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New Vintage event in Huddersfield. Stallholders needed!

14 March, 2011
Vintage Fair Huddersfield

Vintage Fair at Byram Arcade Huddersfield, Sat 2 April 2011

Crikey, we know how to live dangerously.  The traders at Huddersfield’s gem of a Victorian shopping arcade, Byram Arcade have asked Rose & Brown to stage a fab Vintage event in just 3 weeks’ time!  Of course we said yes, not only because we’re mad about vintage (or just mad) but also because we LOVE Huddersfield!

It holds a very soft, sweet spot in my heart because it’s where I met my hubby, and Rose & Brown team mate, Julian, 14 years ago! And, as an Interior Design student at Huddersfield University, I spent many a happy hour in the brilliant Calder Graphics art shop in Byram Arcade, choosing mount board, buying new scalpels and putty rubbers, and deliberating over the colours of marker pens, watercolour pencils and paints.  Ah, happy, happy days of youth….

So what a darn TREAT to be BACK in Hudds after all these years, and doing what I now (she says modestly) do BEST!  Yes we’re putting on a divine new Vintage Fair, in the Arcade, using the ground floor, all of the balcony levels and the tucked away spaces to display some of the region’s finest vintage wares.  There’ll be some of our regular Rose & Brown stalls and some exciting new and local faces.  IF YOU’D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE THEN DO GET IN TOUCH! Email me on roseandbrownvintage@yahoo.co.uk for more information.

Saturday 2 April from 10am to 4pm at Byram Arcade, Westgate, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire  HD1 1ND.

Of course, all of the shops, boutiques and cafes will be open all day too, so it’s a mega chance to chill out and browse!  Here are some lovely pics to get your juices flowing….

The beautiful Byram Arcade, the gem of a Victorian Arcade in the centre of Huddersfield. Here’s the ground floor with it’s lovely tiled flooring and the Kwerki Cafe area (where hubby and I shared a roasted veg and stilton sandwich, and a Wensleydale, onion chutney and apple sandwich. Yum!)

Showing the amazing wrought iron balconies and a glimpse of the glass atrium ceiling of the Byram Arcade. It’s a browser’s paradise with independent fashion boutiques, a vintage clothes shop, gift and homewares boutiques, art shop,

Pretty Little Things vintage shop till

Pretty Little Things vintage shop till

artists’ collectives, upcyclers, a cook and bakeware shop, a yarn shop and so much more….. an inspiring place! The stalls at our Vintage event on 2 April 2011 will be on every level. What a dizzying display!

The lovely Sarah from this stunning boutique in Byram Arcade, Pretty Little Things was the inspired gal who contacted Rose & Brown about putting on a Vintage event at the Arcade. We LOVE the incredible old till that Sarah uses in her Pretty Little Things boutique in Byram Arcade in Huddersfield. And it’s surrounded by stunning pieces that Sarah has individually sourced, and sometimes customised, to create a great selection of special gifts, treats and homewares. I indulged and bought a delightful vintage cakestand. Must take a photo of it soon.

Byram Arcade Huddersfield interior 2

Byram Arcade Huddersfield interior showing balconies

Byram Arcade Huddersfield interior

Byram Arcade Huddersfield interior

Byram Arcade Pretty Little Things till 2

Byram Arcade Pretty Little Things vintage shop till

Veritably vintage venues

17 February, 2011
Leeds Town Hall interior

Leeds Town Hall interior - wow!

West Yorkshire is FULL of incredible buildings isn’t it?  Last Sunday I had a stall at the fabulous Leeds Vintage Fashion Fair at Leeds Town Hall, and when I wasn’t talking to all of the lovely, enthusiastic customers and stallholders, I was staring up at the tremendously stupendously over the top, glorious, glorious ceiling and interior.

On a smaller scale, but just as delightful is the Town Hall in Todmorden, or Tod Town Hall as it is affectionately known.  I have recently learnt that Tod is a West Yorkshire town, even though it has an Oldham postcode, and in fact, when the Town Hall was built, it straddled the border of both West Yorkshire and Lancashire, so that when you were twirling around the ballroom, (now the Main Hall), you could dizzyingly swoop back and forth between the two counties all night!  The Town Hall is a ‘historic building creating a local identity drawn from the two cultures, Yorkshire and Lancashire, expressed in the sculpture on the Town Hall’s pediment….depicting the cotton industry of Lancashire and the woollen, agricultural and iron industries of Yorkshire’ and it is a building which has ‘retained almost all of its historic character’ (My thanks to the Conservation Statement on Todmorden Town Hall, prepared by the Architectural History Practice Ltd in 200o for this info).  What a fascinating place!

We are lucky enough to have this as our venue for our first new Rose & Brown event of 2011.  ‘Treasure’ – Vintage Fair meets Handmade at Tod Town Hall on Sat 19 February.  With 30 stalls of

Todmorden Town Hall

Todmorden Town Hall - venue for our Treasure event Sat 19 Feb 2011

genuine vintage fashion and homewares alongside the best pieces from local and regional designers and makers.  So many talented artists, designers and craftspeople in and around the Todmorden area.  Can’t wait to see it all coming together!

