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Shops catalogue for the UK
« on: October 30, 2007, 05:24:39 pm »
Note (25th March, 2013):

Many many years ago I started this thread with the hope that it would be a good resource for the UK community. Since then I've got less and less active, and it's been nearly three years since last I posted. Stricken with guilt, I shall now get it up to date and set up notifications so that future suggestions are quickly added. If I disappear for a long time again in the future, feel free to resurrect this somewhere else and keep it up to date. Please also note that I've not checked the links, so if they're dead, or if the shops have gone, let me know!

Cheers,
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It occurred to me that it would be a good idea to have a catalogue of shops where nice steampunky things could be bought in the UK. We seem to have less choice than other countries and some shared knowledge could be a good idea.
Ideally, the list should be mainly high-street shops or the like, so that it is relevant for the most people, but feel free to point out good specialist shops or UK-based websites.
Obviously, this kind of thing would be good for other countries, so if anyone feels inclined to do the same...
I'll try and sort it into categories. Hopefully if we have enough input this will become useful. At the moment, I only really have one note-worthy shop, but if everyone keeps track of where they have got their finds from...
Right, I'll start, if people want to suggest things, post, and I'll try and edit it regularly so the first post is up to date.
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N.B. Those shops run by BG members are in red, with the intention of supporting members' endeavours. Remind me if I've missed any :)

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Clothing:

Armour Realm; Site; Goth and steampunk stuff - they also have a shop in Boscombe (Bournemouth)
Blue Banana; Site
Big Girl's Blouse; 7-8 Wellfield Court + 28 Wellfield Road, Roath, Cardiff.
Penangalan and in particular Steamgalan; Site; Extraordinary boots, with provision for custom creations (apparently)
Reign; 134 Cowley Road, Oxford; All manner of agreeably-priced clothing. Well recommended.
Fabhatrix; Site; Good quality hats
Retro; off Great Western Road on Otago Lane in Glasgow; Comes well recommended.
Handbags and Gladrags; Dumbarton Road next to Kelvinhall subway station in Glasgow
Victorian Costume; Site; Costume hire.
Impero London; Site; Leather clothing, including custom jobs. Run by the BG member by the same name.[/color]
Starbright; Site; Grandad shirts, etc. Comes well recommended.
ALLSAINTS; Camden: Boots, etc.
Bookster; Site: Tweed of all varieties.
Fairy Gothmother; Site: Corsetry and the like.
Lock & Co.; Site: Hats for the discerning and affluent customer.
The Hat Company; Site, Ebay shop: Hats.
The Chap Shop; Site: Headwear, neckwear, footwear, accessories and grooming products from the website of the magazine Chap.
Vintage Clobber, Pokesdown; Map and link to site. NB: site is apparently infected with a trojan. Access with caution.: Wide range of vintage clothing, mostly women and later period, but I'm reliably informed that in the basement they have tailcoats, frock coats, waistcoats etc.
Primark; Site: Wing-collar shirts
TK Maxx; Site
Miss Selfridge;Site: Waistcoats &c.
Zara; Site: Waistcoats &c.
H&M; Site: Waistcoats &c.
Celia's Vintage Clothes; Site Nottingham: Vintage apparel
The Real McCoy; Exeter; Site: Vintage apparel
Victorian Gothic; Site; Gothic revival Victorian clothing, run by artemispanic.
Army surplus
Charity shops
Car boot sales
Generic goth/rock outfitters
Toast (mail order); Site
Vintage Shirt Company; Site; Shirts
Hogspear; Ebay shop: General Vintage
Sutlers; Site: Quality historical uniforms
Harlots and Angels; Site; Corsets, dresses, underwear and more: 20 years' experience, run by Captain Chard.
Impossible Gears; Site; clothes and other items, run by the eponymous forum member.
Haunted Summer; Etsy; mostly upcycled and sometimes scratch-made clothing, run by ShatteredRoses.
Black Mirror Design; Site; burlesque, SP and alternative fashion, including custom orders, run by the eponymous forum member.
Alternative Footwear; Site; the name should give you a clue. Run by the eponymous forum member.
Jones the Bootmaker for well-made classic shoes
Laura Ashley

