Independent shops, Secondhand shops
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Samuel Burns & CoPrestongrange, Prestonpans, East Lothian, EH32 9SA
Dealer of second-hand modern and antique furniture and bric-a-brac.
Glorious41 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, G12 9BG
One of The List's favourite clothing shops, Glorious hovers somewhere between 'vintage' and 'second hand', recycling specially-selected high street and designer fashion of the last ten-fifteen years at inoffensive prices. They're utterly brilliant for…
The Record Shak69 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG
Simple, basic and excellent wee record shop with absolutely no attitude, selling a great selection of blues, rock, folk, reggae and jazz, mostly second hand. Will occasionally buy records too.
Vinyl Villains5 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA
Continuing the city's proud tradition of record shops with alliterative names, this dark, brilliant and slightly haphazard collection of second hand vinyl and CDs was recently namechecked in Sunshine on Leith, the Proclaimers musical. Staff are famously…
Alba Second-Hand Music55 Otago Street, Glasgow, G12 8PQ
Sturdy, long-running store handily situated for the College of Piping, dealing in printed music for most instruments, ensembles and orchestras.
Armchair Books72–74 West Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2LE
Divided over two premises, Armchair Books has been a favourite stop for bibliophiles for more than 15 years. The shop owners say their regulars 'appreciate the way the shop combines an eclectic stock with a sterling regard for the health and safety of…
Avalanche5 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HY
Tiny, near-legendary record shop specialising in new and used indie and alternative vinyl and CDs. An essential part of the Edinburgh muso experience, with a great selection of local acts - Postcard Records, in particular, are brilliantly represented.
Circa Vintage37 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, G12 9BG
Packed-out vintage store with a broad selection. Really good for Art Deco jewellery, and at the other end of the spectrum, fabulously tacky 1980s elasticated belts. Prices range from £5-£75
Far from the Madding Crowd20 High Street, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 7AE
RelicsRuthven Mews, Dowanside Lane, Glasgow, G12 9BZ
It's amazing how much you can pack into one small shop. The shelves and counters of this treasure trove tucked away off Byres Road are stuffed full of bric-a-brac: on a good day you can find anything from Art Nouveau glassware to original 1970s Star…
Armstrongs83 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HJ
There is no better place in Edinburgh to take a walk down fashion's memory lane than WM Armstrong & Son. Established in 1840 and locally known as Armstrong’s, its two branches (the other is at 64 Clerk Street) combine to make a huge emporium of…
Armstrong's64–66 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JB
Whether you're a fashion student or just a dedicated follower, a visit to the granddaddy of Edinburgh's vintage stores is essential for anyone with even the slightest interest in clothes. The Grassmarket branch has by far the bigger, more eclectic…
Barnardos Boutique54 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1HD
The chance to save a bit of cash isn't the only reason to visit this store. There's a fine selection of designer and vintage clothing looking for a new home, with all money raised going towards children in Scotland. Donations are most welcome too if you…
Barnardos Vintage116 West Bow, Edinburgh, EH1 2HH
Treasure trove charity shop, with the stock hand-picked from Barnardo's general intake by a dedicated team who know the area. It's a skip across the road from Armstrongs, making this area of the Grassmarket something of a vintage bolthole, and although…
Chic and Unique8 Deanhaugh Street, Edinburgh, EH4 1LY
Chic and Unique offers a wide selection of wonderful vintage costume jewellery, by famous designers such as Dior and Haskell dating from the 1820s through to the 1980s. Alongside the jewellery is a selection of vintage handbags, perfume bottles and…
Edinburgh Books145–147 West Port, Edinburgh, EH3 9DP
Bewilderingly labyrinthine selection of antiquarian books over two levels. Formerly West Port Books, and now a leading member of the West Port Books collective, Edinburgh Books' staff have a similarly dry sense of humour to their fellow collective…
The Frayed Hem45 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BS
A vintage shop with a well-picked range of clothing, shoes, jewellery and collectables.
Hannies Antiques LimitedGlasgow Clydeside Antiques Building, 121–127 Lancefield Street, Glasgow, G3 8HZ
Stockists of second-hand and antique furniture, specialising in items sourced from Holland and Belgium.
Herman Brown151 West Port, Edinburgh, EH3 9DP
Seriously gorgeous selection of top-end vintage accessories and shoes hang alongside a carefully selected, colour-coded range of 1950s-1980s fashions. The very best place to lay hands on retro sunglasses, diamante hat pins and patent stilettos.
Hog's Head Music62 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9PS
Muso paradise indeed. This grungy second-hand store is full of rare CDs and DVDs, collectable box sets and T-shirts. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, the windows are crammed with rarities, and there's a great trade-in policy.
LostChord11 Park Road, Kelvinbridge, Glasgow, G4 9JD
Glasgow's oldest second hand record shop. LPs 12" and 7" – we got them all, and cheap! Also loads of DVDs, cassettes, videos and CDs.
LOVEmusic34 Dundas Street, Glasgow, G1 2AQ
Near-legendary record shop specialising in new and used indie and alternative vinyl and CDs. An essential part of the Glasgow muso experience, with a great selection of local acts. They specialise in indie, rock, punk and americana, but are good for 60s…
Main Point Books77 Bread Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AH
Situated between a lap-dancing club and a church, Main Point Books specialise in mind-expanding tracts. Fans of Vonnegut, Brautigan, Dick and Orwell will find plenty of politically-charged sci-fi to keep them happy here, and there's a great section of…
Missing Records247 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL
Loved and revered in Glasgow, the Missing enterprise used to be a bit more of a chain, but everything's now concentrated on this one hub near the Arches (with a wee sister out in Paisley). Still got a brilliant selection of secondhand music and films…
Play It Again* Records47 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, G12 9BG
Play it Again* Records are pretty keen on avoiding the corporate trappings of logos, mottos and mantras (but insist on keeping the asterisk). They sell and buy old records, CDs & DVDs that are in decent condition and fairly priced. Nothing will ever…