Return to some Royal shopping…

Last Christmas we caught up with family in the fittingly Royal town of Windsor. While there we came across a fantastic vintage charity shop, run by Thames Hospice. Its Retro and Vintage Shop in the city centre is one of those cleverly presented spaces that feels part boutique and part time travelling machine.

This Christmas we returned for a brief stop (well okay I spent an hour in the shop) to reacquaint ourselves with its sixties/seventies vibe.

There were some great Margot Leadbetter style evening dresses from the early seventies.


I also tried on a pair of punk-inspired tartan trousers (which were way too small!). There were china tea sets from the 1950s, household appliances from the sixties and a few pieces of vinyl from the 1980s. Alas, having tried on at least five outfits, I came away with just a yellow necklace and red and blue scarf. The latter makes me think of a 1970s British Airways air hostess and I’m hoping to use it as I change some of the clothing for my latest installment of Project 333.


I really do love the Retro & Vintage Shop. It’s one of those clever boutique shops that more charities seem to be cultivating (in Bath I can think of the Dorothy House shop on Broad Street and the vintage section at the back of the Julian House shop on Walcot Street). If you’re ever in the Windsor area I really recommend paying it a visit on Peascod Street. You never know, there may even have a been a few Royal donations….


Second-Hand Shopping in Windsor (well one shop at least…)

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….