Props, jewellery and costume bits:
Glasses on Spec; Site; A very pleasing selection of retro glasses, including a monocle.
Colonel Fizziwig Steampunk on Nemesis Now; Site; Ray guns and the like. Run by forum member Cuthbert Arbuthnot.
Skian Mhor; Site; LRP costumes, etc. Run by forum member Count Theodore Yijinsky.
Eclectica; Site
Dickens and Rivett; jewellery, run by forum member Emily Ladybird.
Cornwall Model Boats; Site; Awesome steam engines for the affluent steampunk.
Enter the Asylum SP section; Site; accessories and some clothing.[/font]
Jesters.com; Site; some pretty natty tin toys.
Surplus and Adventure; Site; Army surplus shop in Worcestershire with int. shipping - general AS whatnottery &c.
Professor Maelstromme's Etsy; Goggles, corsetry, masks &c.
MacCulloch and Wallis; Site: Just off Oxford Street, an excellent haberdashery shop.
All Good Ideas; Site: Walking sticks of many varieties, plus components thereof.
Marks and Spencer; Site: Sells gift bottles of port that make good prop bottles, and at a reasonable price.
Past Times; Site
Army surplus
Charity shops
Car boot sales
Hogspear; Site

Jacob's Antique Market, Cardiff (behind Central Station; Victoriana, military gear, devices, old medical equipment etc.; really cheap. Open Thursday to Saturday.
Anchor Supplies; Site
Clockwork Cat; Facebook; Myspace; Steampunk jewellery, made by member cockworcat
Rapunzel's Retreat; Site; Everyday jewellery, run by the eponymous member.
Fat Spider; Site; model-making supplies. Fat Spider has very kindly offered a potential discount to members who contact him via the website.

Furnishings:
Dunelm Mill; Site
Charity shops
Car boot sales
Sutlers; Site: Pistols and buttons
Black Country Metal Works; Site: ironmongery.
Willow and Stone; Site: ironmongery and door furniture.
Ludlow Period House Shops; Site: numerous items of period furnishings.
Mimime; Site; Carbon filament lightbulbs, run by the eponymous forum member.

Raw materials:
Machine Mart; Site
4D Model Shop; Site: tools and a vast range of raw materials, based in Aldgate.
Locks and Handles; Site: Architectural Components Ltd. Excellent range of furniture fittings, door and window hardware, and interior pieces. Based at South Kensington.
Army Surplus
B&Q; Site
Traditional Materials; Site: lots and lots of wonderful raw materials.
Sew Curvy; Site: Corsetry supplies
Charity shops
Car boot sales

Lifestyle:
Tea Pigs; Site; Tea merchant. The Chilli Chai is recommended.
The Online Shop of Dr Geof; Site; Posters, embroidered badges, comics and other things - no prizes for guessing who runs it.









Local/Independent shops by vague area


Birmingham
Oasis market; Birmingham; Site

The Rag Market; Birmingham; Site


Bristol
Vintage clothing shop, Boyces Arcade, Clifton Village

Bournemouth
Armour Realm; Site; Goth and steampunk stuff - they also have a shop in Boscombe (Bournemouth)
Vintage Clobber, Pokesdown; Map and link to site: Wide range of vintage clothing, mostly women and later period, but I'm reliably informed that in the basement they have tailcoats, frock coats, waistcoats etc.

