Friday, 18 December 2009

Chistmas Wishes from Alfies!


Alfies would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year! We are opened again on Saturday the 2nd of January and hope to see you all in 2010!

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Vintage Family Christmas

Why not try to escape the Christmas stress by treating the whole family to a day out at Alfies? Every woman enjoys getting pampered so book your appointment at Nina's Hair Parlour now!

You can enter Nina's Prize Draw by sending an email to with ‘Prize Draw’ in the subject line for your chance to win a delightfully crafted up-do?

*Closing date for all entries is 24 December 2009

Make a day of it, bring all the family and let them explore the beauty of all the vintage and antique treasure on offer! See the excited twinkle in their eyes as they discover the beauty of the past, things they have never seen before around every corner of the market. Let the grandparents tell a story or two about their childhood with memories evoked by curious objects.

The knowledgeable dealers at Alfies are always happy to share their expertise. Get your mother to bring along that necklace she has wanted to get re-stringed, Marie Warner at Marie Antiques will be happy to help.

View from Marie Antique's stand

Should the men run out of patience send them to look at the rare vintage plane models at Stephen Lazarus.

An Art Deco wooden plane

Or some incredibley detailed silhoutte paintings from the days before photography even existed at Barry Landsman.

Sillhouette painted on plaster by Houghton & Bruce. Circa 1792-6

Ready for a little rest and a sweet treat? Then head to the Rooftop Restaurant for a nice cup of tea and slice of moist carrot cake. There you can show off your special finds and plan the rest of the afternoon listening to some good tunes delivered by the cool jukebox. Careful though, he'll want one!

Then off you go again, have another wander around searching for that perfect Christmas or New Years' Eve party dress in one of Alfies numerous vintage clothing boutiques. You will be hard pressed to resist those glamourous robes that will make you feel like a Hollywood siren!

Now collect your dearest ones, take them home and spare a thought or two for the people celebrating Christmas during difficult times some decades back and recreate your very own merry 'vintage' Christmas with some inspiration, gifts and happy moments found at Alfies.

Alfies also has Gift Certificates that make a great alternative if you still can't make up your mind! They can be spent anywhere in Alfies, are valid for a year and come in denominations of £10, £20 and £50.

Alfies is open right up until 4pm on Christmas Eve, great for last minute shopping!

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Alfies Christmas Gift Ideas (Part 3)

This is the third in a series of posts to help you find the best presents at Alfies! This one tackles the most difficult aspect of present buying...the ones for the men.

Buying presents for the men in your life is notoriously difficult, so here are a few ideas that might see you through the festive season without a sock in sight!

A 1930s Rometti Cherry Liquer Set from Modo Italia

One set of a large selection of Art Deco Drinking Glasses from Robinson Antiques.

For the dapper gentleman, a pair of 9ct gold Edwardian cufflinks, £45, from Peter & Naneen Brooks

1950s Danish Leather Swivel Chair from Stephen Lazarus

For something extra, extra special,
a 1960s writing desk designed by
Marcel Brauer from Francesca Martire.

Alfies also has gift certificates that make a great alternative if you still can't make up your mind! They can be spent anywhere in Alfies, are valid for a whole year and come in denominations of £10, £20, and £50.

Alfies is open right up until 4pm on Christmas Eve, great for some last minute shopping!

Friday, 4 December 2009

Alfies Christmas Shopping Party!

A big thank you to everyone who came to our Late Night Christmas Shopping Party last Thursday, the market was full of dealers and customers, enjoying some great entertainment, delicious food and a cocktail or two!

Dealers Emilia Porto & Tony Durante

Nina from Nina's Hair Parlour and friends enjoying the show in The Girl Can't Help It's window.

Gloria Sinclair and friends enjoying the party.

Jewellery dealer Pari (centre)

Bridget with her stunning butterfly fascinator!

Part of the amazing show put on by The Girl Can't Help It involving the bizarre combination of live snakes complete with santa hats!

We had a great evening and are looking forward to next year's party already! For those who missed out on the Christmas shopping evening don't worry, Alfies is open right up until 4pm on Christmas Eve. Perfect for those last minute gifts!

Visit Alfies on Flickr for more party photos!
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