I’ve recently been spending some time in Stroud, which is just over half an hour away from Bristol by car. Aside from the myriad of charity shops there are to explore – recent finds include this pretty swallow print top – there is one place that I can’t help but visit every time I’m there.
A Stroud vintage emporium divided over two floors, every inch of space in Time After Time is used to display jewellery, clothes, homewares and accessories dating from the early 1900s to the 1980s. Vintage shops can often suffer from too much clutter, but at Time After Time every single item has its place, from fur stoles to china teapots. Bowler hats are hung from cupboard doors and delicate beaded evening bags and printed mirrors line the stairwell.
Husband and wife owners David and Sandra have run Time After Time for six years, perviously organising vintage fairs in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, and have both been involved in the fashion industry since the 1960s – there is an adorable photo of the couple from the 1970s can be seen on their about page.
Each piece that makes its way into the shop is handpicked – with David sourcing the clothes and Sandra picking out (and designing) jewellery. Trips to source new pieces take place regularly and David assures me that it’s the best form of retail therapy.
It’s unusual to find a vintage boutique that covers menswear, womenswear, accessories, homewares and jewellery and that does it with such aplomb – you could spend hours looking at trinkets or chatting enthusiastically about 1950s bridesmaid dresses and barely even scratch the surface of this treasure trove.
While Time After Time has been a recent discovery for me, it’s no secret to designers and creatives including Cath Kidston, Philp Treacy and Lily Allen, all of whom are regular visitors to this quaint duck egg blue shop. The last time I visited the shop a selection of 1920s dresses had just arrived, but they were strictly off limits until after Lily had seen them and called dibs on them for her new music video.
If you’re ever in Stroud you have to visit this shop as you’ll find a million and one things you want to take home with you! Have you made any new vintage shop discoveries recently?
Time After Time, 30 High Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1AJ. Open 10am –5pm Monday–Friday, 9am–5.30pm on Saturdays.