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Shopping Vintage

Vintage Shopping in Chichester

May 2, 2015

A few weeks ago we went on a little family trip to Pagham near Chichester for a few days. The area holds so many special memories for me. When I was a child my Grandparents lived in Chichester and had a beach hut at a nearby beach. We spend so much of our summer holidays in the area and I will always love it just as much as I love London. As well as our days on the beach I can remember going antique shopping quite a lot. When they closed their antique shop in London they opened a new one nearer to Chichester and were still working there into their 80s. Being in the area now makes me feels both happy and sad, it’s lovely to bring back happy memories but also makes me really miss them.

St Wilfreds Hospice Retro and VintageSt Wilfrid’s Hospice Vintage and Retro Shop

Although we were going for a few days of family time, we couldn’t resists popping into a few antiques, vintage and charity shops while we were there. Looking through my phone I found a few photos of shops we’d been to and I thought I’d share them with you. Chichester is a really amazing area to go shopping if you love old things, I hardly went to any of the amazing shops on offer but I’d really recommend a few days exploring the area and picking up lots of amazing bargains.

Just outside Chichester we visited Mangan Antiques which can be found in a barn down a very bumpy side road. The selection of antiques is absolutely mind blowing from beautiful furniture to chandeliers to smaller items like perfume bottles there is something for every antique lover here. They also have the cutest dog who the girls had fun playing with!

Mangan AntiquesMangan Antiques

In Chichester town centre I found the St Wilfrid’s Hospice Vintage and Retro shop. I’m familiar with the hospice because it’s located on my Grandparent’s old road and my Grandma used to go in and do flowers for them. I even went to help her a few times. It’s really nice to know where my money is going. I was so impressed with everything about the shop. The displays were absolutely beautiful, as a trained visual merchandiser I really appreciate charity shops with amazing displays, it makes all the difference. Everything looked beautiful and the shop was so spacious and pleasant to shop in. The selection of vintage on offer was amazing. No horrible 80s bits the shop had clothing accessories dating from the 1930s-70s and everything was clean and in great condition. The best thing was the prices, no over inflated prices for vintage here, everything was so reasonable. Very very impressed.

St Wilfreds Vintage Shop ChichesterSt Wilfrid’s Hospice Vintage and Retro Shop

Chichester St Wilfreds Hospice ShopSt Wilfrid’s Hospice Vintage and Retro Shop

I also had a look round all the other charity shops in Chichester, they all had great stuff and I did spot a few more vintage pieces. I was so busy bargain hunting that I didn’t take that many more pictures except for these lovely vintage tumblers and jug which were a complete set for only £15 and some pretty china. These were in St Wilfrid’s Hospice’s other charity shop.

Chichester Charity ShopsRetro tableware in St Wilfrid’s Hospice 

We also popped to East Wittering as there’s a lovely little vintage shop in a shopping arcade in the town. I have been there twice and I’m still not sure of the shop’s name! It’s full of beautifully displayed vintage clothing and accessories. The hats are particularly special. I left with a lovely 1950s dress which I will show you soon. The lady who runs the shop was so helpful and very nice to my children!

Vintage Shop East WitteringVintage Shop in East Wittering.

Someone recommended  that while I was in Chichester I should visit Squirrel Antiques, a little shop on a road full of vintage and antique shops. Sadly as it was a bank holiday they were all closed. I did spot these amazing shoes in the window and an amazing 1930s dress inside so I really need to go back!

Vintage Shoes Squirrel AntiquesSquirrel Antiques

Have you been to the area? What are your favourite shops?

  • Reply
    Miss Fairchild
    May 3, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Ohhhh pretty hats!!! I really want that feather fan in blue. That is the colour I plan to decorate my bedroom in…if I ever get a bedroom with a door.

  • Reply
    May 4, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I’ve never been there, but it looks great. I look forward to seeing the dress.

  • Reply
    Jessica Cangiano
    May 4, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Oh my word, that’s the kind of amazing, vintage stuffed corner of paradise that it would pretty much take a team of wild horses drag me away from.

    ♥ Jessica

  • Reply
    May 20, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Hi I work in the retro and vintage shop chichester , lovey photos and a great compliment …! I just love working there I’m in heaven ever time I’m there ….! Great blog x

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