We ogled the windows for a good while before venturing inside.
Alfie's Antique Market is made up of lots of little stalls which are all leased by different dealers. The main focus of the stock is the Twentieth Century. There is a lot of mid-century furniture and lighting which didn't really thrill us but there were other bits which certainly did!
My favourite was "The Girl Can't Help It", an absolute treasure trove of vintage clothing and accessories with a very stylish and characterful owner. It was F-A-B! I wanted everything, of course (bad girl), although when looking at vintage clothing it would generally help to be a stick insect (a criterion I really come nowhere near fulfilling!) We oohed and aahed over the goods for a long while. It was all beautifully displayed, too. The lady kindly allowed us to take a few photos.
Upstairs, we were equally captivated by all the advertising ephemera.
Meanwhile, I was falling in love with these vintage "Symington's" signs - until I heard they were £130 each. Ah, maybe not.
On the top floor, we found another Aladdin's cave of haberdashery. Eeek, dangerous territory!
The cabinets alone were drool-worthy let alone the contents! The owner was lovely and very chatty and happy for us to browse and pull out loads of bits of fabrics, flowers and goodies.
We picked up a few bits and pieces in Alfie's (more of that further down) and headed off towards Marylebone High Street. That entailed quite a walk as it turned out, but these things are immaterial when you are on a pilgrimage...
This shop, I know, needs no introduction. There was a double whammy of sale bargains and new stock! Aaarrrgghhh!!!
There were various bag styles in these new oilcloth designs.
And very exciting things in the window. This messenger style bag is now available in several new fabrics, this pretty tulip print being one of them. The glasses case (and several other small accessories) bear this divine green cameo-style print fabric (oilcloth).
The bright modern flower print is one I've not seen before, either.
Wow! Trolley Dollies everywhere will want one of these.
After a quick nip into Emma Bridgewater, Cologne and Cotton and of course, Patisserie Valerie, we had to rush back to pick up a very over-excited "it's my last day, school is over" Munchkin. Time to re-fuel. Ah, the joys of having a blog where you can prevent your own picture (showing you stuffing your face with a very big, fat cake) appearing, but publish that of your sister!
So, today's haul was particularly pleasing. In Cath K, I was chuffed to lay my hands on some divine dress fabric. I have been lusting over the white floral tea dress and wishing I had bought it when it was available a while back but now I have the next best thing, some of the fabric. At £20 for 3m I thought it was a very good buy. The blue fabric is also dress fabric, the fabric on the left is in the sale and as I don't have it already, I felt duty bound to add some to the stash. As you do. Stash maintenance is a serious matter.
I really liked the new green oilcloth print so I bought a little key fob, thinking it will bring a smile to my face when I use it each day. I do hope this is produced in cotton duck to buy by the metre.
Loving this new London print hanky.
Onto goodies from Alfie's, now. This little haul is mainly from the haberdashery shop unit: a couple of vintage patterns (a bargain at £3 each), some millinery flowers and a couple of woven transfer motifs. The scarf in the background was from the fabby vintage clothing shop unit.
The scarf is a large square of silk and has beautiful flowers round the edges and then circular motifs in the centre, as you can see.
And finally, these lovely teacups were free.
At least they were to me, in exchange for my sister's room and board for a few days. The best sort of guest!