Falmouth’s thriving antiques and vintage ‘scene’ is one of the many reasons to take the short drive from Three Mile Beach. For visitors – antiquity-minded or otherwise, I’d recommend making straight for the Old High Street. It’s where you’ll find many of the town’s best independent shops.
Near the top, there’s Ludgate House Antiques, presenting choice pieces from the last three centuries. The High Street Bazaar offers a real mixture of stuff, but now and then I happen upon something really special. The Little Vintage Warehouse 13 does a great line in vintage clothes and it’s where we found our much-coveted light fitting from Blackpool illuminations. At the bottom of the street, Marmalade Antiques & Vintage provides even further feasting for the eyes. But the fun doesn’t stop there; if you keep going around the corner, you’ll find Antics of Falmouth and Bygone Days Trading Company on Webber Street.
Charity shops, on the whole, don’t offer up the precious finds they once did, but there are exceptions. Some, like Cornwall Hospice Care’s Retro Chic Warehouse on Penryn’s Commercial Street, specialises in proper vintage. They even have an in-house refurb team, who lovingly restore well-loved furniture pieces.