Thursday, 30 August 2012

A Vintage Guild


This weekend hosts the biggest vintage event the North West has ever seen, with The Preston Guild 2012 celebrating all things vintage over 2 whole days! We'll be there of course with all our beautiful dresses, plus much more besides, and there will be so many other fabulous activities to take part in, you just have to see it to believe it!

The Preston Guild is a huge celebration every 20 years throughout the city, and 2012 sees the city turned into a looking glass for the past, with themed events spanning from the twenties to the eighties and every decade between!


Through the duration of the weekend there will be various activities and events, including: Ministry of Craft workshops, Charleston dance lessons, over 50 vintage stalls, cake city - a replica of Preston all made from cake!!! 35 of Lancashires finest food and drink vendors, and a 40s Ball, complete with 3 course meal and themed cocktails, and much much more...

The event has been curated by locally born Wayne Hemingway MBE and Gerardine Hemingway MBE and is set in the grounds of the beautifully restored Miller and Avenham parks, Winkeley Square and the Preston Flag Market.

So we hope to see you there! Its going to be magical!

For more info or to buy tickets for the event visit the Vintage guild website or the Guild 2012 website

- All images taken from,

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Hey There Stranger

Okay, Okay, so maybe we failed a little with our blogging resolution, as we haven't posted since we told you we'd post more (3 months ago! Ooops!) but anyway, we have a few things to show you.

First up, our next fair is
Saturday 31st March 2012
This is a real local one for us, so come along and lets make it a success!

Here's a little peek at some of our new stock to tempt you! We have some great new accessories and some lovely summery dresses for all your upcoming events.
Accessories from £2

Belts from £3

Dresses from £15

In other news....

Here's a few more fairs we're signed up for:

Stockport Covered Market Hall, Market Place, Stockport, SK1 1EU


*All photos taken from Vintage Village website

23rd-24th June 2012
Truly Scrumptious Biggest Ever Handmade and Vintage Craft Fair 10am-4pm
Winter Gardens Blackpool

A two day spectacular of crafts, vintage, entertainment and music with craft workshops, a vintage tearoom and lots of handmade goodness.
There will be over a 100 stalls selling the northwest's finest gifts, clothes, toys, accessories, food, art, cards, homewares and much more!

27th - 29th July 2012
Kendal Calling

Lowther Deer Park, Hackthorpe (nr Penrith), Cumbria
 Kendal Calling is an award-winning, innovative, independent festival based in the Lake District. It features pioneering contemporary music and art alongside traditional rural entertainment. Along with many other fabulous stalls Judy's Affordable Vintage will be hosting a large marquee that will be home to us and 30 other vintage vendors! Its going to be brilliant!

Lastly, Happy Mummys Day to all you yummy mummies out there. Have a lovely day in the sunshine and see you all soon xxx

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Magpie Resolutions

We've had a lovely Christmas and New Year break, mainly spent eating too much and falling about after too many cocktails, (oops)!!

Since the start of 2012, we decided as our Magpie Resolutions, to finally get our online Etsy store up and running; sign up to many more fairs; blog here more often and maybe try something new too! And if you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you'll know we've been rather busy this year already!

So far, so good. As not only is our Etsy page up and running, (we had sales on the first night too!), but we're also booked in to some great fairs across the North West. 

Here's the ones we can talk about so far:

The famous Judy's fair is coming to Lancaster for the first time! 
Royal Kings Arms Hotel
Sunday 4th February

South Meadow Lane, Preston
Sunday 19th February (12-5pm)

Poulton-Le-Fylde Craft Fair
St Chads Church, Poulton-Le-Fylde
Sunday 31st March
Stockport Market Hall
Sunday 8th April

So get us in the diary, and pop down for a good old nosy at our fabulous vintage clothing, accessories and hand made lovely stuff. Most fairs have a great mix of vintage and crafts, great for an unusual gift or something special for yourself. They nearly ALWAYS have a yummy cake stall too, so even if you just fancy a cupcake and a brew with one of your gals, its a great way to spend an afternoon, and maybe treat yourself a little too!

Hope your January is going well so far (not long til payday now!!!)

Much love
Sarah & Laurie

Saturday, 7 January 2012

We Have an Etsy Page!

We told you it was on its way, and here it is!

Now you can nosy at all our new stuff whenever you like, and order online, so you don't have to wait for one of our fairs!
We've just got a few things up for now, but we will continue to add products when we get chance, as well as still doing our fairs and parties.
We hope you enjoy browsing our online shop!

We're also currently signing up for fairs and events across the North West, and we will of course let you know where you can see us next.

Hope the new year has been good to you all so far.

Much Love
Sarah & Laurie

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Decembers To Do List

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas! So we thought we’d share a few of our favourite festive things to do at this magical time of year. Obviously running around getting last minute gifts, posting cards and seeing friends and family all take up our time, but taking time out to enjoy the festivities should be high on the list too!

