I confess this is a slight cheat of a post as it only features one second-hand shop in Windsor but it’s such a fantastic shop I had to wite about it.
We recently took a visit to the Royal town to meet with family. While wandering the streets we came across a great charity shop run by Thames Hospice. The Retro & Vintage shop on Peascod Street is one of those places that makes your heart beat quicker and your purse quiver. Inside was an aladdin’s cave of eighties, seventies and sixties clothing, post-war knick knacks, old toys, games and records.
My daughters were fascinated by the old wooden toys and we talked about the typewriters which are an object (like vinyl records and telephones that you dial) that they weren’t familiar with.
I tried on a couple of items, including a great pair of homemade red polyester flared trousers, but nothing fitted. However my husband picked up a jacket and a stylish duffel coat. We also bought a mint condition edition of the game ‘Risk’ for £5.
I’m fascinated by the change that many charity shops are currently undergoing. It’s interesting to note that the Windsor shop appears to be the only one of the 12 shops run by Thames Hospice that has a ‘vintage’ branding. I think it worked really well: the slightly jumbled appearance of an old-fashioned charity shop coupled with savvy stock from an organisation that knows vintage is where it’s at and customers are looking for more than last season’s throw away t-shirt from Asda.
If you are ever in Windsor I would highly recommend a trip to this city-centre store. I’m already trying to engineer an excuse to visit again….