2011, Another vintage year

We have had a fantastic year here at Your Vintage Life which we are truly grateful for!


We started the year by being named Website of the Month in Period Living magazine. They described the site as “attractive and well designed” which considering I did it all myself through Create was fantastic praise.

We also launched our new category “Your Vintage Playroom” in the shop which has been so successful. It’s great to think these vintage toys are being brought back to life and being played with all over the country. Even Cath Kidston bought some from us!


I was featured, alongside my vintage handbag collection in Homes and Antiques magazine! Here I am surrounded by 50s box bags, 30s bakelite and 60s Enid Collins!

We took this show on the road for the first time with Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair. Before now we had only traded at local fairs and this was definitely stepping it up a gear. 1000 vintage loving students rushed through the door at Leicester and Lincoln and we were quite simply staggered at their response. We quickly went out and hired a credit card machine!

We also moved home this month, into our patterned palace. It’s a full on renovation piece of work….nearly one year on we have finished 4 rooms (7 more to go!)


We had by now been writing for Vintage Life magazine for 7 months but it was in March that our article was featured on the front cover. Spring into Action was featured alongside the amazing Kitten Von Mew!

I was interviewed in the great blog by Catwalk Creative Vintage. Louise Sleigh is well known for supporting fully other vintage businesses and I really appreciated her featuring us. Read the “Vintage Perfection at Your Vintage Life” interview here.

We also traded at our first Furniture Flea in London. This was our first real taste of selling furniture and it’s something we are keen to expand on. Bringing  mid century furniture to its former glory is addictive!


Wedding Fever was in the air as we traded at our first vintage wedding fairs. Not doing things by half we did 2 in the first month. The Vintage Wedding Fair in Leamington and The Curious Wedding Fair in Norwich were great: we met excited brides and sold tonnes of vintage jewellery! Selling this gown to a happy bride in Norwich made us feel great….she looked amazing too!


It was at the end of May when we had our first stall at Spitalfields Market in London. It was a great day with thousands of people walking through the market. We are excited to say we now have a stall there the first saturday of every month in the biggest vintage market of its kind.


This was the month when we really embraced Twitter. Before now, we had only linked text from Facebook which wasnt engaging Twitter people at all. Since then, I can say I talk regularly to like-minded people who I havent even met. Some I would now call friends. I love you guys!


July was so busy for us! We sold our vintage clothing at Lovebox festival which I can only describe as a wash out! It was so wet and cold…it felt like winter rather than a summer festival. The only good thing about the whole weekend was I met some new great friends and finally saw Blondie perform.

Then there was the Vintage Festival on the Southbank. For 3 days it was the opposite of Lovebox..it was so hot I burnt my forehead! The first day was amazing, we sold so much to buyers and designers. It was hard work but again we met some great people and sold tonnes of pretty dresses!

We launched our series of blogs this month called “Beat the Monday Blues”. It was a funny month online as there was much heated debate from vintage sellers, buyers and event managers which sometimes resulted in bad feeling. I wanted to buck this current trend and start to openly support others. So the new blog started with the idea of sharing companies and products that we love. It has been very successful and we will continue this in 2012.


We took a rare weekend off at the start of August to celebrate my birthday. We all went away in the camper van to Kent and checked out all the vintage shops we could find!

Over the bank holiday weekend we had a pitch at Twinwood Festival. This is designed for lovers of 40s and 50s music, fashion and definitely dancing. WE LOVED IT! It was such a great atmosphere, and we couldn’t quite believe it was up the road from our house and we had never been there before! We will be there again in 2012.

Homes and Antiques magazine featured our 1950s products through their stunning styling feature. It made me quite simply want to restyle our lounge to this glorious look.


This was an exciting month as finally re launched our eBay shop using gorgeous photos of my model Leanne. We split the shop into 3 categories: vintage, customised and boutique. We felt our eBay shop had a real disconnect to the branding on the website so now with matching slideshow, background etc we feel this has been overcome.

All the photos were taken with our 1957 Morris Oxford car (also vintage!)


We launched our online blog diary called A Vintage Diary. We have been blogging for a long time but wanted a vehicle to just update you on the day-to-day things we do especially all the vintage things! We have managed musings most days! From stuff I’ve bought to things we’ve made it has been well received.


We launched our ASOS boutique this month and had our first sale within a few hours! It’s a vintage accessory boutique with mens accessories still to come. We ensured it had the same look and feel as our other sites with Leanne in her purple blouse on the front page. We have taken all the photos so far against a local bright blue painted gate, with rolling hills in the background. We will be expanding this more in 2012.

