There's STILL been no sewing in these parts, but boy do I have a treat for you today. Well, at least I hope this excites you as much as it did me in real life!
Last weekend I went back to Hertfordshire to visit beloved friends, and one of them had the genius idea of taking me to The Fleetville Vintage Emporium, situated less than a 3 minute walk from her house in St Albans. If I lived that close to it, I literally would spend ALL my free time there!
From the outside it looks unassuming.
But this place is a sensory delight...it's a never-ending warehouse, jam-packed with vintage goodies of all kinds. Seriously, they are spilling out of every nook and cranny and even spending an entire day in it, let alone a couple of hours, wouldn’t scratch the surface of its treasures.
Racks-upon-racks of vintage clothes and accessories, for men and women
Home furnishings in incredible condition
The most beautiful crockery, some in full sets - seriously swoon-worthy
Karen, this next collage is for you - aren't they lovely?
I also loved the random nature of the vintage goodies...
...to the downright bizarre - seriously, how creepy is this ventriloquist's dummy!?!
And as a sewing enthusiast, how could I not stop and caress each of these?!?
Needless to say that I could have spent an absolute fortune in this place and kitted out more homes than a could shake a stick at. Alas, I had no real way of getting anything substantial back to Leicester in my small overnight bag on a train. But don't worry, I didn't leave entirely empty-handed. Just as we were leaving I spotted this beautiful fabric which looks and feels like 1940s/50s rayon - do correct me if you know otherwise. Anyway, I almost bypassed it in fear of the price tag, but it turns out it was cheap as chips - over 2.5 metres for just £2. Keeerchiiing!
So if you should ever find yourself near St Albans, I urge you to visit The Fleetville Vintage Emporium. But make sure you schedule in plenty of time ;o)
P.S. Apologies for the quality of my photos, they were taken on my mobile phone.