Shopping in Birmingham

Oh no, are you a budget traveller visiting Birmingham, but you get offended by the prices of clothes? Pricey high fashion has made an impact on Birmingham the last few years. Despite popular belief, Birmingham is actually drowning in fashion and its designers are leading lights within the UK fashion scene. Local designer Jacob Kimmie recently had an exhibition at prestigious London Fashion Week and Central Saint Martins graduate Usefzada, also from Birmingham, has been dressing Thandie Newton lately. But, this type of fashion is not wanted by today's value for money shoppers in a financial climate that is catastrophic.

So where to go for some Cheap shopping in Birmingham? For downtown chic head to The Custard Factory's flea market in Digbeth (nearest Station Moor Street) on a Saturday for vintage clothes or for the lads try Sunday when the wares are more geared towards vinyl. If there's no spare time in your dairy on weekends t then head to Urban Village, also at The Custard Factory, any time. It's literally a warehouse rammed with second hand clothes!

Also rammed with garb is The Oasis Market on Priory Square is thankfully about as far away from the high street chain as you'll get. It sells Gothic clothes, clusters of silver jewellery, posters, bondage bits and bobs and dope labels such as Dready. And it's also the best place to buy Dr Martins and Wrangler jeans which never go out of fashion.

Hopefully these tips makes it possible for you to enjoy some affordable shopping while visiting the former industrial powerhouse of Britain.

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