One of a Kind

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One of a Kind
Ladbroke Grove

‘It’s like walking into grandmother’s attic!’ shrieks an American girl as she crosses the threshold of this Portobello Road stalwart. We think she was referring to the Aladdin’s cave layout of this treasure filled shop. 1920s beaded dresses dangle from the ceiling, psychedelic ‘60s garments are hung so high that you need a step ladder to reach them, while pulling back a rack of fur coats (£350-£750) we wondered if we might find ourselves stumbling into Narnia. If you’re a bit of a magpie or enjoy a rummage in a jumble sale you’ll love sifting here but while the shop lacks a high end boutique layout, it does carry high end prices – a factor that doesn’t seem to deter tourists buying Chanel handbags at £1600 a pop.

Venue name: One of a Kind
Address: 259 Portbello Road
W11 1LR
Opening hours: Open 10am-6pm Mon-Fri; 10am-6.30pm Sat; 10am-6pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Ladbroke Grove tube
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This store has some amazing pieces, but I found the prices to be outrageous. I understand paying over a grand for vintage shoes and handbags, but I couldn't find anything less than 300 pounds when I was looking through the dresses, and some of my own vintage pieces are definitely nicer and I paid a lot less for them. Also, the racks are crammed full so it's nearly impossible to look through the clothes, and that's if the racks are reachable, as half of them are hung about 7 feet off the floor! If you want vintage high-end accessories, this is a good place to find them, but unless you really know your vintage designer brands and are looking for a spectacular piece, I would not recommend this store to the average vintage shopper.