Two Years

Well it will be two years on the 11th of October since the girls flung open my fabulous doors to you lovely lot! It’s been said (as having eaves I do tend to eaves drop!) that No.38 (me) has made a big difference to Newport Pagnell High Street. The girls have certainly put a heap of effort into my body work as well as all the gorgeous traders they invite to join then. I am just about full to my roof with small independent businesses striving to give you all a vast selection of goodies at reasonable prices. All these lovely people are in and out of my doors restocking their shelves, areas etc so it always looks fresh and exciting.


I thought I might give you all a little recap of our journey so far. The girls got the keys on the 19 September 2014 and set themselves a target of being fully stocked and open by the 11th October. The girls and their hubbies plus assorted children literally attacked my insides. You see I was a bridal shop previously so my walls were covered in mirrors and rails. Anyway once I was just about sorted inside the girls invited lots of lovely people that they had met on the vintage circuit to come and have a peep at the spaces they were renting out. Very soon I was full and a waiting list was in my drawers. Local newspapers and magazines wrote articles and the Mayor cut the ribbon and opened my doors on the Friday to a little preview party (yes there was prosecco!).


Saturday saw live music and a mountain of customers all wanting to see what this strange place was that had opened in their High Street was all about. The girls passed the test and I was approved of. Word spread and I became (still am) a jolly popular place to shop, browse, chat, eat cake and drink coffee. After six months of being open the girls were nominated for the National Vintage Awards and made it to the final for best breakthrough business, wow! 


This was followed by being in the final for independent retailer in the Milton Keynes Business Achievent Awards. The girls celebrated six months of opening with an ice cream shack being set up inside me and giving out free ice cream and live music, a photobooth and plenty of discounts. 


One year saw another party with Buck’s Fizz for everyone, music and games, goodies bags and customers in vintage attire. Everyone joined in and the support for the emporium was and still is amazing.


I got another little revamp including my outsides this time and boy do I look fab. So we are coming up to two years on the High Street and your support for the girls and the emporium has been amazing. The girls tell me that you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram where they post new stock as it comes in, you can chat on Twitter or visit the website. You can write a review on Trip Advisor. They have links on the website to all the little businesses inside me so you can check them out too! Next stop Christmas so please do support us and shop local!


Toodle Pip for now xxx

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September


Gosh it’s nice to get back to normal. The girls have been coming and going all through the holidays I just never knew who might turn up. Still I guess even they are allowed a holiday. I’ve had terrific fun with Mrs Top Step Antiques in charge for a lot of the summer holidays. Loads of lovely people came to shop and left with bags of goodies off the shelf. One little customer came in for a browse with her Nan and left with three complete outfits including those lovely floaty petticoats from Maggie Ann Vintage.


Mrs Top Step even had to redo one of my windows as you lovely folk managed to empty it! The girls have had some new traders arriving too. Lucy with her true vintage goods has taken on the shelf below Tangled Vines candles. Sugar Hill has expanded and moved to a bigger area to include furniture. Blue Butterfly has joined us upstairs and wow just wow, what fabulous goodies. June Elizabeth is arriving imminently with a range of reasonably priced,beautiful cushions. Mr Pip Goes Solo has taken over the gents clothing with a range of tweed jackets, including Harris and Burberry, hats, braces and ties too. The Outhouse has spread it’s wings too and now includes some amazing furniture.


It’s coming up to two years when the girls were first given the keys to my doors and started to get me ready to become the emporium I am today. What a transformation I have had. I am now a jolly popular shopping venue and many peoples favourite! I have even had visitors who knew me in a previous time as Clare’s and Upstairs Downstairs. The girls were told all sorts about me (some of it I had hoped to keep secret!) especially my friendly ghosts who keep me company at night once the girls have locked me up.

The girls took the emporium to Milton Keynes Museum last weekend and stood at the 40’s event. They had a jolly nice time and made lots of new friends and some super useful contacts I hear too! They both dressed up too. I hadn’t realised they had legs! Lovely dresses though.

