Sunday, 1 November 2015

New stock arriving thick & fast

Well I've only been open a couple of weeks and people are bringing boxes of vintage treasures through my door, so far there's been this fabulous bespoke made vintage 1950s 3 piece tweed suit in a brown windowpane check with a hint of yellow  and copper lining. It's in a good size too at 44-46" chest and 32" inside leg, the trouser waist is 40" and along with the jacket have been let out at some point in their history. The suit is dated 1954.


 The same people brought in a stash of 1950s and 60s cocktail dresses and evening gowns, below is a fabulous lime green silk number.

Another silk and such a classic style this is a timeless full length evening gown. In the most beautiful copper silk with gold and ivory bands running horizontally, I love it.

Below is a wild and colourful Peter Barron 1960s dress, made from Tricel fabric which is usually used for silky cravats. This dress is lightweight and slinky with the most intense orange, green, yellow and black geometric print with a peter pan collar and little attached neck tie detail.

Below is a polyester fabric pink floral evening maxi dress with a pretty green velvet attached ribbon around the empire line. It's a true Abigail's party classic with double breasted opening and popper closures. Fab.

Here's the copper dress again teamed with a luxurious vintage squirrel fur coat, which is ever so elegant with its bell sleeves, super posh copper colour lining which has been hand embroidered with the lady's initials and the wonderful large collar.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

I've finally done it & opened an actual vintage shop


I can't believe it - after how many years of wishing, deliberating and faffing about I have actually done it! Vintage Vampalicious is now in a proper bricks and mortar shop, my very own premises all full to the brim of vintage loveliness. I am so excited.

Here it is -

The address is: Top Notch Vintage, 14 Brunel Precinct, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7PY.

Come and say hello and browse for something fab' to wear.

Spiderweb beaded dress with silver faux fur evening jacket on the left and on the right a black velvet Victorian cape with a gold and black striped basque, wearing a spiderweb necklace.

 It began looking like a total mess like this. At first I was panicking thinking I wasn't going to fill the space. That didn't last long, several car loads later....

 I now have areas divided up to menswear and women's these are some of the waistcoats.

 Toppers and Victorian lingerie - watched over by the 1920s chap whom I have decided is the patron.

Loads of mens and women's vintage jodphurs, including 1940s land army, 1930s tweed cycling breeches, military breeches, corded, tweed and wool.

 My first window display - it had to be Halloween didn't it. Here's a spectacular kilt set for the chaps, with matching fishtail trews, buckle shoes, too and tie and dicky bow tie, for the whole ensemble.

 And in the men's department we have shaving accessories, ties and bow ties, cravats, hats, gloves, pipe collectibles...

Scarves, fur collars, men's shoes brogues by Racing Green and Loakes, sewing magazines and books.

Not much chance of it looking minimal now and I'm still waiting for the electrician to fit better lighting.

My pimped up counter which was kindly donated to me by Trevor and Liz at the Witchcraft shop in Glastonbury. After a good old scrub down with lots of elbow grease and glitsy sticky back plastic it has been restored to loveliness.

 The most fabulous gentleman's oriental black silk satin brocade smoking jacket - oozes vintage scoundrel, along with a black trilby and a velvet songkok Malaysian hat.

Lovely blue fedora, and hanging is a full length complete with train, blue velvet medieval style theatrical or wedding gown. It's so heavy, the fabric and quality of the make is beautiful, would make a spectacular winter wedding gown.

Beaded purses, there are more inside the cabinet, dressing table trinket sets, gloves and inside the box are bakalite art deco buckles.

On the groovy purple dresser are bits and bobs, here shown are a wonderful set of 1930s shot glasses decorated with with pink dancing ladies.

Dinner jackets from Edwardian tuxedos, through to 1940s CC41 double breasted tux and the lushest of lush blue velvet bespoke made shawl collar dinner jacket that is eminently strokable. There's a shelf of dress shirts including starched front and collarless as well as marcella waistcoats with and without backs and also dove grey formal waistcoats too.

