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…….

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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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It’s All About Me!

 

Well January is nearly over, where did that go? After the manic build up to Christmas it’s been a bit quieter here. I guess you are all still recovering. I’ve been spruced up a bit by the girls ready for the new year. They decided I was looking a little tatty! How rude, it was them after all who bashed all the holes in my walls. Naming no names but one of them really shouldn’t be let loose with a hammer! Ouch.

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I smell gorgeous too now with the addition of the coffee machine for traders and customers alike. It seems to be going down really well and means you gorgeous lot get to browse in comfort with cappuccino. Sssssh I heard tale of cakes on a Friday too!

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The paint that the girls stock down my little corridor is selling well and proving to be outstanding. I like the fact that it doesn’t contain any nasties! Safe for children and pets alike. The girls have just ordered the new lazy range too which means no waxing! Why not give it a go? The girls are happy to demonstrate and advise you on any project. Got a tired old piece of furniture? Paint it!

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I have been listening in too and I hear that there are some changes afoot including some new traders joining the family. Chaps of Distinction is arriving this Sunday with his 1940’s suits, hats, accessories and more so something to keep the boys busy ladies whilst you peruse the goodies! The Outhouse is taking on a shelf too upstairs with his handcrafted goods from local and sustainable sources. Sparkle at Home has decided to join us permanently now (you see glitter isn’t just for Christmas)! Throw Back Vintage is moving in on Sunday and Monday. Did you know they were featured in The Daily Telegraph as one of the top 50 vintage boutiques in the UK. Maggie Ann Vintage is spreading to another rail too, so her range of repro vintage clothing will be even better! Rosie Sew Rosie has just joined the team upstairs with her range of customised cushions and next to her we finally have our very own haberdashery curtesy of Mabel’s Vintage who travels from Northampton to join in the fun! Twinkle n Things is arriving today, very crafty, pop in for a peep.

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Right enough of my waffling and bragging, ooo apart from to say the girls have reached the second stage of the Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards. I heard they are off to one of those trade fair things next week too. Great big ugly building they are off to not like myself full of character. They are sourcing new goodies for you lovely lot so watch this space. Don’t forget to follow our adventures on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pintrest as well as taking a look at the website. Ta Ra for now peeps I’m off to get my windows washed xxx

Eras Past

Eras Past belongs to the fabulous Georg and has been with the girls since the start of the Emporium taking over my insides! It’s never a dull day when Georg arrives teetering in on her high heels needing coffee and bringing cakes! Georg travels to us from Potters Bar so it’s quite a trek for our pint sized little lady!

 

Georg has been in the trade a fair while and one of the girls first met her when she managed The Fleetville Emporium over in St Albans. A treasure trove of a place well worth a visit if you are heading that way. I have space envy as its enormous!

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Georg has changed areas several times and keeps the girls on their toes. They also find all sorts when she leaves the latest being two stools that she forgot and left outside in the car park!

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Georg’s knowledge is vast and she has a story to tell us about everything she brings in. Pop upstairs to find Eras Past under the candles, two shelves in the second room plus the haberdashery cabinet.

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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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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The lovely KT from Utterly Clutterly is both downstairs and upstairs in my gorgeous building. She has jewellery and a few nic nacs in the haberdashery counter that the girls have in the middle of the shop, some more jewellery to the left of this in the lockable cabinet plus a shelf upstairs in my second room.

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Jewellery

Why the name…..well you may ask but it’s best if I show you so take a peep at the pictures.

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Utterly Clutterly

KT joined the girls at the start and her lovely vintage items have proved very, very popular. She always seems to have that one off item that people pop in to look for and all so reasonably priced too. It’s an eclectic mix of vintage items from china to evening bags, brooches to jugs, rings to bath cubes and more. Quite often I hear the girls say to customers “Utterly Clutterly will have that on her shelf upstairs” , Customer “which is her shelf?” “In the second room, oh you will know straight away!”

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KT

KT does some vintage fairs too and can always be found with her friend Anna at the big MK Handmade and Vintage fair in Middleton Hall. Utterly Clutterly pops in at least once a week for a restock so there is always something new for you to see.

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Vintage Goodies
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