Affordable Vintage Clothing Shops in Manchester: Ranked


Whether you’re new to college or just haven’t found your way around Manchester’s fashion scene during the pandemic, you might be wondering where to find the most affordable and most affordable outlets. elegant. With student budgets, clothing can fall quite far down your list of necessities. However, there are plenty of outlets near you that cater to budgets of all sizes and will breathe new life into last year’s wardrobe.

  1. Blue Rinse cuvée: 21 – 23 Oldham Street, Monday-Saturday: 10.30am-6pm, Sunday: 11am-5pm.

Have you ever wanted to shop in a store full of affordable trendy fashion while saving the planet? If the answer is yes then ‘Blue Rinse’ is the shop for you. This hidden gem offers sustainable vintage clothing, which means their clothes will be unique and more eco-friendly than big name brands. You can also ask for “niche” handmade items that will make your wardrobe totally one of a kind. Although prices vary, chances are you’ll pay half the price you’d pay at larger retail stores. If you love bold retro designs with modern touches, you’ll love Blue Rinse.

3. Vintage Cow: 61 Church St, Monday-Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 11am-5pm.

Inside Afflecks, this online and in-store brand offers bucket hats, reworked apparel and totes; featuring fashion from top brands. Cow Vintage has slightly more expensive options than most stores on this list, with prices ranging from £17 to £260 (although most outfits fall well short of the highest estimate). However, the prices seem justified given the range of unique and quality pieces. If you’re hoping to spend less, their frequent discount sales with a ton of great deals are worth the wait!

3. The thrift store: 39 Parker St, Monday-Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 11am-5pm.

As a sister store to the Cow Vintage/We are Cow brand, the store unsurprisingly shares the same array of bold colors and styles to suit all tastes and budgets. The Thrift Shop has incredibly affordable clothing, with t-shirts at £6 (equivalent to most Primark items), jeans at just £15 and bags at £4. They also offer special discounts on multiple purchases. Their Instagram page also offers insight into their goals, as proponents of the sustainable fashion movement, which opposes mass consumption and wasted clothing that increases global pollution levels.

4. Punk picture: Afflecks, Oldham St, Monday-Friday: 10.30am-6pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 11am-5pm

Punk’d Image offers alternative clothing with a range that spans genders. A gorgeous world of emo, goth, fantasy, sci-fi, and group clothing erupts in the retail store. Most clothes range from around £5-50, only occasionally hitting the steep end. So, whether you like Green Day and Nirvana, or like skeletal designs, you’ll most likely like the store. Highlights include the Adidas-themed Demogorgon t-shirt and an “Evil Friends” t-shirt featuring cartoon depictions of the main horror antagonists.

5. LIEF: Afflecks, Oldham Street.

LIEF is an amazing fashion store offering both the traditional shopping experience and a sustainable exchange store open every Saturday. Here you have the opportunity to swap something old from your wardrobe and get something new from their outlet. LIEF describes itself as a place “for conscious queens, bargain hunters, fashion and vintage lovers”, where there is “something for everyone, all shapes and sizes, all styles and all ages”. So why not spice up your wardrobe with something different and support a fashion process that will help the environment.

6. AngelMarket (In line)

A unique and chic boutique filled to the brim with affordable hidden gems and vibrant edgy fashion. Their designs are mostly between £20 and £30, meaning you can get stylish halters, cropped or dyed pieces and much more at an affordable price. They describe themselves as a “year 2000 inspired clothing brand. Think satin halter tops, body-hugging sets, mesh dresses and cute, on-trend bags. Fun, cute and made to make you feel like the 2000s pop princess that you are!”. Their Instagram, Facebook and ASOS pages feature a wide variety of outfits that are sure to impress.

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Discover the large catalog of BLINK-SL0W – JADE COOPER, filled with ethical and affordable places to buy jewelry, clothes or a manicure. Stores include “Nuclear Planet”, “Tiar” and “Not Just Trash”.

Special thanks to the Manchester Student Group suggestions!


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