Gosh time flies by so fast here in Newport Pagnell. The forties weekend has been and gone and didn’t all we buildings look super? Our windows were taped and bunting put out. Some amazing window displays too. I’m proud to say my girls won the best dressed window competition so I’ve been bragging a bit to my neighbours. It was a super event with the whole town joining in and everyone getting dressed up too. The girls opened my doors at 9am and the lovely customers just flooded in. Many came for a last minute outfit from Maggie Ann Vintage upstairs, others for genuine ration books and some just for a peep inside me.

I have had a bit of drama too which isn’t brilliant when you’re as old as me (I date back to the 1600’s). All that rain, yes hard to imagine now I know, caused a leak in my little side bit and I seem to have got a soggy ceiling which spread down the walls! Luckily the girls spotted my mishap and had lots of galvanised buckets and tubs to catch my drips. The outcome is that I have been propped up in that area and am awaiting for all those important peeps to make a decision on how best to fix my broken bits. I’m pleased to say the rest of me is unscathed. 

Both girls have had a bit of a holiday so I have had some gorgeous ladies in taking charge and great fun it was too. I behaved myself and didn’t pop any fuses plus my ghostly tenants remained asleep during the day! Well we didn’t want to scare anyone off did we by moving a few items around! 

The girls have run an advert in one of their industries magazines ‘Reloved’ and obviously I feature in it looking my tip top self too. The girls have a huge social media following but are hoping this will get us known about further afield. They plan to feature in the magazine next month too which is terribly exciting. 

It’s the carnival in Newport Pagnell this weekend, I do enjoy the parade but must look out for those water pistols especially as I will just have had my windows cleaned. They do take care of me those girls and I can’t believe we are heading towards three years of our union. Life is never dull with me so do pop in and take a gander at my two floors of stunning Vintage and Handmade items they change all the time. Anyway toodle pip for now.


All Loved Up!

Hello folks it’s me again. How could I resist wishing all my favourite people a Happy Valentines? For a building I don’t get around much but I see plenty and eaves drop on lots! Everyone inside me has been busy getting some lovely bits n bobs ready for Valentines, love is definitely in the air! Hearts are popping up everywhere including my front window. Chaps and chapesses if you have forgotten you do still have time. I think it’s nice that by buying from my gorgeous No.38 traders who reside within my walls your money goes to them and not one of those big conglomerates (big word from a small building did I impress you?)

I hear we have some fabulous new traders too. We sadly lost Davina who moved on to do a new job and I know plenty of you are missing her gorgeous handmade silver jewellery but we wish her well….she has an amazing talent and hopefully she will pick up her tools again. The Katz Whiskers have joined the girls upstairs with some amazing vintage goodies from the forties and fifties. At the mo we have kitchenalia but they tell the girls they have plenty more to come. They travel to America to get some of it too so it’s quite a selection. 

Quince England joined us and boy do I like this stuff! It gorgeous handmade silver and brass jewellery all very unique and I’m told perfectly priced. You can find her in our haberdashery cabinet. Fork Bangleman has moved to a cubby hole so you try on all the rings, bangles and necklaces at your leisure. Sew inspiring who used to be in Tickford Arcade have also joined us upstairs so you can still grab some of Kate’s amazing goodies.

The girls went shopping and brought back some gorgeous goodies which seem to be super popular. The chaise went flying out the door, followed by some footstools too. 

The fabulous Frenchic Furniture Paint is selling well I’m guessing you’re sprucing up your homes. The girls are great at helping with advice on how to use it and what colours work well so do ask if you’re unsure at anytime. They are also happy to source items for you if you can’t find what you are looking for.

Allium in the back room has a range of garden furniture as well as all the other outdoorsy stuff so do pop in for a peep it saves a trek to the garden centre. Did you know she also does floristry and is a whizz at wedding flowers? Just pick up a card and contact her for a chat and a quote.

A little birds tells me we have a range of toys coming in soon from Sparkle at Home so watch the girls Facebook page for this. Gosh it all happens so fast here and as I have heard many of the girls customers say “if you snooze you lose”. Well it’s nearly time for one of the girls to arrive and open me up so I better get spruced up ready don’t want her tickling me again with that blooming feather duster it doesn’t half tickle! Ta ra peeps xxxx

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

Catch Up Time

Hello time for a wee catch up on the happenings inside my doors me thinks! Well all sorts has been going on with the arrival of several new traders, who are proving terribly popular with you all. Throwback Vintage is now installed upstairs and pop in to restock on both a Monday and a Friday so I get to see the very glamorous Faye who I must say dresses beautifully. They arrive with bags full of Levi’s, Sherpa jackets, flying jackets, plaid shirts and more.


Next up is Chaps of Distinction and jolly dapper they are too. Roy and Linda run this outfit and travel a fair distance to be part of the girls emporium. So gents if it’s jackets, suits, hats, shoes, cravats in 1940’s style that you are after then pop upstairs and peruse. They also make something called a tussie mussie, picture below for those who aren’t in the know.


The Outhouse is also upstairs and they make some fabulous goods out of sustainable materials. Greg who owns the business has made the girls a flashing wooden arrow to go on my staircase, I am just so on trend now for an old geezer!


Twinkle n Things joined the girls downstairs in the cubby holes and is also very popular, boy the work that goes into those pretty tins is incredible.


Sew Rosie Sew is our cushion lady and she will make personalised cushions for you with names, sayings etc all in the most gorgeous fabrics. Beautifully made they are too. You may have seen the lovely Debbie who makes the cushions at the big handmade and vintage fair in Central Milton Keynes.


Maggie Ann Vintage who was already with us has taken on more space so she can expand her range of very popular clothing which comes in all sizes. We have Hell Bunny, Lindybop, Collectif, Seamstress of Bloomsbury and more. Lots of you lovely ladies are choosing to buy your clothing here now and I think you all look so smart in it.


Mabel’s Vintage has also joined us and brings a mix of Art Deco items and a haberdashery with cottons, buttons, scissors, sewing boxes, lace, ribbons and more. Pop upstairs for a peep, no need to trek to that big old John Lewis now, it’s here in Newport Pagnell.


The girls tell me that they are in the final of the Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards for Independent Retailer. Wow just wow! Obviously it’s all down to me and my absolutely handsome insides! Talking of which I hear there is a film crew coming in March so I need to look my best for that. A bit of a spruce up is on the cards, I shall get those girls flicking the duster around ASAP! Rightie O time to get ready to open my doors to all you lovely peeps. See you soon xxx