Thursday, 5 December 2019


Although my particular tastes in music are far off into another stratosphere, I do love the novelty of old mainstream stuff.

So I buy and sell a totally random selection of singles and albums at fairs.
People often think I'm an expert on various forms of 50s or 60s music just because I have some of these records for sale, when actually I'm rather more of an expert on the likes of Killing Joke and Front 242!!!

Here is another set of odd singles I've bought recently, all of which have their own novelty value ...

The Glenn Miller Story and the Pat & Shirley Boone singles are US Imports, and have satisfyingly thick cardboard sleeves, which I must admit, I'd never seen before!

The record from the James Stewart movie was released in 1954, on Decca Records of New York.

And the Boone's ditty came out in 1959, all the way from Hollywood's Dot Records.

The Cheesemeister Andy Williams brought out his Breakfast at Tiffany's tune (+ others) in 1962.

And this classic, from the iconic Louis Armstrong, is actually a French Import from 1964, and what a cool cover!!

The Import single itself is fairly common, but to have the original sleeve puts it into the 'Hard-to-Find' category.

All of these are mad and brilliant in their own way, so if you fancy spinning these choons, then pop along to this Saturday's CRISPIN HALL VINTAGE MARKET in the village of Street in Somerset, and find them on my stall!!

Tuesday, 3 December 2019


I do love an old tin, they have such charm and are packed with history.

Here I have a mini-collection of shoe polish tins, two of which I've never heard of before.

First up is this gorgeous Wren's Super-Wax Shoe Polish tin, in a lovely deep green colour. 
With its cute wren illustration, it dates to the 1950s.

Then the two mystery tins! 

The black Erdal one appears to be Belgian, although the company originates from Germany.

It has French and Flemish/Dutch text with the city of Brussels mentioned. 
Not sure how old it is, maybe 1950s??

The peculiarity of this tin is that it has a pelican motif, when all the German Erdal branding has a frog as its logo.
It's possible that they were changed when used in different countries, but I haven't found any other examples to prove the theory!

It also still has the original foil and polish inside! 

And then the Sidol Crème Lodix Luxe tin, which again is from Belgium, and another one that proves elusive.
To me this looks pre-War, so I'm guessing 1930s on this one. 

All three make a great addition to any tin collection, so polish up your boots and stomp on down to this Saturday's CRISPIN HALL VINTAGE MARKET, at Street in Somerset, and find them on my stall!!

See you there!

Monday, 2 December 2019


I'm very pleased to say that sales in my unit at The Customs House have been UP this year!!!!

So thanks to all those who made the trip to West Bay in Dorset and bought something!!

I've just put in a load more goodies, so carry on shopping ...

As always anything Football-related is a big hit, so I've stocked up on more retro football programmes. 

You can also find fridge magnets, framed pictures and greetings cards, featuring my own retro designs, of all your fave teams.
These are my brand new designs of the legends George Best and Bobby Moore. 

There are also some fantastic football shirts of Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United ...

The United shirts are from the 2012/13 season, which was Alex Ferguson's last season as manager.
A great chance to get the Home and Away shirts from this iconic moment in United's history.

Also in my unit is a big selection of other vintage goodies, including some great retro ceramics.


So get on down to West Bay before Xmas and grab yourselves some cool and unique pressies.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019


One of my latest projects has been to create a unique Art Deco light ...

I found an old box at a boot fair and instantly had the idea, literally a 'light bulb moment'!!

The box is actually a loud speaker, called a 'Popular Loud Speaker', first made by the Ormond Engineering Co. Ltd in 1929.
With its fabulous sun ray design, it was just asking to have a bit of Art Deco style added to it.

This is an original advert for the Ormond Loud Speaker. ©

It was in a bit of a state when I bought it though, as it had been roughly covered 
in black paint, which fortunately I managed to peel off.
It revealed a gorgeous rich mahogany wood, that I restored and waxed, to bring it back to its original state.

I added a lamp inside the box, putting in a great vintage style candle bulb to add to the period feel.

I then had the idea of having a backdrop at the back of the box. I thought a big close-up picture of the screen legend Jean Harlow would be perfect, as she epitomises the glamour of the Art Deco era.

Not only does the finished article look like a cool vintage item, but when switched on creates a really unique and atmospheric light.

