Free Vintage Advertising for Events

If you have an event and would like it to be listed on a blog so that people can find it, please send details through to us via our advertising page and we will copy and paste it into this blog:

Please send your vintage fair or event details in the following format:

ORMSKIRK – Chapel Gallery, WLBC St. Helens Road Sunday Sunday 25th August – Stalls will include: · True Vintage · Reworked vintage · Up cycled goods · Retro Designs The markets will be held both indoors at the Chapel Gallery, and outdoors in Ormskirk Town Centre. It is time to apply for stalls so if you have any vintage, vintage inspired or handmade goods that you wish to sell, including textiles, jewellery, furniture, clothing, homeware, cupcakes or cards this is a great opportunity for you. Indoor stalls are priced at £25, and outdoor priced at £20. Contact the Chapel Gallery on 01695 571328 for further information and a booking pack.

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Vintage Central

If you are on in holiday North Devon why not contact the Vintage Party Company for prices on their afternoon cream teas and picnic baskets and make your day that little bit more special……

The Vintage Party Company

We had a lovely time at Saunton Sands Hotel for the annual wedding fayre. It was a fabulous sunny day, and my view was straight out to the beach and sea below. Here are a handful of the day’s photos.

Vintage China Hire & Shabby chic

Pretty Vintage China from the 1930s to the 1960s available with contrasting and matching cake stands. We also have many shabby chic items to hire, including suitcases, 1930s typewriter and postbox and our fabulous 1930s traditional gramophone with shallac records, which is ideal for a beach party!

Got an idea for your wedding? Just ask.

Devon Catering for Weddings

It’s not just Afternoon Tea at the Vintage Party Company. We can cater for different menus.

Devon Vintage China Hire

Also, we design and create wedding gifts from traditional mohair bears to silk ribbon ring pillows. Everything can be personalised to make your day.

Vintage China Hire, wedding Catering Devon

This was my beach view – all day!

We met some fabulous brides to be…

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Vintage by Helen

Vintage By Helen:

I have a love of all things Antique, Vintage and Retro. My father used to collect antiques, and from the age of five I went along to markets, car boots, auctions and fairs with him. I learnt so much from my father and subsequently have a vast knowledge – to this day I am still learning as there is so much to know, I still pick things up along the way!

My passion is vintage jewellery and I personally collect brooches. I do however have an interest in all aspects, and provide a vast range of lovingly selected items.

My father was my main inspiration to setting up my own business ‘Vintage By Helen’. He encouraged me to do what I love the most. I specialise in Homeware, Jewellery, Fashion Accessories and Furniture. The knowledge gained over the years has helped me immensely as it means I am able to pass information on to my customers regarding the makers, and the age of the item etc.

I specialise in genuine vintage items, and always aim to have quality and interesting items in stock. I travel around a lot so that I can offer a good variety, and also at times have shipped small items over from abroad.

I exhibit at various fairs, and soon hope to do more across the UK. I regularly exhibit at the Handmade & Vintage Fair at the Centre MK (Middleton Hall, Milton Keynes) which is held every couple of months. Details of my fairs will always be published on both my website and my Facebook Page.

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I am always listing items for sale on my Facebook Page and anything can be purchased this way. Items will always be securely wrapped, and will be sent via recorded delivery so that you will have a tracking number for your goods purchased.

If you are looking for anything in particular, please email me as I am always happy to try to source items with people specifically in mind if they become available.

Please take a look at my Facebook Page

My website is and I can be contacted via email

Best Wishes

Helen x
(Vintage By Helen)

We Was Brung Up Proper – born in the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s


  • We survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank Sherry while they carried us, breastfed us, and we lived in houses made of asbestos.
  • They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, bread and dripping, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, were not tested for Diabetes, and our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
  • We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention the risks we took hitch-hiking.
  • As children we would ride in cars with no air bags or child seats that resemble a straight jacket; in fact our cars had NO seat belts!
  • We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
  • Take away food was limited to fish and chips; no pizza shops, McDonalds, KFC, Subway or Nandos.
  • Even though all the shops closed by 5.30pm, had half-day closing in the week, and didn’t open on a Sunday somehow we didn’t starve to death!
  • We shared one soft drink with four friends from one bottle and NO-ONE actually died.
  • We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers and Bubble Gum -we were the forerunners of recycling!
  • We ate cakes, white bread and real butter, milk straight from the cow, and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because……WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!
  • We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street-lights came on.
  • No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
  • We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.
  • We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY, no dvds, colour TVs, ipods, ipads, iphones, no personal computers, no Internet or Social Networking sites……..WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
  • We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no Lawsuits from these accidents.
  • Only girls had pierced ears!
  • We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
  • You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time….
  • We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays.
  • We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them to come out and play.
  • Mum didn’t have to go to work to help dad make ends meet because we didn’t need to keep up with the Jones’!
  • Not everyone made the rugby/football/cricket/netball team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that? Getting into the team was based on MERIT.
  • Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and throw the blackboard rubber at us if they thought we weren’t concentrating.
  • We can string grammatically correct sentences together, spell and have proper conversations because of a good solid three R’s education.
  • Our parents would tell us to ask a stranger to help us cross the road.
  • The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
  • Our parents didn’t invent stupid names for their kids like ‘Kiora’, ‘Blade’, ‘Ridge’, ‘Vanilla’ and ‘Brioche’
  • There was no re-branding to fall in line with other countries – a Snickers was a Marathon and Cif was Jif!
  • We measured in feet and inches, and still do!
  • We didn’t live our lives believing we should win a talent TV show! Talent shows were at Butlins in the Summer!
  • We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL !

