A Local's Guide To Buying Antiques & Vintage In York - 2022

News Shop & Fair Reviews


Hello, hello!  A very happy 'Blog Post Monday' to you all!

Now, in York, my home city, we're lucky to have an abundance of independent vintage and antique shops.  Last year I wrote a local's guide to finding the best antiques and vintage in York.  However, a new year needs a new guide and as there are quite a few new additions to York's trail, I thought I'd do the honours.  Behold a more comprehensive 2022 guide, for shopping antiques and vintage in York.

So, as always, get that kettle on, get those hotels booked and let me guide you through the finest establishments in York for your antique and vintage shopping...


Image:  The Red House Antiques Centre, York


The Red House Antiques Centre

The Red House Antiques Centre is set out over 3 floors with a lovely variety of dealers and items. It has an extensive range of furniture, jewellery, clocks and ancient objects. You'll need to give yourself a good 2 to 3 hours to have a proper look around. You don't want to miss anything!!

Please see my blog post from a while back for a more detailed insight ( https://source-vintage.co.uk/blogs/news/my-york-local-the-red-house-antiques-centre ). 

1 Duncombe Pl, York, YO1 7ED



Image:  Devil's Elbow Antiques, York


Devil's Elbow Antiques

Situated on Little Stonegate.  A beautiful looking shop in a wonderful area of York.  They sell everything from textiles, vintage interiors, homewares and books, and have some really interesting, quirky pieces!  Following their Instagram page, they posted a lovely explanation of how they came about naming their shop 'Devil's Elbow'.  

They wrote that "In the 16th Century, the Stonegate area was well known for its book shops and printers.  The devil is a reference to the printer's apprentice who was responsible for handling hot metal type.  In printing folklore, a type of demon haunted every print-shop, conducting mischief and causing misspellings etc.  Over time, the blame for these mischievous printing errors fell to the printers apprentice, who retained the nickname 'printer's devil'."

16 Little Stonegate, York, YO1 8AX



Image:  Gate 56, York


Gate 56

Situated on Goodramgate.  Another quirky shop, packed with interesting vintage and antique pieces, from homewares to militaria.  It does have a small frontage, so keep your eyes peeled, but the shop itself is actually bigger than you might expect, like a lot of the shops in this area.  If you're looking for something a bit wacky for your home, a statement piece, then this is the place to go!

56 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LF



Image:  The Verdigris House, York


The Verdigris House

Situated just off Bishopthorpe Road (or Bishy Road if you're a local).  A stunning shop in a great area of York, full of lots of small independent shops, cafes and restaurants.  They sell decorative antiques and homewares, and we're talking the real deal, none of this shabby chic, new made to look old, malarky!  The owner is charming and is very passionate and knowledgable about the items he sells.  Only a very small shop, but full of beautiful items and you won't miss it, because it has a golden door!

9 Scarcroft Road (on the corner of Nunmill Street, York, YO23



Image:  Helston Street, York


Helston Street

Just over the road from The Verdigris House, 'Helston Street' is a mother daughter partnership of the lovely Vanessa and Lucy.  They describe their style as "very rustic country, with a slight industrial edge", and I'd agree.  They have some beautiful antique and vintage garden and interior pieces. If you're looking for that English country home style or that French country farmhouse look, then add this to your list.

4 Scarcroft Rd, York YO23 1NB



Image:  Village Gallery, York 


The Village Gallery

The Village Gallery is a small but charming little two storey shop and gallery. It is home to a number of local artist's pieces, but it also has a great little selection of antiques. More specifically ceramics, glass, jewellery, sculpture and silver. They are the Lalique specialists (and York’s official stockist).

14 Colliergate, York, YO1 8B



Image:  Greybear, York



Greybear is a lovely shop. It has a fabulous range of gifts, furniture, homewares and vintage finds. They have an eclectic mix of both new and pre-loved items. A great place to go for interior design pieces. Home to some thrifty retro chic pieces and more unusual antiques. A charming mix of old and new.

3-4 Bridge St, York YO1 6DD



Image:  The French House, York


The French House

The French House is home to a large range of French antiques, salvage, homewares, interiors, linens and fabrics, ranging from the 17th to 20th Century. A well established shop, built on a fabulous reputation, and a must see when you visit York. Again, it's just slightly out of the city centre, so you will need a car.

The Warehouse, North lane, Huntington, York, YO32 9SU 

[junction of the A64 Scarborough road and north lane]



Image:  Cavendish Jewellers, York


Cavendish Jewellers

Cavendish Jewellers is a family business with over 50 years of experience handling antique and designer jewellery.  It lies on the historic street of Stonegate in York, which was once the main trade route into the city from the River Ouse and made famous by the goldsmiths that dominated trade here. They have a wonderful selection of modern and antique jewellery. So, if antique jewellery is your thing, get this on your list of places to visit!

44 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS



Image:  Barbara Cattle Jewellers, York


Barbara Cattle Jewellers

Another to add to the list for the antique jewellery lovers! Barbara Cattle is another well established jewellers in York. They've been around for a number of years and have a lovely array of antique jewellery. The shop is actually a member of the prestigious British Antique Dealers’ Association, so you know you'll be in safe hands.

