Check out Freshmans Vintage Clothing in Sheffield

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During one of my random wanders around Sheffield during a two hour break between lectures, I decided to do a bit of window shopping and found the above sign which brought me to yet another vintage shop in Sheffield called Freshmans Vintage Clothing at The Forum.

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Cringy as it sounds, this shop is a student vintage clothes collector’s heaven. The pricetags of the apparel in this shop stays true to its name – it really is for freshmen and their appalling bank balance. I have to say that most of the vintage shops in Sheffield are catered to students so they are a lot cheaper than vintage boutiques.

It had a wide array of early 40s clothes to the recent 90s. The remade vintage Levi’s shorts in the above picture were only £20 each or less. Think about the fact that to buy a pair of Levi’s today is triple the price and how most vintage boutiques charge a lot more for their clothes.

The quirky vintage necklaces they sell were all of brass-like material which is the trend these days and reminded me of the modern day versions in Topshop, but these are the real deal at only a fiver each which is fraction of the high street price.

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The clothes here are a far cry from the mass produced high street labels (not that there is anything wrong with that). As you can see, every piece on the rail are different to each other. Not one shirt on it is the same as the one next to it, which is great for students who don’t want to be walking to their lectures and finding five other girls wearing the same top.Very cringy and awkward. I should know, its happened to me.  Freshmans vintage clothing offers alternatives to your average high street label.

While browsing through the many rails and scarf buckets in Freshmans, I found this new label that they stock called Alice Takes A Trip. This Sheffield brand boasts original designs of unique vintage-esque clothing. Great for those who love Rockabilly style clothes. I liked it so much, as soon as I got home, I went straight to look if they had an online store. I will write a post about it soon. I think its great that the fashion shops in Sheffield help each other out by stocking each others’ labels.

Freshmans’ Vintage Clothing is worth a visit for students who love vintage clothing and it sure is not hard on your pockets.

Freshman’s is located at:

Unite 2, The Forum Shopping Centre, Devonshire Street, Sheffield, S3 7SB

If you don’t live in Sheffield, click here to visit their online store.

A Fashion Treasure Hunt

I used to avoid going into charity shops because of the fact that they were second-hand, but the moment I discovered vintage fashion, I changed my mind completely.

I still wear high street clothes and love my boutique wear but collecting vintage clothes is more of a hobby.

It does feel like a treasure hunt whenever you enter charity shops, but all that hunting will be worth it when you find that gorgeous dress that retails at about £200 but you only got it for a fiver.

Or if you find that rare vintage 1960s Tootal scarf that costs more than £50 to buy online (I found one for a pound)

Here’s what I found in some of the charity shops in Sheffield City Centre to add to my collection.

Joseph Ribkoff is a Canadian designer who mainly makes Cruisewear. His designs are made for the glamorous. Now you probably cannot wear this on a night out round Sheffield, in fact, as a student there’s no where I can actually wear this to. I got this dress anyway because I just thought it was beautiful and it might come in handy one day.

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Beautiful cruise dress by Jospeh Ribkoff, £5.
From Cancer Research UK, City Centre

This next dress is a Vintage 1970s satin dress I found, it is in such a great condition, the owner must have really looked after it.

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Vintage 1970s Dress, £1
From Cancer Research UK, City Centre

I don’t tend to shop in vintage shops that charges drastic prices on something that I could have found on my own. I remember going into a vintage shop in York ( I rather not name it) and every item there was priced over £20 per piece. This included St Michael’s (Previous name for Marks & Spencer)  clothes. It is not hard at all to find a piece of vintage clothing so you could save some pennies if you went to look for a dress yourself instead of going into a specialist vintage boutique. There are cheap ones around like Cow in Sheffield.

It isn’t common to find a top notch designer dress in a charity shop, why would anyone want to give it away after splurging a few hundreds? so imagine my shock when I found an  Alexander Mcqueen dress in the Marie Curie charity shop in Eccessall road! I have an Alexander Mcqueen dress but I felt more excited buying this second-hand one because it felt lovely that I landed with such a bargain. This dress used to retail at £500 at Harvey Nicholls, so my eyes lit up the moment I spotted the label. Charitable or not, I will never understand why anyone would want to buy such an expensive dress and then donate it.

Alexander Mcqueen dress, £10. From the Marie Curie Charity shop, Eccessall Road.

Alexander Mcqueen dress, £10.
From the Marie Curie Charity shop, Eccessall Road.

I love quirky knitted jumpers with old knitwork, however, I only collect them as I know I would get quite a few raised eyebrows if I wore any of the jumpers in my collection. Here’s an example

Vintage 1970s Teddy Bear Knitted Jumper, £5. From Age UK, City  Centre.

Vintage 1970s Teddy Bear Knitted Jumper, £5.
From Age UK, City Centre.

Here’s yet another designer piece, a Paul Smith Waistcoat from the Black Label collection.  This retailed at £100, to find it in a charity shop is just pure luck.

Paul Smith Black Label Waistcoat, £5. From Age UK, City Centre.

Paul Smith Black Label Waistcoat, £5.
From Age UK, City Centre.

I could go on and on about the amount of clothes I end up with after a visit to a charity shop, but you would find yourself in the same situation if you did the same.

Have you found anything great at a charity shop recently?