Vintage fair haul: Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair

Saturday was a hectic day, but I managed to squeeze in a quick trip to a vintage fair!  I brought Geth with me for the first time, having lured him in with the promise of cake, and so he was able to sit down with a big piece of cake and a cup of tea in a proper teacup while I had my quick nosey round the stalls.  I also had a taste of the cake, which was a nice chocolate orange flavour.  I’ve never sampled the cakes at vintage fairs before, ’cause I’m usually just in and out quickly with my clothes haul!

Vintage fair haul
Shiny, shiny blouse.

Just one piece bought this time – this lovely shiny blouse.  I wore it out the same night for the Culture Club gig we went to!

Lou Lou’s is one of my favourites, so I’ll be keeping an eye on when they’re back in Newcastle.

Phone Box Thursday: Highbury Place, London

Today is the first of a very long series of phone boxes that I photographed on the walk back from Highbury Fields parkrun to the Thistle City Barbican when Geth and I were in London for Beat:Cancer in November 2017.  There are a LOT of these, and we’ll probably be looking at them into 2019, but it’s quite appropriate that I’m starting this series in November seeing as I’m feeling a bit wistful about missing out on my annual November London trip (the Beat:Cancer dates were different this year and we couldn’t fit any of the gigs into our already packed schedule).

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Red phone boxes, Highbury Place, London, 18th November 2017.

(Coordinates 51°54’64.8″N, 0°10’3.1″W.)

I had to photograph these two through some roadworks barriers.  Google Street View shows them unobstructed!

Phone Box Thursday: Duncombe Place, York

I love this York phone box.  I spotted it while we were running the Yorkshire 10 Mile in 2017 – the pretty bit when you’re running up towards York Minster – and went back to take a photo the next day.  I’d never have spotted it during the soaking wet Yorkshire 10 Mile 2018, but because I knew it was there, I gave it a wave.

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Red phone box, Duncombe Place, York, 9th October 2017.

Great phone box – one of my favourites.

Phone Box Thursday: A685, Kirkby Stephen

Today’s phone box is one that I spotted while in Dad’s car en route from Wigan to Newcastle!  Dad kindly pulled over so I could take a picture.

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Red phone box, A685, Kirkby Stephen, 24th September 2017.

(Coordinates 54°4’55.4″N, 2°36’95.9″W.)

The phone box was installed to serve the nearby Kirkby Stephen railway station, and is in lovely condition.  Nice to see these country phone boxes being so well kept.

Phone Box Thursday: Station Road, Whitley Bay

Today’s phone box is very special, and is my favourite ‘local’ phone box (i.e. one I can get to on the Tyne and Wear Metro).

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Red phone box, Station Road, Whitley Bay, 22nd July 2017.

(Coordinates 55°2’25.5″N, 1°26’34.0″W.)

This phone box, which stands outside Whitley Bay Metro station, is a K4 model from the ’20s, which is very rare – it’s one of only ten still in existence and one of only four still in public use.  Its ‘Post Office’ sign is not an indication of a later change of use – the K4 was designed by the Post Office to incorporate a postbox and stamp dispenser.  Next time I’m in Whitley Bay, I’m going to investigate the box properly and see how much of the original infrastructure survives!

Vintage fair haul: Worth The Weight Kilo Sale and The Vintage Kilo Sale

Two vintage fairs on in Newcastle today, both kilo sales.  I have discovered that kilo sales are my new favourite thing.

Vintage fair haul
Lots of funky ’80s patterns! Top (L-R): blouse, jumper, blouse, dress. Bottom (L-R): dress, blouse, dress, dress. I’m looking forward to wearing all of these!

I managed to get eight items of clothing for the price I would usually pay for two or three at a vintage fair, so I feel like I got some great bargains today!

I went to Worth The Weight Kilo Sale at the Civic Centre first.  I’d managed to get a limited edition free entry ticket when they’d advertised them on Facebook, which meant more money for clothes!  I’d intended to stick to lightweight dresses and blouses to try and get my money’s worth, and for the large part I stuck to that plan, but I couldn’t resist one jumper.  I do love an ’80s jumper!  At £15 per kilo, my 1.4 kilos came in at £21, which is not bad for a jumper, two dresses, and two blouses.

I then headed over to The Vintage Kilo Sale at Northumbria Student Union, which turned out to be the right way round to do things – by the time I got there it was past noon, which meant both discounted entry (£1.50 rather than £3) and discounted stock (£10 per kilo rather than £15!).  This meant that I only had to pay £10 for my exactly-a-kilo haul of two dresses and a blouse.

Both fairs had a really good selection of late 20th century vintage (’70s to ’90s, mostly), which meant that my ’80s vintage wardrobe has grown significantly today.  I’m already looking forward to when the next kilo sale rolls into town, and will be keeping my eyes peeled on Facebook!

Phone Box Thursday: Platform Road, Southampton

Today’s phone box is from a trip Geth and I took to Southampton in May 2017 so that Geth could conduct some work interviews.  It was the first time we’d been back to Southampton since we’d moved away from the city more than two years previously, and I found the whole experience pretty strange!  I did, however, take the opportunity to photograph this phone box that I remembered passing all the time when we used to walk down to the marina.

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Red phone box, Platform Road, Southampton, 10th May 2017.

(Coordinates 50°53’49.7″N, 1°23’52.0″W.)

The park is a nice pretty setting for this phone box.  I wonder if I’ll ever have cause to go visit it again?

Phone Box Thursday: Borough Road, Sunderland

Moving onto a phone box that I first spotted while running the Sunderland 10K in 2016, but of which I only had the chance to take a photo the following year, when Geth and I went to Sunderland so he could look at the course in preparation (he ran it for the first time in 2017).

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Red phone box, Borough Road, Sunderland, 14th April 2017.

(Coordinates 54°54’18.2″N, 1°22’53.2″W.)

I love a good phone-box-turned-cash-machine – it keeps the boxes useful in the world of the 21st century!