It was a fine evening and I got my first glimpses of Birmingham.
The next day I met adorable Vix and darling Curtise (who unfortunately was feeling under par but nevertheless put on a brave face) in The Bullring, I was expecting Emma and Claire to be there also but unfortunately at the last minute they couldn't make it, instead I met lovely Gisela and Liz too.
Being a local bird Vix proved to be a marvellous tour leader and took us to the World Famous Rag Market, along the way she drew many admiring glances and comments from passers-by and even a blog follower! I felt quite honoured to be following in her wake, ha. Next stop was Digbeth, the Irish quarter of Birmingham and home to a plethora of vintage shops. I kept stopping along the way to capture the abundance of architectural detail in the Victorian buildings.
First up was the brilliant 91 Allison Street which stocked the most fantastically priced items. I found this pinafore dress.
It needs some alteration around the bust as sadly I am not a buxom wench but for six quid I grabbed it like a shot. I also found this Norweigan style cardi.
Again it is a tad too big but what the hell, it was a fantastic £8 and it's hardly been worn, none of your acrylic rubbish either - 100% lambswool, which I was grateful for on the bloody freezing train home. According to Vix, thanks to the succession of Scandi dramas on TV anything with a Scandinavian look is a best seller on her stalls.
Sue the owner was lovely and even threw in this scarf for free when I went to pay, I would highly recommend this shop if ever you visit Brum.
Vix found an amazingly coloured blue coat and Gisela scored a dress and a blouse before we left for lunch at a nearby boozer.
Pippi (who joined us at lunchtime) Liz and Curtise
Vix and Gisele (apologies for shocking photos, girls)
After lunch we headed off for more shopping and at Cow I bought a tartan skirt. (also all the rage at vintage fairs seemingly, who'da thought I was so trendy?)
From there we made our way to the famous Custard Factory area where Bird's custard was manufactured until the 60's.
Onto the hip-tastic Urban Village which stocks some fabulous 60's and 70's labels, egged on by me Vix bought Jon a groovy 70's shirt and Curtise grabbed herself a pretty tapestry bag.
As we left, Frankie the owner of Urban Village kindly allowed me to pose on his Vespa, he proudly informed me it takes seven hours to clean all that chrome!
And still there was more.....
I had a brilliant time on my first visit to Brum - a vibrant, happening city (Britains second largest) full of history and interesting, innovative architecture.
If you've never been, ignore Birmingham's bad rep and get yourself over there...you won't be disappointed.