If you are laughing and agreeing YOU are one of them!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for ‘our own good.’
And while you are at it, please forward this blog to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

Make You Own Lipstick – London

Fabulous workshop in London by Merry Bobbins with Amanda Moorhouse of Lipstick & Curls teaching you how to make your own lipsticks!   Not only will your learn the basics, but you will come away with your own lipstick, recipes and how to make the most of your own whether you have made them or not! Let’s be honest, do we all really look after our lippies?

You will also learn how to create the iconic looks from the 20s to the 50s and what colour suits your complexion.

Don’t miss out, tickets are £45 – Book Now!

“Hello, Bygones!” Vintage & Retro Bash – Yeovil, April 2012

“Hello, Bygones!” Vintage & Retro Bash will be collaborating with “Marry Me in Somerset” to bring you 7 hours of Vintage & Retro Heaven at Westlands Leisure Complex, Yeovil, Somerset on Sunday 1st April from 10am – 5pm.

We’ll also be raising money for Flying Colours at The Yeovil Woman’s Hospital. They are currently raising money to improve the Special Care Baby Unit plus patient and staff facilities. Visit to donate or come along on the day and join in!

40+ stalls will be in attendance with a whole load of vintage gorgeousness! There will be Clothes, Records, Instruments, Kitchenalia, Jewellary, Furniture, Retro Toy’s, Cakes, Sweets plus lots more! Throughout the day the stage will be host to DJ’s and 2 fashion shows. The first will show case clothes and accessories from “Hello, Bygones!” & the second from Wedding Fair stall holders.

We can’t wait to introduce to you The Path to Living History Group who are a 1940’s US GI’s re-enactment team. Very interesting and really rather dishy! The Craft table will have 3 workshops where you’ll have the chance to learn a new skill, create something beautiful and best of all you get to take it home!

Bunting Workshop with Pica Pica
Learn basic sewing skills and create a string of bunting using beautiful vintage fabrics.
Length of Workshop 1 hour 30 mins
Cost £10

Vintage Rose Cupcake Workshop with Ice Maiden Cakes
Come along for a hands-on practice and learn two different techniques for icing your cupcakes as well as how to use molds and embossers to make simple but effective vintage rose decorations. All materials, tools, and 6 cupcakes are included.
Length of Workshop 1 Hour
Price £15

Vintage Fascinator Class with Gypsy Rose Upstyling
In this workshop you will make a truly unique and beautiful fascinator hat, with a vintage twist, at a snip of the price of a bespoke fascinator hat! You will be guided through the creative process by bridal and accessory designer Lucy Fosh (
You will design your mini fascinator using a selection of retro style fabrics, ribbons, buttons, veiling and feathers and learn how to create a fabulous flower using an age old technique. Your fascinator will be attached to a hairband so will be suitable for all hair types.
Ticket Price: £12.00 each
Length of workshop: 1hour 30minutes

All workshops are suitable for beginners and materials provided, all you need to do is bring yourself!
Booking in advance is advisable as there are very few spaces available. Email for more details

LeKeux & The Vintage Salon be creating beautiful Vintage inspired Make-Overs including hair and Make-Up for all you lovely ladies.
Contact for price lists and bookings.

After your Make-Over, pop into the Retro Photo Studio where you’ll have the chance to go through the dressing up box, don your glad rags and have a fabulous Vintage style Photo Shoot with Unwin Photography Email for prices and booking slots
Contact for price lists and bookings.

And last but not least come and get inked with Revolution Ink Tattoos who for one day only will be creating Vintage style Tattoo Parlour. Contact for prices and bookings. Bookings in advance only after a previous consultation with Revolution. Strictly over 18’s only.

We are very excited to welcome “Marry Me in Somerset” to the Bash. They will be hosting a Vintage & Retro Wedding Fair throughout two rooms with over 40 stalls! They will also be showing off gorgeous wedding dresses within the Fashion Show. If you want something a little different on your wedding day then you must come along!

DVK Secret Supper Club will be hosting a Vintage/Retro themed lunch from 12-2pm.
BOOKINGS ONLY. Contact for menu’s and tickets.

A Hard Days Night
From 3pm – 7pm This room will be converted into a Cinema with a 12ft x 10ft screen. Come and watch a 3pm or 5pm Special Screening of the iconic Beatles film “A Hard Days Night”. There will be a bar available with food, drinks, a Retro Sweet Shop and Vintage Pop-Corn Cart.

This will be open to the public serving Sunday lunches and food from their Bar Menu.

“Yeovil Live Stage”
We are thrilled to announce that our local music, arts, and entertainment magazine Yeovil Live will be joining us. Make sure you come along and pick-up the latest issue for FREE!
From 10am till 3pm we have some excellent entertainment!
Rock ‘n’ Roll band “The Animal Urges”
Lindy Hop, Rock ‘n’ Roll & Swing Dancers
Bexi Owen a Jazz, Blues & Swing Singer
A Cigar Box Guitar Band
Burlesque Troupe
Plus BBQ

At the venue entrance you will be able to browse (and maybe take a peak inside) lots of fabulous Pre 1980’s vehicles including Tina the Purple Cortina, Katy’s Campers, Scooters and more!

This most definitely is not to be missed! x

For more information and bookings email
or call Claire on 07984 225596