There are many things I've been putting off recently, which mainly include organising a visit to the dentist and listing various things on eBay. Both are vital for a healthy life in my opinion. I'd been curious about Blitz ever since I'd read about its launch party on several blogs, with its main point of difference being that it was a vintage department store with several sections catering to all your second hand needs. My recent visit to Tony's Gallery has made me determined to visit more shops and galleries around the Shoreditch area and when Rachel presented me with a handy Shoparazzi Discover Pass, the deal was sealed.
I realise that everyone goes about buying their vintage in different ways, some are always lucky at out-of-town car boot sales and charity shops and others prefer boutique style shops like Merchant Archive which specialise in all things exquisite and designer. Blitz definitely has an important role to play within this mix; as much as I like unearthing a bargain within a dubious looking pile of clothes, there's definitely something about careful merchandising by colour and tinkering about to make each piece easier to wear. The prices are comparable with other vintage shops in the area and it's certainly one of the nicer experiences to have, providing a welcome respite from the rain and crowds. I really liked the whole department store aspect, even though the furniture might have been thin on the ground. Combining socialising and shopping with the addition of a café really sets this store apart and you don't feel as if you have to rush when you work your way through the rails.
Fiona my shopping buddy
Methinks that all vintage shops should have a café in tow, as there's nothing like a tasty slice of carrot cake to console you if you don't manage to succeed. Despite rifling through as much as possible, I was finding it hard to get my body to cooperate and make some of the pieces work for me so I resorted to choosing even more baggy shirts. The stock seems perfectly matched to the kinds of trends people are after at the moment, providing a wide variety of paisley shirts, denim jackets and colourful midi skirts. I'm extremely jealous of the job the Blitz buyer has to do, travelling far and wide to source whatever pieces their customers demand whilst weeding out a lot of the misses a lot of other stores have.
Two patterned shirts c/o Shoparazzi
Where do you prefer to buy your vintage, from a meticulously organised emporium type place or a little-known charity shop? I'd definitely go back for coffee and cake again!