Thursday, 13 August 2009

Vintage Heaven

Today we went a-gallivanting, to the environs of Clapham, in particular Northcote Road. I haven't been there for years but since then, a certain shop has opened up...




Well, I found my trip to Cath K today rather exciting. There was the double whammy of sale buys and new stock. Golly, I just love it when the new season items arrive and this season does not disappoint, in my humble opinion.

As usual, the shop interior looked lovely and there were some eye-catching displays. This old washstand was adorned with sponge bags made from vintage towelling.




Ah, my favourite bit (if I could narrow it down?), the fabric. There are a few pretty new designs. Can you see the new apple print to the right of this photo?




There are some gorgeous new tea dresses. The colours are quite autumnal but will be just the ticket in a few months time.




Did you spot these, above the dresses?




There were some lovely vintage accessories dotted about the shelves, including these pretty chocolate boxes...




and these lovely pictures.




Once I had been forcibly dragged away, we crossed the road and found Susie Watson Designs. There were lovely cushions and daintily painted china on display.








Ah, do you want real vintage? I thought I'd died and gone to heaven in this shop (and outside it!)




Living Vintage usually has a stall at the Country Living Fair and it's always one of my favourites, groaning with eiderdowns, beautiful embroidered cushions and push-along fox terriers. (See their stall at the Fair here.)

Inside, the shop did not disappoint and the owner was a lovely, chatty lady. The shop will soon have its own website (by 1 October if not before, which shall be www.livingvintage.co.uk).

I fell in love with this painting...




The shop is quite small and is crammed full of delightful goodies. It is a case of eyes darting everywhere, not knowing what to focus on first, trying to gobble it all in in one go! Just when you think you've seen everything, you realise there is also a little mezzanine level. Oooh, a plethora of vintage eiderdowns and cushions...










Oh my, I needed to lie down in a darkened room after that!

41 comments:

  1. I need a lie down too! So much stuff - next time I am in town I am going to Living Vintage for sure for sure!

    Thanks for sharing

    Fleur
    xx

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  2. What fun! Lovely goodies - did you just come home with photos, or did you bring some lovelies home?

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  3. Hi Hen
    It all looks so gorgeous and you are lucky to have these sort of shops around you. A bit thin in my neck of the woods. I can only access CK in Fenwicks department store in Canterbury. It's like the dark ages! Looking forward to seeing you finished blanket. Dev x

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  4. Oooh what a lovely virtual shopping trip! I have already chosen my tea dress for autumn/winter, so glad I have a birthday which coincides with the new CK range x

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  5. drooling and green with envy and the lovely shops you have there! Rachaelxo

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  6. P.S...I was a bit smitten by the apple print....the cushion is lovely, very nearly bought it....there is also some new haberdashery fabric...that looks good too!

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  7. Isn't that apple fabric cute!

    Once again your shopping trip has told me I need to head to Clapham for some fun shopping!

    Victoria xx

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  8. I love everything...but especially the beautiful pillows! Makes me want to make some out of some flowery fabric!

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  9. Hwllo from New York.

    It might surprise you to know that I have spent a bit of time in the Clapham area. Do you know Spencer Park?

    Every time that you visit one of these lovely shops, and show your photos and complimentary comments, I always think ... wait a minute, Hen Herself could have a shop that would be even more marvelous!

    I know I cannot be the first one to say this to you.

    Cheers.

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  10. Oh I'm so happy to have found your blog--I love it!! I have been dying for a peek into the CK store so thank you so much!!! I'm in California so I have to be satisfied with drooling over the catalog :) I love that shelf of fabric and oh just all of it :)

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  11. Now I know why I can't find these things in charity shops any more - it has all gone to Clapham. I used to buy those crochet blankets in the local Oxfam for about £3!

    I think you should hire yourself out as a personal shopper, Hen - you are very good at seeking this stuff out!

    Pomona x

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  12. What lovely shops. I somehow, by accident - honest, found the CK shop in Bristol, and my son and husband were extrememly patient while I had a good look.

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  13. So much loveliness! Will have to pop in to CK soon to see the new stock.

    Jayne

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  14. now how did you manage to get some pictures in Cath K Hen? they are very funny about it up here and wont let you...I went in on tuesday and swooned at the new designs and the assistant who has now become my best friend because I visit so much, says there is more to come...hurray...the vintage shop was amazing...glad I was sat down...I have been deprived of vintage after two weeks in the highlands

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  15. thanks for sharing - that was pure eye candy i must visit the vintage living shop i saw about 5 things straight away i loved !
    Lx

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  16. sounds like you had a day from heaven,so much to see in vintage living,did you come home with the painting?

