Dress To Impress: New Vintage Shop Opens In Walkley
Opening in Walkley last month, Miss Samantha’s Vintage specialises in 40s/50s-inspired reproductions.
Situated on the corner of South Road and Freedom Road, the store is influenced by a “modern with a vintage twist” ethos: no second-hand products, but retro pieces made using contemporary fabrics and techniques.
“I’ve never had a shop of my own,” owner Sam told Exposed. “My husband and I renewed vows on our 25th wedding anniversary, and on our honeymoon I told him that I didn’t want to stay in my long-time, mundane job. He asked me what I wanted to do, to which I replied, ‘I want to sell pretty dresses.’ Since then it’s just morphed and gathered speed – and now here we are.”
Unlike some vintage specialists that sell only dresses and skirts, Samantha’s Vintage has a varied selection including accessories, cosmetics, shoes and capri trousers – perfect for those who aren’t a fan of the 40s flare. “The Collectif jeans we have are high-waist, long with a turn-up leg. I thought I’d try a couple of trousers as well, and the fabric of those is lovely – they swish beautifully as you walk. I have lots of separates too, and all different colours so people can mix and match.”
Catering for sizes 8-22, in all styles of clothing and sold at a variety of prices, the store currently stocks a wide range of brands including Collectif, Hell Bunny, Voodoo Vixen, Pretty Retro, Lindy Bop and Ruby Shoo. As of June they will also be an independent seller of Irregular Choice, a label which focuses on unique, expressive footwear which you’ll soon be able to browse through via the shop’s work-in-progress website.
“It’s a mixed bag of prices, but there’s nothing above £60 in the shop. It ranges from £20-£60, though when Irregular Choice shoes come in they’ll be a bit more. When I get the website set up, it’ll have the option to use Layaway, so customers can pay off an expensive item in small instalments if they can’t afford to pay for it in one go. It’s important for us to match quality with affordability.”
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Opening times are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 10.30-4.30pm, Friday 10.30-6pm and Sunday 11-3pm