Cardiff
Big Girl's Blouse; 7-8 Wellfield Court + 28 Wellfield Road, Roath, Cardiff.
The Pumping Station; Site
Jacob's Antique Market, Cardiff (behind Central Station; Victoriana, military gear, devices, old medical equipment etc.; really cheap. Open Thursday to Saturday.
Down Castle Arcade; bone buttons
High Street Arcade; beading supplies
Retro shop between joke shop and Eccentrix (what a fun place Cardiff sounds); sticks, clothing, etc.
Rossiter's, Royal Arcade; vintage cookware among numerous other things
Celtic Rose Art; Roath Craft Fair every Saturday in the community centre in Keppoch Street, Cardiff (next to The Gate theatre, behind the Farmer's Market) from 10.30-1. Also monthly at the Jacobs Antique Centre from 11-5. Run by darkshines



Edinburgh
Fabhatrix; Site; Good quality hats
Armstrongs in the Grassmarket and elsewhere, for vintage clothes heaven
Le Chariot Express on Clerk Street for amazing junk and some clothes, some suitcases
   
Exeter
The Real McCoy; Site: Vintage apparel

Glasgow
The Barras for junk and antiques and clothes of every sort and price
Ruthven lane, off Byres road for Clothes (Starry starry night for vintage and retro, they often have uniforms and tailcoats) and junk (Relics for antiques, brass bits and bobs and all sorts of stuff)
Mr Bens in Kings Street for clothes, as you would expect
Paddys market for clothes except the wretched council hounded most of the traders out. Only one or two left on the Briggait side
Two huge jumble sales each year: 72nd Scouts, in September in the westend of Glasgow, and 29th Scouts, in March in the southside of Glasgow.
Retro; off Great Western Road on Otago Lane in Glasgow; Comes well recommended.
Handbags and Gladrags; Dumbarton Road next to Kelvinhall subway station in Glasgow
Clearwater Outdoor; Site: Military surplus

Nottingham
Celia's Vintage Clothes; Site: Vintage apparel

Lanark
Army Surplus and Clothing; Site: 'maybe the best surplus shop in Scotland'

Leicester
Dolly Mix; Site: Vintage apparel

Lincoln
Hemswell Business Park; 8 or 9 antique stores, including those selling clothes.

London

MacCulloch and Wallis; Site: Just off Oxford Street, an excellent haberdashery shop.
4D Model Shop; Site: tools and a vast range of raw materials, based in Aldgate.
Locks and Handles; Site: Architectural Components Ltd. Excellent range of furniture fittings, door and window hardware, and interior pieces. Based at South Kensington.


Oxford

Reign; 134 Cowley Road, Oxford; All manner of agreeably-priced clothing. Well recommended.

Ramsbotom

Alternative Footwear; Site; 8 Cuba Industrial Estate, BL0 0NE. The name should give you a clue. Run by the eponymous forum member.

Ripley

Anchor Supplies; all sorts of military supplies.

Totness

Revival; wide variety of vintage clothing

Whitstable

Pearl and Hemmingway; retro, vintage and theatrical clothing

York

Bolsita; Site: Fine waistcoats.


New: Recommended Car Boot Sales / Markets by county

Dorset
Magna Road Car Boot Sale - Magna Road, Bournemouth. BH21 3AS.
Most Sundays, buyers from 1.
Entry 20p per adult
Wide range of good stalls. Varies greatly according to weather. Also often happens on bank holidays.

West Midlands
Oasis market; Birmingham; Site

The Rag Market; Birmingham; Site


Hertfordshire
Herts. County Showground; Redbourne; Site





Thanks to all members for suggestions.

Ben
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Re: Shops catalogue for the UK
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2007, 06:34:41 pm »
Give that man a star...!
I've been considering listing my favorite hardware/ironmongery shops for sometime I just never got round to getting their addresses...
Now I have a spur...

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Re: Shops catalogue for the UK
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2007, 06:39:10 pm »
Past Times ;)

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Re: Shops catalogue for the UK
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2007, 11:42:36 pm »
TK Maxx
B&Q
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Re: Shops catalogue for the UK
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2007, 12:44:51 am »
Not national but if you're ever in Cardiff there's a nice vintage clothes shop called 'Lipstick, Powder and Lace' that has a range of (mostly female) clothing from Victorian onwards.  Luckilly the owner is my former design lecturer so I managed to convince her to start stocking cravats.
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Re: Shops catalogue for the UK
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2007, 12:46:04 pm »
Highstreet shops as Miss Selfridge, Zara and H&M are stocking waistcoats this season.
Army Surplus stores are good too.
CHARITY SHOPS & Car Boot Sales
Celia's Vintage Clothes shop in Nottingham
The Real McCoy in Exeter
Goth/Rock misc. black clothes shops seem to have a lot of military inspired stuff this year.

