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Monday, 5 December 2016

Crazy Camden

Working twelve hour days during the winter is no good for taking photographs I've found.  It's dark when I go to work, it's dark when I return.  Hence this post has had to wait until I had a day off, to snap my latest chazza scores.   But before all that, let me tell you about last weekend.


   
It was an early start last Sunday as I was off with a friend, to a vintage fair in the Big Smoke.   (London, for non-UK readers)   Camden was our destination and the venue of Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair where none other than Kinky Melon were trading.


Vintage Vixen resplendent in 70's lurex 

 It was brilliant to catch up with Vix again and to meet Jon, her talented bloke.  I checked out their vintage stock and bought myself a gent's titfer. I also came home with this Vendéen souvenir scarf, depicting my favourite area of France, a lovely thoughtful gift from Vix as I'd admired it on one of her blog posts.

 We chatted to several traders who reported disappointing sales due to poor footfall, including this striking lady who makes exquisite cushions from vintage fabrics.

Her stitchery was impeccable.



And cop a load of this gorgeous creature who was deliberating about the fab velvet housecoat as her other half wasn't keen on it.  As for myself, I was gutted that a stunning Welsh tapestry coat that I'd tried on had swamped me, therefore my only other purchase was a £2 green scarf. 

After visiting every stall and a quick cuppa, we headed out into the craziness that is Camden
 
 
 
where we stumbled upon a Mad Hatter's Tea Party....
and an abundance of paintings, street art and sculptures of Amy Winehouse, surely one of  the area's most famous former residents.  

 
 Camden, situated in the north west of the city, is home to London's most diverse and eclectic markets, where artisans and street food traders create a youthful vibe.  We strolled into the Stables Market and wandered among the labyrinth of stalls where the convivial ambience enveloped us.


We treated ourselves to a pricey cup of mulled wine... (it was bloody good and worth every penny) before wending our way back to Victoria and catching the very overcrowded train home. 

  
In other news, also last week I managed to hit the charity shops.  The chazza gods were benevolent as I managed to score a Welsh tapestry waistcoat, a leather handbag and a vintage hooded corduroy jacket which although grubby, came good after a cool wash in the machine.
  The quality modern leather handbag which looks brand new, was a steal at £2 and even came with a free panty liner!


 Afterwards I dashed around Aldi to do the weekly shop and was dismayed to see aisle upon aisle of ghastly Christmas tat ....but no sodding cauliflowers! And I was intensely annoyed yesterday to hear the interminable xmas tunes had already started on the radio...and we've yet three more weeks to endure them
Is it only me, or does anyone else think...it's just too early??

17 comments:

  1. What a fun way to spend the day.
    Amalia
    xo

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  2. First of all, although it was last in your post: I'm so glad that I'm not alone in finding that it's just toon early! How great, though, that you were able to meet up with Vix at the Camden fair. And thanks for taking me on a tour of Camden. It's been ages since I was in the "big smoke" ... Oh, and isn't it a bore that you have to wait for a day off or the weekend to take proper photographs of your finds? Love your finds, especially the Welsh tapistry waistcoat! xxx

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    1. Thanks Ann, it seems quite a few of us are fed up with Christmas starting so early. x

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  3. Lovely to see you last Sunday, Fi! I must admit I was a tad jealous of you going off to the pub. Next time I'll join you!
    Jo (pastel haired goddess) is my style icon - I love her. I hadn't met that lady with the topknot before but wasn't she fabulous? Works in Liberty (how posh!)
    I f'cking hate Xmas more and more each year and it does seem to be getting earlier - some people obviously have such empty lives if it's all they can look forward to, boring tossers. I'm refusing to comment on an Xmas related blog posts until 20th December, if it loses me followers so be it. Life's too short to witter on about baubles and Xmas trees and even if they are vintage I still hate them. xxx

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  4. You won't lose me love, I hate it too. After 54 xmases I'm so bored of it...probably cos it's in the shops for three frigging months of the year. I heard on the radio today that some lunatics even take their dogs to be photographed with Father Xmas...WTF!

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  5. Fiona, it looks as if you had a cracking day out in London. I loved your titfer and the scarf is beautiful. I was very impressed with those cushions made out of vintage fabrics and as for that purple velvet housecoat it looked more like a coat and I would have worn it as such. Did she buy it in the end?

    Camden is a great part of London. My eldest grandson has just moved there and is loving it. He used to live in East London and swore it was the best part of London to live in and now he's changed his tune! Talking of which, yes it is far too bloody early for Christmas songs but they've been at it for days if not weeks...

    You did well in the chazzas. I loved the waistcoat; the colours are fab, the bag is great AND a free pantyliner - who could ask for more? The corduroy coat looks stylish and warm!

    Hope your week is going well.

    Veronica
    vronni60s.blogspot.com

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    1. We didn't stay long enough to find out if she bought the housecoat, but she looked amazing I thought. Camden was SO crowded...it was like being at a football match, exciting though. My friend thought the pantyliner was 'gross'... not a charity shopper obviously!

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  6. Well I love my snowmen and my vintage baubles but yes, dear good Halloween was hardly done and the bloody Christmas tunes were blaring!?!
    Love the cord coat that look super cosy.

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    1. Hi Gisela,
      I was well pleased to find that cord jacket.

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  7. Vix, Jon and a day out in Camden - sounds perfect! And you did well in the chazzas too - see, there was some vintage Welsh tapestry just waiting for you after all!
    All secondhand bags should come with a free panty liner. After all, most coats seem to have a free tissue in the pocket...
    Christmas - what a pain in the arse it all is! Too much, too early, too overblown, too much emphasis on stuff and money and excess as the route to happiness. As if... Keep it small and simple, I say! xxx

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    1. Couldn't have said it better myself. x

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  8. It seems that the Christmas celebrations are coming earlier and earlier also in Italy. A way to help commerce probably. In any case...I am ready to enjoy the vibe!! :-)

    I visited Camden market some years ago: it's a delightful place where to spend the day...

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    1. Good for you Dan, I don't want to put a damper on anyone's celebrations...it's just not my thing.

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    2. That should be dampener!

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  9. I remember having some spiced cider at Camden market (long time ago!), and very delicious it was too. Enjoy the markets at this time of year, though not so keen on the conveyor belt of people at the really busy ones. Fab photos and some lovely finds, especially like the waistcoat. Love a welsh blanket, always looking out for them at the auction.
    Feel like I'm dragged into Christmas by the kids, kind of reluctantly. I've tried to go with the flow this year and have even made a few festive things - nothing that would give Kirsty a run for her money, mind! xx

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  10. I'm not sure that working 12 hour shifts is good for anything, other than the bank account! But what a wonderful weekend you had. It's always so lovely to catch up with Vix and Jon. It's years since I've been to Camden, but it was crazy busy even back in the day. There is something unbeatable about a glass of mulled wine on a Winter's day, love it! And look at your Welsh waistcoat. Now that's just gorgeous. I'd love to see you modelling that Missy! xxxx

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  11. What a fab fair that was Fiona!(Too much alliteration here?) Anyway, I've never been to Camden market and think that's no bad thing as I might just go a bit crazy with all these wonderful and diverse things to choose between. You, however did so well with your choices. And that free panty liner, well what a result! We're lucky that over here Christmas really does stay pretty much where it ought to be.
    Hope that you're all ready for tomorrow. Happy Christmas x
    Anna
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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