Vintage Herne Bay

Vintage Herne Bay

Cassy Fry is a style and culture blogger with a penchant for vintage style and nostalgic kitsch. She lives by the seaside in Herne Bay and when she isn’t writing, she manages creative projects. She is currently Programme Coordinator for Ideas Test.
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Vintage shopping suits the nostalgia of the Great British seaside to a tee, which is probably why there are lovely vintage boutiques and pop-up shops appearing all along the Kent Coast. Margate’s Old Town, the harbour town of Whitstable and Folkestone’s Creative Quarter are definitely all worth a visit for the vintage fashionista or antique seeker, but make sure you add Herne Bay to your itinerary.

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Briggsy’s Emporium is a wonderful place to explore. The building itself is a vintage gem, it is the old cinema building on the High Street. Once you pass the narrow entrance the space opens up; it is stacked full of fantastic vintage furniture and glass cabinets brimming with curiosities, trinkets, toys and jewellery. The walls and ceilings are adorned with signs, bicycles and banners. I recommend taking your time to peruse,


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Also on the High Street is R.A.M. Collectible Toys, that specialise in hard-to-find collectibles from the 1930s onwards. The shop is full of die-cast cars, dollhouse furniture, toy soldiers and childhood memories. I cannot walk past without doing a little window shopping.

I always enjoy rummaging around charity shops, it may be a bit more effort than visiting a vintage specialist, but it is worth it for a brilliant bargain and the thrill of the find. Herne Bay has plenty to scout out, my favourite one for clothes is the Pilgrims Hospice shop on the High Street and for furniture, the RSPCA shop on Mortimer Street. The Demelza House charity shop on William Street is also a good one to visit and always has a beautifully curated window display.

Over in Mortimer Street, Pebble and Dash may stock beautiful handmade items rather than vintage, but many use vintage materials and have a retro seaside aesthetic, so it is always worth a visit to explore their lovely wares. And if you like a little shabby chic and unique antiques, then step inside Heart and Soul Interiors, great for gifts and homeware.

HB Pier Beach Hut 1You will want to take a stroll along the promenade too, you can’t come to the seaside without getting some fresh sea air and hopefully some sunshine. Make sure you don’t miss the Pier Beach Huts, which each house a hut-size shop selling a variety of delicious food, art and handmade craft. The row of huts are currently book-ended with vintage loveliness. At one end you can peruse Purple Haze’s vintage clothing and at the other, you’ll find a vintage tea hut where you can get a proper cup of tea, served in vintage china, with cake of course.

You can see Cassy wearing some of her vintage finds on her Living a Girl’s Adventure Tale blog and follow her news on Twitter @CassyFry.

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