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Bristol’s Hidden Gems: Antiques

21 May 2018 | Charlie Kenber

With its strong artistic tendencies, Bristol has a well-established line in antique furniture and furnishings, and there are plenty of stunning places to sniff out a bargain. Whether you’re looking for a dive in a chaotic jumble or a more carefully curated selection to choose from, we’ve got the shop for you…

Rag & Bone
This charming shop features a delectable collection of carefully chosen decorative antiques and furniture, as well as lighting, homeware, and even the odd original artwork. Stock turns over quickly, which means it’s always worth popping in to see what vintage treat they’ve uncovered of late. Whether you’re after a vintage off licence sign or a modernist armchair, Rag & Bone have you covered. This level of curation comes at a price, but in return you’re sure to find a beautiful array of items on offer. You can either check out their website, or for the authentic experience visit their shop right in the centre of the old city.

Image Credit: Rag & Bone Bristol via Facebook

Rag & Bone is located at 11 St Nicholas Street, BS1 1UE.

The Reclaimers
At the other end of the spectrum, head to Gloucester Road for this marvellous and eclectic site bursting with antique writing desks, ornate doors, and even the kitchen sink! If you’ve never been to a Reclaimer’s Yard before, make sure you expect a fair amount of chaos, and be prepared to earn your finds rooting through their stock. This is a big part of the fun though, and perfectly suited to those who’d rather do some of the exploring themselves – and to typically be rewarded with a significantly cheaper price tag! So get your adventure cap on and go for a dig: you might even think about walking 1000 miles to get there…(sorry).

Image Credit: The Reclaimers Bristol via Facebook

The Reclaimers is located at 347 Gloucester Road, BS7 8TG.

Abode Furnishings
Tucked away up in Clifton Arcade you’ll find this small but vibrant collection of vintage and retro furniture, along with a wider selection of modern candles, lighting and scented salts. With stock ranging from larger pieces through to home accessories and vintage tea sets, Abode is a great place to stop by no matter what you might be looking for. They also sell some cracking chalk paint if you fancy doing some up-cycling yourself: so pop in to this sweet little shop!

Image Credit: Abode Furnishings via Twitter

Abode Furnishings is located at 9, Clifton Arcade, Boyce's Ave, Clifton Village, BS8 4AA.

If you’re looking for some vintage records, Relics is the place for you. A stone’s throw from Bristol Cathedral, this delightful shop boasts a sensational collection of records, as well as record players from across the ages – s0 it’s the perfect place to pick up a new hi fi with character. They also offer a repairs service, making sure those beautiful machines keep on running. Many of their goods are available online, but for the best sense of what they have it’s always worth heading to the shop itself.

Image Credit: Relics Bristol

Relics is located at 109 St George's Rd, BS1 5UW.

Dig Haüshizzle
A final, unusual suggestion given that this shop sadly no longer exists. Much loved antiques cave Dig Haüshizzle closed this month so that owners Cassandra and Edward can focus on their online business – so they haven’t disappeared for good! Instead they’ll continue to seek out classy and unique items running the full gamut from antique mirrors, tables and chairs, through to books and vintage lighting. They’re still based in Bristol, and there are rumours they’ll be opening a studio (plus you can visit their stunning, vintage designed home by appointment) so they still have a firm place in our hearts as a Bristol Gem. They’ve simply become a little harder to find.

Image Credit: Dig Haüshizzle via Facebook

Visit Dig Haüshizzle online.

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