Second Hand Shopping

Creative Tourist

We’ve trawled the stalls to find the best second hand shopping in Manchester. From vintage fashions to books and homewares, this is the only guide you’ll need to reach the pinnacle of shabby chic.

Here are our top 5 picks

  • 1. Afflecks

    Image of Afflecks Palace in Manchester's Northern Quarter
    Ben Williams

    This former department store in Manchester’s Northern Quarter contains dozens of vintage and fashion stalls, selling everything from military garb and goth-ware to tea dresses. There are also dedicated bead, condom and ‘zine shops, and this is THE place to come for fancy dress.

  • 2. Longsight Market


    Every Tuesday, Longsight’s bustling neighbourhood market lays on a thriving flea market that’s a miniature (albeit slightly less glamorous) version of the famous Les Puces in Paris.

  • 3. Stockport Covered Market Hall

    Vintage Village second hand shopping in manchester

    On the second Sunday of every month, Stockport’s Victorian market hall becomes Vintage Village. Some 70 traders set up stall and sell everything from vintage fashions and furs to retro homewares, small antiques, collectibles, old prints and Victorian postcards.

  • 4. Paramount Books


    It’s only open on the weekend and good luck finding a place to sit, but Paramount books stocks a massive and eclectic range of second hand titles – everything from dusty nineteenth-century tomes to last month’s science fiction.

  • 5. Insitu Manchester

    Second hand vintage store In Situ, oil lamps

    Got an old house to refurbish? Then InSitu architectural salvage is a dream come true – particularly if your dream involves old cinema seating and lighting, huge trough-like washing basins, church pews, school desks, restored and powder-coated freestanding radiators and more.