coming up and want something different to wear?
Shopping vintage makes so much sense on so many levels - you’ll find wonderful, well-made, affordable clothes and if you ever find you don’t want something anymore, you can always find a new home for it, which is so much better than it ending up in landfill.
Here are a few of our favourites and, yes, we will be doing a north of the river version soon. And if you want to suggest any places we may not know of, do drop us a line and we may do a follow up blog.
1. Cenci, 4, Nettlefold Place, West Norwood, London SE27 OJW (020 8766 8564)
Tucked away in a warehouse off Knight’s Hill, this vintage treasure trove is stashed full to the rafters with men and women’s vintage clothing and accessories from the 1930s to the 90s. Not surprisingly it’s a popular haunt for costume designers from film, TV and theatre - and our dapper HSDY MC, Fergie, is a big fan. If you need something particular ask Massimo and DeDe who have been running Cenci since the mid 80s and the chances are they will find it for you. They’re open Mon - Sat but also on the first Sunday of the month, which is good time to go as it’s also West Norwood Feast (www.westnorwoodfeast.com). If you have never been to this “ volunteer-powered street market festival”, do check it out. Alongside all the food and craft stalls and live entertainment there’s a Retro Village area so it’s win! win!
2. Little Sister, Holdrons Arcade, 135A Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST
Keep going right down to the end of this old school arcade, over the road from Peckham Rye station, and you’ll discover this little gem, which stocks quality men and women’s vintage from big collared 70s denim jackets and waistcoats to sparkly 80s outfits, along with loads of retro style sunglasses. You’ll often find Nicola showing off an outfit - and her excellent salsa moves - on Instagram. While you are there, pop into Deserted Cactus, where Esme cooks up the most delicious Afro-vegan food (deserted_cactus)
If you love all things vintage, you’ll love So Last Century and we’ve never left one of their fairs empty handed. They have huge twice-yearly events at St Dunstan’s in Catford, with up to 40 traders selling everything from ceramics and furniture to maps and jewellery, plus there’s street food too. They put on smaller fairs every few months at the lovely Beckenham Place Mansion (where we also happen to be hosting our first Friday night HSDY on July 12th #justsaying). Next one there is Sunday June 9th. The line-up changes each time but one of our fave stalls, when she’s not selling at festivals, is the mega colourful Retro Bambi.
4. Vien Vintage, 87, Church Road, Crystal Palace, SE19 2TA www.vienvintage.co.uk 020 8653 6943 This women’s vintage shop is the place to go if you want something rather special for a party and their frocks have graced numerous red carpets and awards ceremonies. At the front they have furniture & homewares, but keep walking and you’ll find beautiful quality vintage clothes from the 50s onwards. Staff are really helpful when it comes to finding just what you want. While you are there, pop up the road to “emporium of curiosities”, Bambino, opposite the new Everyman cinema, where they sell gent’s vintage clothes and HSDY tickets too.
We couldn’t write about vintage clothes shopping without mentioning our own HSDY dancer Lady Boo ( that's her above opening her fab pink door!). For over a decade now Lady Boo has been hosting thrice yearly Saturday afternoon women’s vintage clothes sales (plus cake!) at her house in Crystal Palace and we have never left without something fabulous. Our favourite 80s jumpsuit, glittery batwing dress and OTT leopard print top have all come from Boo’s stash, but if you are after daywear/workwear there’s plenty of that as well. There is always a £5 sale rail too. Just message Lady Boo (aka Sarah) via social media for an invite. Her next event is on Sept 7th but she also sells clothes via Instagram so follow her there.
Contact Nikki for any suggestions for vintage shops near you!
See you on the dancefloor!