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Nutty about Norwich!

July 17, 2011

It was with great pleasure that I was able to reacquaint myself with Norwich recently. My first visit, as most of you will remember, was back in April of this year when I exhibited at A Most Curious Wedding Fair (the brainchild of the fabulous Becky from A Most Curious Party ).

Having arrived at 10pm the night before and still having to create little details for the fair the next day, I ended up grabbing a quick bite to eat and sitting on my hotel bed, stringing pearls till late (and painting my nails!). Unfortunately there wasn’t any time for sight-seeing that weekend and I only saw St Andrews Hall and the car park before leaving on the main road for home!

So it was such a treat to go back and see what Norwich was really all about! With the vastness of the city and being aware that the forecast was for rain, I knew I had to have a plan. Thankfully, Joanna Millington (an amazing local photographer and new found Twitter/Wedding Fair friend) came to the rescue and pointed me in the direction of Prim Vintage. As soon as I read her blog post about the store, I knew I had to make it my first port of call. It’s a hive of vintage fashion finds and I was in heaven! The owner is a lovely lady and we had a good natter about our respective businesses, fashion and trends. I also made a little purchase, which will be revealed on a later post 🙂

Ambling a little further down St. Benedict’s Street, I found Aunty Nana’s which was full of vintage accessories and furniture. Chatting away to the owner, we soon realised we had previously met at the Wedding Fair and she had taken a business card and been recommending me since April – how lovely! They also have a vast array of vintage china in the shop which is available for hire – perfect for weddings or hen tea parties! I bought a retro telephone from Aunty Nana’s which will be used as a prop for my stationery (and to sit and look pretty in my studio).

Having put out a tweet for help on the best places to visit, I had received a reply from the gorgeous Gemma from Vintage Norwich. Her site houses a host of ‘must-see’s’ and the directories are perfect for anyone interested in seeing a different side to Norwich than the typical tourist trail.

With this in mind, I headed for Goldfinches and found more fabulous vintage finds. I had a lovely talk with the owner about the fair, her wonderful shop and weddings. Sitting alongside her at the till was her sister who had been setting up a Twitter account for the shop – something I am very active with now but had been clueless about at New Year! She expressed her fears about the way Twitter works and trying to understand it, but I think everyone is the same when they first open an account and within a couple of weeks I will expect to see her happily tweeting away!

Out into the rain I ventured on, not caring to take my brolly out of my bag, as that would leave less room in my hands for rummaging through clothing or accessories (and holding purchased goodies!).

The next stop was Daisy & Lola’s which was so welcoming with the sounds of vintage songs filling the shop. The owner was utterly captivating and told me how she specialises in 40s/50s styled clothing. I fell in love with the letterbox red wiggle skirts and the 50s flare dresses – simply divine! There is also a small range of vintage clothing and accessories available at the back of the shop and she also stocks the fabulous designs by Eclectic Eccentricity who I had the pleasure of meeting at the Wedding Fair and whose products I recently saw advertised on This Morning!

I had spent so much time chatting to the wonderful shop owners I met along the way that I hadn’t noticed how late it was! I met up with my husband and we decided to have afternoon tea at Biddy’s Tea Room (another recommendation from Vintage Norwich). Situated above a furniture/menswear shop, the quaint little tea room is decorated with pretty bunting and a huge flag swagged aloft, mismatched chairs and lace tablecloths, dressers full of vintage china and best of all, a gramophone playing in the background. Enjoying an Earl Grey from a china cup and delving into my delicious Banana Loaf (hubby had a Cream Tea which he devoured), we whiled away the time chatting about my finds and experiences of Norwich – Biddy’s was the perfect place to appreciate everything I’d seen.

We left Biddy’s and continued meandering through the Lanes and discovering Norwich a little more before it was finally time to head home.

It’s a wonderful city with a great vintage vibe and I hope to visit again soon!

13 Comments leave one →
  1. July 17, 2011 11:49 am

    What a lovely day you had! Norwich sounds like a place I would like to visit! Am looking forward to seeing your purchases feature in your photos!

    Daisy Cupcakes x

  2. Stef permalink
    July 17, 2011 12:35 pm

    Glad you liked Norwich Elle! Mike and I would love to go there more…..its the only place Mike is actually willing to entertain the notion of Christmas shopping in…

  3. July 17, 2011 2:24 pm

    I had a shopping trip to Norwich last November. My interests differ from yours, but I can report that I also found Norwich delightful. There are so many individual shops – even the large department store is family-owned, and one-of-a-kind.
    I found a wonderful independent music shop, and bought some jazz CDs.

    • July 17, 2011 2:32 pm

      I think that’s what I like about Norwich, it’s diversity – there seems to be something for everyone 🙂 xx

  4. July 18, 2011 11:05 am

    oh! What a lovely blog post (and mention!) some days I feel a bit down about leaving London but your post reminded me how lucky I am in to be in such a friendly vintage loving city, where everyone has the time to chat and help each other, not just look after number one!

    • July 18, 2011 11:13 am

      Ah Becky, so pleased you enjoyed it 🙂 It really is such a friendly place. Look forward to seeing you again soon 🙂 x

  5. July 18, 2011 12:16 pm

    Glad you enjoyed Norwich, lot’s of wedding Fayres to attend over the summer.

  6. July 18, 2011 1:39 pm

    So glad you had such a nice time in Norwich! It’s a gorgeous city. 🙂
    Were you down for the Lanes Summer Fair?

    P.s. Hope you paid a visit to Brambles!

    • July 18, 2011 1:53 pm

      I missed it unfortunately but heard from the shop owners that it was a great day! I’ll have to make sure I go to next year’s!

      Didn’t make it to Brambles, I didn’t know about it but I’ll definitely put it on my list for when I return 🙂 xx

  7. July 20, 2011 6:28 am

    Glad you like Norwich too! I’m biased as I went to Art Schoolt there for four years and it’s where I met my husband! We go there at least once a month! I didn’t know about all of these places though, think lots are new sinced we were there. I’ve heard about the tearooms and am trying next time (actually probably not as next time is this Saturday and involves two under elevens and Cars2). There is also a travelling vintage fair, we went a few months ago at Dragon Hall, which is itself very beautiful. xxxxx

    • July 20, 2011 9:38 am

      Ah how lovely Melissa! I really recommend the Vintage Norwich site for a guide to all the best Vintage places around the town – I know you will love them! The travelling vintage fair sounds like fun! I’ll be on the look out for that next year 🙂 xxx ps good luck on Saturday! lol

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