Right enough from me one of them is about to arrive and shove Henry the Hoover around before I open. See you all later, toodle pip xxx

More of us!

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Hello one and all. Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet of late, no excuses at all just enjoying the sunshine on my roof! Right to business then what has been going on inside my walls? A few changes, moves, new arrivals have been happening or are about to happen. Artistitch Design has joined us in the cubby holes downstairs and we’ll just wow! You should see the work that goes into her lovely handmade goods. Well worth a peep folks. Superb presents too if you’re looking for something unique.

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Sugar Hill are going to be taking on a larger space in August so she will be moving from her shelf under Tangled Vine the candles to by the window upstairs. We are so excited to be getting some more beautifully restored furniture in.

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The Outhouse in amongst the minor issue of getting married moved into a larger space just before the ceremony! Cheeky monkey then went on honeymoon and the girls sold his stock!

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Grace Face Boutique has been having a sale with her beautiful handmade adult dresses, just a few left if you fancy owning one of the best made dresses around.

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Vintage Daisy moved in downstairs with her lovely mix of vintage style and true vintage goodies. Proving very popular too and so beautifully displayed. She also has her own place – The Little Grey Shepherds Hut at The Yards in Kettering so do pop over for a shop.

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Nicholas & Steele restock most weeks in their fabulous back room but beware they seem to bring a tonne of rain with them lol! The girls tell me it’s well worth following them on Instagram and Facebook as they sometimes have table top sales of all their gorgeousness.

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Mercer & Rose are now in place in our cubbyholes and again it’s all just sooooo beautiful. Pop in and take a gander.

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Mr Pip Goes Solo is taking over the gents clothing upstairs in August and promises us tweed jackets including Burberry and Harris Tweed, hats from flat caps to top hats, braces, ties, cravats and more. Watch this space.

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We have a few more new businesses in the pipeline too so keep an eye on the girls Facebook and Instagram pages. Remember you can tweet them too (personally I thought that was just up to the pigeons on my roof but hey ho!?!!!)

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Lastly I’ve realised not everyone knows that the emporium is actually made up of over 30 different, independent small businesses all trading under the same roof. So when you support us you are supporting a number of people in the local community. The girls have put links on the website to the different businesses so it’s well worth a click to find out who makes No.38 so special. Ta ra for now folks…….

Me Again Folks!

It’s me again, No.38 popping by to catch you all up on the latest happenings at the emporium. June has got off to an amazing start for the girls and their traders after a quieter May. The weather seems to affect you lovely lot and you don’t want to pop out to play in the rain! Can’t think why you wouldn’t brave the torrential storms we have had? I stand in it all the time with just my lovely tiled roof for cover!

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One of the girls has just returned from a well earned family break in the sun so the fabulous Mrs Top Step Antiques stepped in for holiday cover and was working her little socks off. She will defo need a holiday too after her extra days at the emporium. She was buzzing round sorting all you lovely peeps out. It seems you have all been loving the girls window display so much you’ve practically bought it all which meant Mrs Top Step was climbing in and out of the window for you all hehe!

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I have been noticing some new faces popping in and out of my doors recently it would seem the girls have been joined by several new traders with a few more still in the pipeline. Small Wonders has arrived in our cubby holes and is proving jolly popular too. Her pictures are amazing. All based on the Cornish seaside too, with shells, driftwood, hand stitching etc.

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Mabels Vintage has taken on a larger area upstairs and again it’s looking wonderful with a mix of something for everyone from furniture to haberdashery, China to crates.

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Laura Slade Art has just joined us too. A very talented local artist. She can be found to the right of the till as you enter the shop.

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Mercer & Rose are set to join us later in the month too.

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Knicker Drawer Notebooks have joined us upstairs and the girls tell me that everyone needs to own one of these! Pop in for a gander.

