I’ve been wanting to share this post after Christmas having picked up a few vintage goodies at an auction in Ireland but somehow managed to let it slip amidst all the work and madness that is life! :) That being said, it’s actually given me a better excuse to share a few more items I’ve bought since then – both old and new. I’m currently going through a phase of wanting to pick up pieces of lovely homeware for the flat but being mindful of the purse strings…..which is incredibly challenging when you’re a designer and home-maker! It can be hard having to constantly refrain from splashing out on things for the house but I must say, I do enjoy scouring everywhere for little treasures at a good bargain! I get such a kick from it! And boy, auctions are great fun too although you need to be prepared to win some and loose some! :)
So, anyway, what you see here are a combination of thrift shop, ebay, vintage auction and high street finds. My all-time favourite finds of the bunch (and real bargains too!) are the Victorian bone china teapot, the retro 1960s Thomas of Germany coffee pot and milk jug, and the 1950s egg cup set which to me is simply unique! And I got my first Falcon enamelware too with the 5-piece pie set. The serving dishes were also from an auction and dates back to the 40s. The others are all ‘newer’ finds yet keeping it relatively ‘retro’ or ‘vintage-inspired’. So what do you think? Have I done alright? :)
I had my first day off over the weekend yesterday, so decided to check out a few events in the afternoon; the first being the Pop Up Vintage Fairs London held at Alexandra Palace (aka ‘Ally Pally’) who had their own vintage section within the Great Hall along with 400 other antique and collectors stalls. I’ve never ventured out this far North of London and my goodness was I stunned at the views over the city from Alexandra Park – definitely heading back there again, perhaps in better weather, which sadly did turn into a wet and windy ol’ day yesterday. So I was even more so delighted to be carrying out my ‘bargain hunt’ indoors and sheltered from the elements! And gosh what a world inside too! I couldn’t quite get over the beautiful detailing of the building nor the number of stall holders within! It really was an antiques and vintage Aladdin’s Cave! Well, here’s a glimpse into our day (I sincerely apologise for the iPhone photos again but it was a lot more convenient to use while rummaging for treasures!) and some images of my purchases!
If money wasn’t an option, I think I could have easily bagged a few more vintage goodies and some antiques (there were some beautiful collections of Victorian Silverware and crockery!) but I was well-behaved and came home with just a 1950s black day-wear clutch bag and a vintage silk Jaeger scarf – both in brilliant condition and for an absolute bargain! The later it got in the afternoon, the easier it got to haggle! :D That would be my biggest tip for you, although I do agree, there is the risk of missing out on good stuff but at a place as big as this, you’ll do just fine!Oh I even had the pleasure of meeting Daisy of Make Thrift London too during our coffee break, who went back for more, so I’m now dying to see what she’s got! That lady is the queen of vintage-treasure rummaging! :) All in all, it was a good start to a Sunday! :)
For those who don’t know me as well, I have a huge love for brooches (well, any form of jewellery really!) which is probably on par with my love for shoes and bags! Anyway, in this case, these are regarded more like collectibles; some presented as gifts, others are heirlooms, vintage finds or bought from designer-makers who I’ve come across over the recent years. As you can see below, it’s quite an eclectic mix (and these are just a selected few from my growing collection!) that I’d sport depending on my mood or the type of occasion. I think if my paternal grandmother was around to see this, she’d be quite pleased to know I take after her! :) She loved brooches and I guess that’s probably where I’ve got it from! I must try and dig some more up as there are some lovely vintage ones that are worth sharing!This is one of the most cherished brooches which my husband bought from me before we got married and I wore it as my something ‘old’ for our wedding. And coincidentally it went beautifully with my Indian outfit! This is a 1960s brooch which he bought from Rhinestones Jewellers in Dublin – now here’s one store I could totally lose myself for hours!!
