York vintage shopping guide – Vintage, antiques and secondhand shops

Vintage shops are a treasure trove – you never know what gem you might discover!

And York has plenty of them.

We’ve put together a guide to all the vintage shops in York, so you can find the bargain of your dreams or a new wardrobe staple.

Vintage shops can also be a great way to encourage sustainability and take a step away from fast fashion.

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Happy shopping!

Dog & Bone Vintage

Bestsellers… D&B shirts

If you’re a vintage clothing enthusiast, Dog & Bone on Castlegate is a must visit. Browse through two floors packed with menswear and womenswear from eras like the 60s up to the 00s. The hand-picked collection has brands such as Christian Dior and Levi’s on offer, as well as an apothecary range.

28 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RP

Bowler and Betty

Featuring retro and reproduction clothing and accessories, the recently rebranded Bowler and Betty is a shop you could browse in for hours. With treasures hiding in every corner, and pieces inspired by the 20s, 40s, 60s and more there is so much in here waiting to be discovered and loved.

52 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF

Chinese Laundry

There are plenty of vintage shops for students to explore

Nestled in the middle of Goodramgate is this unique shop selling vintage, re-worked and branded items. The items are hand-picked from Europe and America, and they stock both mens and womenswear. With brands such as Adidas, Nike and Levi’s, as well as Chinese Laundry’s own brand to browse through.

51 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS

Expressions Clothing

Photo: Expressions Clothing Facebook

A funky vintage and retro shop on Walmgate that specialises in American sports clothing! Choose from American football, basketball, ice hockey, baseball jerseys and more. Also stocked in the shop are even more vintage clothing and accessories to hunt through.

12 Walmgate, York YO1 9TJ

Expressions clothing website

Sue Ryder

Home of great finds: the Sue Ryder shop on Goodramgate. Photograph: YorkMix

Just around the corner from York Minster is this delightful charity shop, that also stocks vintage and retro goodies! Spread over two floors, the bottom floor is home to donated second-hand stock while there are many vintage treasures to be discovered on the second floor.

28 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LG

The Antiques Center York

Photo: The Antiques Center York Facebook

Located in a Grade II listed building on the historic Stonegate, this is a must-visit for anyone interested in antiques. There’s five showrooms spread over three floors and over one hundred dealers from around the country – and there’s also a tea room! With antiques covering periods such as Georgian, Victorian, Art Deco and more there’s something for any taste.

41 Stonegate, York YO1 8AW

The Antiques Center website

Barbara Cattle

Photo: Barbara Cattle Website

This shop on Stonegate will surely satisfy all your antique and period jewelery needs! With beautiful pieces to suit every occasion, something is sure to catch your eye here. The prices are pretty premium though, but there’s no harm in looking…

45 Stonegate, York YO1 8AW

Cavendish Jewelers

Cavendish Jewellery. Photo: Richard McDougall

A slightly more affordable option for antique and vintage jewelery! Cavendish Jewelers is a family-run business with more than 50 years experience. With over 6,000 items of jewelery to choose from both in store and online, you will be spoilt for choice.

44 Stonegate, York YO1 8AS

Cavendish Jewelers website

The Red House Antique Center

The Red House Antique Centre. Photo: Richard McDougall

You’ve almost definitely seen this iconic red building while walking around the city, but have you ever taken a look inside? Inside is packed full of antique collectables from furniture to glassware to jewelery – and even records!

1 Duncombe Place, York YO1 7ED

The Red House Antique Center website


RueB. Photo: Richard McDougall

Independent jewelery shop right on the doorstep of the Minster, specializing in sterling silver and fashion jewelery. Browse through statement necklaces, colorful bracelets, dainty earrings and much more!

3-5 Minster Gates, York YO1 7HL

Sore Thumb Retro Games

Sore Thumb Retro Games. Photo: Rachel Rogers

This shop is every gamer’s dream…Head into this ‘retro gaming Nevada’ and browse through hundreds of different games, hardware and consoles. You might even come across rare and limited edition items!

7 Gillygate, York YO31 7EA

Sore Thumb Retro Games website

Greybear Vintage Gifts

Photo: Greybear Facebook

This contemporary shop on Bridge Street is a mix of old and new homeware, furniture and gifts. Browse through unique, upcycled antique furniture that is sourced from all over the UK and beyond. You are sure to find something to add that special touch to your home.

3-4 Bridge St, York YO1 6DD

Greybear Vintage Gifts website

Bridal Reloved York

Photo: Bridal Reloved Facebook

Bridal Reloved York is part of the UK’s largest chain of boutiques specializing in sample, pre-owned and some brand new bridal gowns. Find the dress of your dreams at a more affordable price – without the compromise!

140 Micklegate YO1 6JX York

Angela Bare

Angela Bare. Photo: Richard McDougall

Trust me when I say you will not find a more fantastic display of shoes anywhere else! Located on Clifford Street, this colorful shop is sure to catch your eye. There’s bright clothes, shoes, accessories and more to browse through and find your next treasured piece.

6 Clifford St, York YO1 9RD

Priestleys Vintage

Formerly situated on Grape Lane, Priestleys Vintage is now an exclusively online shop. Browse through their Etsy shop for beautiful one-of-a-kind vintage clothing items from shirts to jackets to dresses. Add a new vintage staple to your wardrobe!

The Vintage Store

Inside The Vintage Store. Photograph: YorkMix

This vintage shop opened on Parliament Street last year and has a wide selection of pre-loved fashion.

4-6 Parliament St, York YO1 8SE

Headlock Vintage @ Spark:York

And a bonus! Hosted by Headlock Vintage, Spark at Piccadilly regularly have vintage clothing sales so definitely keep an eye out on their website and social media pages for their next one. Browse through brands such as Adidas, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and much more and bag your next bargain.

17-21 Piccadilly, York YO1 9PB

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