Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Love is in the air at Alfies!

Valentines could be my favourite holiday, what's not to like about showing that special someone that you love them! Here at Alfies we have been searching for some fantastic heart shaped items.

Beautiful Victorian gold bangle from Brooks

Silver and Tortoise shell heart shaped box from Marie Antiques

Victorian gold heart locket from Brooks

Heart shaped compact from The Girl Can't Help It.

Keep your eye on the blog as there will be more Valentines themed posts to come as we look for more gift ideas. What's been your favourite ever Valentines present?

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Big hearts, great hair, cosy times.

While most of us have spent the festive period enjoying some relaxing family time, our dear folks at Nina's Hair Parlour were busy doing a good deed they have wanted to do for a long time.

On Christmas Eve the lovely gals and guys at Nina's invited the inhabitants from the local Nursing Home to their salon which was closed to other clients so they could focus solely on the elderly crowd. It turned out to be a wonderful success and an extravaganza of free snacks, haircuts and hairdos. Of course the ladies and gentlemen took the time to tell stories of days gone by which is always a special treat and beats any text book!

Everybody had a great time, and we are very proud to have people with a good and big heart such as Nina and her team here at Alfies.

Image courtesy of Nina's Hair Parlour

Good things come to good people so we are not surprised but very happy to announce that Nina's Hair Parlour was short listed to win one category’s prize of the Telegraph Magazine's 'The Best Small Shops in Britain 2010' awards. The public has voted for Nina's to be part of this great competition, now it's down to a panel of experts to make the final choice. We have certainly picked our favourite and cannot wait for Nina's to be announced as the winner. Fingers crossed!!

Why not pay Nina's Hair Parlour a visit to find out yourself that their fantastic skills, warm and welcoming atmosphere and the salon's authentic retro style are well worth an award?

Image courtesy of Nina's Hair Hair Parlour

And for those of you who would like to create a warm atmosphere with some authentic vintage pieces to brighten up grey winter days and make the most of cosy nights in, why not take inspiration from these wonderful finds:

Early Victorian silk and beadwork tea cosy offered by June Victor

Pair of 1950's wall lights offered by Thirteen Interiors

Carltonware tea set offered by W & L Antiques

Cute cups & saucers offered by Beth

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year!  Since our last post there have been many exciting developments here and lots to tell you about.

Alfies is nearly full to the brim with shops and services.  We would like to welcome some new dealers to our wonderful market.  Alfies is back to normal opening hour from 10am - 6pm, Tuesday - Saturday so please make sure to come and pay a visit!
1950s Horrockses Dress from Dandy Dolls
After the rush of Christmas it's time to relax and think about resolutions and personal improvement.  A good start would be at Dandy Dolls, which is a new vintage shop on the very top floor of Alfies.  Find a stunning selection of beautifully hand selected clothing, hats, and accessories to brighten up your wardrobe for 2011.

1950s Floral Brocade Dress with Bolero from Dandy Dolls
Dandy Dolls Shop on the Second Floor at Alfies
To update your home visit new dealer Anouska Hunter Antiques (also on the second floor) where you will find some truly fantasic pieces from lighting and decorative items to tables, chairs and a fabulous wooden bench (pictured below) that would fit perfectly in a hallway.  Make sure to snap up the 'Be Modern' sign (also pictured), it's the last one of it's kind!

Anouska Hunter Antiques Shop on the Second Floor at Alfies
'Be Modern' Vintage Sign from Anouska Hunter Antiques
Also new to the second floor is Syrup Bucket Records. Jazz up your music collection with some original records.
Syrup Bucket Records
Syrup Bucket Records
For toy enthusiasts head to For Your Eyes Only where you will find a broad range of collectables from the board game 'Mousetrap' to specialist James Bond themed items and collectable cars.

James Bond Collectables from For Your Eyes Only     
Collectable Cars from For Your Eyes Only
Alan Robinson, another new dealer on the first floor, has a small but very well put together stand with a interesting selection of 19th century interior and decorative items, including some statement wall pieces.

Alan Robinson Antiques
Alfies has a lot more to offer for 2011, as well as even more new dealers, it is Alfies 35th Birthday!  Keep visiting our blog for up to date news and information on how we plan to celebrate this very special year!
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