Vintage Lover’s Guide to Banbury

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If you are one of the many people who love vintage décor, collectibles, clothes, and accessories – then Banbury and its surrounding villages are the place for you! In addition to great indie shops (many with a vintage or retro vibe), we’ve got vintage specialty shops, antiques & collectibles centres with multiple dealers in a single convenient location, auction houses and – the favourite shopping stomping ground of vintage bargain hunters worldwide – a great selection of charity shops.


  • Frogabilia: Decorative antiques, vintage collectibles & jewelry, an array of retro styles and art in Church Lane
  • Banbury Emporium -vintage records and CDs, music systems, Retro games and gaming equipment, toys, posters and more. Tucked in to White Lion Walk
  • Buzzy’s Emporium: Antiques, Memorabilia and Collectibles in the heart of the Old Town area of Banbury.
  • 4 Shires Antiques: in their own words, “a veritable den of history and interesting things all looking for a new home.”
  • Golden Age of Cycles: supplying and maintaining quality British vintage racing bicycles from the 1950s to the 1980s, on North Bar
  • Second Time Around: a charity furniture restoration project that recycles unwanted or donated wooden furniture. They also host vintage flea markets and there’s also a coffee shop onsite – shopping is thirsty work. find them on the Beaumont Industrial Estate
  • Books and Ink – my favourite vintage items! Rare out-of-print, used books, secondhand books, antiquarian books and new books. All from Banbury’s independent bookshop which can be found in White Lion Walk.

Kickin’ it old school at 4 Shires Antiques


  • Banbury Antiques Centre: Co-located with Barn Farm Plants, there are multiple dealers are based here with all sorts of vintage, antique and collectible goodies; free parking and cafe on site as well; Wardington OX17 1SN
  • Banbury Antiques Market: This is a twice-monthly expansion of the weekly market in the Town Centre; every second and fourth Thursday of the month; Marketplace, town centre
  • Deddington Antique Centre: One of the oldest established antique centres in Oxfordshire, ranging over the four-stories; Laurel House, Bullring, Deddington OX15 0TT
  • Brackley Antique Cellar: At 30,000 sq ft and featuring 160 dealers as well as a cafe, it’s no wonder this is described as the largest purpose-built centre in the Midlands; Draymans Walk, Brackley NN13 6BE
  • Station Mill Antiques Centre (in Chipping Norton but as it says up top ‘Banbury and the surrounding area’) is home to 80 dealers and has a huge selection of constantly changing stock. Station Rd, Chipping Norton OX7 5HX.

Books, cameras, vintage tools, decorative items – the market is a constant source of surprise



  • Age UK: 3A Parsons St, OX16 5LW
  • Barnardo’s: 59 Parsons St, OX16 8NB
  • Blue Cross: 77 High St, OX16 5JG
  • British Heart Foundation: 83 High St, OX16 5JG
  • British Heart Foundation Furniture & Electrical: 10-15 Broad St, OX16 5BN
  • Cancer Research UK: 9 Parsons St, OX16 5LW
  • Children’s Air Ambulance: 90 High Street, OX16 5JE
  • Helen & Douglas House: 10 Church Ln, OX16 5LR
  • Katharine House Hospice: 15 Bridge St, OX16 5PN
  • Katharine House Hospice Furniture Shop: 40 High St, OX16 5ET
  • Oxfam Bookshop Banbury: 43 Market Pl, OX16 5NW
  • Style Acre’s Little Bookshop Banbury: 5 Butcher’s Row, OX16 5JH

A bit of sparkle – shoes at Helen & Douglas House

I’ll update with more sources, cool finds or useful ideas as they become available. I’m even planning a downloadable guide to carry with you on your next great charity shop crawl or retro roadtrip. In the mean time, go forth and score a great find. And let us know where you found it.

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