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Saturday, 4 September 2010
A Saturday Sought Seeking Our Albion
An easy week was brought to a happy end after out yesterday locally rummaging in charity, second hand & Vintage shops & walking away with a a few great finds. First were a few trinkets including an nice old shaving kit & cuff links then for the grand sum of £12.50 was an Oak Suit Stand. I personally have only ever seen one ( fairly modern ) out & about before in charity shops before but this simply leapt out at us at once & is a fine addition to my dressing room!
And more links & shaving accessories to add to the dresser & jewellery box!
So onto our Saturday & off to the town of Bridport, the girl said it promised lots of little antique & independent shops which we of course jump at the chance to spend our days wandering around hunting for treasure! These are what we found!
This great building with units stretching far back inside was "Cornucopia"
At the top of the street "Vintage!"
Inside a real life treasure trove.
Though sadly this dapper couple were not for sale!
And for the Chaps.
For a couple of years now I've been in search of a place I wasn't sure existed & didn't know whether any vessel at all could get me there. Always convinced I'd been born at least one generation late I've longed to find a setting which encapsulates everything that was great about Great Britain & quintessentially English. That place to get to is Albion! So we couldn't just walk past this old lock up!
Yesterdays' news is just todays bunting!
We were after a cuppa soon enough & the " Cafe Royal" was suggested, "great ol' 60's place it is" quipped a local, so off we trotted.
Never been in such a space & I'm quite sure the owners didn't think it was as cool as we thought it was! It just needs some love an' a lick o' paint guys! Although you can keep the till.
I wish I could have caught on camera a young kid who'd just been standing at the jukebox & I swear put on Elvis' All Shook Up while tapping his foot in tracksuit bottoms & Adidas, it was like the first time he'd heard it. Class.
Back looking for the main High Street & over the moon we came across "The Hat Shop!" T.Snook.
And funny a couple of days ago I was pondering the acceptability of Bow Ties & here I found all of this behind the counter on entering!
The staff were so helpful & welcoming & excitingly informed us of the "Bridport Hat Festival" which they'll be playing a key part in on September 17th,18th & 19th. Editor of "The Chap" Gustav Temple will be in attendannce reportedly giving a lecture on 49 ways to doff your hat! Splendid, cannot wait!
It's one fantastic establishment offering not only of course hats but almost all gentlemans' accessories! Picking up tailors' armbannds, hankerchieves, an "S" belt (I think they're called?) & it goes without saying the latest edition of The Chap we were soon on our way 10 minutes up the coast to Lyme Regis for a stroll along the promenade there but not before catching one more Vintage shop Sublyme before they closed for business.
And our walk into Albion as the evening drew in!
Enough silk scarves now doll, let's get off home eh?
So until next weeks' Burlesque Teasy Pleasy & hopefully reeeeal exciting news for us, farewell 'til then.