Petticoat Lane – Kent’s Largest Indoor Vintage Emporium

What happens when you stuff two shops, 175 stalls and a vintage tea room under one roof, fill said stalls with vintage, retro, craft, art and antique merchandise and then let me loose in it? You will find me hours later, an overexcited, hyperventilating mess shrieking, “Come and see! I used to have one of these!” Yeah, that’s a true story.

Petticoat Lane Emporium Kent

Mr Chic and I found this quirky gem the last time we visited Ramsgate, took hundreds of pics and then promptly misplaced the memory card. I have to stop doing that. No matter how careful I am the tiny little sods manage to go a-wandering. If anyone out there has a surefire way of keeping memory cards safe hit the comment section. You may seriously save my sanity.

Anyway where was I? Ah yes, Petticoat Lane in Ramsgate. We actually paid two visits to this slightly hidden wonder. We drastically underestimated just how big this place is, and we didn’t give ourselves enough exploring time. So if you are thinking of visiting give yourself at least a couple of hours. If the stalls don’t swallow the time the vintage tearooms will – heavenly cakes, pretty good tea and reasonable prices.

A pretty mannequin at Petticoat Lane Emporium

Another top tip: if you adore retro clothing, wear clothes and shoes that you can easily remove. Not that you will be throwing your clothes off with gay abandon, it’s not that kind of place, but life will be much easier if you can shrug off a jacket rather than having to undo three thousand buttons. I’ll give you three guesses as to how I know that 🙂

Vintage boy's books at Petticoat Lane Emporium, Kent

 Captain Scarlet at a vintage store 
Robbie The Robot at a vintage store.

It also gets quite cold, so bear that in mind when dressing for your outing. It’s true that I visited in the colder months, but this place is huge and difficult to heat.

Vintage luggage at Petticoat Lane Emporium

I left this quirky gem clutching some rather interesting vintage pieces and wondering how I had not known about Petticoat Lane sooner. I will certainly be paying it a visit the next time I’m in Ramsgate, I have the beginning of May pencilled into my diary and I can’t wait!

Petticoat Lane Emporium from Patrick Irving on Vimeo.



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