Wednesday, 17 October 2018

1950s SCRAPBOOKS

I don't know about you, but I just love old scrapbooks!!

There can be all sorts of amazing things in them, and just recently I acquired these three crackers.


They are immaculately presented scrappers, with postcards and souvenir photos lovingly stuck in from trips around Europe.
All of them date to the 1950s, which I could date as a lot of the postcards are written on, so they have the stamp marks on them.



The cards describe the various trips, weather, state of the hotels, the rough Channel crossings and long train journeys amongst other things! They capture the spirit of a time when foreign travel was only really just starting up again after the war.

The holidays and postcards collected by our intrepid traveller included Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Sweden and the Channel Islands.












Funnily enough they belonged to someone living in Benfleet in Essex, which is just up the road from my old stomping ground of Southend-on-Sea!
The lady obviously worked in Lloyds Bank in Fenchurch Street up in the City, as several postcards are addressed there. It was, and still is, a common commute for people living around there to work in London. I did it for donkeys years!!



If you fancy these amazing scrapbooks, then come along to the EXETER FLEA MARKET this Saturday, as I'm bringing them along and plonking them on my stall!








Monday, 15 October 2018

ARTPIX UPDATE!

After the washout of the weekend, I'm pleased to say I've booked an INDOOR market for next Saturday!!!

I'll be at the EXETER FLEA MARKET in the Exeter Livestock Centre, in Matford, Exeter.



And as I some spare time yesterday, with all that rain coming down, I dug out the pva glue again and got to work on a new decoupage!!
I recently got a lovely small wooden book rack, which I thought could do with sprucing up a bit.


So I've used a battered, and beyond repair, copy of the classic book Tom Brown's Schooldays from 1909, to cover it.





I'm adding coats of varnish to it now and will be on sale soon!!


I also had time to update my new website a tiny bit.
I'm only working on it sporadically at the moment, as I'm waiting for the winter to finish it off.
But I loaded up photos of some of my vintage stock with explanations as to what they are.
All these things are for sale, and you might see some of them at Exeter next Saturday!!


Have a sneak preview HERE

Saturday, 13 October 2018

NO GO FOR SHEPTON ...

Just letting you all know, that the weather forecast for Sunday's Giant Shepton Flea Market is AWFUL ...

100% chance of rain in the morning ...




So with much regret I'll have to cancel my visit there.
It's incredibly frustrating as I'd gathered together a fantastic selection of vintage furniture and bigger items to sell there.


My next fair will now be the fantastic VINTAGE SOMERSET FAIR in Wells on Saturday 10th November.

And this one is INSIDE, so no worries about the weather!!!!


Thursday, 11 October 2018

MID-CENTURY COFFEE TABLE

Take a look at this magnificent Mid-Century coffee table ...



It has a really unusual double-decker design, which is really handy for storing your vintage magazines!




And has a fantastic optical illusion on the table-top! 
The clever design tricks the eye as you try and follow the lines.




I just love these 50s tables, they have a real touch of class and style about them. 
It would make a great centre piece for any vintage lover's lounge.

So if you fancy it, I'll be bringing it along to my next fair, THE GIANT SHEPTON FLEA MARKET, this Sunday, on the 14th October!


Come on down to the Bath & West Showground near Shepton Mallet in Somerset!!!

Friday, 5 October 2018

1970s FASHION PHOTOS

I've got these stunning 70s photographs to show you.
Snapped in 1971, they show the fashions of the day, with the influence of the 60s still very evident.




They were taken by a member of the Havant Camera Club, for their Annual Exhibition that year.


The club, based in Hampshire, was founded in 1958, and is still going strong today.
Both pictures are mounted on card and are quite big, at around 50cm deep x 26cm wide each.

The portrait of the woman is titled "Valerie", whilst the other is called "Kinky Boots" (!).

I'll be bringing them along for my stall at LOU LOU'S BOURNEMOUTH VINTAGE FAIR this Saturday, if you would like them!


See you there!!


Thursday, 4 October 2018

1950s RECORD RACK

This is a great example of a 1950s way of storing your 7" singles ...



The rack has a great mixture of very rare copper-plating, but also the classic 1950s 'Atomic' era feet.



This was a time when music and teen culture was really kicking off in this country. Kids were now able to have their own styles and sounds for the first time. 
Rock 'n' Roll and Elvis were being bashed out in teen's bedrooms up and down the country, on new fangled portable record players, with their collections of singles neatly stacked on one of these racks!!



This one holds 50 records, so is a very handy and stylish way to display your very own collection of vintage vinyls!



If this rocks your boat, then roll on down to LOU LOU'S BOURNEMOUTH VINTAGE FAIR at the Bournemouth Pavillion this Saturday, where you'll find it on my stall!!!


Wednesday, 3 October 2018

ZIPPADE!

Have you ever seen one of these?!



This fantastic 1950s device is a 'Zippade', and is an absolute must-have for fans of vintage dresses!!

I guessing here, but I presume it can sometimes be tricky zipping up a dress(!).
So, all you need is this handy contraption ...


Simply attach it to the zip, then pull the string, to zip up the dress. Sorted.
Of course remembering to detach it from the zip afterwards!

This vintage treasure can actually be a useful and usable object, or you can simply just have it as a fabulously kitsch bit of 50s memorabilia!

If you fancy it, then zip along to LOU LOU'S BOURNEMOUTH VINTAGE FAIR this Saturday at the Bournemouth Pavilion, and you can find it on my stall!!!



SEE YOU THERE!