Tag: vintage

A Quiet Weekend In The New Forest

On the last bank holiday toward the end of August, Gareth and I decided to make the most of the late Summer sunshine and take our annual trip down to the New Forest in Dorset.

We are very fortunate to be able to visit the New Forest a few times a year because Gareth’s parents own a stationary caravan in a large holiday park down there. The New Forest is a very beautiful place and we always enjoy long, quiet weekends there spent walking through woodland or watching the sea lap against the shore. I have so many unique and special memories of Dorset and our caravan holidays but strangely I have never blogged about a trip or captured any of those moments with my camera.

On this particular bank holiday weekend I was determined that would change and I would finally share some photographs and words with you before the Summer slipped away. Who knows, perhaps this will inspire you to take a trip to the dreamy New Forest and enjoy a peaceful time there for yourself…

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Biggleswade Antiques Fair & Haul

It has been awhile now since I had a nose around a vintage/antiques fair. The last event I attended was back in December- you can read about my visit to Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, Cambridge here.

Anyway, as I was scrolling through ‘what’s on St Neots’ lists online, I came across an event for an Antiques Fair being held a town over in Biggleswade. Not really knowing what to expect I figured I would give it a go – I’m so glad that we did as it was absolutely amazing!

Today I thought I would share with you a few of the wonderful pieces I picked up, as well as give you some info on the fair. It’s held monthly so is well worth a visit if you’re in the area!

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Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, Cambridge

Vintage is quite often seen as the ‘in’ or ‘trendy’ thing these days. It’s become cool to dig through vinyl, re-purpose crazy printed shirts and deck yourself out in accessories from bygone eras.

I myself am a big fan of all things vintage and can easily see why others are so drawn to it. Asides from the ecological/recycle and re-use aspect of it all, vintage items are generally of a better quality and last much longer than their modern counterparts. Additionally, the design/style is better thought out and more unique than what is on the (mass-produced) market these days. After all, who wants a cheap, plastic-smelling bag that’s on every other persons arm when you could own a beautiful handmade number for a fraction of the cost?

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October 2017 – Monthly Favourites

October has been one of the busiest months of my life. Between moving house, working full-time and taking part in Blogtober, I’ve barely had the time to process it all. That said, it has been an exciting month – full of new and happy memories. As it is slowly coming to a close (I can hardly believe how quickly the month has passed!) I thought I would share my favourite things with you.

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Retro Kids review

 

It’s been a little while since I’ve blogged- almost two months I think (I won’t bore you with the details just yet.) But today I thought I’d write a review of an amazing little shop I have recently discovered. This shop is Retro Kids and if you’d like to have a browse you can do so here

A little bit of background. Retro Kids does what it says on the tin. It caters to kids (big and small) who have a taste for retro toys, gifts and homewares. I am a big fan of anything vintage-inspired and I absolutely love independent little shops. This one is a small family business and as I’ve explained in previous posts, I really think it’s important to shop small and support local.

I first discovered Retro Kids as I was searching for Sonny Angels online. If you’ve never heard of Sonny Angels, they are little collectable figurines – hailing from Japan. A modern take on the traditional Kewpie doll, these little guys feature fun headgear such as vegetables, fruit, animal and so on. There are lots of different series to collect and they come in blind boxes meaning whatever you pick will be a surprise – something which I find seriously addicting! Anyway, I stumbled across Retro Kids because they sell these little Sonny Angels at the best price I could find on the internet.

Priced at £5.95 per box, these little cuties are a serious bargain! I’ve since shopped with R.K on multiple occasions and have had a fantastic experience each time so thought it was worth shouting about!

On this particular experience I ordered four Sonny Angels. Two from the vegetable series and two from animal series version one. I opted for next day delivery and it arrived promptly on time. The packages were all wrapped up in the most gorgeous retro-inspired striped paper bags and came with a free little bag of sweets and a thoughtful handwritten note. For me this really differentiates the service you receive from indie shops to the big boys.  Everything felt very personal, thought out and it was like receiving a gift from a friend which I adored- the small things can really make such a big difference to the whole shopping experience.

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Retro sweeties- yay!
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Sonny Angels come in little boxes and wrapped in blind bags

So I’m sure you must be wondering – what did I get?!

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Crinkly little blind bags – it’s a surprise!

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This was a very lucky set ! from the vegetable series I got the little cabbage and the sweet potato, and from the animal series I got the elephant and lion. As you can imagine I was incredibly happy with my little haul!

Retro Kids isn’t just great for Sonny Angels however. It has so many wonderful toys and collectables that are perfect for your children or, if like me you’re an overgrown child – yourself! Below I’ve taken some of my favourite picks from the website. Beware, you may just want to buy everything.

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A cute storage solution for your collectables – £19
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Lapin & me woodland doll – £15.95
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Cute ice-cream lamp £11.50
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Adorable sweet heart dolls £16.95

Please note, I have not been paid or gifted to write this post, I have done so of my own accord because I have had a great experience and want to support this shop. Where this is not the case I will always express so within the post. If you would like me to review your shop you can get in touch at prettylittlefinch@hotmail.com