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Clifton Hill Antique Costume and Textiles, Bristol

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Contact: +44 117 929 0644
Open Hours: Noon-5p M-F, 10a-5:30p Sa
Less like a second-hand clothes shop and more like a costume museum, this amazing place is well worth a visit. It's run by Gill Hodder, a woman with an encyclopedic knowledge of both where everything is in the shop (two floors, both overflowing with antique clothes on rails and boxes) and the styles and fashions of various eras. The clothes are pre-1960s and most is way before that. It's an absolute treasure trove of unique garments from Edwardian and Victorian eras and 1930s-50s. Some, however, have succumbed to the ravages of time, so watch for holes and stains before buying. You can spend hours searching through the massive cabinets, with their drawers full of buttons, stockings, silk underwear, ties, scarves and jewelery. Absolutely inspirational shopping!