Happy New Year Peeps!

Gosh I have been so naughty and not written my little piece on here for a while! I have thoroughly told myself off now but do feel free to have a word with me when you next pop inside my doors!

Christmas was a busy old time inside me and I was stuffed full of gorgeous goodies from all the lovely independent small businesses that make up my insides! The lovely folks of Newport Pagnell were really supportive and did lots of their Christmas shopping here. I smelt gorgeous too I hope you all noticed a mixture of Christmas spice and patchouli oil!


I had a good old spruce up before the girls opened me up for the sale in the new year. I should probably mention it’s just about over now with just a few bits n bobs left.



Hasn’t it been chilly recently I’ve been shivering in my timbers but very cosy inside. The heating seems to be working well now even if the girls do just press everyone of my buttons in the hope something comes on!

My resident ghost was a bit busy recently and seems to have taken a dislike to some of the beard stuff and chucks it on the floor every now and again. Freaks the girls out but I find it rather funny when they go searching to see what caused the clonk. 

A new year always sees some changes in an emporium like me and the girls have had a few new traders joining them with lots of exciting products. Have you seen the amazing fork bracelets and spoon rings yet?

My Dog Charlie has joined us with a mix of vintage and handmade goodies. Sew Inspiring have also taken a shelf upstairs which is fabulous for all of you that were sad when you heard her shop was closing. 


Twinkle n Things has just grown too and now has the most amazing shelf just under Retro Donkey. All or Nothing are upstairs and have some fabulous stock for all you boys and girls. 


I heard the girls chatting too and not being one to gossip I can’t possibly reveal the news…….oh go on then. Katz Whiskers are moving in with some wonderful vintage items plus Threads from the Shed who were at Sew Inspiring are joining the girls too. That makes 38 small businesses at No.38.

Anyway I think I have more than made up for my quietness now and spread all the goss from inside my walls. Do pop in and see how wonderful I am (modest too). Grab a coffee and have a browse whilst listening to vintage music. Believe me my insides are changing all the time with stock coming and going. Ok that’s it folks it’s Sunday so I’m shut and I can have a chill before manic Monday! Toodle pip xxx

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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….

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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Christmas time chatter

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Well what a busy week it was with you all popping in and out of my doors. The girls tell me it was one of the busiest weeks to date. It’s so fabulous that you are all supporting a small business and its independent traders. Talking of traders they have been in and out like a fiddlers elbow! Several wingback chairs have arrived from Vicarage Antique and Salvage and gone within minutes to be replaced by another beauty in a different colour only to leave me again!

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I am all glittered out…..Sparkle at Home have managed to cover me in gold. It’s even got upstairs! Boy those stars have been so popular but then they are lovely and very reasonably priced. Poor Davina with her handmade jewellery probably needs to sit down in a dark room and chill, I have never seen so much pretty silver being wrapped up. Scruffy Dog Silver, Holly Blue and Brenda have all been bought in secret! There are some very lucky ladies out there!

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Sammy’s teddies in tins and painted slates are sooooo popular the girls keep having to call her back with more, I hear she even got her little boy sewing and husband cutting out! Not that I eaves drop on the girls conversations at all. Nicholas and Steele just can’t seem to get enough of their crowned robins, own up if you don’t have one yet.

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Top Step Antiques has been selling some fabulous jewellery too so once again ladies you will have sparkly fingers. She is also doing needle felted animals to commission and they are amazing. Utterly Clutterly must have supplied the whole of Newport Pagnell with brooches and trios by now? Alliums garden ornaments are sitting under plenty of trees covered in her fab baubles which were a sell out.

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Outfits curtesy of Dulcie Britain, Maggie Ann Vintage, Grace Face, Ann and Oh Sew vintage will be worn on Christmas Day. Christmas signs from Charlie Haggerwoods are gracing new walls and candles from Honeysuckle and Roses will be lighting many a table. Tangled Vines candles and clocks are proving very popular too. In fact I know one of the girls is drinking copious amounts of prosecco to supply them with the bottles for their candles (all in the name of support for other traders!)

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Mr Pip Goes Solo has provided many a gift for the boys amongst you. Ava and Arthur will be keeping you warm with her fab hats and scarves as well as her amazing pictures being put up on new walls.
Retro Donkey have continued with their eclectic mix that draws lots of “my mum had one of those” or “I wish I hadn’t thrown it away”. Raffles Vintage has been adding bling and bugs to Christmas stockings.

Pip ‘n’ Mix have filled Newport Pagnell with Hogwarts boxes and shabby chic chairs, whilst Salvaged Style has added boxes of all descriptions to your home along with the quirky. Eras Past is lighting up a new home and Pottery by Andrew is gracing a new mantelpiece. Charity King and The Big Strawberry have added soft furnishings to your homes.

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It’s been a fabulous year here and it’s not over yet. I hear talk of a sale in the new year. The girls are going to give me a bit of a revamp so the doors will close on Christmas Eve and reopen on Saturday 2 January. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing you all please do share your pictures on the girls Facebook page.

Happy Christmas all from No.38 xxx

Nicholas & Steele

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At No.38

Nicholas & Steele is made up of Holly and Steve who are very new to my little building and can be found downstairs to the right of the till in the grey pigeon holes. Unfortunately the girls only had this little space left for them but would have loved to have been able to stock their furniture too. For this they trade as Once Around the Block take a peek it’s amazing and can be found at My Little Vintage in Olney, Brackley Antiques Cellar and Vintage on Abbey Street No 1.

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Beautiful China

Anyway back to the point, I have a habit of rambling off, forgive me. They have the most amazing China for all you collectors out there, trios, duos and more. Plus some gorgeous jewellery (yes girls I have spotted you trying it all on). In fact they have so many interesting bits in their beautiful cubby holes you would need to pop in to see. I even spotted a perfume bottle funnel as well as thimbles, a teapot, brooches and more…….

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Brooches

We are delighted that they asked to join our little family and look forward to all the vintage goodies they will be bringing in.

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In The Cubbyhole

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Oooo who is next on our list? Let’s move on to the lovely Top Step Antiques who was also with me from the beginning but has now expanded her area from fabulous jewellery to furniture, China, more toys, nic nacs and lots of lovely Art Deco items.

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Vintage and Antique Jewellery

I know one of the girls already owns several of Top Step’s items, adorning her fingers and wrists! The danger of spending time at my counter where some of the fabulous jewellery is! Mrs Top Step Antiques knows everything, yes simply everything and the girls quite often call on her for help with bits of jewellery. She is also a talented artist and has just brought in a fabulous chest of drawers with hand painted roses on it.

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Handpainted Roses

I wonder if there is anything she can’t do? One of the girls met her at another emporium and the other one was frightened of her (she is actually not scary) when bidding against her at auctions! Mrs Top Step always won and inherited the title “scary auction lady”!

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1960’s Longnett
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1940’s Rouge

I am very excited by the expansion as Mrs Top Step has lovely taste and Art Deco is one of my favourite eras apart from the 17th century when I was built of course, yes I am really that old!