My favourite Independent Homeware shops in & around Milton Keynes

As you may know, Feargus and I moved into our new house back in August and whilst I have always been very into home-styling and furniture my love for everything home-related has heightened dramatically since buying our own place.

During the UK lockdown, it has given me the opportunity to really enjoy our new home, not only have we been busy renovating, but I’m also always on the hunt for new and unique pieces that convey our style and make our house a home.

In this post, I’m going to share some of my favourite independent homeware stores in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area.

Vintage Emporium No.38

I have a big amount of love for Vintage Emporium. Based in Newport Pagnell. This quirky store is located slap bang in the middle of the high street.

This treasure-trove holds vintage stock from over 45 different traders and spans across two stories. It has an eclectic mix of Vintage, Antique, Handmade and Collectables. So whether you’re after a statement mirror or an artisan candle you’ll be sure to find it under this roof.

Emporium Vintage is continuing to take orders. You can browse through their selected stock online and place an order over the phone.


Afterglow is the smallest shop on this list but don’t let that put you off. This little store is packed full of unique items. Their name means ‘a trace of past brilliance’ which they have said captures their ethos perfectly. They aim to create a new life for old items.

Afterglow showcases the work of nearly 40 designer-makers and vintage traders from the surrounding area. By sourcing, restoring or painting old furniture and homewares, they turn unloved objects into treasures for a new generation and save valuable vintage finds and collectables from landfill.

Check out their website by clicking on the title above or have a mooch on their Instagram here

The rock of the Raven

If you’re local then you are probably familiar with the vintage fair that is held four times annually in Middleton Hall, Centre MK.

It was at the vintage fair that I first stumbled across the Rock of Raven’s upcycled furniture. He is most known for his restoration on pianos, but he also upcycles old vintage war trunks, chairs and church pews, amongst lots of other pieces.

The trunk in our living room, which we use as our coffee table was a present from my Dad. Bought from the Rock of Raven stall when we first visited The handmade and vintage fair together a few years back. It’s such a unique piece that always captures any guests’ attention.

The Nest at no.9

The Nest At No.9 is another independent store that has an impressive array of home furnishings both vintage and contemporary.

With over 40 years’ retail experience, the owners of The Nest at No.9 travel to vintage fairs and trade shows across the country and abroad to source individual and interesting pieces, working tirelessly to ensure that their customers find an ever-changing selection of gifts and furniture.

PS their lampshade and cushion selection is to die for!

My little vintage

With lots of different vintage traders housed across their three stores, My Little Vintage offers a glorious mix of vintage clothing, jewellery, hats, bags and suitcases, furniture, mirrors, crockery, glassware and various other home furnishings. My Little Vintage is also a proud stockist of Annie Sloan’s range of products.

They have three stores located in Earls Barton, Olney and Towcester.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and found an independent store that has caught your eye. Majority of these stores are operating online, so be sure to check out their websites.


Until next time.


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