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