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Retro Shopping in Glasgow: Handbags and Gladrags

tangerine dress158 Dumbarton Road,
Partick, Glasgow G11 (next to Kelvinhall Underground)

Drop in and fall in love with retro, vintage and pre-loved ladies clothes, shoes and accessories. Lots of bargains for the man in your life too.

BestInWestCertsmallHandbags and Gladrags is looking amazing. Lots of cool summer dresses to choose from in sizzling colours, pastels and prints.  I particularly liked the short cotton tangerine dress. Perfect for holidays or sitting outside a cafe on Byres Road.

beige macIn case you get caught in a shower, you can still look great in a chic mac. There are also lots of little jackets, slinky catsuits, cardis, tops, skirts and trousers. 

There are some really brilliant shoes in stock including summer sandals and some great leopard print ankle boots.  There's a fantastic selection of fun handbags as well and I was tempted by a beautiful cream holdall and an eye catching gold bag.

If you're lucky you could pick up a pair of Jimmy Choo's or Louboutin or a Prada bag – in perfect condition. 

white holdallYou'll find plenty of high street brands, including Zara, River Island, Top Shop, Wallis, Per Una and Miss Selfridge –  the list goes on and on. I even spotted some Biba! All preloved and a fraction of the price you'll find in shops up town - check them out, dress up and get set to go clubbing or dine out in style.

I really loved a long black dress – very sophisticated. Looking for someone tall, slim and elegant. A beautifully styled coat by Joseph Ribkoff also caught my eye.  Not a designer I'm familiar with but I Googled and that coat will be a real find for somebody.

Handbags and Gladrags is a main attraction for all fans of retro, vintage and bargain shopping. Maxine, an expert in the second-hand clothes trade, has pushed out the boat in sourcing a wonderful assortment of romantic vintage, fun retro items, girl glam, second hand designer gear and an astonishing number of amazing bargains.  Watch out for those one off designer labels such as Paul Costelloe, Aquascutum, Burberry and Miss Sixty

whie dressMaxine's shop is an Aladdin's Cave of clothes and accessories - all in excellent condition. If you like to create your own unique style then you will be spoiled for choice - you can take your pick from row upon row of skirts, trousers, denims, coats, jackets and dresses. Styles reminiscent of the 60s and 70s are particularly popular. Plenty of worn once shoes and boots including  a selection of Uggs. 

 - plus all the quality high street brands: Wallis, Warehouse, Top Shop, Miss Selfridge, Kookai, Zara, New Look, Per Una and River Island - the list goes on and on. I even spotted some Biba!

If you're in the mood for clubbing then you'll be happy to hear that there's no shortage of glamourous outfits with sequins galore.

There are even some great finds for the men, including Barbour jackets, cosy tweed coats and cool hats and woollen scarves.

blue shoesThere are some great outfits to choose from if you're going along to any Vintage and Retro Weddings or if you're after a costume for a theme night then you're in the right place.

 Whether your look is grown up chic or glamourous and sparkling you will not leave empty handed. The selection of accessories is extraordinary there are evening bags galore, leather shoulder bags and one off's that will make you stand out in the crowd. There are vintage shoes fit for your display cabinet or if you like to totter in five inch wedges or 60's style white black leather boots you could find just what you are after.

gray jacketThere are scarves of every hue and clothes for all seasons - even if you are planning a holiday somewhere hot in the middle of a Scottish winter - you can pick up a nifty little sundress at Handbags and Gladrags. There are lovely hand knitted cardis,   tailored blouses in every hue and slinky evening attire.

The area at the back of the shop is rather special and that is where the real retro gems can be found but Maxine's really has something for everyone - plus bigger sizes and stuff for the gents too.

