Thursday, 7 February 2013

Scarboroughs shop windows

I am a little obsessed with beautiful window displays, shop fronts and signage.  If they have a vintage or kitsch look then all the better.  Here are some local shops I have snapped recently while out n about...

Mrs lofthouses secondhand book emporium is on Queen street, Scarborough (near boyes) sells vintage and newer books.  It has the feel of an old fashioned booksellers and you could be in there for hours.


This was a nice old sign I spotted in Bridlingtons Old Town (although it had gone last time I visited).  If you have never visited The Old Town in Bridlington, it is well worth a visit if you like antique shops, vintage stores and galleries.


Homebird House is a fairly new shop in Scarborough, It is on St. Helens Square (opposite the market) and well worth a visit.  It sells everything from cards and gifts to clothes, lighting and even furniture.  See my article about Homebird House here.

Francis Tea rooms is like stepping back to the 1930s, a quaint little place on South Street, Scarborough (behind the esplanade)  It has wood pannelled private booths, old china tea cups and embroidered tablecloths, see my article about it here

Ha ha!  This joke shop is a tacky, kitsch paradise!  Like the signage though.  Selling fancy dress, tacky souvenirs and "adult" toys (int' window!)  It is on the corner as you take the long walk down to the beach in Scarborough.

This was a lovely antique shop near Maltons Market Square, unfortunately it was closed so just managed to snap this photo, LOVE the cushions!

Poppy Joans is a lovely gift shop slightly off the beaten track on Gladstone Road, Scarborough.  The window displays always look beautiful and it sells an array of gifts for the home, yourself & kiddiwinks!

Arosa is a lovely old fashioned handmade chocolate shop on Ramshill Road, Scarborough (parade of shops if coming from filey) It's like going back in time, but great chocolates!

The Shepherd Purse is my favourite shop in Whitby, the window displays always look amazing! Basically a combined deli and clothes shop that sells a great range of items.  If you're looking for organic bath salts, a cinnamon stick, some local cheese or a floaty summer dress, this is the place to come.  It also boasts a B&B too.

Bjorn clogs in Scarborough (opposite Boyes).  They have been a manufacturer and retailer of handmade Swedish style clogs for nearly 30 years.  I remember buying my kickers from there back int' day!


  1. What I like about vintage shops is their very appealing and distinctive signage. Their signage may look shabby, but they have this tempting appeal. It’s really amazing how they’re able to restore the beauty of their shop. I think I remember the Mrs lofthouses secondhand book emporium. I’ve been there once, but I can't remember if I bought a book or not. Anyway, thanks for sharing these photos of vintage shops. They’re all beautiful. #Clinton Hurlburt


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