Nottingham certainly knows it's stuff when it comes to vintage, you can find an abundance of shops across the city but why traipse around to find those elusive vintage wares when you can find them all under one roof, that's where Hopkinson, Nottingham's vintage emporium comes to hand.
Established in 1880 H. Hopkinson Ltd was originally an Engineers Merchants selling to factories, collieries, textile mills and the engineering industry. The building has been home to the vintage emporium for some time since the original building closed it's doors and in fitting to the building's heritage it was re-branded as Hopkinson in 2010.
A hub for local independent businesses, vintage and antiques sellers, Hopkinson offers four floors full of finds ranging from rare vintage pieces to gorgeous handmade wares, taking on the atmosphere of the department store in an independent fashion.
You can find Hopkinson rather easily, located on Station Street just opposite the train station and nearby the tram line. An impressive building with a window adorned full of collectables drawing you in. As soon as you enter Hopkinson you'll be greated by their darling little cafe, great for a stop off after all your shopping.
Beyond that is an abundance of finds, you'll find shelves and drawers turned into display cabinets for their wide range of wares, presently a mixture of vintage, re-claimed and handmade items, so you really will find a bit of everything in store.
It's certainly surprising what you'll find inside, my rummage around the store unveiled some outstanding finds from cameras to gorgeous fur hats, bakelite picnic ware and even lovingly restored radios. A treasure trove of vintage collectables and finds to adorn.
A wonderful little stop off to visit on your way into the city centre, it really couldn't be better located. It's simply marvellous to see a historic building lovingly restored and re-used to house vintage wares, showcasing the cities rich history whilst also supporting local independent businesses.
Why not visit on your next trip to the city, you can find Hopkinson easily from Nottingham station's Station Road exit. Alternatively visit them online to find their latest ebay auctions, bringing the finds to you without having to leave the house. www.hopkinsongallery.co.uk