Vintage shop opens in York featuring two floors of old school cool

Ready, set, retro… Inside Dog & Bone Vintage. Photographs: Richard McDougall

It’s a vintage time to be a shopper in York.

Dog & Bone Vintage opens a brand new store showcasing two floors of retro style on Saturday (April 30).

Dog & Bone grand opening

28 Castlegate, York

Sat Apr 30 @ 9am-6pm

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Featuring vintage fashion, homeware and lifestyle products, it will be an Aladdin’s Cave for anyone yearning for a bit of old school cool.

The grand opening will see a vintage MG car parked in the Coppergate Centre, free drinks in store, and an entry into the raffle for the first customers.

The Castlegate shop is much bigger than the original Dog & Bone outlet which traded on Gillygate from November 2013 to earlier this year.

Bestsellers… D&B shirts
Bestsellers… D&B shirts
Some of the gifts on sale
Some of the gifts on sale

It has been painstakingly converted from a hair salon, a stone’s throw away from the Coppergate Centre.

That extra space has allowed owner Nic Barker to expand his offer. He told YorkMix:

It’s a bit of a different take on vintage shops. Obviously we sell a lot of the vintage lines. But we’re also doing a lot of homeware and gifts.

There’s mid-century inspired artwork, we’ve got some really cool independent artists, designers and illustrators in the shop, and we’re tailoring our range towards the vintage retro style.

A lot of that is dependent on great design – nice record players and old-looking radios which are all actually brand new.

Traditional to on-trend

Summer's here (nearly)
Summer’s here (nearly)

Based on the Gillygate store Nic expects flannel shirts, denim jackets from the likes of Levis and Wrangler, and Fifties and Sixties dresses to be best sellers.

And he has a large array of other pre-owned fashions to choose from, sourced from suppliers and auctions. Prices range from scrunchies at £3 through to “an expensive beautiful ornate 1950s dress for £150-£200“.

“There’s a mix of stuff from traditional to on-trend. We’re trying to cater to everybody.” said Nic.

The joy of buying vintage was getting something unique. “If you’ve got a flannel shirt that you’d picked up from a range that C&A did in the Eighties, you’d be very unlikely to see anyone wearing that same flannel shirt anywhere else in town.

“And it’s nice to pick up something that would have ended up in landfill in the end. It’s an ethical way to buy clothing as well.”

Cheap and cheerful: the scrunchies
Cheap and cheerful: the scrunchies
Turning back time
Turning back time

He sees Dog & Bone as complementary to chain stores like Primark, due to open in Monks Cross in a few days’ time and in the nearby Coppergate Centre later this year.

“People want a bit of both. People come in store and they might buy a flannel shirt from me and then go and buy their PJs from Primark. We offer different things and can quite happily co-exist together.”

York a great place

Dog & Bone owner Nic Barker
Dog & Bone owner Nic Barker

Nic described York as “a great place for a shop”. But you had to offer something extra to lure people away from internet shopping.

You want to offer something really exciting, to give people a reason to go out to the shops – something visually exciting, good vibes, nice music playing, and you’ve got a great selection of quality products.

Hopefully we’re doing that.

Two dog and bones
Two dog and bones
You can't beat a bit of Bardot
You can’t beat a bit of Bardot
Sign of the times
Sign of the times

The city is a magnet for people from miles around looking for something retro: “We’ve got some great vintage shops, and some great vintage-inspired tearooms. Some of the best in the country – if not the world!”

Nic came to York in 2003, then studied philosophy at university in Brighton. When he emerged with his qualifications the recession had just hit.

Having started selling “all my old clobber” on eBay he developed this into a stall on Brighton market, before returning to York in 2013 and opening Dog And Bone Vintage on Gillygate.

Is The Archers on?
Is The Archers on?
Some of the vintage jewellery
Some of the vintage jewellery

And now a new chapter.

He said: “We’ve been working with One&Other Creative, who have been great and really helped out.”

Nic is looking forward to opening the shop – and a new chapter in his vintage story.

“We just want to encourage people to come to the shop and enjoy themselves,” he said.

2 thoughts on “Vintage shop opens in York featuring two floors of old school cool

  1. The Dog & Bone looks fantastic Nic. Good luck with your stunning new shop! We will definately pop in when we’re next in York to purchase that “something special & unique”

  2. Oh my word your shop looks fabulous. I can’t wait to come and see. Looks to me like birthdays and christmas are sorted for the rest of all time! ????

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