I’m from a town in the north west of Engand called Stockport. It’s often not much to shout about (though it has just been voted the second happiest place to live in Britain!) but there is a nice little creative and vintage scene, not least illustrated by the super successful monthly Vintage Village market and up-and-coming Teenage Market.
One of my favourite bits of Stockport is the historic market place and Victorian market hall, which sit above the quaint streets known as Underbank. Here you can escape the concrete 1970s architecture of the main highstreet and feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
When we were teenagers me, my sisters and our friends loved this place and all the cool ‘alternative’ shops, but in recent years, like the rest of the town, it’s become a bit run down as shops closed and were boarded up. However, on a recent trip back home I was surprised (and heartened) to see it buzzing with independent businesses once more. And a new vintage shop none-the-less!
Peggy Mae Vintage, on Little Underbank, is run by Sarah and Sam who curate a wonderful collection of vintage clothing for ladies and fellas in one of the most beautifully decorated shops, scattered with sewing machines, record players and all kinds of other vintage ephemera. It really is a hidden gem.
When I visited they also had a little pup helping out. Just what every shop needs!
Their stock ranges from glitzy 1950s frocks to colourful 1980s knits, plus they have a good range of shirts and jackets for the guys.
Never one to leave a vintage shop empty-handed, I snapped up this sweet 70s pussybow blouse whilst I was there.
If you’re in Stockport, Peggy Mae is well worth a visit – or you can often see them at Vintage Village. But if you can’t make it down there, never fear, they also have a boutique on ASOS Marketplace. Plus you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
P.S. I don’t get paid for promoting other sellers or businesses, I only share things I genuinely love and think you might like too.