There's a selection of beads, bangles and brooches. Sequinned basques and evening attire. It's not just for the youngsters either and discerning ladies can pick up Merino jumpers, Cashmere cardis and tailored suits at ridiculously low prices.

green hat feather stoleIt's not unusual to find people in the shop searching for things that they cannot find elsewhere or just out enjoying a bargain hunting spree. So even when the funds are low you can still have a little treat.
Handbags and Gladrags is one shop that I can truly say that I have never, ever, left empty handed. Much of their custom is through word of mouth and many of my friends have gone along to investigate after admiring some of my fabulous finds.

A God send for skint students at the Uni and nurses from the Western Infirmary and Yorkhill. The best thing is that there's no chance that they'll be wearing the same thing as their friend. :)

Right next to Kelvinhall Underground and on Dumbarton Road main bus route it's very handy - even if you're just in town for the day.


Handbags and Gladrags


I have a selection of mens clothing which I need to sell, they have been worn, but are in very good condition. they are all very good quality.

Oliver Pelendrides | Wed Jul 30 2014

i have a selection of womans clothes i have miss selfridge , asos , karren millen , coast , lipsy ,odelia and yumi most have labels still on but all are new. all in i have 22 dresses and 2 tops range in sizes from 8 - 14 i have 4x of 3 different dresses and the others are single items i would love it if you could meet me and take a look to think about doing a deal thanks

mark | Tue Jul 29 2014

I have a selection of new and nearly new clothes for sale - topshop, Oasis, River Island, Zara - all autumn/ winter 13/14 so up to date. Also so great statement necklaces too. Wondered how I sell them please! Thanks!

Lyndsay Brown | Mon Mar 31 2014

Hi I have a selection of 1950s handbags with matching scarf and gloves , looking for a job lot clearance, are you interested?

Kathleen | Sat Mar 29 2014

Re: queries below, they are not being directed to the shop so please don't anticipate an answer. You should contact the shop by letter.

Pat Byrne | Thu Nov 07 2013

hi I am currently clearing out my aunts house, and have a very large collection of clothing some of which are designer clothing others top quality clothing, some only worn for the occasion then packed in clothes bags and put away, there is also approximately 30 pairs of quality shoes which got the same treatment and are still wrapped in paper and boxed, some suzie cooper handbags etc, these clothes, shoes and bags were not her daily wear but for functions and special occasions, would you be interested in buying some or all of these, and if not could you recommend someone or perhaps an auction house that specializes in these types of sales, many thanks, bill.

bill paton | Thu Nov 07 2013

hi there i was wondering if you could help i am currently making and designing jewellery and was wondering if you would be interested in any of it for your shop. i look forward to hearing from you thanks elizabeth

elizabeth stewart | Tue Oct 01 2013

pease can you advise me of your tel number

caroline | Fri Sep 27 2013

Hi there, I'm looking for an ivory Hobbs dress that y mum bought in the late 90s early 2000s, if you get any items that could be a match could you contact me? Many thanks, Harriet

Harriet stigner | Sun Jun 09 2013

HI my friend has a large selection of vintage clothes, handbags and shoes size 4. She lives in dunoon and would like to downsize as she is moving would you be interested in selling for her? regards Kerrie

kerrie ross | Wed Apr 03 2013

Good evening, I was wondering if you buy designer handbags? Thanks

Suzanne McNeill | Sun Mar 10 2013

i have two real fur coats which was id my old aunties one is dark brown other is like two tone dark brown and lighter brown like stripes excellent condition thanks

kate | Tue Feb 19 2013

I have some Paul's boutique zippers and jacket hardly ever worn and brand new and used convers of ur interested in buying them.

Sarah | Fri Jan 25 2013

Hi, I have clothes and shoes that I have never worn or only worn once, some of them still have labels on. Would you be interested in buying some? thanks, Nicole.

Nicole Clarkson | Tue Jan 08 2013

I have a lot of new and nearly new clothes to sell mainly autograph and per una, also some Hobbs coast etc. would you be interested in buying them?

