What makes Bristol great - Thrifty shopping

What makes Bristol great - Thrifty shopping

If you can't tell, we’re pretty fond of our home town of Bristol!

Aside from the wonderful tourist spots that Bristol has to offer, we're also lucky enough to have some of the best shopping in the West Country.

Bristol boasts some of the best vintage shopping spots in the land. If you're after a bargain, whether it's haute-couture clothing or antique furniture, Bristol is your place.

Here's our best pick of cheap and cheerful hotspots.

Car boot sales

Bristol is certainly not short of car boot sales. Whether you’re after some new furniture, looking for some vintage clothing or want to pick up a bargain, you can guarantee you’ll find what you need at one of the many Bristol car boot sales (and probably for under £20!).

Some of the best include: Whitchurch car boot (£1 entry, every Saturday, open 11.15am for buyers), Clifton ( £1 for buyers, every Sunday, open 9am), Keynsham (Sundays, 7:30 am).

Top tip: Take cash and always have a price in mind before you ask how much something is. If it’s more expensive than you’re willing to pay, sellers are usually open to haggling - don't be scared!


St Nicholas' market is one of the hotspots for bargain goods in the city centre. Stop by on your way to the harbour for some delicious food, cheap clothing and vintage goods.

Tuesdays and Fridays offer delicious street food, whereas Saturday is flea market day where you'll find antiques, vintage & retro clothing and lovely unique home pieces.

There’s heaps of other markets on around the city throughout the week, dependent on what you're after.

For food, Bristol Harbourside market is one not to miss. Head there for street food on a Wednesday and Thursday, or for locally baked breads, cakes and locally made products on a Saturday and Sunday where the market stretches for the length of the harbourside undercover walkway.

Kilo sales

Kilo sales, adored by the younger generation, are becoming one of the best ways for fashion lovers to buy unique, one-off clothing at a cheaper price.

Selling at wholesale value, the kilo sale (often held at Paintworks on Bath Road), offers vintage clothing at more affordable prices. Entry is usually around £3 and once you're in, you simply pick what you want and have it weighed at the end of your shop to find out the overall total.

Top tip: Check the weight price per kilo before piling up your bag. Weighty pieces can end up costing an arm and a leg if you’re not careful!

Charity shops

Gloucester Road is a charity shop paradise. From furniture to quality vintage clothing, you can always find a golden gem amongst the long stretch of charity shops along Gloucester road. What's even better, your money is going to a great place.

Clifton village, Cotham Hill, Southville and Clevedon are also great charity shop spots - one person's trash is another person’s treasure!

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