Thursday, 23 July 2015

What a month...

...Sorry it has been all quiet on the Simply Vintge front - it has really been an 'interesting' few weeks!

So by 'interesting' i mean, stressful, adventurous, happy and sad!

Once again last month we were back at the excellent BBC Good Food Summer extravaganza - and it didn't let us down, food - drink - gardening - shopping - meeting was the order of the week! We met some lovely new customers, caught up with some regular customers and had a whale of a time with stallholder friends !

If you love food then keep an eye on the BBC Good Food Winter Show as this is a doozy of a show in November - more food than you can imagine, celeb chefs and lots of free recipes, samples and of course most importantly - We will be there!!! 

The fabulous Jo Wheatley demonstrating her amazing skills opposite our stand! 

Without a day off in-between we were straight off to Spirit of Summer at London's Olympia - sadly on our way down, we had the scary news that my Mother in Law was taken seriously ill over in Tenerife - so it was all hands on deck to get unloaded and send husband off to the Canaries on the very next flight the following morning.

It was a tough few days juggling show set up, logistics for getting a plan together for her care and resolving pupcare etc but we managed to get a solution in place and we got through the week. 
A hugely massive thank you to Mum & Dad and SuperCharlotte who all came to our rescue and dropped everything to help get the through the week.

The diagnosis was very grim and I flew out the following tuesday to help with her care as we didm;t know if she could fly back to the Uk or have the operation there. So, while a plan was sorted i stayed out there and kept her company for the week. I even overcame my few of driving on the other side of the road and soon i was zooming from North to South of the island in no time!
Luckily she stabilised and was given the all clear to fly home, a scary journey but straight into A&E once we touched down.  We are now waiting for the operation date for her serious triple bypass and aneurism treatment so fingers crossed this will happen in the next week and she will be on the road to recovery.

So, hence the month of silence and vintage inactivity!

Onwards to the next few months now and although i have few shows and events this month and through August i really am foraging and packaging  ready for the September run of shows...
Starting with Burghley Horse Trials and the Handmade Fair at Hampton Court. Then it is Cake cake and more food before the lovely Country Living Fair in London again!

Have a meander over to our events page for more links to the events we will be at!

Once i get back in the swing of things i will be posting more lovely summertime pictures and links....but in the meantime i wish you a sunny summer full of fun!


Monday, 25 May 2015

Coming up...

...two huge events next month - The BBC Good Food Show Summer and Spirit of Summer both fabulous shows and both hugely exciting!

But first - some extra-citing news, as Simply Vintage finally (yes i know, at last!) has gone online for sales!

After resisting for as long as i can, it has reached a point when i would be silly to ignore the demand for my items outside of shows and events.  So i have launched a page with details about all of the ways to buy our items. From our units in various antiques centres, to the websites that stock us and our new personalised dedicated website.

Have a look at the new pages - click on the picture to take you to our sites:  

Personalised Shop

Vintage and Handmade
Great British Life

These are all a little bit of a work in progress as it is taking forever to upload all of the lovely items!

In the meantime i am preparing for the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham in June: 

For more information about the show - tickets also get visitors into the BBC Gardeners World exhibition! Come along to see us on stand F790 if you are visiting and say Hello, we are in the Bakes and Cakes section near to the SuperTheatre.

A mere few days after this show we hot-foot it down to London's Olympia to take part in the Spirit of Summer show.

We will be taking with us a selection of vintage and handmade items along with some bigger items of furniture - all handpicked for this fabulous event.

Phew - July is looking like a nice quiet month of hopefully restocking and relaxing! Hmmmmmmm - a likely story ;)

Until next time, 

Saturday, 18 April 2015

What a week...


This time last week we were happily ensconced in our stand, meeting hundreds of lovely people at the BBC Good Food Show Spring in Harrogate. I love Harrogate, not only is it a stones throw from my hometown of York, but home to the fabulous Betty's and it is just beautiful there!
 We had a lovely weekend, launching two new ranges into the Simply Vintage family - our personalised gifts and a stunning collection of brand new Cornish Ware from TG Green true to their heritage and fabulous iconic 1920's style

First up a couple of examples from the Simply Vintage personalised range - the options are endless! Take a peek at the online shop, there is bound to be something to tantalise for any occasion, or just for a treat! 

Onto the fabulous Cornishware - here is a little info: 

A proud history…
T.G. Green was founded by Thomas Goodwin Green back in 1864.
One of the companies most popular lines has always been Cornishware which was first produced in 1926. It was created using a nifty lathe-turning technique that scraped blue slip away from its beautiful ceramics to reveal white bands of clay beneath. Those stripes reminded an employee of the blue skies and white-crested waves of Cornwall, which is how Cornishware got its name.

This brand new collection brought to us by the new owners of T.G.Green takes us back to an age of iconic style.

So, once we had packed down and loaded up (thanks Tim and Daddy!!)and a lovely cuppa was had (thanks Mummy!) it was onto stocking up at Decoporium in Wetherby - a quick peek at the new layout. 
Decoporium is a great big store of loveliness - packed full of traders of all varieties from Antique to Vintage, Crafty bits to amazing handcrafted goodies, plus they are stockists of Autentico chalk pains and are offering amazing furniture painting classes! So pop on over if you are ever in the Thorp Arch area of Wetherby - 

Thorp Arch Retail Park

A great location with fantastic transport links, just off the M1/A1M. Thirty minutes drive from Leeds, Harrogate and York.
There's masses of free parking, a kids' adventure playground and a wide range of furniture outlets and electrical stores. 
Decoporium is right next to the Bistro Cafe and the Greenery Garden Centre. Unit 9.7 Thorp Arch Retail Park, Wetherby LS23 7FE. Telephone 01937 842200

And finally, once we got back home a fire was on - hopefully the last for now - and a happy dog!

