Thursday, 16 August 2012

Vintage Clothes and Time for Tea


I love vintage clothes. Having scoured the shops in Bury, Manchester and Chester for suitable summer dresses all I could find were ankle length sleeveless ones or skimpy cocktail pieces – neither of which were suitable for keeping cool and looking smart at work or for dressing up in a comfortable way on holiday. But when I went to a 1940s weekend on the East Lancs Railway I found two delightful little numbers at a vintage stall. They were almost vintage prices, too.  No more than third of what the chain stores wanted for their impractical showpieces.  And the two dresses – one green, one red    have been greatly admired.
So, when I found out that Time for Tea were holding a sale of vintage clothes and accessories, how could I resist?      
I wasn’t disappointed. There were lots of lovely things to savour. I bought a flapper-style beach dress in blue and white with a touch of red. Pity I probably won’t be able to wear it until next year.
The café was buzzing. It was good, too, to drink tea from a real china cup, poured out of a small teapot. They also supplied another pot of hot water and a jug of milk. All for no more than what you’d pay for a cardboard cup of something at one of the big chains.  And then there were the irresistible cakes and the friendliness of the other customers.  
The provider of the vintage clothes was J'ADORE VINTAGE CLOTHING who offer vintage clothes parties pop-up shops in your own home or a favourite coffee shop. They are recommended by Vogue.    
Events and services like these that make these indie cafés really show their worth. It’s what the Creative Café Project is all about.  

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