Linda McCabe | Sun Oct 07 2012

im looking to sell sum new and nearly new clothers just wondering if u buy them or sell them on for me thanks

sharon royal | Wed May 30 2012

can you please advise opening hours.

patricia reid | Mon Feb 13 2012

Happy New Year I have a 3/4 length Raccoon Jacket and hat, which I absolutely love but no longer wear. Would you be interested in selling them for me?

Janet White | Mon Jan 02 2012

I have two fur coats which are in great condition - both were from elderly aunts so probably purchased around 1960. Happy to sell as they are in my loft doing nothing.

irene king | Mon Nov 21 2011

I have some dresses which I have worn once, they are in perfect condition. Do you sell items for people and take a commission for yourself? I have done a similar thing in the past with a shop on Victoria road, which is no longer there. Not sure if you would do this! Would be happy to bring items round for you to look at.

Kelly johns | Sat Nov 12 2011

Hi I have several dresses worn only once,also shoes,just wondering if you could sell them on for me.

Brogan | Sat Nov 05 2011

Hi I have several dresses worn only once,also shoes,just wondering if you could sell them on for me.

Brogan | Sat Nov 05 2011

Hi I have some great second hand designer clothing that I'm looking to sell. I've just lost weight and they don't fit anymore. I was wondering if you would be interested in taking a look at them. thanks Christina

Christina | Wed Mar 16 2011

As with many of the questions above, I have clothes that I was hoping you might be able to sell for me. I have a dress from the ASOS BLACK collection 2010, and a dress from the 2009 Penelope Cruz collaboration with Mango. Both were worn only once to a prom and are in perfect condition. Thanks.

Mhairi Elliott | Thu Sep 23 2010

I was on my way to the art gallery when I discovered your shop, I loved the themes running through your entire shop. the classic albums pinned to the walls I still have them at home ie Bowie's Aladdin sane. I told all my friends and i will be back as its such a fantastic place to shop.

sandrab | Mon Sep 06 2010

hi maxine My sister died a couple of months ago and she had many jackets some leather would you be interested in looking at them with a view to buying them. As you can imagine she had wardrobes of clothes alot we have given to her favourite charitys but I feel we should try and get some money for them thanks again neil grant ,

neil grant | Sat Aug 28 2010

I have afriend who would like to sell her wedding outfit. Do you purchase items of clothing?

B Barnes | Thu Jul 01 2010

Hi, my question is similar to Susi above. I have clothes and shoes that I have worn only once or never worn, some still have labels on them. Most from high street stores and in excellent condition. Let me know if you would be interested in looking at these. Thanks, Lynn

Lynn Allen | Thu Mar 18 2010

Hi, I hv been to your shop many times. And I am really impressed. I was thinking of opening a shop that also deals with retro merchandise but I have no idea where to source for the goods. I hope you would provide me information or even tips of how I could begin. I will be going back to my country in South East Asia soon, i just thought I had find some ideas before that. Thanks.

Jimmy T | Sun Oct 25 2009

Hi, i was wondering if you would be interested in looking at some second hand clothes that i have, i have brand new ted baker warehouse and diesel with labels, topshop leather boots all in original boxes (have been worn once do not fit in very good condition)mango jeans and jumpers only worn once and oasis and warehose dresses. i also have berry red leather topshop shoes and lily allen shoes....never worn! please get back to me as i could bring them up for you to have a look at! thanks susi

susi | Wed Apr 08 2009

Dear owner/manager of the business, Thinking of starting a similar shop in Scarborough, North Yokrshire. Just wondered how business is, any advice you might be able to give us, best lines etc. If you could email back, it would be hugely appreciated, thanks Anne Pilgrim

Anne Pilgrim | Sun Oct 19 2008

hi, my name is lesley i am currently studying for my hnd in art and design in dumfries, i have a great intrest in fashion, design and vintage clothing, i would love to be able to perhaps carry out a work placment in your fantastic shop, would you please be able to provide me with contact information, thanks

lesley beattie | Tue Oct 07 2008

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