While Brixton’s high street may be undergoing a major makeover, replete with the generic H a& M and TK Maxx type stores, there are still plenty of second hand shops dotted around in which one can unearth unique and prudently priced gems.
Check out Brixton Buzz’s guide to where one can uncover the best bargains – and if we’ve missed any good ones out, please send us the details in the comments form below.
Barnardo’s, 414 Brixton Road, SW9 7AY
A big and bustling charity shop, this store stocks a mixture of bric-a-brac with a huge range of clothes and accessories.
Everything from designer goods to old Polaroid cameras can be sourced inside. It is situated conveniently along the main high street so cannot be missed.
Barnardo’s is one of the country’s leading children’s charities, so you can feel good about helping the community while finding yourself a bargain.
British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical, 36-38 Acre Lane, SW2 5SP
A little off the beaten track, this shop offers everything you need to give your house a make over, regardless of your budget. TVs, fridges, sofas, washing machines and DVD players can all be found in store.
They also offer a delivery service for up to six items and a free collection and house clearance service if you wish to donate.
Brixton Retro and Vintage Market, Brixton Station Road, SW9
Over 30 stallholders are brought together to sell home furnishings, dresses, menswear, jewellery and collectables. The market is held every third Saturday of the month from 10am-5pm.
Unlike many London markets it is not owned by a private corporation.
While protests have arisen over the past few years in Clapham with markets not being held by local stallholders, the Brixton Retro and Vintage Market is run by the Brixton Market Traders’ Federation which means it is run by Brixton traders and any profit goes back into the community.
Save the Children, 36 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UR
If you are willing to venture further afield, five minutes on a bus to Clapham High Street brings you to this haven for second hand goodies.
A particularly good shop if you are looking for some musical treats with an extensive selection of CDs and vinyl. The shop also stocks clothes, bric-a-brac and books and is renowned for its helpful staff.
Second hand clothes shop, The Arches, Brixton Station Road, SW9 (by Pope’s Road)
This anonymous shop is inconspicuously tucked beneath the Arches. In spite of its understated appearance, it is something of an institution for Brixton locals.
The intimately sized shop contains some men’s clothing and shoes, but its main triumph is their selection of women’s jackets.
Many items do not have price tags on, so be open minded to the possibility for bartering.
TRAID, 2 Acre Lane, London SW2 5SG
Traid, or ‘Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development’, stocks high quality second hand goods, ranging from vintage designer finds to Trade’s own label of upcycled fashion, TRAIDremade.
Inside you will find local art students on the prowl for a vintage bargain rubbing shoulders with your Dad as he attempts to find a new jumper.
The shop holds something for all of Brixton’s diverse residents. Its high quality stock means customers come from far and wide thanks to the spread of its reputation as a great alternative to overpriced East London vintage shops .
It is particularly worth checking out during their regular sale period in which prices get slashed to as little as £2.