Thursday, 23 April 2015

Fabric, haberdashery and vintage shopping in Hastings, East Sussex

A couple of weekends ago I went to Hastings and thought i'd share with you what it has to offer for those of us who like to do a bit of sewing shopping on holiday!

The four main streets with a mixture of vintage and antique shops are the High Street, George Street, Courthouse Street and Norman Road (officially in St. Leonards-On-Sea). The High Street, George Street and Courthouse Street are in the Old Town of Hastings and popular with tourists. 

George Street is home to:

Butler's Emporium, 70 George Street
A beautifully curated shop of new and vintage homewares plus vintage quilts, linens and the Merchant and Mills range of haberdashery.

Gone Tomorrow, 68 George Street 
Vintage homewares and collectables.

George Street Antique Centre, 47 George Street

The High Street is home to:

Home Store, 36 High Street
A stunning three storey Georgian townhouse, arranged like a home with vintage homewares, buttons and linens.

Little Treasures, 73 High Street
A lovely curated boutique of carefully selected vintage homewares and clothes.

Up the Garden Path, 74 High Street
Garden and homewares.

Vintage Bird, 48 High Street
Plenty of upholstery fabrics to choose from plus made to measure curtains and blinds.

Made in Hastings, 82 High Street
This is a lovely shop, everything is made by local artists and creatives in Hastings. You will find some hand printed fabrics and wools.

Browsers, 57 High Street

Robert's Rummage and Robert's Curios, 68 and 42 High Street

Myerscough & Mairs, 52 High Street

Shirley Leaf and Petal Co, 58 High Street

A shop full of artificial flowers, petals and leaves!

Norman Road, St Leonards-On-Sea is home to:

Wayward, 68 Norman Road

An amazing fabric and haberdashery shop (much of the stock is sourced from France, so you won't find it anywhere else), well worth the visit from London just for this! I got some lovely silk linen for a pencil skirt and some fascinating 1850s textile print designs, more on these in a future blog post. Lucy, who was looking after the shop when I visited is very friendly and has a wealth of knowledge.

Opening hours Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm and other times by appointment only. If you are a Londoner though, Andrew comes to Portobello Road Market every Friday from around 6.30am - dusk. He can be found with a selection of fabrics and haberdashery in between Cambridge and Oxford Gardens on Portobello Road. 

Hasting's Antique Centre, 59-61 Norman Road

Xanadu, 37 Norman Road
Vintage clothing from 1930s - 1970s.

Also several art galleries on this street.

Courthouse Street is home to:

Reeves & Son, 4 Courthouse Street

The Yard, Courthouse Street

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