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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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

General Chitter Chatter

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Well as I’m sure you all know I’m busy blogging my way through the list of traders that the girls have within me! I’m getting there gradually so hopefully you’re finding out a little bit more of what makes up my insides! Seeing as it’s coming up to Christmas though I feel a more general blog coming on today so here goes….

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For those of you that are new to this blog I am No.38 High Street a lovely 16th Century building in the heart of Newport Pagnell. I’ve been around a long time so have seen some changes but I like this one the best where I am now a vintage emporium.

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I can honestly say there is never a dull moment here with something going on all the time. The girls never seem to stop and the traders are constantly arriving with new stock. I’m quite lucky really as I get new goodies inside me nearly everyday. They don’t stay long though as the lovely people of Newport Pagnell and the surrounding areas seem to like what we have to offer. I am always hearing lovely compliments to the girls about the shop, the top one being that it’s the best thing to happen in Newport Pagnell!

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The girls are getting visitors from far and wide now and I know of a few who have it on there list of must visit places when they come to England! The girls have so many regulars popping in now it’s unbelievable. Some come for a chat and a browse, others because they have seen something they just have to have. You do have to be quick though if you see something as more often than not it will have gone by tomorrow.

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The girls are very active on all the social media sites too, in my day it was a bell and a town crier but hey ho what do I know at my grand old age? I was so proud too when they made it to the final of the National Vintage Awards. Since then they have written articles for vintage magazines, appeared in newspapers, helped with charity events and even been on the wireless. Pheweeee…..

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My windows always look splendid and I believe are very eye catching. I must admit to noticing those other buildings around me trying to emulate the style I now have.

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Christmas has been super busy inside me and I appear to be covered in glitter as does everyone who leaves through my doors. It’s great that there is now a shop where you can buy original, one off, different and exciting items in Newport Pagnell. Many people are indeed doing all their Christmas shopping with me.

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I am sure the girls have plenty of plans for the future so I will be eaves dropping (tee hee little joke there) and let you in on what is happening. If you would like a full list of the traders inside me then pop to the website

http://www.no38vintageemporium.co.uk/

To keep up to date with new stock the girls tell me it’s best to follow them on Facebook and Instagram. They also tweet about any new news too.

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Anyway I’m finishing off now as I need to get ready for one of the girls to open my doors for another fabulous day of visitors……toodle pip xxx