Thursday, 17 October 2019


I do love a bit of Mid-Century ...
And I especially like the 50s magazine racks ...

Usually they are metal, with the Atomic age rounded feet in plastic, but I'd never seen a wooden and brass one before ...

Its still clearly 1950s, and is a real gem, with its unusual design and because of the materials used. 

It has a sturdy, but elegant feel to it, and as with all these classics, has the rounded feet, but this time made of wood.

It would be perfect for any Mid-Century or retro fan, who has a funky living room, to use this to store your vintage 50s magazines.
It can actually be used to store a few records in as well.

So if you've been racking your brains wondering where to find one of these, then fear not, just run along to this Saturday's EXETER FLEA MARKET and find it on my stall!!!

See you there!

Tuesday, 15 October 2019


This Saturday I'll be at the Matford Centre in Exeter, for the excellent Exeter Flea Market!!
Haven't been there for a while, so will be great to be back at this brilliant market.

And I'm very pleased to say that it will be in INDOORS!!!!
No worrying all week about the weather, and will my stock get ruined or blown away in a gale!

I'm currently sifting through the ArtPix Stockroom to dig out some vintage gems to bring along.

I've already found these absolutely amazing 1960s animal place mats ...

Eight mats with four different groovy designs, they would look great on a kitchen table in a funky kitchen! 

So if you fancy these, then place your order at the EXETER FLEA MARKET this Saturday!!

See you there!

Tuesday, 8 October 2019


Thought I would show you another of my little rescue/upcycle projects ...

A lovely small 1930s travel case.

I found it looking forlorn and forgotten, so it needed a new lease of life!
I cleaned it up and repaired a few loose bits hanging off.

Usually I would scrub off all the rust on the latches and handles, but I thought it added to the charm of this little case, so I left it. 
It also matches the overall colour scheme!

Then to cover up the tatty lining inside, I used pages from an original newspaper from 1936, giving it an extra authentic touch.

These cases make great storage, and although this one is a little 'un, it could still be used to store a collection of vintage items, like magazines or postcards.

So just in case you fancy this, pop along to this Saturday's LANGPORT VINTAGE MARKET and find it on my stall!!

See you there!

Monday, 7 October 2019


This Saturday I'll be at the lovely Langport Vintage Market in super Somerset!!

This will be my first visit to this splendid market, so I'm really looking forward to it.

I've started picking out bits and pieces to bring along, including these two gorgeous vintage stools that I rescued and upcycled ...

Both are from the 1950s and would look great in a groovy kitchen or even a cool café.

When I found it, this stool had the indignity of having a hideous pink and frilly cover on it!!

But underneath I could see the amazing original yellow vinyl cover, and knew it was worth rescuing!

And this gem was also looking a little forlorn and passed its best, until I painted it red and restored the funky 50s seat cover!

So if you fancy any of these, leg it to Langport and find me in the Undercroft at the Town Hall!!!

See you there!

Thursday, 3 October 2019


Here we are in October already!!

The weather stopped me doing a few markets over the last couple of months, so I'm very pleased that I've started booking up some indoor and undercover ones for the Autumn and Winter!!

First up will be a brand new one for me – LANGPORT VINTAGE MARKET in deepest Somerset on 12th October.
This is a great market and I'm really looking forward to this.
I'll be in an area of the Town Hall called the Undercroft, which means, hooray, no rain to worry about!

I've been working on a few upcycling and furniture restoring projects recently, and have just finished an unusual Art Deco light. Once I've taken some photos, I'll show you!

Last Saturday I went up to London to see Chelsea play, a rare occasion for me these days.
What was even scarcer was that it was a Premier League match at 3pm on a Saturday!!
With TV moving matches around these are very rare indeed. 
Made a nice change as I usually see only cup games, especially when I worked in London, I would pop along straight from work in midweek.

Made my usual stop at the Gate 17 publishers stall outside Fulham Broadway Station...
These lads are 'Proper Chels' and bring out loads of quality books, and the iconic Chelsea fanzine CFCUK.
Was very pleased to get a copy of Carefree! – Chelsea Chants & Terrace Culture signed by co-author Mark Worrall.

Carrying on the football theme, I'm also doing another of my Retro Football collages.
This time it's LEEDS UNITED.

Although always controversial, no-one can deny they are an integral part of the classic football era of the 60s and 70s.
I've had loads of requests to do a collage of them, and it's been great getting together all the bits and pieces ready for scanning and photographing.
I'll let you know when it's finished!!

Spirits have been low after a not-particularly-successful Summer, so fingers crossed for a brilliant last few months of the year.

You can keep in touch with all my markets on my website, and I'll keep you posted here as well.

Monday, 23 September 2019


After a great time in Wells for the Vintage Somerset Fair last Saturday, my next venture will be back in Dorset for the brilliant Bridport Vintage Market!

