Thursday, 16 June 2016

Tea Time Vintage at Clapham

Got my favourite Dr.Martens on and I'm off exploring vintage shops off the beaten track. First stop Tea Time Vintage in Clapham owned by the very welcoming Tracey Bilton.
 Clapham, the door way to the Dales.  

What can I say about this fabulous vintage shop? First impressions was wow, there is so much to see and I don't know where to start. The owner Tracey was very friendly and welcoming, happy to chat and share her story. If you are looking for a shop to lose a few hours in then this is a must.

Tracey opened Tea Time Vintage in January 2015 but her love of vintage started much earlier with her first antique fair at the age of 15.
I brought my mum for a day out and we spent a lot of time reminiscing about the things she used o have and wear, along with my grandma's home ware. The shop is jam packed full of fabulous vintage memories, from glassware, pretty china, fabulous dresses and so much more. Tracey loves the glamour of  clothes from the 1940's and has a keen eye for 20's and 30's accessories. You can tell this from the huge array of costume jewellery, brooches and accessories hanging from every available space around the shop.
Tracey stocks a wide range of dresses and clothes and it was pleasing to see larger sizes for your average woman. I do think that is often the thing that puts women off even looking at vintage clothing because they think they will all be too small and petite.
Two of my favourite pieces!
I loved the pattern on this 1970's housecoat and if the green mod style dress had been my size this one would have been a keeper. I spent years having a wardrobe full of Black and now I can't resist those bright colours. They make me happy.
What I loved was the obvious thought and attention to detail in the displays. It really makes such a difference and draws you into the different areas. Have you got your Fathers Day presents yet?

For those perhaps a little unsure of buying vintage but like the look Tracey has bags of retro pretty vintage style home ware pieces. Lots of Cath Kidston, chintz and prints.
The village setting is so picturesque and surrounded in natural beauty, fresh flowers seem the perfect addition to a jewellery display.
There really is something for everyone, including the younger vintage lovers. It's never too soon to get them hooked!

I was spoilt for choice with the glass ware and did come away with a lovely set of 6 glasses.

What Tracey loves most and treasures is her collection of needlepoint and handbags. I must admit I came away from the shop feeling the need to go and sew, 'make do and mend ' something. It's the creative feel around the shop which reflects Tracey's passion and enthusiasm.

I was fortunate to visit on a sunny day and the outside space was a interesting and well displayed as the inside. Old ladders, prams, quirky china cups hanging from the trees.
I have come home thinking about how pretty the old screen was and may have to pay another visit if it's still available! I asked Tracey for one piece of advice she could offer to someone new to buying vintage and she replied "If you like it, buy it, go with your gut feeling. Don't buy it for the value but the individuality". I love this x

I am so pleased to have found this shop and met Tracey and her team. It's definitely worth a visit, who knows what you might find when you least expect it!

This one is for you Tracey, thanks for the tea too.
 So which direction next ?
If you know of any hidden treasures that I could visit in the North please get in touch
Thanks for dropping by x
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Up North.

After returning from another inspiring trip to London taking in some exhibitions around the vintage world of fashion it got me thinking about why there isn't more up in the North. Or is there and I just don't go looking for it?  This has led me to a new direction for my blog which will now focus on all things vintage 'Up North'.
There are so many amazing places, some often hidden and quietly working away at spreading the love for all things vintage so I am off to explore and see who I meet along the way.

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I have lived in Ilkley all my life and I am looking forward to exploring and visiting places that I have never managed to see.

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If you have a favourite vintage shop, or tearooms or know any interesting characters with a vintage lifestyle I would love to hear from you.

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Thanks for dropping by x