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Manchester Vintage Home Show at Victoria Baths, June 2015

July 3, 2015

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It’s hard to believe that it will be two years in November since I last blogged about the Vintage Home Show at Victoria Baths in Manchester. Always a great event with plenty to see and goodies that will implore you to not leave without them. The show has been established by Keeley Harris, who has penned her own retro book called ‘Style Me Vintage’ (Home).

Let’s start with some lovely blue and brown illustrated Portmeirion Pottery. Does anyone else think of Disneyland and Mary Blair when they see this ? lol.

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Some fabulous items and even more welcoming stall holders, who were happy for me to photograph their wares to show to you today. Rachel from Funky (website not working at present), not only knows her textile designers but can tell you about their work and life in the 1950’s. How wonderful to get a background story with your retro cushion!

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From this blue bowl by Flavia to illustrated ware by Figgjo Fajance.

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Jennifer from 20th Century Crox sells everything from deco to psychedelic.

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Gill from Mid Century Homestores based in Todmorden, had a beautiful mix of designer retro pieces. My friend bought the fish plate above and I was tempted by sgraffito horse bowl and the John Clappison hippo beaker below. The Beaker is fetching prices around the £30-40 mark now.

More fab ‘n’ funky selections from Jenny at Wowie Zowie Online

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Jill Coulson displayed a nicely stacked array of matching Hornsea Pottery. In the latter part of the ‘sixties, it was a big hit with the public. The ‘Heirloom pattern’, (seen third shelf down), was introduced in 1968. In spite of its traditional appearance, Heirloom actually used a very modern technique called glaze resist. This allowed alternate shapes in the pattern to be glazed and unglazed.

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More common prints with crying children were available too!

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I loved this poster and there must be easier ways to remove tattoos !

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Some beautiful curvaceous furniture for the dinning room , the office and the living room from Salford Quays’ Retrolicious.

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Looking pretty wonderful in this tiled setting too.

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This was my modest purchase for the day, two Tams-ware mugs, from Jill Coulson, although I was tempted by much, much more.

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A great venue and day out, fab to see that many people looked the part too. Very dapper chap. Thanks to everyone for letting me snap their stalls. The next one here is Sunday 25th October, a date for your diaries and I look forward to seeing you there !

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. neatokeenetsy permalink
    July 3, 2015 4:20 pm

    If it’s possible to drool over vintage show, then I am guilty. Such wonders! I love your mugs 🙂

    • July 3, 2015 5:08 pm

      Aww you were in my thoughts Cindy. I must admit I didn’t see any t-towels that would match the ones you sell. : ) Hope you’re well

  2. July 3, 2015 9:49 pm

    That would have been such fun. I would have dawdled at every booth.

    • July 4, 2015 7:33 am

      It’s often hard not to dawdle, unfortunately the more you look the more you see things you’d like to buy. Photographing the item is becoming my ‘visual purchasing notebook’ these days lol

  3. Jessica Jones permalink
    July 4, 2015 1:23 pm

    Looks like a wonderland of marvelous things!

  4. paddy permalink
    July 17, 2015 2:26 pm

    I am the guy in the waistcoat lol. what a cracking venue

    • July 17, 2015 4:52 pm

      Hope you don’t mind being caught in the action Paddy. Yes cracking venue and I must say cracking outfit and tash young man : )

  5. paddy permalink
    July 22, 2015 7:17 pm

    thanks for the nice comment

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