Brick Lane Thrift Store

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A new kid on the East End vintage clothes shop block opens just off Brick Lane

  • The credit crunch is hurting our wallets, but why should our fashion sense suffer? The answer, from the chaps who brought us the East End Thrift Store, is the new Brick Lane Thrift Store where almost everything is a magical £10 or less. The split-level shop on Sclater Street is a refined collection of best-sellers and popular lines from the East End warehouse. So what’s hot right now?

    ‘One word: tartan,’ reveals manager John Howlin. ‘I could stock tartan underpants and they’d fly out the shop.’ An easier (and markedly less itchy) way of buying into the trend is the large selection of skirts, £10. Brokeback chic’s still going strong with checked western shirts for wannabe cowgirls and cowboys priced, you guessed it, £10, and men looking for the perfect trans-seasonal jacket should have a look at the rails of Harringtons. We’ll tighten our belts (£5) when we’re good and ready.
    The Brick Lane Thrift Store, 68 Sclater St, E1 6HR (020 7739 0242). Aldgate East tube. Daily 12noon-7pm.

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Rachel
Rachel

I really would like to find this shop, is it still there, and how near is it to shops like rokit and the sunday upmarket? I'm worried I wont be able to find it and i'll be really disappointed!

kathryn
kathryn

I went to the east end thrift store today and I know people do tend to get excited writing these comments and go on about how great something is . . . but take it from me, It is a secret gem! they cannot afford to advertise and it is hidden down a backstreet so not many people know about it. I went all over brick lane looking in vintage shops before I discovered it today, I went to . . . beyond retro, absolute vintage, rokit and into all of the other little vintage shops down the side streets, I was looking for a pair of high waisted jean shorts and couldnt find a thing. The prices were also quite high for other items I browsed at. I got a tip off from a customer about the east end thrift store and went along, unfortunately it was shutting in five minutes but the guy working there was so lovely and helpful and let me stay a little while after the shop was supposed to have shut. Alot of the stuff in there was actually nicer than the priceier shops, they had a amazing selection of everything . . . jackets dresses, shorts, belts, jewlery and leather boots for instance that would easily be priced at £45 - 50 in somewhere like beyond retro!! at a maximum of twenty quid. Its so nice to not be ripped off for a change! I cant wait to go back! Im starting to think its where all of the other vintage shops buy their goods and sell on for quadruple the price! TAKE IT FROM ME - GO THERE! YOU REALLY WONT BE DISSAPOINTED . . . they are having a jumble sale on the 19th of september, I am away but would've definately gone if I was in london! you can fill a bag with ANYTHING you want for a tenner!