Sunday, 24 October 2010

A bit on the side...board?

Forgive the terrible title, it's difficult to come up with a witty and interesting sentence including the word 'sideboard'...

The sideboard in question is my new favourite thing, and is destined for the new shop at Abington Square in Northampton. I spotted it a week ago but didn't buy it - by a stroke of luck it was still for sale yesterday and now it's mine!
There's no makers information on it (although I haven't seen the back or underneath of it yet so who knows?), but it's been beautifully made - none of that nasty chipboard stuff or mdf in sight! Inside the flap-down section is another shelf and I think it'd make a perfect cocktail cabinet, although the flap could be used to put a laptop on so it'd also be good for a home office - plenty of storage for paperwork and files!
I'm hoping to get over to the new shop this week and get a head start on things - I've got a very retro green paint to go on the back wall of my space and I've got to figure out a way to get my enormo mirrorball hung up from a ceiling I don't think I can screw hooks in to - eek!

Friday, 22 October 2010

Northampton Vintage & Home Made Fair

Ooh, I nearly forgot all about this!

From 12 til 4 tomorrow (Saturday 23 October) there's a Vintage & Home Made Fair in Northampton - I picked up a flyer ages ago and have only just unearthed it, just in time!

As far as I'm aware this is a new event so I can't comment on how good it's likely to be, but if you're anywhere near Northampton tomorrow, it's at St Matthews Parish Church Rooms, The Drive, Kingsley NN1 4RY. Admission 50p, children free.

Northampton's going more and more retro / vintage by the day - at last! As well as a Most Marvellous Place to Shop which will shortly take over from the Northampton Antiques Centre, there's an enormous vintage clothing shop (run by some friends of mine), a dinky little retro shop above a coffee bar in the town centre, and I've heard it through the twitter-vine that a retro hairdressing shop will be opening here soon. Beehive, anyone?

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Something Most Marvellous is happening...

Oh, I know I was sworn to secrecy but blogging doesn't count as telling. Does it?!

At the end of this month the Northampton Antiques Centre (where The Retro Co. has selling space) is moving to lovely big premises in the town! I've secured my new space and am busy planning layout, design etc... I can't wait!

A few of my fellow traders and I were invited to see the new premises last week - they're amazing, and such a change from the current set-up. The guy that is the brains behind it all - Joe - is rebranding it to 'A Most Marvellous Place To Shop' and it's going to be 9000 sq ft of lovely retro and vintage items, with a cafe / coffee shop and space for events, classes, etc... marvellous indeed!

So here's a sneaky 'before' pic - ok, it doesn't look very marvellous yet but wait til we're able to get in and get going! I'll post 'during' and 'after' pics to follow in due course!