Get Cooking!
This time of year is the perfect excuse to get the cookery books out and have a bash and making something yummy. We love that smell of a batch of cookies baking, a hearty stew to warm your cockles, or a pan of mulled wine warming on the stove. Simple Shortbread biscuits make great little gifts, or a sweet treat for unexpected visitors. Try dusting with sugar and cinnamon when they’re just out of the oven for a Christmassy twist. 
Christmas Shortbread

Christmas Markets

Christmas markets pop up all over the country and are a great day out with friends and family. Wrap up warm and head on out to your nearest one. We’re closest to the Manchester Markets which are clustered in pockets throughout the city centre. 
Manchester Markets
With a host of local artists and small businesses selling their wares, authentic European food and of course, the Gluhwein! Warming and sneakily potent, don’t have too many of these!

Christmas Craft Fairs
Check out your local pubs, community centres and churches for Craft fairs near you. Small independent crafters gather to sell their handmade goodies, great for one-of-a-kind gifts such as handmade soaps, knitted toys and accessories, glassware & pottery and vintage finds. Why not head down to the Truly Scrumptious Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 10th December at  We’ll be holding a stall with some of our gorgeous vintage sparkly party wear, great vintage gift items and our handmade accessories. They’ll also be a range of other fabulous crafters and vintage sellers to tempt you.

Get Wrapping!
Being crafty types, one of our favourite parts of Christmas is wrapping the presents! it’s a great opportunity to get creative and make those gifts extra special. This year I’m going plain a simple using brown parcel paper, red ribbon and white lacy tags, inspired by these yummy parcels. (Just hope mine turn out as stunning!)

Of course they’ll be parties to go to, supersized family dinners and plenty of booze flowing too! So whatever your doing this festive season, enjoy! And if you need any one-off vintage pressies, take a look at our gorgeous stuff on our facebook page!

What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

Much Love
Sarah & Laurie

Friday, 2 September 2011

Exciting plans!

Well, we’ve had a little break from our Vintage venture, to enjoy the sun,  take a few holidays and cram in a couple of festivals, but we’re back, and this time we’re here to stay! Although we’ve been off the radar,  our heads are never out of our vintage cloud, and there’s been lots of sewing and crafting, new ideas and stock shopping galore happening behind the scenes and tons of bookings for the coming months!
So, if you’re itching to get a peek at our new stuff, you can take a look on our Facebook page, or why not pop out for the day and visit us at one of our up and coming events!

Saturday 10th September
1.30pm - 5.30pm
Claremont Community Centre
Claremont road
Free Entry - On-site parking

Saturday 25th September
10.30am - 4pm
Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford M5 4WU.

Saturday 1st October
Mabfield Road, Manchester

We're hosting this one! Right in the middle of all the student halls, The Brow House is on Mabfield Road just near Owens Park.
And all in perfect time for a new wardrobe for thee new term!
£2 entry, £1 with a valid NUS card.

So, come along and see our smiley faces at one of these events and keep up to date on our facebook page.

Oooh, and shhh, we're working on an etsy page, so you can have instant access to our lovely stuff! A few more tweaks and we'll share it with you all!

Have a beautiful weekend!
Much Love
Sarah & Laurie

Sunday, 19 June 2011

C is for: Camping, Caravans, Cool Cars, Charity Shops & Car Boots (and probably loads more stuff we love...)

Whilst trying to decide on things for each letter for our A-Z, we struggled a bit with C, it seems everything we LOVE starts we a C! So we thought we would touch a little on all of them! 

As were off the Glastonbury on Wednesday its only fitting to start with camping! The best kind of camping as you're with your friends, listening to great music everyday, and its an excuse to drink cider (ooh there's another C!) from 9am! So we've packed our Hunters, chosen our tents, and planned our outfits!
Now, the biggest problem we have is festival hair! No shower for 5 days, there's only so much dry shampoo can fix! So we've made these fabulous straw boater hats, accessorized with gorgeous vintage fabric, perfect for covering our less than fabulous hair and shielding us from the rays (Please let there be sunshine!).

Hats £6, Available via our Facebook page.

Now, if we were more organised, or had more money, we'd be glamping it up in a beautiful old VW Camper, We'd both love to get our hands on one of these, decorate it pretty, fill it with vintage glass crockery and a great roadtrip sound track, and take it out to the sunny countryside. As we're nowhere near owning our own, I decided to hire one as my wedding car, which was so much fun and really started the day off in the right mood!
We got ours from Morecombe & Wize, but there are loads of places out there who hire them out for weddings or weekend hire. Snail Trail also have some fabulous ones, check them out here. And speaking of wedding cars, Laurie went down the Cool Cars route with a gorgeous VW Beetle. Just Fabulous!

And finally, our last two Cs, Charity Shops and Car Boots! Basically we just love a bargain and really old stuff! Our weekends are spent scouring the charity shops for old ladies unwanted bits or getting up early to head to a field and hope for that amazing piece of furniture! Our recent finds include: a 50s table, a yellow glass dressing table set, a 60s Soda Stream and a teak mirror.

That's it for our C's, we'll see you all the other side of Glasto, or maybe see you there!
Much Love
Sarah & Laurie xXx