Next up is a few weeks of collecting and collating for our other unit, for Spirit of Summer at Olympia and the BBC Good Food Show Summer in Birmingham. I just love this part of the job!

See you soon and hope the sun is shining in your part of the world!


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Time is a flying past....


Three whole months have passed since i last put finger to key and wrote anything on here....awful!  SORRY.

It has been an eventful time - fairs, friends and family have all featured and time has just shot by.

Here is a little round up of my Simply Vintage quarter.....

Birthday time .... my new vintage bike

My pupster and the Snowdrops

Country Living Spring Fair

Meeting my American Niece

Simply Vintage in print!

The fabulous Lisa Faulkner's new book that features some of Simply Vintage Designs items

Hemswell Antiques Centre

Spot the Easter Bunny

I have finally had time to update the Events page....some new and regular exhibitions this year...hopefully one near you!

Not one but two new (ish) units/shops.....a new page has opened up with new details of these.

Next week is the return of the BBC Good Food Spring event in Harrogate - so off i pop to get lots of new goodies ready!

TTFN and have a lovely Springlike Easter Weekend!

Friday, 2 January 2015

A very Happy New Year... one and all! 

A New Year - a new this space for more new and exciting stuff coming very soon!

I have been very naughtily for the last few weeks and my updates were few and far between - sorry!

More to come shortly i promise...until then have a wonderful start to

Thursday, 25 September 2014

A Handmade Fair.....

...a fabulous weekend!

So i have just about recovered from the delight that was The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court.
An event for crafters, do-ers, learners, shoppers and more!  Set in beautiful parkland:
As an exhibitor, yes there were challenges getting in and setting up but hey, this is just part of the charm of a brand new show! I know it will be better next time as the staff and organisers were so very lovely and helpful and apologetic for the issues. The people we met were just lovely, friendly and interesting with so many crafts and clever sewing on show.

The other stallholders were amazing - such a group of talented people in one area - the place positively fizzled and popped with inspiration. 

As for the fabulous Ms Allsopp herself - well she was just charming and worked so very hard - on her feet all day, meeting, interviewing, crafting and smiling!

The fabuous Ms Allsopp

A happy Customer

Busy Stand with lovely folk

So all in all - a great show i would recommend a visit to all next year - i have signed up already!

Onto the next show which just happens to be the Cake & Bake Show - yey - Cake!
Our last ever show at Earls Court before it is transformed.....not sure how i feel about that, it is a beautiful building and i have worked at and visited shows there for almost 20 years on and off.

Talking about Cake - have you see the new Bakes and Cakes show in Islington this October? Brought to us by the fab BBC Good Food Show team, it looks like it will be amazing. Paul and Mary will be there along with lots and lots of top notch baking supremos - i cannot wait!

There are still a few tickets left:
and an offer:
"Save 20% on tickets to the BBC Good Food Bakes & Cakes Show!  All you need to do is quote the code 20WEB1 when you book your tickets."

Bargain!  We will be exhibiting with lots of lovely new baking goodies - some new exciting ranges - more stunning vintage china and cutlery - plus some fabulous gifts for the Baker in your life!

And so, off i must go and get ready for these shows.......but finally, i usually end with a little upbeat message - today is a little different i am afraid.

Yesterday we lost a beloved family friend who passed away peacefully in his sleep - he will be greatly missed and his sense of humour will always be with us - so to finish i would like to quote him and his now infamous phrase that always has us chuckling.....(please read this in a Scottish accent!!!)

is that a pudding......or a Meringue?
                                                                                                 Jim x

 Ta ta for now 
Melissa xxx

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

At last...

...i am moving to the countryside !

Finally we are moving - just a few years in the planning but this time next week we will be settling into out new home in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside.

We are renting this stunning Coach House - a complete change to the views of urban South East London!

not the whole house....just the closest half up to the garage door!
Enough about our new HQ.....what a couple of weeks we have had at both the Wealden Times Midsummer Fair and BBC Good Food Summer.

First up was the Midsummer Fair in lovely Hole Park, Benenden, Kent - always a beautiful fair - so many pretty, unique and just gorgeous items to buy from very talented crafts folk and store owners.
I had a few minutes to take a peek around and took some of these pooch pics as there was a bountiful number of perfect pooches scattered around - real and not!

the best smelling pooch ever!

Amazing ironwork......

just loved these statues

Onwards towards Birmingham and the BBC Good Food Show Summer (inc gardeners World Live) - i love this event! So many nice stallholders, customers and food!

It was great to catch up and snaffle more fabulous Gower Cottage Brownies ( mmmmmmmm - so delicious! And Kate is just as crackers as we are - so always a chortle-fest on the stand!

We met MasterChef winner Mat Follas - what a lovely chap, along with his assistant chef Katy who was also just lovely. 

mini milk bottles soon to be in his restaurant.....

 And here was my lunch from the show - this is the reason he is a MasterChef! just delicious......catch him on the MasterChef street food bus at a food festival near you!

Queenie Scallops with steamed rice

The beautiful Lisa Faulkner paid a couple of visits to the stand - added to her collection of Piquot Ware (soon to be seen in her newest book coming out soon!) Not only a fabulous actress and an amazing chef but a truly lovely lady! 

Her books are just brilliant - check her website out here:

So, next up is the Kitsch and Stitch fair in Cranbrook next weekend (Saturday 5th July) -  i just love this fair - haven't been able to come along to this event for a wee while - so am really looking forward to catching up with some old friends and lovely customers!

Until then - it is packing, sorting, clearing up, and clearing out!!! 

Cue the Blur song: "She lives in a House, A very big* house in the Countreeeee"  (*actually a smallish house!!!)

See you soon, 
Melissa xxx