In addition to our amazing selection of small, independent shops, The Malverns is a hotspot for fantastic vintage and second hand shopping. Our town centres in Great Malvern, Barnards Green, Malvern Link, Tenbury Wells, and Upton upon Severn are full of curated second hand shops, dress agencies, upcycling shops and charity shops. There’s something about the thrill of finding a pre-loved bargain and there’s no better place to do it than The Malverns.
Across Malvern’s three town centres you will find a treasure trove of second hand and vintage shops stocking everything under the sun from books to clothes to curiosities and furniture. In Great Malvern head to The Malvern Book Shop for two stories and multiple cosy rooms piled high with a great selection of second hand books. Book lovers can also browse the Amnesty Bookshop, relocating to Church Walk as of January 2023, and Church Street’s Oxfam which has half it’s shop dedicated to carefully curated second hand books.
If you’re looking for a more refined second hand shopping experience, Great Malvern has two well stocked dress agencies, where high quality second hand clothing is sold. Deja Vu stocks a large selection of high end and designer men’s and women’s clothing, accessories and shoes with a portion of the profits going to St Richards Hospice. Tucked away on Abbey Road is Hunky Dorey a stylish dress agency that sells women’s clothes and accessories as well as vintage furniture and a selection of independent local brands. For the extra curious make sure you don’t pass by Riding High Gallery – walk through a doorway on Worcester Road and be greeted with antiques, curiosities, collectables, gifts, vintage rugs and more. Great Malvern also has a selection of good quality charity shops in which to spend a happy afternoon bargain hunting.
In Malvern Link browse for books again in the cosy St Richards Hospice bookshop. You’ll hardly realise you’re shopping second hand at this specially collated shop as they have a great many new releases and ‘like new’ condition books. They also have a section for antique, historic and collectors items if you are looking for something special. Just across the road St Richards Hospice have their largest store in Malvern selling furniture, homeware, clothing and bric-a-brac all at very reasonable prices. If you carry on east down Worcester Road, the main road running through Malvern Link, you will come to Aladdin’s Cave – a second hand furniture shop made up of a maze of rooms and walkways. There are many bargains to be uncovered if you don’t mind a rummage as they sell a large selection of vintage furniture, homeware, books and garden ware.
Tired from all that browsing? Why not stop in at one of Malvern Link’s eateries. Hillbilly’s offers up artisanal burgers and sides as well as a daily brunch menu, London House Café serves an excellent coffee and cake or The Everest Eatery is Malverns highly rated Nepalese restaurant.
Barnards Green is the place to go to shop for second hand clothing. With five charity shops in close proximity, as well as a lovely café at Café in the Green, it’s easy to spend an afternoon getting lost in rails of trends gone by. The Daisy Chain, located down the side road next to Barnards Green Fish Bar, keep their prices low with most things under £3.99. There is another St Richards Hospice Charity Shop, recently relocated to a larger premises, this time specialising in good quality women’s clothing. This shop is quite popular with vintage and designer pieces cropping up regularly. Other charity shops include Cats Protection, Blue Cross and Acorns – all amazing causes you can support simply by engaging in a bit of retail therapy.
Upton upon Severn
The historic architecture of Upton upon Severn provides the perfect backdrop for vintage and second hand shopping. Upton has a great selection of antique shops selling all sorts of weird, wonderful and beautiful artefacts – those with magpie like tendencies are sure to come home with a few treasures after a stroll through the traditional black-and-white timber streets. You can even sip your coffee in an antique book shop at Henry’s Café.
Pop by Parkers Bazaar on Court Street, an adorable mini antique shop selling a selection of cottage style vintage pieces. Collectable crockery, vintage lamps and decorative items are a-plenty. Vintage Years is a beautifully fronted shop selling a great selection of vintage furniture as well as some wonderful vintage vases. Haus of Elliot specialises in all things sparkly with cabinets full of glass ornaments, vintage jewellery and accessories.
A new homeware shop has opened on 2 Old Street Upton upon Severn. Dandelion sells decorations, furniture, homeware and clothing as well as paint for upcycling furniture. The owners also put on classes on how to paint and upcycle your old furniture to give it a new lease of life. As the name suggests Bits and Bobs, also on Old Street, offers a bit of everything, find vintage crockery, artwork and collectables. They are also available on commission if you are after something particular.
There’s so much to see in the historic market town of Tenbury Wells. With a reputation as a foodie town there are also plenty of independent businesses and opportunities for second hand shopping.
Located on Teme Street Happy Days Antiques offers a huge range of antiques and oddities, if there is something unusual you’re looking for you’re sure to find it at Happy Days! You can spend hours browsing in this friendly shop finding old photographs, paintings, instruments, typewriters and quirky furniture. They can also source anything further through their extensive contact network.
For even more bargain hunting there is an Age UK on Market Square and an Aid for Aspergers on Market Street.
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