Visiting Scotland/England next February. Starting Glasgow, looping north then to Edinburgh, then about 10 days working down to London with a stop in Harlepool for certain. I love shopping in thrift/antique shops - looking for something special at a great price. I'm hoping I can find some unique things for my souvenirs that way. I'd appreciate some suggestions on shops others have discovered and loved. We will be traveling by bus/train so shops need to be easily accessible. thanks!
Look for charity shops, such as Oxfam, Age Concern, etc. You will find them on or near the High Street wherever you go. Ask at the town information centre or at any tea room if you can't find one.
Have never been to one and have my doubts about them happening in winter but car boot sales might be what you seek. Items sold from the trunks of cars.
If going to Hartlepool have a look out for the monkey. No I don't mean the MP.
Boot sales in winter is a go!!! Dunno about "oop North" but certainly down here. Sundays or Saturdays usually. Try the nearest Rugby pitch.
Edinburgh has probably 50+ Thrift stores. They cluster on High Street just below the University. My wife probably went through 20 in two days. Take a look at this site: http://www.oranges-and-apples.com/2011/05/guide-to-edinburgh-vintage-and-charity.html.
If you are coming to London google Kempton Park and check the calendar. It is a race course but they hold Sunbury Antique fairs every other Tuesday (I think). You need to be there early but it is well worth your time. It is a short train trip from Waterloo.
Great suggestions - I'll keep watching for more! thanks everyone
I follow a blog at junkaholique.com. She runs a small shop in London, and also makes jewelry. Check out her blog and see if that looks like a plc=ace that would interest you!