45 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AW



Image:  Northern Antiques, York


Northern Antiques

Northern Antiques specialises in quality antique pottery, porcelain, glass and silver, dealing primarily in 17th, 18th and early 19th century pieces, with a range of antiques to suit most tastes and budgets.

43 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LS



Image:  Loft Find, York


Loft Find

Loft Find is an eclectic mix of vintage salvage and retro electronics. If you're into retro gaming, this is the place to come! I've never seen so many ZX Spectrums, Commodore 64's, Amstrad CPC's, original Nintendos and Segas! A lot of them in original boxes and with games! It's from my era, so I always have fun in this shop. Definitely worth a visit, you never know what you'll find. Pop in on your way to Fully Furnished, it's just around the corner.

41 Huby court, Walmgate, York YO1 9UD



Image:  York Racecourse Car Boot Sale, York (Saturday Mornings)


York Car Boot Sale

If you're in York for a weekend then York Car Boot Sale is well worth a visit. For lovers of antiques, curios, collectibles or just a bargain, this boot sale is an absolute must. It's one of the best in the UK, if not, THE best!

Please see my blog post from a while back for a more detailed insight ( https://source-vintage.co.uk/blogs/news/antiques-collectibles-york-race-course-car-boot-sale ).

Saturday mornings from 7.30am - 12.00-ish (check their Facebook page for updates - @yorkcarboot).

York Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX



Image:  York Antique Home & Vintage Fair


York Antique Home & Vintage Fair

In fact, York Racecourse is also venue to one of the best local antique fairs in the calendar.  It's a quarterly event which takes place on a Sunday.  You can find more details about dates, times and costs at their website below.  It's a regular fixture in my diary and I always pick up some fantastic pieces!  You can pay to get trade access, which gets you in an hour before the general public too!  Well worth a visit, so why not time your visit to York with this fab fair in mind!

Website:  www.antiquefairyork.com

York Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX



Image:  Fully Furnished, York


Fully Furnished

Fully Furnished is a little walk from the centre, but worth the trip. They deal in both antique and modern furniture, offering services to both the public and trade. They have a 5000 sq foot warehouse, holding over 4000 pieces of furniture and vintage items at any one time. Their stock changes on a daily basis and is well worth a visit if you are in York.

70-72 James St, Layerthorpe, York YO10 3WW



Image:  Aladdin's Cave, York


Aladdin's Cave

They are a family business that has been trading since 1948.  They do house clearances and also buy antique and modern furniture, but there is bric-a-brac and smalls too!  You're bound to find something, it's an eclectic old mix!

130 Boroughbridge Road, York, 

YO26 6AL


And if vintage clothing is your passion, you should definitely visit these...  



Image:  Dog & Bone Vintage, York


Dog & Bone Vintage

Dog & Bone is a super cool vintage clothing store, with menswear and womenswear from the 60's to the early 00's, spread out over two floors. Quality items at very good prices. This is a must visit!

Shop 1, 28 Castlegate, York YO1 9RP



Image:  Chinese Laundry, York


Chinese Laundry

Chinese Laundry is home to a vast collection of hand-picked European and American vintage collections. They also have re-worked collections of selected vintage garments re-imagined and tailored to create one-of-a kind pieces. This one's for the young and the hip... (do people still use that phrase...?)...!

51 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS



Image:  Expressions, York



Expressions is home to your Americana vintage. They have a fantastic range of styles and sizes of American Football,  Basketball , Ice Hockey and Baseball jerseys. They have other vintage mens and womenswear too, but American sports jerseys are their bag! A great shop with very good prices.

12 Walmgate, York YO1 9TJ



Image:  Sue Ryder, York


Sue Ryder

York has plenty of charity shops to choose from, however, if it's good quality vintage clothing you're after, then Sue Ryder is a must visit!  Head straight upstairs for all your vintage and retro needs!

28 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LG



And, somewhere to eat in York to re-charge those batteries and which fits into the vintage and antiques theme... 




 Image:  Partisan, York



Partisan is a small independent restaurant, cafe and arts space, and it actually sells the odd antique.  It also showcases some wonderful art work in its cafe and dining room. Partisan, in my eyes, is the greatest eatery to happen to York. It is the only place I go to eat if I'm out and about. This is the perfect place to stop to recharge those batteries when you're deep into your antiques and vintage treasure hunt.

112 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX


And, finally, what goes better with antiques and vintage than craft beer!?  Somewhere special to wind down the rest of your day and numb the pain of your blistered feet, you ask...?



Image:  Hop O'Clock, York


Hop O'Clock

Situated on Colliergate, this little gem is the stop for all of your beery needs.  I think, and correct me if i'm wrong, Hop O'Clock is the smallest bar in York and they normally have a selection of aged beers, so that's going to be my tenuous link to antiques and vintage... 

A delightful craft beer shop with a charming little tap room.  They have four taps which are frequently changed with the finest beer in town.  The lovely Jimmy and Julia are your hosts.  They're both very knowledgable about everything beery and have done a really nice job in creating a funky and welcoming little venue.  A must visit! 

21 Colliergate, York, YO1 8BN




Well, that's it for this week folks!  I hope this has opened your eyes to York's antiques and vintage scene, and I think you'll agree, it's a pretty good place to come for a weekend of treasure hunting!  So what are you waiting for, get those hotels booked!  As always, let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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So, until next week, stay safe, keep buying those antiques and keep spreading that Source Vintage love!




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