Pear Mill stands proud with a huge chimney still perfectly intact on the northern bank of the River Goyt in Bredbury, Stockport – a reminder of the scale of Manchester and Stockport’s former cotton industry. Today, it’s seven large floors have been re-purposed to house the Vintage Emporium, with over 70 independent traders in vintage shops selling all manner of interesting collectables, from homewares to fashion. It’s not only affordable, it’s also filled with such a wide selection of goods, you’d be hard pushed not to take something home!

Woo Gilchrist