So if there are any Deco fans out there, who fancy a stylish light for their living room, then lucky you, as this is for sale!!!

Just get in touch for details, or find it at my next fair, the Crispin Hall Vintage Market, in the town of Street in Somerset, on Saturday 7th December!!

Sunday, 24 November 2019


After two very successful recent fairs in Bournemouth and Wells, here are my next two events ...

First up is a new one for me, the CRISPIN HALL VINTAGE MARKET on Saturday 7th December.
Set inside Crispin Hall, in the town of Street in Somerset, which is right next to the iconic Glastonbury!

And on Saturday 14th December I'll be back at the brilliant LANGPORT VINTAGE MARKET.
Again in Somerset, in the village of Langport.

Two Christmas crackers for you to come along to and buy a few pressies!

See you there!!

Friday, 22 November 2019


This is a final shout-out for tomorrow's VINTAGE SOMERSET FAIR in Wells!!!

Come along for a feast of amazing vintage goodies, all set in the splendid surroundings of Wells Town Hall, right in the heart of the historic city.

See you there!!

Wednesday, 20 November 2019


The place to be this Saturday is Wells Town Hall for the Vintage Somerset Fair!!

I'll be there in amongst loads of amazing vintage traders, selling all sorts of cool stuff!
Get yourselves down there and get shopping ...

Tuesday, 19 November 2019


Got these gorgeous old child's jigsaws here to show you ...

Not sure if the characters are from any particular story, or even how old they are, but they look great!

I'm guessing they are from the 1950s, and as the pieces are made from satisfyingly thick wood, they have a real charm.

So if you are puzzled at what to do this Saturday, pop along to Wells in Somerset for the VINTAGE SOMERSET FAIR, and find them on my stall!!

See you there!!

Sunday, 17 November 2019


Next up for me is the Vintage Somerset Fair in the wonderful city of Wells, on Saturday 23rd November!!

Just one of the groovy things I'll be bringing along are these unusual 1960s Italian 7" singles.

I've never come across Italian records before, so that alone makes them stand out for me.
But they also manage to be gloriously cheesy, but somehow amazingly cool, at the same time!!!

Think of that jaunty French 'chanson' style stuff, and you pretty much have what they sound like.
Only in Italian of course ...

This one features the iconic Lambretta scooters. which could make it a leftfield collector's item for any scooter or Mod fan??!

All the singles are from 1962, apart the splendidly named Marino Marini, which is from 1957.

If you fancy this slice of Italian formaggio, then scoot along to this Saturday's Vintage Somerset Fair and find them on my stall!!!

Monday, 11 November 2019


Once more we have reached the 11th of November ...

And once more we have witnessed the sight of royals, religious leaders and politicians being first in line BEFORE any veteran.
I would love to know why all the media lead every story of Remembrance with a reference to a royal family member.

I used to always be at London's Cenotaph on this day, but today I was at the Isle of Portland's own Cenotaph this morning at 11am, and there were barely 15 people there.
But it felt so much more dignified and poignant than having to dodge security guarding our 'heroic' political leaders.

This is why I love the poet Siegfried Sassoon, who's irony, cynicism, suspicion of those who rule, and direct experience of horrific combat, makes him one of the leading voices of the First World War.

Please check out his incredible poems.
Like this one ...


In red and gold the Corps-Commander stood,
With ribboned breast puffed out for all to see:
He'd sworn to beat the Germans, if he could;
For God had taught him strength and strategy.
He was our leader, and a judge of Port –
Rode well the hounds, and was a damned good sort.

'Eyes right!' We passed him with a jaunty stare.
'Eyes front!' He'd watched his trusted legions go.
I wonder if he guessed how many there
Would get knocked out of time in next week's show.
'Eyes right!' The corpse-commander was a Mute;
And Death leered round him, taking our salute.

©Siegfried Sassoon 25 December 1916

Thursday, 7 November 2019


Just one of the amazing things I'm bringing along to this Sunday's LOU LOU'S BOURNEMOUTH VINTAGE FAIR is this groovy dress ...

Just check out how cool this is!!!

If you want this slice of 70s style, then all you have to do is run along to the Bournemouth Pavilion on 10th November and find it on my stall!!