In the run up to the Clothes Show Live we were featured in their fashion blog. Frankie says Shop! loved our flutter pleated skirts so much she wore 3! It really helped at the event as many girls came to see us especially for them!


The Clothes Show Live finally arrived and boy was it busy! 6 full days of excited girls, loud dance music and selling vintage meant we were seriously pooped afterwards! We loved it so much we will be returning next year!

It has been a tough year with people spending less all over retail but with a late surge of sales in December we can now have a rest! We look forward to 2012, trading at new events and meeting more of you all. With our look to the year ahead article being featured in January’s Vintage Life magazine I’m sure next year will be even better than this one!

Happy New Year to you all!


Beat the Monday Blues Part 1

Beat the Monday blues by checking out something or someone we love. Here at Your Vintage Life, we feel it is important to share great finds with you all as well as support local business.

So this Monday I want to share with you the most perfect cushions, beautifully made and beautifully designed.

Eclectic chair is the creation of Heather Linnitt who is based in North Leeds. She is an upholsterer but also makes cushions  often from vintage fabric as well as vintage silk scarves and the most stunning Japanese kimono fabric.  She also makes contempary ones out of fabric that has simply caught her eye. They don’t cost the earth and will make any sofa or bed simply divine.  She offers a great service of making cushions from your favourite bits of fabric especially for you…you can even have pompom trims. Just contact her via the website.

In a recent interview with UK Handmade she discusses her stunning cushions, saying “I am a big fan of colour and pattern and I love the vintage/retro look mixed with contemporary furniture and accessories.

I like a bit of faded elegance, something that has seen a bit of life and is a bit worn around the edges.” I love the description of faded elegance, it sums up some vintage fabric so well.

The kimono fabrics are, in my opinion the best. She describes them as “a piece of art, very often handpainted, the colours and designs are out of this world”. I’m sure you will agree.

The silk scarves ones are equally lovely. She says ” They are far too beautiful to simply tie up around your neck, and with a bit of reinforcement from some interlining, they make stylish vintage cushions.” My favourite one reminds me of a Mondrian meets Rothko….the colours are divine. I cannot quite believe it was once a scarf!

One of the cushions has been featured in this months Homes and Antiques magazine (alongside our furniture and homewares). This shot is totally gorgoeus and their blue rose cushion sits pride of place in the middle of the sofa.

Here are some more gorgeous creations. Make sure you check out her website at http://www.eclectic-chair.com

A look to the past

Firstly, Happy New Year from Your Vintage Life! We thank you for the support over the last year and look forward to hearing from you in the year ahead……

But, before we move into the future and all the exciting things planned for 2011, we want to share some of our Christmas vintage and retro trimmings that we have enjoyed over this festive season. So, with only a few days left until we box up the decs, here’s a quick look to the past……

As we have 2 small children we decided to hang our vintage glass baubles from the light fittings.

This was done in the January issue of Homes and Antiques magazine which inspired us to do the same. Red and gold glass ornaments hang from our 1960’s orange glass chandelier at different lengths. I love the glitter flowers on the large red bauble.

We hang pretty coloured baubles from our 1950’s light…indendations, bells and cosmic shapes were all on show.

Holly picked from our neighbour’s garden were thrown together in our West German ceramic pots and in my Grandma’s Poole Pottery.

We had 2 trees this year…one in pretty pinks and crystal, the other in retro baubles from my Great Aunt’s collection. The top of the tree is a kitsch barbie influenced fairy, complete with mohair wig and organza dress.

Candles were everywhere, in Deco Seaforth plastic candle holders, crystal tea light holders and our fab funky orange and red lotus flower holders (although not much of the candles left now!)

Now..not for the faint hearted amongst you…we come to our hall. It is awash with bright 1950s/60s paper garlands. We picked up a box of unused garlands last year in perfect condition which we hung with no self control, as well as brightly coloured folding balls. You should have seen the postman’s face when we opened the door to him!

Lastly, we decorated our dining table in red and crystal. A bon bon dish filled with red and silver glass baubles, silver edged glass coasters and old bow napkin rings sit on our red runner.

The most important and loved item is a candle holder with cherubs above.

When the candles are lit the cherubs move around gently tapping the chime bells creating a lovely sound. This belonged to my Great Aunt & Uncle…they enjoyed it every year and my family will continue to do so in the future.

The past brings us fantastically delicate and unique decorations enjoyed by our families for years…..but for now it will be packed into the loft until next year.

Happy New Year x

Vintage Mania!

Homes and Antiques magazine has mentioned Your Vintage Life on the news pages in the October issue! We are so grateful for the endorsement and are really pleased to see our beautiful stock shown.