Caution Vintage open permanent shop after pop up success

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Liam, co-owner of Caution Vintage

The owners of Caution Vintage are throwing open the doors of their new permanent shop today (Thursday), after their successful pop-up stint in the Harpur Centre.

Liam Daisley and Alex Stewart have been tantalising their social media followers all week with news that they are returning to the town centre.

Yesterday (Wednesday), they picked up the keys and shared photos of their new Howard Centre shop, which is neighbours with retail giants Primark and TKMaxx.

And they’re so eager to get open, that they’ve told the Bedford Indepednent they won’t be doing a shop refit until later in the year. Even the old Rhino Luggage signage is staying.

The new unit…

“We just want to get open, get the stock in and start meeting people again,” said Liam.

“The new shop with have a pop-up/market feel about it, which is where our roots are.

“There will be plenty of time to change the signage and so on later in the year. In the meantime, the stock’s the star.”

The doors of the Howard Centre shop open to the public today at 9am and to celebrate Caution Vintage are giving customers a 15% discount (excluding shoes) until the end of the day on Sunday.

Although the new unit is quite a bit smaller than their Harpur Centre pop up, Liam said that they will be operating a more frequent stock rotation with three or four new drops a week.

“We’ll be adding 150 – 200 new items to the shop every week, so there will always be new stock to check out,” he said.

Caution Vintage began life online, before becoming a regular fixture at the Bedford Flea markets in 2021, building up a loyal customer base.

It was the start of a partnership that continues to this day.

“Alex and Liam approached us after our relaunch in 2021 wondering if they could sell some ‘vintage 90s gear’ on our market,” said Talia Giles of Bedford Flea.

”After checking them out online, we immediately said yes and a dream partnership was born.

“The Flea market meant they could actually get hands on with selling, and speak to customers face to face getting their feedback along the way. Something online sales will never be able to compete with.

“We loved their energy, dedication and professionalism from day one and we saw how quickly they grew.

“It was a pleasure to promote their business to the people of Bedford and beyond, and their popularity was measured by the hundreds of their awesome yellow Caution Vintage bags being marched around amongst people’s shopping.

“We’re super proud of how far they’ve come since joining the market, and we look forward to more small businesses following suit over the next year and beyond.”

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Liam and Alex have said that they’ll be back at Bedford Flea this year, signing up to take part in each of the 2022 dates.

“We’ve confirmed that we’ll be at all of their dates and the market stock will be completely different to what’s in the shop.

”It’ll be a great opportunity for people to come and see us at both locations.”

In the meantime, they’ve got a shop to stock and refit and the highly anticipated official launch later in the year, where a certain Alfie Templeman may even make an appearance.