Found: Retroland in Armley, Leeds

This goes out to the vintage lovers…

A workmate mentioned Retroland to me on Friday, so in our ongoing quest to pimp up the house with a few character pieces (despite fast running out of space..), we went for a look.

The first point to note is that you will spend a lot of time looking around… for it. Sat nav will get you to Forge Lane, but on a rainy day in October, this lane looks like the end of the World. Just keep driving right until the end, and you’ll see a little raised door on your right hand side.

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Once parked up, prepare yourself for a true Aladdin’s Cave. It’s two massive warehouses full of furniture, old clothes, accessories, rugs, mirrors, artwork… everything.

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It has, as you’d expect, that promising smell of old furniture and fabrics, and the sheer volume of stuff can be a little overwhelming. I can’t decide whether you’re best to come here with an idea of what you want, or a completely open mind. You could definitely do with having a good look around, then going away to mull it over, as there’s a lot to take in.

Here are a few of the bits that jumped out at me, including several huge, incredibly heavy old safes (maybe need a few more wads of cash around the house before investing in one) and the crazy floral chair. Many were reasonably priced but some of the trendy styles are marked up, so don’t expect a bargain every time:

Top tips:

  • Wrap up! The whole place is very cold, so layer up and enjoy browsing
  • Take cash with you, as they don’t take cards
  • Be prepared to rummage – there must be some items that haven’t seen the light of day in years
  • Check the wardrobes! A lot are crammed full of clothes and fabrics
  • Check their opening days and times before you go – they close in Winter

Find Retroland at Scotch Park Trading Estate, Forge Lane, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2PY.

Let me know what you think if you decide to go!

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