Affleck's Palace, Manchester
Afflecks palace has been around for years and sells everything weird and wonderful. Afflecks palace is famous for its gothic or "mosher" clothing. There are stores selling vintage clothing, slogan t-shirts, tattoo parlours, body piercing and hair dressers.
The lighting in Afflecks palace tends to be quite dull, I think this is to set the mood.
What to buy: Vintage clothing, slogan t-shirts, Cd's, Body piercings, tattoos.
Affleck's Palace was opened in 1982, the brainchild of James Walsh, a Manchester-born hairdresser with a keen interest in the fashion industry. .Based on the street fashion of the late 1970's and early 1980's he planned to provide affordable retail outlets for emerging designers to sell their wares directly to the public. It is a revitalised city centre building with five storeys of around 50 stalls and market-type shops, which provides shoppers with a novel buying experience, Very like an Aladdin's Cave, Afflecks has become a platform for fledgling designers, punk, retro style and experimental fashion - a magnet to young shoppers, particularly on Saturdays.
Prices are generally much lower than you'd expect to pay in more upmarket stores, but with little by way of fancy decor or expensive overheads, these predominantly young entrepreneurs usually offer great value for money.
This isn't a shop, more a huge warehouse split over different floors with different things wherever you look... I absolutely love this place, there's tiny little shops selling everything from vintage clothing to hair extensions... You can get your hair done, have a tattoo or just grab a sandwich and a coffee. If I went to Affleck's everytime I went to Manchester, I'd be pretty much broke... There's loads of little jewellery places that I just can't resist and you can find the most obscure shoes here :o)
Afflecks is a revitalised city centre building with five storeys of around 50 stalls and market-type shops, which provides shoppers with a novel buying experience. Very like an Aladdin's Cave, Afflecks has become a platform for fledgling designers, punk, retro style and experimental fashion - a magnet to young shoppers, particularly on Saturdays.
What to buy: All you can imagine...
Shop at Afflecks for : second-hand clothes and "laid back" gear, denims, rare and old records, anything to do with the occult, books, magazines, tattooing, hairstyling, jewellery, ceramics - a shopping experience unique to Manchester.
Affleck's Palace is actually a collection of shops on several floors of a building. They vary from funky vintage, classy lingerie, to goth, and the just plain bizarre. Browse cheap vintage leather, dodgy old porn novels, fancy dress clothes and accessories, baby-sized heavy metal t-shirts - even get your hair cut!
What to buy: All things weird and wonderful.
What to pay: From £3-300
Affleck's Palace is a conglomeration of small alternative shops under one roof, in a restored Victorian building, covering 4 floors. These are definitely not your designer outlet type of shops. You can find things like club gear, tattoo artists, goth and punk clothing and jewellry, leather, fetish, second hand and vintage clothing, music and video, local designers (Andrew Lu), underground stuff. It's informal, it's fun and funky. There are places to get tattoos and body piercings, places to get hair extensions done, handmade soaps, lots of jewellry for all parts of your body.
What to buy: There are places to get tattoos and body piercings, places to get hair extensions done, handmade soaps, lots of jewellry for all parts of your body.
See the website for a list of shops and descriptions
Unsuitable for wheelchair access.
Gets very busy on weekends.
What to pay: Prices are lower than mall prices.
The infamous Affleck's Palace opened its doors in 1982. It's been a haven and a focus for independent and alternative shops ever since. There are around 50 units inside the four-storey building. It's a mish-mash of clothes shops, record shops, jewellery shops - pretty much anything and everything is fair game there. Don't rely on the website's list of shops. It's still wishing everyone a happy 2002.
What to buy: I quite like some of the retro clothes shops, but it's hard to pick anything out in particular - if you like your alternative lifestyle type stuff you can find pretty much everything you could want here. Even if you couldn't care less about "alternative" lifestyles, you should be able to find plenty to interest you here. I'd focus more on the clothes shops in here really - there are better independent record shops elsewhere.
What to pay: Depends entirely on what you want to buy - generally not too pricey.
A strange sort of emporium selling weird and wonderful stuff from clothing to books, records, make-up, masks, jewellery, "body jewellery"...
It's a bit trendy, a bit hippy, a bit "goth", a bit "fancy dress"...
Basically it's a place for freelancers, and affleck's is just the umbrella under which you'll find them all. Take a look, it's fun even if you buy nothing.
What to buy: Take a look at this section of their website for an idea of the kind of stuff in there.