If you’ve ever looked through this blog before, you’ll know that vintage is a subject very close to my heart. There’s something incredibly appealing about styles that have survived the test of time – the classic pieces which will always be chic and stylish. Of course, there’s always a selection of replicated vintage pieces in stores likes Topshop but if you’re feeling a little more authentic and like the idea of something pre-loved, a vintage market or a charity shop is a great place to start. And bonus, it’s always a lot cheaper!
Today I paid a visit to The Secret Wardrobe in Poole. I’m not sure whether to refer to it as a charity or vintage shop. All of it’s proceeds go to the Forest Holme Hospice in Poole although they never label themselves a charity shop – and the layout and style casts your mind far from a typical High Street Oxfam. I can tell you this: it’s an Aladdin’s Cove of vintage goodies and you feel good for supporting a local charity!
It’s beautifully decorated and it seems to change every time I go in, which is something of a treat for the eyes. From the plush armchairs, the changing room walls plastered with vintage music sheets, several gorgeous feature displays and retro decorations, it’s the place to be for all vintage lovers – they even hold Tea Parties!
It’s not just clothes they sell here – they specialise in a wide array of jewellery, accessories, furniture, artwork and cute little bric-a-brac collections (memo boards, teacups, ornate plates, sets of silver spoons, decanters…) – if you’re into retro interiors then look no further for those special and authentic finishing touches!
There’s also a variety of prices here, which I like to think of as ‘something for everyone’; I’ve seen everything from £3 scarves and £7 items of clothing (including a really cute 1970s inspired denim jumpsuit) to genuine 1920s slippers rolling in at £100 and real vintage gowns around the £50 mark – this is a place to take note of if you’re a collector.
Very Audrey Hepburn!
If you’re a local, come and support charity, support your local high street shops and support the continuation of pre-loved and vintage clothing by taking a visit to The Secret Wardrobe.