I had a wander round Paignton today whilst the husband, toddler and grandad went on the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway to Kingswear. We go on this beautiful heritage line every year and I always get left in the carriage looking after the bags whilst they rush to take photographs at every halt and stop. This year I decided I would have some time with my 6 month old and explore the shops.
The station at the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway has recently been restored and is a great place to start a visit to Paignton. We walked to the sea front and admired the new Geoplay Park before heading up the main shopping street. I came across a lovely craft shop where I stocked up on washi tape and baker’s twine before admiring the window display of the cupcake cafe.
After numerous amusements and cheap greasy spoons I came across this brilliant vintage shop sign:
There were plenty of signs worth photographing but I didn’t want to waste shopping time.
For a bustling tourist town with it’s fair share of the blue rinse brigade on their coach trip holidays I found only a handful of charity shops. The first charity shop was Sue Ryder which was disappointingly full of new dolls house furniture and not a lot else. I got stuck in a very small aisle (which happens surprisingly frequently) before I made a quick exit.
Further up the main street was a Rowcroft hospice shop, YMCA and British Heart Foundation. I picked up a couple of books, vintage pillowcases and vintage Coronation beaker but not a lot else.