Tucked away in the countryside, out of the way of harsh city lights and the rush of Glasgow life is this wee hidden gem. Bowjangles Boutique, located in the small town of Bridge of Weir, approximately 20 miles from Glasgow city centre, is such a gorgeous find that I almost don’t want to tell anyone else about it, as it’s the sort of place you accidentally stumble upon and instantly fall in love with. The atmosphere is typically country – warm and friendly with delectable, almost “too good to eat” cupcakes and the type of soup that will warm the cockles of any winter-worn heart. The staff chat away, inviting you to look around, read one of the magazines or just sit and have a cuppa (served of course in girlier than girly patterned china).

After sampling the delicious home cooking I can no longer resist having a good old nosey around the vintage clothing. This turns into the best part of an hour spent sifting through mink coats, sequin dresses and tweed riding jackets to die for (for the horse riders in the community of course). The garments are in good condition and all very well priced, you can try things on as you wish and there’s none of the shuffling and bumping as is usually the case in the better Glasgow vintage shops. You almost feel like Bowjangles has popped up just for your afternoon enjoyment and feel ruffled when more shoppers or café-goers come in. The stacks of magazines, books and trinkets give the feeling that the boutique is an extension of someone’s living room, where you could happily spend a quiet weekend afternoon. As soon as I get home I’m on the website, mentally making a list of the vintage goodies I want for my spring wardrobe – the 80’s zebra print jacket is top of my list, although I’m hearing a siren call from the gold peacock tiara – with half a mind to write this article and half a mind to keep Bowjangles to myself.

Bowjangles Boutique, 4/5 Castle Terrace, Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire PA11 3EF

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