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The lovely Utterly Clutterly has taken on a little more space upstairs too. She has spread across onto my window sill upstairs.

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Holly Blue Handmade Jewellery has stretched across the haberdashery counter downstairs and has some gorgeous handmade cufflinks and collar stiffeners in, perfect for Father’s Day too.

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Grace Face Boutique has had a revamp and we have opened her space up a little more. Mr Pip helped out and bashed a bit of me away!

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In all its been a pretty busy start to June. Coffee and cakes are enjoyed on a Friday especially by our adorable postman who pops in for a takeaway! Downstairs had a bit of doing up session and I’ve had a wash and brush up! Anyway enough from me I’m being got ready (terrible grammar sorry folks) to open my doors for a fabulous day ahead. I did hear that some of the lovely people who make my insides what they are today are popping in for a restock so watch the girls Facebook page to see all the new goodies. Toodle pip until next time….

Me Again…..

Hello you lovely people, yes it’s me No.38 as I’m called amongst those who have got to know me and I thought it was time to fill you in with all the happenings inside my solid little walls!

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First things first I am now soooo cosy. Why? Well the fabulous landlord took pity on the girls and updated the heating. Between you and me it’s taken them a while to suss out the controls but I think they’ve got it now.

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Ok so enough about the boring bits here’s the gossip. The fabulous Nicholas & Steele are busy as we speak decorating my little back room ready to move their goodies in. I have had a sneaky peek and boy is it going to be good. Naughty Mrs Nicholas & Steele keeps selling it all before it’s got here but Mr Nicholas & Steele also known as Mr Once Around the Block is keeping his beady eye on the proceedings!

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Sugar Hill Living are joining us on Friday upstairs just below the Tangled Vine candles. The girls are really excited about this and Mrs Sugar Hill is just so lovely too. She promises lots of gorgeous items and has been preparing them to bring in.

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I also hear that Small Wonders is joining the girls downstairs in one of the cubby holes by the till. Her pictures are truly inspiring and she is also in our other favourite shop Afterglow in Olney.

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The fabulous limited edition prints from Planet Cow are still going well. One is in my stairwell if you fancy seeing it in the flesh so to speak. All the amazing traders are constantly popping in through my doors to restock so there is never a dull moment here. You never know what you may find but I can guarantee that if you don’t buy it when you see it then it will be gone the next time you visit!

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The girls are now also the local stockists for Parlane and I hear they went on a “jolly” to visit the showroom in the Cotswolds. They came back having bought lots of terrific items that will be arriving soon plus they even ordered Christmas bits n bobs (what’s that all about then it’s not even summer yet!?!?)

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You chaps are loving our Dapper Duke range for your fine beards and moustaches. The ladies are finding they make great gifts too. Did you know the girls do gift vouchers too? Just ask at the till. The girls also now have a range of scented candles especially developed for them by Tangled Vine.

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A new range of wrapping paper from the Art File has arrived too and is proving really popular. I’ve heard a few customers mention that it’s too nice to wrap a parcel with so they are going to frame it!

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Remember too if you have an event there is some amazing clothing upstairs. We have Throwback with plaid shirts, denim, corduroy, aran sweaters and more. Maggie Ann Vintage with reproduction clothing in all sizes including a fab 40’s tea dress just in, Chaps of Distinction with jackets, hats, cravats, ties, shoes braces and Tussies. Grace Face Boutique with her gorgeous handmade dresses for adults and children (can also be made to order) and of course the lovely Ann with her cute handmade clothing.

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Right that’s enough from me for now Tally Ho peeps xxx

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Spring has Sprung!

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Well hello from a spruced up No.38. I can confirm I am all snugly now. The lovely man from Scotland who the girls borrow me from has put in some new efficient heating. I am well chuffed and so are all you lovely customers when you pop in now.