 

A mighty little egg

17 February, 2011
Small boiled egg

The titchy egg in our TG Green egg cup

Awwww!  I just couldn’t resist sharing this little fella with you.  I’m hoping that my post gets away with still being ‘a tale of vintage’ because of our lovely TG Green Cornishware breakfast crockery….

We didn’t realise just HOW dinky this little eggy was until I popped it in the awaiting egg cup and it hit the bottom and virtually disappeared.  See it next to its properly sized Cousin Egg.

I think the Mother Hen must’ve been a very refined chuck – laying dainty little eggs with delicate little pale yellow yolks.  A very ladylike breakfast for once!  Nicely cooked by hubby too.

An inspirational couple

17 February, 2011
Jean and Gerald

Jean and Gerald Herrera at the Saltaire Antiques & Collectables Market

One of the best things about the world of vintage is the people that you meet.  Jean and Gerald have been coming to Rose & Brown and faithfully visiting all of our vintage events since we first opened in April 2007.  They’re quite a remarkable couple.

Not only do they always look fabulous, dressed in outfits with true vintage pedigree (in fact from the Victorian era to the 1950s), they go out dancing almost EVERY NIGHT.  There is barely a form of dancing that they are not devoted to.  What an inspiration!  I know I shouldn’t have favourite customers, but sometimes, one just can’t help it!

Here you see them having fun at our Saltaire Antiques & Collectables Market.  There’s always one or two stalls with a bit of vintage clothing as we really like to have a good diversity of treasures on offer.  It’s no stuffy old fusty antiques fair after all!  They run every other month in the glorious Victoria Hall in Saltaire.

Here are a few more pics to whet your appetite!  I had to ignore my chair addiction, and look, there’s a birdcage too….oh heaven!

Chairs at Saltaire Antiques Market

Mmmm...lovely chairs at our Antiques Market

We also had a stall from Chris Kersey who renovates cane furniture and she had a marvellous Art Nouveau chair that was quickly snapped up by a lucky customer before I could take a photo!

Saltaire Antiques Market collectables

Collectable china, glassware and so much more...

Saltaire Antiques Market

This corner has an almost Wartime feel about it!

The Rose & Brown Vintage Fair, Bradford

31 January, 2011
Dawn and Kirsty at Vintage Fair in Bradford

Dawn and Kirsty, stallholders at Rose & Brown Vintage Fair

What a lovely picture!  Here are two first-time Vintage Fair stallholders, Dawn Gledhill Reeves and Kirsty Butler.  They booked a stall at our Rose & Brown Vintage Fair on Sat 29 January at the Midland Hotel in Bradford and by all accounts had a lovely time!

I asked them how they had found their first experience of selling vintage treasures at a Vintage Fair and they were positively bursting with enthusiasm.  It seems their fellow stallholders, the beautiful surroundings and the relaxed atmosphere all made for a very good day!  Dawn and Kirsty have booked all of my 2011 events, and I’m really glad that we’ll be seeing more of them as they had lovely vintage stock and were great company.  They also looked the part and their elegance and smiles meant that the photographer from the local paper, the Telegraph and Argus, was very keen to take pics of them in the hotel’s glorious Victorian Passageway.   I popped out and bought the paper today, and there they are on page 13, accompanying a little blurb about the Vintage Fair.

Rose & Brown Vintage Fair, Bradford

Reflections at a Vintage Fair

Glorious vanity

25 January, 2011
1940s vintage vanity set

A lovely 1940s green vanity set at our Rose & Brown Vintage Fair

I haven’t bought or sold this delicious vintage object – but I have coveted it!

This lovely, typically 1930’s / 40’s pale green vanity set with mirrored interior and little glass jars and pots, really spoke to me at our October 2010 Rose & Brown Vintage Fair.  I’d already spent all of my budget so I had to settle for taking this picture instead!  It’s mirror shows a little peak of the interior of the gorgeous Princes Ballroom at the Midland Hotel in Bradford, our venue for the Fair, and also some of the other lovely wares on offer from this stallholder.  I might just have to ask her whether she still has this little treasure….

Heartbreak and the red tin trunk

23 January, 2011
Red painted tin trunk

The beautiful red tin trunk

Ah, the red trunk.  It lived with us at home for a few months.  It kinda got in the way a bit but boy I loved that red trunk.

Then I got a phone call out of the blue from a National fashion magazine, they wanted to cover ‘undiscovered vintage boutiques’.  They wanted a picture of me in front of my ‘undiscovered’ vintage boutique.

I decided to do a special window display, full of impact and drama with Flossie our mannequin in a red strapless ballgown, an enormous gilt mirror….and the red trunk.

I got dolled up (not a natural thing for me), wore my favourite black and white vintage 1950’s wiggle dress.  Sported a red parasol and a red flower in my hair.  We managed to get one or two shots where I wasn’t squinting too badly,  or looking too cold in the October fresh air.

I got home and read my emails – our boutique was too far of the beaten track, the magazine just wanted to cover vintage boutiques in the MAIN CITIES.  Crazy.  All that effort, and the kind services of a photographer and make up artist, wasted.

And what’s more the red tin trunk sold straight away.  I never saw it again.