Fingers will be very crossed all week hoping the weather will improve!!!
Got a lovely mixture of vintage and retro items, alongside some salvage bits and upcycled furniture.

So run along to Bridport this Sunday and check it all out!

Thursday, 19 September 2019


Take a look at this fantastic old map for the city of Wells ...

From an Ordnance Survey map of 1911, you can clearly see the Bishop's Palace, with the blue outline, and the wonderful cathedral.

And handily you can also make out the Town Hall, which is where this Saturday's VINTAGE SOMERSET FAIR will be held, and you'll be able to pick up this little gem on my stall!!

See you there!

Tuesday, 17 September 2019


If you are a fan of the 1980s, and you love the music, fashions, telly etc, then how about SMELLING like the 1980s??!!

I've got here, two unashamedly cool, cheesy and retro aftershaves to show you ...
Sergio Tacchini and Paco Rabanne!!!

Paco Rabanne was an absolute classic of the 80s aftershave world, while Sergio was a leftfield choice, considering Sergio Tacchini sportswear was the attire of the Casuals football hoolies of the day!

So how can I be sure they are actually from the 80s?
Well, embarrassingly, they were mine!!!
Back then, and even now, I had an extensive aftershave collection, and brilliantly, I found them a couple of years ago in my old loft prior to moving house.

So if you fancy a sniff, then run along in your finest Sergio Tacchini trackie top, to this Saturday's VINTAGE SOMERSET FAIR in Wells, and find them on my stall!!

See you there!

Monday, 16 September 2019


Take a look at these oddly cute, kitsch, and ever-so-slightly unsettling portraits ...

They were painted by the extraordinary artist, Ozz França (1928-1991).

Although born in Brazil, he was best known for his unusual images of Native American women.
Also a talented swimmer, he even qualified for the Brazil Olympic Swimming Team for the never-to-be-held Olympic Games in Tokyo 1940.

Unbelievably, only a year after moving to the USA, he was working in Hollywood for Walt Disney!
Doing movie illustrations for the Lady and the Tramp and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
He was even known to sneak off sometimes and appear in movies where there were swimmers required!

Almost as a side-project, he also did these child portraits throughout the 1960s. Curiously their trade mark big eyes aren't particularly original, as other artists used the same idea, but they do have a strange quality about them.
He produced a whole series of them, all in that weirdly beguiling style.
Our two are classic examples and were printed and framed in America.

If you fancy this slice of 60s kitsch, then lucky you, as I'm bringing them along to this Saturday's VINTAGE SOMERSET FAIR in Wells!!

See you there!!

Sunday, 15 September 2019


Just finished a new collage ...

I found some wooden board on my local beach at Chesil Cove, which is probably a bit of boat, (complete with circular hole!), making it great to use for this collage.

And I'm always cutting out pix in any magazine I find, and keep them in a box for a rainy day.

After adding a splash of yellow to the board, I selected these random images of people.
Some of course are very famous ...!

Buster Keaton standing on Jupiter!

Oscar Wilde and Georgette Heyer feature here, while Ray Charles looks like he's enjoying himself!

A fantastic image of the amazing Alek Wek.
Graham Green and Jean Harlow are the other bods.

I usually do digital collages, but I love doing these, getting the pva glue out and sticking them all down!

Monday, 9 September 2019


Have a peep at this fantastic travel case from the 50s ...

Not only does it look cool, it has an amazing history, and has an extra vintage twist inside!!

Looking at the intriguing travel stickers, someone very stylish travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to Canada on the Cunard Line. 

If that wasn't great enough, they stayed in the famous Sheraton-Brock Hotel, close to the Niagara Falls, WOW!!!

This hotel was made even more iconic when Marilyn Monroe stayed there during the filming of her Noir classic Niagara in 1953.
If you can let your imagination run wild just for a second, then imagine our person was staying there at the same time, with their brand new Spartan travel case!!!

Now look inside and see that I've added an extra special 50s feel ...

I've lined the case with my very-own 1950s collage design, to add another dimension to this stunning vintage case.

If you fancy travelling around with this style icon, then lucky you, as I'm bringing it along to my next fair!

Run along to the VINTAGE SOMERSET FAIR on Saturday 21st September in Wells and find it on my stall! 


Thursday, 5 September 2019


Last week I blogged about the perils of buying stock to sell and then wanting to keep it!

Well, its happened again!!
I found this curious item in amongst a box of junk at a recent vintage market.

I'm always after things that look different, and thought this looked unusual, and a bit Steampunk. 
Presumably it holds very small things that need repairing, in the pincer hands, in which someone can look through the magnifying glass to get a better look at it.

But when I got it home, it suddenly looked like a robot and really felt like it has a personality!!

The arms, hands and 'head' all move, and with its slightly rusty and Victorian feel, it looks like a Steampunk Robot!

I've now put it to good use, as a handy way of distributing my business cards!

And as it's actually a magnifying glass, and is a magnificent specimen, I've named it Magnifique ...