 Starched collars, gent's scarves and funky Gieves tweeds.
 Added a few more tweed hats to the mix since taking this picture.

 The glass table and perspex chairs are also for sale, but the vase and flowers aren't because I love them so much. On the table is a beautiful silky soft moleskin fur wrap and matching muff, along with an Edwardian fur muff that matches the stole pictured elsewhere.

 Fab 1960s Quad burgundy hooded cape with pink quilted lining, full length red taffeta evening skirt with fitted net underskirts and the chiffon blouse is potentially a 1980s Dior.

 Bags, cases and shoes.

 Stunning cobalt blue velvet opera coat with removable faux fur collar.

Here's what you see when you walk in the door, sorry for the bag I was still setting up, but it gives you an idea. I had a couple of lovely customer's yesterday who stumbled across me and were so excited, they ever so kindly declared my shop as the best shop in Somerton. That's high praise indeed. Wow. Hope I get more like that.

Now all I need to do is finish pricing everything up and do some marketing and sort through the boxes of patterns and fabrics for the haberdashery area which I need to make room for!!

Come see me - say hello.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Castle Cary Vintage and Flea and the BBC

It's been a busy few months at Vintage Vampalicious towers. I launched the new monthly vintage and flea market at Castle Cary, Somerset, which has been a great success. Our first one in April brought record numbers of people into our lovely little country market town and the sun shone down, there was a fabulous flurry of happy faces browsing and shopping all the quirky, vintage and upcylcled goodies available.

Last Sunday on May 10th we had lots of additional stalls which packed out the cobbles outside, we even had a vintage ice cream tricycle, although the weather wasn't as sunny, there were still lots of activity and a really great vibe.

At some point between organising the markets, we had the BBC down to film me for Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is with the lovely Katherine Higgins, pictured above.
We filmed in the atmospheric Mother's Tea room in Castle Cary which is so authentic, you feel like you have stepped straight into a wormhole and back to the 1930s.

The next date for the market is Sunday 14th June. If you're interested in trading with us, the booking form and info is via Vintage Vampalicious Booking Form
Above is the lovely Daisy Mae who dresses impeccably in 1940s outfits.


Saturday, 21 March 2015

New Monthly Vintage & Flea Market in Castle Cary, Somerset 

Vintage Vampalicious is organising a new monthly antiques, vintage and flea market in Castle Cary at the refurbished Market House, starting from April 12th 10.30 - 3.30, and then every second Sunday of the month following.

Some of the lovely items you'll find will be; vintage and antique textiles, clothing for men and women from Victorian up to 1980s, art deco lighting, collectibles, mid-century, shabby chic, vintage print and literature..... and much more.

We are keen to source new traders - so if you sell vintage or antiques and collectibles get in touch. Link to the trader information and stall application click here. Pdf form and terms click here.

Castle Cary is a lovely small country town which still maintains it's historic charm as a South Somerset medieval market town. So far we've managed to escape the influx of high street shops and the town is filled with independant boutiques, gallery's, gift shops, antiques and vintage tea rooms and pubs. It's so charming and loved by tourist who stumble upon it and we have also been voted at the 11th best place to live in Britain - but shhhhh keep that to yourself.

Legend has is George Clooney and Johnny Depp have been seen wandering up the High Street. Quite a few ex TV presenters and 1960s models live in the area as do a few film producers and A-lister parents! But we'll keep who they are secret - you'll have to find that out for yourself by visiting.

There's three areas for stall holders and shoppers to browse, inside the shambles, under cover in the undercroft and outside on the cobbles.

The shambles inside area.
 Undercroft area.

 Kitchen facilities for the traders.

Reasons to come along;
  • There are lovely cafes and pubs in the town which will be open especially to supply food and refereshments, so please check them out. 
  • There's a Barclays cash machine just opposite
  • Free parking
  • Beautiful picturesque town surrounded by countryside
  • Nearby is Hauser & Wirth art gallery and the increasingly popular Bruton
  • Dance studio upstairs
  • Museum upstairs
  • Antique and vintage shops in the town along with lovely gift shops, and boutiques.
Hope to see you there.

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