I’m not one for great amounts of bling or shiny things but I was pretty chuffed when I got this lovely gold sequinned capped-sleeve bolero (at a great bargain too!) especially after having wanted one like this quite some time ago. It’s a perfect piece of accessory for those days where you just want to glitz up your overall look by either teaming it up with a plain black dress for a formal dinner or with skinny jeans and a top for a night out. It’s not over the top but simple enough to exude a bit of glamour! :D So I’m looking forward to sporting this soon! As usual, I did use this opportunity to take plenty of photos (some of you may have seen them on IG) but here’s one for you guys :)
Last Friday, after stuffing our bellies with scrumptious Greek food and meandering through shops we decided we’d stop somewhere for a well-needed cup of tea. So we decided to stop at the Sheelin Tearooms in Bellanaleck, Enniskillen. It wasn’t until we were ready to leave when my husband suggested we drop into the Lace Shop and Museum next door, to which I eagerly agreed. Till this day I had always thought it was some bridal boutique having driven past it a few times but when I peered in through the front windows to take a closer look at the displays I knew straight away that I had to go in! We rung the bell and the lovely Rosemary (owner of the shop) let us in. As soon as I stepped foot into this place, I was simply blown away by what felt like stepping into an Aladdin’s Cave full of vintage treasure. It was not what I had expected at all! Every inch of the shop was covered and draped with beautiful lace work, dresses, jewellery, pearls, shoes…and much much more all dating from the 1900s to 1920s! The way in which everything was displayed in the shop was truly remarkable and breathtaking too! That in itself was art! I was in lace HEAVEN! I asked Rosemary if it was okay to take some photos (albeit through my iPhone!) as I was mad to have this shared on the blog….and she was more than happy for me to do so! Rosemary has been in the business for 16 odd years collecting all the antique pieces from all over the country and the UK which you find here in the shop. So if you’re ever in Enniskillen then this is a place you MUST visit!! Here’s a nosey at a few of the things that stood out to me!
I totally fell in love with this utterly gorgeous 1920s vintage dress you see below. It simply exudes glamour and femininity but with an air of confidence! I’m now kicking myself for not plucking up the courage to ask if I could try it!! I can so picture myself in it, letting my imagination run away with me into that decadent Great Gatsby-esque era! *sigh* Must go back there again, just to drool all over it again. If I could do my wedding all over again I would, without any hesitation whatsoever, do the 1920s theme and wear this dress!! But for now I shall just dream!
I had the opportunity to nosey around through the Museum part of the shop too that was tucked away right at the back. Once again, the collection of antique lace work came in the form of dresses, parasols, shoes, scarfs, fans….you name it – it was there! The exhibits are pieces date from 1850s to1900 and is one of the largest collection of Antique Irish Lace in the whole world! For the historians and antique enthusiasts, the museum showcases beautiful examples of Youghal Needlelace, Inishmacsaint Needlelace, Crochet, Limerick and Carrickmacross lacework. However, enthusiast or not, I highly recommend everyone (local folk too!) to go visit just to appreciate the sheer level of craftsmanship of that time! Nothing today compares to it and while hand craft is coming back it’s a real shame that we’re not all brought up to learn these skills anymore like our forefathers did!So there you have it folks! My photos simply don’t do these pieces any justice so you will HAVE to go visit this place to see for yourself! I could have happily stayed there till closing time rooting through and admiring all the lace loveliness there – that being said I wasn’t that far off!! Oh and do stop and have a chat with Rosemary too who will tell you more about the collections she has in store. She does have a blog where you can view more of these stunning items online or simply drop her a line with any queries you may have. My sincere gratitude goes out to Rosemary who was kind enough to let me take photos, give me access to the museum and allow me to feature this on the blog! I will be back soon! :) x
Hello folks! I hope you all had a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend (for those in the UK) and managed to catch up on some much needed R&R as well as some sunshine if you were lucky! I for one had an amazing one having flown over to the green isles to visit the in-laws and the family. It was a surprise visit for the in-laws and seeing their not-sure-what-hit-them expressions when we turned up at their doorsteps was simply priceless! :) Anyway, my mother-in-law, myself and my husband had the whole day to ourselves on the Friday so we decided to go into town for a bit of window-shopping and spot of lunch. Well…the window shopping turned into an actual shopping spree (woops!) and our “spot of lunch” turned into a mighty big Greek feast…. nevertheless we had a ball of a time! :D
Oh and we managed to have a nosey through some thrift shops along the way where I picked up a few bits and bobs for the house at an absolute bargain (!) which you can see below. What do you think? I’m not sure if it’s in the hope of sunny weather but I’ve recently been adding pops of yellow through out the house (my last one was Tobyboo’s ‘Oranges & Lemons’ cushion cover) so the tea set, the milk jug and the sugar jar are a great addition to my growing collection! :) x