Manchester vintage – Do Northerners now rule retro?

Posted on 22 July 2010
By Holly Milner
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The 1980s are being revived along with the shoulder pads and crazy jumpsuits that came with it by retro shops in the Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Bustling with busy student types, the Northern Quarter has quickly become the hot-spot to shop
for threads treats from many different eras.

As well as retro clothing you can find independent shops selling rare vinyl, collectable comics, unusual art and even more unusual home interiors.

It is probably the biggest and best place for thrifted clothes outside of London so the choice is a plenty, where to start rummaging?

So to guide you through with your bargain hunting we made a list of some of our favourites from high-end to jumble sale clothing galore.

We would start with Rags to Bitches. This amazingly-named boutique has a refined collection of only the best quality goods.

It is a shop with so much personality. Cakes and sweets are often there for you to nibble on for that little extra energy needed to help with the clothes hunt.

This shop is not exactly cheap but you can see that some of these clothes will be worth a lot more than what there sold for.

From silk cocktail dresses to decedent jewellery in what looks like a life-sized jewellery box with pearls draped across the shop and rings beautifully displayed on table tops.

The lovely Rags to Bitches owners also make their own vintage inspired label in their studio and offer a made-to-measure and bespoke service too.

Ryan’s Vintage couldn’t be more different from Rags to Bitches but is equally as charming.

This shop is not for the faint hearted. You will need a lot more time and patience to scramble your way through.

But half the fun is having a good old search and unearthing the little vintage delight of your dreams, and the prices are unbelievable. They have boys clothing as well as girls and they will steam your find before your very eyes.

One word for Retro Rehab would have to be: pretty.

This little shop is cute as a button. When walking through the shop there is a rosy glow.

It is full of what we like to call, ‘wearable clothes’. Its always easy to find something perfect to wear in here.

No vintage clothes mission to Manchester would be complete without popping into Afflecks Palace.

It is the self proclaimed ‘emporium of eclecticism’. And although riling with teens on a Saturday afternoon this place is legendary.

You will always see something that turns your head. Yes there are some obscure gothey things sold but there are actually some interesting little goodies to be found.

Today it contains hundreds of vintage sections that sell everything and anything.