This guest post comes to us compliments of Jessica.  She’s helping supplement my limited knowledge of London’s awesome East Side, where you just might find yourself living as well when you relocate to the UK.  Today she gives us insight on all the fabulous places to shop to dress with flair, perfect if you’re moving to on a budget:

I adore other people’s old stuff. Old furniture, jewelry, pots, pans, kettles, records, and of course clothes. Growing up we had all sorts of odd and strange cookery, furniture, decorations, it is in my nature to love old and worn with love items.

It’s a mighty fine thing that is city is full of amazing vintage stores. I spend most rainy days looking at new inventory, dreaming of a time when the clothes were in fashion, sometimes with laughter and sometimes with envy. Here are some of my favorite vintage store for clothes.

If you have any I might have missed, please share!

Beyond Retro
Shoes, jackets, dresses, hats, scarves and more handpicked from the 1900’s to the 1990’s. Their inventory is always changing so frequent visits are a must. There are events, online store, and a newsletter available. They have three stores in England:

110-112 Cheshire Street, London E2 6EJ off of Brick Lane
58-59 Great Marlborough Street, W1F 7JY in Soho
42 Vine Street, Brighton BN1 4AG in Brighton

Absolute Vintage
They have world wide shipping and have been named “The best vintage shop ” by In style Magazine 2008. They specialize in accessories but have a large selection of clothing as well.

15 Hanbury Street, London. E1 6QR off Brick Lane near Old Spitalfields Market

Started as a market stall in Camden in 1986. They have a well organized stock of vintage clothing from names no one will know to high end vintage frocks and accessories. You can order online where their selection is in easy to find categories.

101 and 107 Brick Lane, London E1 6SE
225 High Street Camden, London NW1 7BU
42 Shelton Street Covent Garden, London WC2H 9HZ

Vintage Market
Located in a huge warehouse off Brick Lane, this market has men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from the 1920’s to the 1990’s. Only open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, there something new every time!

Vintage Market, F Block B2 | 85 Brick Lane (under construction)

Vintage Heaven
If you cannot believe there is one more vintage shop with it’s salt on Brick Lane, think again. They have mens, womens and childrens clothes and accessories.  Undoubedtly the most affordabley priced shop in the area.

Brick Lane London E1 6SE, at the top of Brick Lane

Radio Days
Vinatage clothes, housewares, hats, post cards, electrics, and more. Located on Lower Marsh street by Waterloo tube station, it’s like going back in time.

87 Lower Marsh Street Waterloo, London SE1 7AB

What the Butler Wore
Classic vintage also on Lower Marsh Street. They  specialize in 60s and 70s men’s and ladies’ fashion, but always have a selection of both pre-1960s and post-1979
items in stock.

131 Lower Marsh Street Waterloo, London SE1

East End Thrift Store
Vogue called it ” The legendary cult vintage store” It is like walking smack into a rainbow, in a good way. Party dresses, everyday clothing, mens clothes, accessories to match. Great prices, great selection and well worth the trip if you are not local.

Unit 1A Assembly Passage, London E1 4UT

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