Thursday, 15 March 2012

Blitz Vintage Department Store: Why I No Longer Hate Vintage Shopping

When I wandered off Brick Lane the other day to visit Blitz Vintage Department store I had already decided two things. One, that I was not going to blog about my visit because so many people have blogged about Blitz already, and two that I probably won't even like or want to buy anything because I really don't like vintage shops, most vintage clothes or vintage shopping. However, after spending about half an hour in the store those two notions had disappeared right out the window. 
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I think the reason I loved this store, while I usually hate vintage stores is because it is all so well curated. Everything is arranged by style, colour, trend, all in different areas and really well spaced out around the store, unlike other vintage stores that tend to be really crowded with stuff, which is I think the main reason why I actually enjoyed shopping there. There are also fitting rooms to try the clothes on, which all vintage stores don't always have, and everything is clearly priced, something else I loved, because I hate having to ask how much something is or spend ages looking for a price in vintage stores.
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I think Blitz really is the place to go to in London if you are looking for vintage cut offs (or jeans or denim jackets as you can see in the firs photo as well). Most of their cut offs are made from vintage Levi's and as well as having so many different colours, cuts and fits of black and denim styles, they have fashion colour styles as well such as, at the moment bright red and pastel pink (which I picked up a pair of) all at only £20 a pair! I might be going back at some point for a black pair...
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Photos from the in store photo booth - something I will be utilising the next time I stop by and I am with friends! Bizarrely, I have never actually taken photos in a photo booth with friends...
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There is also a lovely vintage coffee shop in store I would have grabbed something from if I had not made a Starbucks run right before hitting the store!


Blitz Vintage Department store stocks vintage clothing, jewellery, accessories, books and homeware from the 40's to the 90's and can be found on Hanbury Street, which is just off of Brick Lane (if you are coming from Liverpool Street and Spitalfields, the road you walk down to get onto Brick Lane, just keep on walking across Brick Lane). They also offer a 10% student discount on trend collections. 

17 comments:

  1. I'm generally not into vintage shopping for a lot of the reasons you're not (also because the trendy vintage stores overprice their stuff so much!) but this place looks like it would be nice to shop in!

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  2. Nothing beats a well curated vintage shop, but sadly they are few and far between. You have to have a lot of stamina for a confused pile of jumble, and most of the time I just can't be arsed! I've never been to Blitz, but clearly I will have to give it a look. I look forward to seeing what you bought! x

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  3. I know exactly what you mean, I walk into a vintage shop and I walk out again after about 5 minutes of browsing because I just can't be bothered!

    And I'm already planning outfits in my head with my purchases - think lots of pastel denim!

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  4. I need to visit this place! They have menswear, right?

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  5. Yep, they have a very large menswear section too!

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  6. Yes, what an amazing difference it can make when merchandise is well arranged and presented! I could tell right away what you meant by looking at through the photos! I don't go vintage shopping often, but quite often I leave the vintage stores empty handed because it just so hard looking through everything. I would have a ball at Blitz. If I ever visit on vacay, I most definitely have to stop by here! thanks for blogging about it :)

    <3Amanda
    feast.fashion.faves

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  7. Izzyroxyoursox1115 March 2012 at 18:57

    Ah that looks gorgeous :) I really want to go there now! x

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  8. This looks amazing, I love how well-organised it is. Completely agree about vintage stores usually being overcrowded with bits and pieces everywhere, so off-putting!

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  9. Wow it looks amazing! Thanks for the tip dear Rachel !

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  10. this store is so cute! it has so much character! would love to thrift here!


    love from San Francisco,
    Britt+Whit

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  11. It looks like such a cool store. I've heard tons about it from various bloggers, but now I really do think I need to take a trip down.

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  12. I like so much the colors and the style.

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  13. another shop to put on my London list!

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  14. Beautiful photos! :)

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  15. I adore this post! If I lived in London I guess I'd go vintage shopping everyday, I absolutely love the whole atmosphere and the fact that you can get really special and unique pieces for a fair price. Unfortunately I don't have that many possibilities for vintage shopping here in Vienna. Sad story.
    Btw, lovely blog! :)
    xx


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  16. This looks like an amazing place!

    xx

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  17. This looks like such a fantastic store! I will have to visit next time I'm in London. I love a messy disorganised op-shop but also recognise that I need have a certain patient frame of mind too. Sometimes its very nice to find a place that has done all the work for you.

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