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Alfie's Nostalgia Saturdays


If you are a fan of anything jazz age and happen to be in the vicinity of Marylebone, London, this Saturday 17 April, you may want to swing by Alfie's Antique Market for the first of their Nostalgia Saturdays.

From 10am to 6pm, the famous interior market will be celebrating the 1920s and 30s. As well as the usual 70 plus dealers and their goods to search through, there will be talks, readings from books of the period and afternoon tea served in the rooftop restaurant. Kid Krupa will be playing hot jazz and swing throughout the day to make your shopping experience just that bit more exciting.

You can email the address on the Alfie's website to get the whole list of activities as well as a guide to their dealers who will be selling goods from the period.

Future Nostalgia Saturdays will highlight the 1940s and 50s in May and the 1960s and 70s in June.

Find out more on their website

The Powder Room: 50s-style beauty salon

Powder room

If you fancy getting pampered in 1950s style and are London way, you may be interested in paying a visit to The Powder Room. The salon is a base for the Powderpuff Girls who are a frequent sight at the capital's most stylish parties in their glamorous retro pink uniforms, offering on the spot manicures and make-up.

The recently opened salon is based on Columbia Road, East London and is as beautifully decorated and styled as its make-up artists, decked out in full '50s style. It offers an experience worthy of any wannabe vintage Hollywood starlets with a wide range of services and a variety of party packages. Prices start at £10 for a false eyelashes application. 

Find out more online

The Modern Danish Warehouse pop-up shop

Modern danish

If you happen to find yourself in one of London's most exclusive areas over the next three weeks, you may be interested in doing a pop-in at The Modern Danish Warehouse pop-up shop.

From this Saturday 6 March, a disused Art Deco garage in North Terrace, Knightsbridge will be given over to the sale of (as you may have already worked out from the name) Modern Danish furniture: from tables and chairs to sideboards and sofas. Prices apparently range from £100 to £1500 but I imagine you'll have to get there pretty soon after it opens to snap up the cheaper pieces. 

As a reminder that the furniture tradition is alive and kicking, the shape will also showcase the work of young Danish designers Anders Folke Anderson and Nina Tolstrup.

The shop is open until 27 March 2010. Find out more online

In All Her Finery Boutique in Didsbury, Manchester


For most retro fashion finds our shopping habits are consigned to vintage rails or online shopping, but every so often a true gem of a boutique comes along. In All Her Finery is a treasure trove of a shop, with a dedicated range of vintage inspired accessories, jewellery and beauty products.

Located in Didsbury, South Manchester, the shop stocks carefully selected pieces from a range of well loved designers, along with some lovingly made original and exclusive pieces. Whether you're looking for a burlesque style fascinator, or an art deco inspired brooch, there's a little piece of magic for every retro lover.

Visit the shop at 36 School Lane, Didsbury or check out their online shop for those further afield. Manchester dwellers can join their Facebook page for event listings, including regular Cava & Cake nights and exclusive sale previews.

Orla Kiely Christmas sample sale

Kiely sample sale image

We've always been fans of Orla Kiely on this site, recently featuring the Tiny teacup purses and the new bed linen designs. Fellow enthusiasts who are based in London will be delighted to hear they are having a sample sale over the coming weekend where large discounts are promised on past stock and samples of bags, clothing and accessories. 

The sample sale starts at 11am on Thursday 10 December and continues until Sunday 13th at the old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. Entrance is just £1, proceeds going to the Maggie Cancer caring centres. 

Find out more details and full opening times online

Vintage Spin Calendar from Present & Correct


Present & Correct have an amazing array of vintage stationery that is enough to make those who like a bit of pen and paper action go weak at the knees.

These perpetual Spin Calendars are from Italy and France and will never be out of date, you've just got to remember to turn the wheel each day.  They are a good size at 10.5" high, in lovely condition with a great choice of colours.

Priced at £70 each, buy them here.

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