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Re: Shops catalogue for the UK
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2007, 01:55:49 pm »
not a high street store, but a cataloque shop- TOAST have in the past had some very elegant lines which would compliment steampunk dress very well.  infact, i've put together whole steampunk outfits purely from toast clothes. and their sales are amazing if you act fast enough- i got a £114 pair of jodhpurs for £14 (unfortunately, this season's lines arent that special... a few nice pieces though)

http://www.toast.co.uk/index.aspx
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Re: Shops catalogue for the UK
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2007, 04:38:53 pm »
Thanks all, post updated :)

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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2007, 08:35:05 pm »
If we're listing Army Surplus then 'Anchor Surplus' in Nottingham is a great place to wander round.

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Re: Shops catalogue for the UK
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2007, 09:08:37 pm »
Some of Marks & Spencer's menswear is worth a look with a view to classic cuts.
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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2007, 09:06:28 am »
Past Times.
But i think that TK Maxx is just a giant jumble sale.

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« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2007, 06:52:08 pm »
I swear that Vintage Shirt Company is making me salivate, just can't decide whether its because I want to wear those collars and cravats my self or get male friends to wear them.

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Re: Shops catalogue for the UK
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2008, 12:05:53 am »
What about some way of listing shops/things of interest unique to one location geographical, so if you're going to visit somewhere you can click on the location and see what the locals have recommended.

A bit like on the Netgoth gothmap, but for steampunks.

http://www.netgoth.org.uk/gothmap/
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Re: Shops catalogue for the UK
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2008, 07:07:57 pm »
Gosh, I'd forgotten I'd started this. I'll remake the list for geographical sensibleness :)

New section added - car boot sales. Please suggest more, including comments as above. :)
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« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2008, 02:01:01 am »
http://fairygothmother.co.uk/ for corsetry & burlesque stuff. Mmmm Corsets.
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Re: Shops catalogue for the UK
« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2008, 12:44:23 pm »
Marks & Spencers are doing a Christmas gift small bottle of port, of which I got three last year and another three this year so far, and they make wonderful victorian/steampunk props as they are about 6 to 8 inches high, clear glass with no imprints, and a wood and cork stopper. Very nice. The port is nice too :)  And only 3.99 each down from 5.00
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« Reply #17 on: December 16, 2008, 04:57:03 pm »
Updatified :) can't for the life of me work out why the last bit is all bold. I'm sure there are no open tags floating around. But never mind :P

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« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2008, 11:10:56 pm »
To the Mods - could this thread be made a sticky? Valuable resource that deserves saving from vanishing into the archives!

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« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2008, 05:11:47 pm »
^^ That'd be nice :) The more attention it receives, the better it'll get.

PS. Did you contact them as well? I'm not sure if they look at all the posts. I suppose they have to, sooner or later...

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« Reply #20 on: December 29, 2008, 09:44:44 pm »
Anyone know of a reputable, yet not too expensive hat shop?

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« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2008, 01:48:00 am »
sticky!!
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« Reply #22 on: December 30, 2008, 06:19:58 pm »
Huzzah :) Thank you.

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« Reply #23 on: December 30, 2008, 07:55:15 pm »
actually moved to the vending section rather than geographical as it makes more sense there :)

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Re: Shops catalogue for the UK
« Reply #24 on: January 07, 2009, 11:37:49 am »
I Have an online store that sells Stick making supplies, handles, shafts, ferrules, collars etc.

I also have a trade directory of Thousands of suppliers around the world of various items, I will try my best to help where I can...

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