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  17. Wow, what a wonderful area for shopping! I'm also so glad to hear that you had a good experience in CK - yesterday so many bloggers were talking about bad experiences there recently. The Living Vintage store looks absolutely fantastic. It seems to contain everything you mentioned in my 'game' on vintage essentials, bar the Morris Minor, I think!

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  18. How wonderful to have access to so many lovely shops! I really enjoyed the vintage selection! I saw so many things which I like. I really must start planning an autumn trip to London. This one is definitely on the list. I am looking forward to popping over to Bath soon to have a look at the new CK stock. Still have some vouchers to spend from my birthday!
    Take care
    Isabelle x

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  19. The exciting question following that exciting post is of course if you bought anything????

    Don't keep us is suspence!!

    LLF
    x

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  20. Always love joining you on your shopping trips - amazing vintage finds!! G

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  21. That souns like my kind of a day out Hen! Such loveliness everywhere.Love ALLthe cushions at Living Vintage!
    Rachel x

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  22. wow! what a fab day!

    I am heading over to Wandsworth this afternoon (where my other half's flat is - it's convenient for work when he has to work a ridiculously long day!) and I'm sure Clapham is 1 stop down on the train...

    Maybe I need to convince him to pay these a visit with me tomorrow!

    Rose XXX

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  23. What a fab trip, I think I will have to motor down to Clapham next week!

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  24. I love the picture in the bottom photo, did you buy any goodies? Fliss x x

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  25. Oooohhh hea-ven!!!
    I'm-in-hee-eaaaa-ven!!!
    (sorry, I'm out of tune...I was hidden inside your shopping bag..)

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  26. P.S. Hope you're having a great time with Mum and Dad!

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  27. Gosh, Clapham has changed a lot since I last went there!

    Gorgeous shops, thanks so much for the tour ... :0)

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  28. Heaven, Vintage Heaven, my heart beats so that I can hardly speak! Oh my you have just reawakened my longing to go back to Northcote Road.We lived just on the other side of Wandsworth Common in our Big Smoke days!
    Saturday Morning's: Lighthouse Bakery, Street Market: fresh italian bread, olives, flowers, Vintage Living and then a quick dart up Webbs Road to Housepoints and Caroline Zoob! Aaah those were the days. I didn't know there was a Kidston there now, joyous news and Cabbages and Roses on Bellevue. Gotta dash and by my train ticket right NOW!
    Thanks for reminding me, Love Sarah x

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  29. Just been to lunch with a friend, she is now going onto the Trafford Csetre, had to resisit tie urge to invite myself along...I can't be trusted near a CK....LOL!

    Just been enjoying some past post's...the "Heaven is"....a CK shop is a good un.....X

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  30. I was so excited when I read this I can't wait to go and visit all of these lovely shop. I am going to London in a couple of weeks so will be paying them a visit. Thanks for sharing them !
    Ann x

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  31. What amazing shops, I think I would need a lie down as well. That is definitely Vintage overload. I've just sent off for my new Cath K catalogue and can't wait to see all the new designs. I love those Rosy paintings as well.
    Adele

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  32. Ooo, so pretty. I just don't see shops like that here in the States. Do you know of any?? LOVE the vintage look.

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  33. Oh My Goodness! London is calling me...

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  34. Love the Real vintage shop. Now thats the place I could poke about for hours on end.

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  35. I agree...that painting is gorgeous! I was at her stall once at Country Living Show...I bought a dish. Really nice stuff x

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  36. What a day Hen! And what a fab area to discover again.

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  37. That top store stands out like a sore thumb! So bright and cheery. I love it. :-)

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  38. Hello! I love, love love your blog! ITS EDIBLE! An feast for the eyes, and just the kind of styles I like too. Suzie X :)
    My blog is www.itch2stitchdotcm.blogspot.com

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  39. A big, ooooh, came out of my mouth when I saw piccies of that shop! Oh my gosh it's amazing, so much stuff! I'd need a bank loan if I went in there ;o) xx

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  40. Is that Living Vintage also in Clapham? How come I've never seen it...! If it is Clapham that is very good...as Clapham is very very near...(rubs her hands in wicked delight) xxx

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  41. Ooooh...the name of your post is so right! Lisa Stickley on Landor Road, Clapham is also a lovely shop! x

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