Contributor Sharon, takes a wander outside Manchester and discovers a vintage wonderland….
Matlock is a destination I have heard many good things about and somehow never found the time to make the 44 mile journey, which is a perfectly acceptable distance for great vintage shopping! So this Christmas holidays we headed off into our neighbouring county of Derbyshire.
Matlock does not disappoint the vintage shopper, not only are there a decent number of charity shops in the main town centre but heading along Dale Street (the road to Matlock Bath just a mile or two away) I was delighted to see just how many quality vintage and antique shops there are.
First stop was the Matlock Antiques & Collectables Centre. With 3 floors of furniture, clothes, kitchenalia, china, pictures, books, mirrors, clocks and more it’s a place you can get lost in for hours. I worked my way from the basement up to the first floor and could have spent even longer perusing the treasures. As with many antique centres the variety of the items for sale means it’s a lot to take in – happily there is a little café, so you can grab a cuppa between floors if the excitement gets just too much or you need a little time to ponder a potential purchase.
Open every day and well worth the journey to Matlock even if it was just to see this one store.
However Matlock seems to be bursting with vintage, next stop Magpie Vintage just across the street from the Antiques Centre.
Two floors of some very interesting items ranging from clothing and vinyl to furniture and collectables.
Next stop Quirky Antiques who had some beautiful furniture and collectables with a good range from some pricey antique paintings, to vintage food tins for a few pounds. I was really taken with the pine blanket box you can see outside the window –but was hastily remind by my husband that we have just sold furniture after a house move and I really need to stop collecting more – spoilsport!
Next up Unpolished Perfection – a beautiful shop filled with up-cycled furniture – lashings of Annie Sloan chalk paint in here! Again my eye was drawn to some of their painted furniture but I had no chance of sneaking a dresser home without my Mr noticing! Great news is they have a website & offer free UK delivery… could be dangerous!
Riverside Vintage had a great collection of old baskets, milk churns and a fab tin trunk.
Rewirks was next along the road with a very light & airy shop filled items re-worked & re-purposed, true vintage up-cycling going on here and a haven for shabby chic lovers, lots of pale painted furniture.
And the last stop before you head off is The Vintage Rooms. This was my favourite shop of the day. Crammed full of vintage goodies with some really unusual pieces, all beautifully displayed – it was busy too, making for a great post-Christmas atmosphere and very friendly staff.
If you are fan (as I am) of vintage kitchenalia this place is a must see.
Old suitcase, trunks, wooden boxes, old display furniture – vintage heaven.
Typically for me the one item I really wanted wasn’t for sale – this gorgeous green painted screen. I’ve been after a screen for ages and this was ideal as it wasn’t too high, sadly the sales assistant told me the owner wont part with it – I can see why it’s just gorgeous and in beautiful condition. I might try again to buy it on my next visit as I shall certainly be back to Matlock for a shopping spree (without being told we don’t have room for any more!)
See you soon Matlock – I will be back for some serious vintage retail therapy, you have a lot of offer.
Words: Sharon Lomas