This guide is for the vintage and antique lovers!
If you follow me, you will know I love all things vintage and having a mooch around for treasure and unique items to fill my home with.
Supporting small businesses is more important than ever, so visiting vintage and antique shops is a great way in supporting those and local because you often find these shops have 100’s of local makers, Etsy sellers and more who have a section or shelf inside these shops.
You can always find something unique inside and with Christmas (dare I say the C word) coming up, it’s a perfect time to support local and independent businesses through these vintage and antique shops in Northamptonshire.
I know there’s way more to visit and sure there’s some hidden gems elsewhere, so please let me know if there are any others I should navigate to!
Here are some of the best vintage and antique shops in Northamptonshire:
My Little Vintage
My Little Vintage has some of the best vintage shops that are full of treasures and small businesses to go and explore.
They first opened in Earls Barton back in 2013 as Julia always dreamed of opening a shop to showcase her love of all things vintage and now stocks many local makers in both her Towcester and Olney shops.
Julia knows what she’s doing when it comes to sourcing reliable and lovely homewares, gifts and more for her shops, plus her display windows are always so enticing.
You can expect country house style homewares, collectibles, textiles, hand painted and wooden furniture, plus they are Northamptonshire’s first stockist of Annie Sloan chalk paints and usually without a pandemic on, they run several workshops across both of their shops.
You can’t miss Vintage Guru on St Giles Street as it stands there with pride inside Hazelwood House and you certainly can’t walk by without checking out all the wonderful window displays – my ultimate favourite has to be their Wizard of Oz one they did a while ago!
Vintage Guru is a vintage emporium full of local and independent traders and you could literally get lost inside their building, as there’s so many sections, floors and nooks and crannies to explore!
Matthew is passionate about all things vintage and sometimes even brings his furry friend, Mishka, with him into the shop who is adorable! They’ve really made this place a worthwhile attraction to visit in Northampton.
Notable traders whom you can buy from inside include Fridge Street, who are famously known around Northamptonshire for creating and drawing beautiful Northampton building fridge magnets and merchandise, Auburn Vintage, Daisy & Dot, Reviver Vintage and much more!
Brackley Antique Cellar
If you really wanna get lost in all kinds of vintage antiques, Brackley Antique Cellar is the place to come to really immerse yourself!
It’s been voted the best Antique centre in Britain and is the largest one in the Midlands hosting 30,000 square feet of floor space – so there is plenty to explore!
I’m always fascinated by what they’ve got in here, as you can find all sorts including huge statues of Elvis Presley (real story!) old vintage diner signs, stacks and stacks of records and old photographs from places across the country, plus beautiful antiques, jewellery and more.
It’s the ideal place to condone social distancing too as their warehouse has plenty of room to create a one-way system and if you fancy a refreshment, there’s a cafe where you can sit down and enjoy coffee, tea, a range of lunch options and lovely homemade cakes.
Vintage Retreat is Northampton’s biggest Vintage Emporium where you will literally be taken back in time!
You will discover 100’s of traders within a 5000sq ft emporium which is full of homewares, furniture, collectibles, clothing, antiques and much more! There’s also plenty of space to navigate around without worrying too much about being too crowded.
There’s lots of little rooms and crannies you can peek into to look around and I always find something to take home with me – including their lovely tote bags which I always love taking out with me.
Not only are they a vintage emporium, but they also host lots of events including 1940’s weekends and you can hire their function space for events and you can enjoy a selection of coffee, tea, cakes and more in their tea room – so it’s a great place to spend the day!
There’s a few more I’ve either visited but not got recent photos on OR are on my bucket list which I REALLY want to navigate to. Here’s a couple more:
I hope you’re already starting to think about where to shop locally and which small businesses you would like to support! Let me know if there’s any above you love visiting and I’ll be sure to update this guide when I go visit more!