I've lived in my fair share of cities and over-developed towns over the years but Southampton has to be one of the best for shopping. As a student here I get to enjoy both the high street and the charity shops but my favourite past time has to be vintage shopping, and Southampton has one vintage shop in particular that I impulsively pop into at least once a week, called Beatnik Emporium. Stocking a mix of vintage and indie clothes Beatnik is set apart from other vintage shops as it offers the option to 'hire' clothes as well as buy. As you can imagine it gets super busy around Halloween time when everyone wants to be a pirate or a mad scientist, but the real treasures in the shop is the actual vintage clothing and accessories, which is all reasonally priced and well maintained.
As anyone who knows me can attest I am vintage crazy and love the thrill of stepping into a shop and imagining what amazing things await. Nothing excites me more! Some of my treasured finds from Beatnik include some 1970's gold boots that are very Alison Mosshart-esqe and an incredible coat thats a bricolage of tapestry, velvet and lace that I will post a.s.a.p because it has to be seen to be believed!
|Clothing at Beatnik Emporium is divided into mens vintage, |
womens vintage, fancy dress for hire and Indie clothes
|The accessories number in the 100s and haggling has |
never been frowned upon!
Find Beatnik Emporium at 202 Above Bar St, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 7DW, call 023 8063 3428 or visit their website to see what they can offer you!