One of my favourite things about being into vintage, is all the opportunities to go to new places and meet new people who go with it. I’m also a little bit hooked on hunting out amazing bargains. When I was looking through my phone earlier, I found loads of pictures of things I’ve done this year that are all a bit vintage! Many of them don’t really require their own blog posts, and some I’m just yet to write about. I thought it would be nice to put them all together in one (two) post so I can look back on some of the fun vintage related things I’ve been up to.
One of the first things I did this year, was take a little trip to Bruges with my mum. I am going to dedicate at least one blog post to my trip, but so far I’ve felt a little daunted by the idea of choosing from the 800 or so pictures I took while I was there. One of the highlights of the trip was a little vintage shop called Madam Mim, this super affordable little shop was jam-packed with wonderful vintage treasure. I got a few nice dresses for the summer and loved looking through her huge variety of stock. I also spotted the lovely vintage mannequin in the window of a nearby antique shop. I love his detailed face.
Later on in January I had a lovely day with two of my best friends Fay and Tammy. We met early at Spitalfields Market for a breakfast crepe and then had a fantastic wander around the market and a look at all the fabulous vintage in Beyond Retro. I love their funky mannequin display!
While we were in the area, we popped into The Vintage Cafe on Cheshire Street for a quick refuel. Although the cakes looked lovely I opted for a hot apple drink, which was absolutely divine. I’d definitely recommend this snug little cafe if you need a little respite from the hustle and bustle of Brick Lane.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I pick up a lot of my vintage bargains at Wimbledon Car Boot Sale. I’ve been a few times this year and found some amazing things. There is a huge mix of modern rubbish, amazing antiques and brilliant vintage clothing there. You do have to be prepared to have a big rummage and haggle to get the best prices though. On the day I took these pictures I spotted a huge pile of deadstock vintage knitwear and some vintage furs. I never buy fur myself, but the selection was pretty impressive all the same.
In February I went to London Edge, which is a trade show for alternative fashion. The exhibitor list is packed with reproduction vintage brands and it was lovely chatting to all the different companies and have a sneak peek at all the stock that will be coming in over the next year. I went to see Ronke who runs one of my favourite brands Love ur Look and the pictures above are a little glimpse at some of the beautiful prints which will feature in her Summer collection. I also went to a talk from Perelandra from Pamper and Curves about vintage and plus size fashion, which was really interesting and inspiring.
A huge highlight from February was going to the Liberty Exhibition at The Fashion and Textiles Museum. I would have written a blog post about this one, but I went a few days before it closed. It was absolutely amazing seeing all the wonderful prints and how they had been transformed into different clothes through the history of the shop. I went with my friend Lucy who write a really fab vintage blog.
After looking round the museum, we decided to hit a few charity shops, before moving on to Crouch End for a lovely meal at Earl Haig Hall. This retro social club is full of vintage charm. I love how nostalgic the interior makes me feel. There’s been no attempts to try too hard or gentrify this fab venue. It’s a working mans club through and through. The best part though is their amazing menu. I had an incredible burger and fries and can’t wait to go back and sample more of their offering.
While in Crouch End we popped into Scarlet Rage Vintage. This is the most incredible vintage shop, packed with the finest vintage pieces from the 1920s to 60s. The dresses are all absolutely dreamy and the range of sizes is superb. They are one of the only vintage shops I’ve found in London who have plus size pieces. I left empty-handed on this occasion, but when my bank balance is looking a bit more healthy I’ll be back!
In March I visited Brasserie Zedel, for my friend Holly’s birthday. This is the most amazing French style brasserie in London and it was simply fantastic. The decor is all in a grand vintage style and the food and drinks were all spectacular. It was lovely chatting while listening the grand piano. I wore an early 60s California Cottons dress, which was really summery despite the rather cold weather!
One of the most fun days I’ve had this year was a little local vintage fair I did with my daughter. It was great going back to something I used to do nearly every weekend, and I loved meeting lots of people and getting to see all my vintage stock laid out in all it’s glory. I wrote a blog post about it a few weeks ago. A lot of people have enquired about the stock in the pictures. Some of it is already on my Etsy shop. the rest will eventually go up if I ever get a free day to photograph it all!
Having got this far, I’ve decided to do this post in two parts, as it’s a bit of a long one. So check back tomorrow evening for part two!
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