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


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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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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

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Ok so I am going to digress a little on my quest to chat to you all about the fabulous traders who live inside me! ┬áThe girls had the bad news that the lovely West Barn who supplied our Autentico Paint was leaving them. What to do? Well they knew that a lot of customers were relying on them for their shabby chiccing (not sure that’s a word but forgive me I am a building after all and never been a school!) The girls investigated a number of suitable alternatives, they did try to keep Autentico but were told by autentico HQ that the paint was no longer being able to be stocked by “a place like me” (ouch). They moved on and looked at Everlong and although were offered to stock it realised it was currently being stocked by Afterglow in Olney and Shirley’s Thrift Shop in Wolverton so decided that wouldn’t be fair practice. They enquired about Grand Illusions vintage paint but didn’t hear back for ages. Then it struck them that when they first opened they had looked into stocking a paint called Frenchic but didn’t go with it as West Barn then joined them.

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Long story short the girls contacted Pammy again at Frenchic, the postcode was available, the paint was tested and proved to be so amazing our AS (for those in the know) painter was converted too! Soooooo I now have inside me a big shelf unit full of Frenchic Paint, waxes, brushes etc etc. The wax is the only wax we know that doesn’t have the big ‘X’ on the can, the paints contain no VOC’s so safe to paint with indoors as well as for pregnant ladies, children and pets. All in all the girls are rather proud of themselves and excited to be on this new adventure. I think they “did good” too. So why not pop in and have a chat with one of them about the new paint and stuff? The furniture appearing in the shop from Pip ‘n’ Mix will now be painted in Frenchic so you will be able to see what it’s truly like.

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Gosh I can go on so enough from me and I promise the next blog will be on another fab trader……..but which one will I choose next?