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Been doing a bit of eavesdropping as you do when you are a building like me and I heard about all the antiques fairs the girls and boys go to. It sounds jolly exciting too. They get up at ‘revolting’ hour o’clock to go though. Sometimes they travel miles across the country to source the gorgeous goodies within my walls. Several of them went to Peterborough over the Easter weekend for a treasure hunt but I do know they also go to Lincoln, Newark, Ardingley, London and some even pop over the channel. It doesn’t stop there though, once they have acquired the items they have to clean and restore them which depending on the condition can take many hours of labour. The big items of furniture get delivered by the fairies I’m sure because there is no way the girls could hump some of those items around!?!

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Our lovely handmade items also take hours to get ready and I’m certain they don’t add their hours to the final cost. We all do what we do in the emporium because we love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s a happy place to be with lots of squeals when new stock comes in. You should have heard the noise last week when all our silversmiths popped new shiny bits in!

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The girls have so many clever people in the shop, with loads of original ideas. Have you seen Twinkle n Things in the cubby holes downstairs? Did you know Ava and Arthur could make you a mermaid tail blanket? Sew Rosie Sew can do you a cushion for any occasion and Tangled Vine can make candles to order for weddings etc. Fancy a frock? Ask the girls about Grace Face Boutique. On top of all this there is pottery by Andrew and Stained glass by Dawn. Sparkle at Home have some fab children’s items in at the mo. Did you know Greg from the Outhouse will do commissions too? Fancy a big light up wooden ‘B’ just ask. I think the emporium has something for everyone don’t you?

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Well I’m about to sign off as Alex is on her way to fling my doors open but just a quickie…….what is it about spring that makes you all want to paint? Frenchic furniture paint is proving so, so popular the girls have put two orders in last week. Well as they say Spring is in the air, toodle pip I’m off now xxx

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March has Sprung

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Good morning my lovelies. Have you spotted that the girls have treated me to some new sparkly lights in my windows? Very posh they are too and I’m allowed to keep them on at night too so you can still see how amazingly stunning I am! I also hear talk that finally I may get a better heating system, the landlord has agreed to help out so that’s great news and means I can be cosier now.

The girls had a film crew in last week as they were finalists in the Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards. It was jolly good fun watching them get all tongue tied and embarrassed. The lovely people from Evolution International who were filming us all kept saying how fabulous I was. Well I had spruced myself up a bit for the occasion too. The girls left me on Thursday to go to the awards and jolly gorgeous they both looked too!

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Did you know I have CCTV? It picks up all areas of my lovely rooms, which is a good thing as we have had a couple of naughty people in who have taken some bits from the shelves as well as some items from outside. Sadly the girls are going to have chain the goodies left outside to one of my pillars…..I’m hoping it won’t be too tight and cut me circulation off, after all these pillars of mine hold me in place!

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Nothing haunts you like the vintage you didn’t buy is pretty apt at No.38.(Apart from my two friendly resident ghosts who play a few tricks every now and then) I’ve noticed you need to be pretty quick as stock is here one day and gone the next. It’s no good popping in several weeks later asking after a certain something the likelihood is that it will have been snapped up!

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I’m loving all the vintage and handmade clothing upstairs. The Sherpa jackets are really popular. If you have a vintage do to go to then you will definitely find your outfit upstairs. Chaps of distinction have some fab suits, jackets, hats and braces. Grace Face Boutique has the most gorgeous handmade dresses in wonderful fabrics. Ann has some beautiful new handmade little dresses in at the top of my stairs. Maggie Ann Vintage has the perfect outfits for you ladies for Twinwood, Goodwood, Festival of Vintage etc. The beauty is they all come in most sizes! Throwback Vintage has certainly sent us all back in time with their shell suits, denim jackets and plaid shirts.

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The girls have also changed my weird little bit down the side into a more gifty area with the stock they bought at the Spring Fair plus the handmade cards from my residents. New uniforms have arrived too, a hoody to keep them warm and an apron each all with my name printed on them of course.

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Anyway I need to stop chatting away now and get ready for the girls to arrive and open me up now, it is Saturday after all…….