Magpies wanted for Vintage & Handmade at the Lanes!


 The wonderful, long running, Gimme Shelter Fair held at The Lanes has asked for some Magpies to join their nest!

The Gimme Shelter Vintage, Handmade & Vinyl Fair, that has been running since 2009, is looking for some extra traders as they look to expand on the already popular event. The Fair is held within The Lanes, which is a cool retro style 1950’s bowling dinner inside, and a wonderful 1930’s building on the outside. A perfect location too, next to Student halls and the busy Cabot Circus. Also the free Sunday parking is another bonus!

They are looking for some Magpies to attend the next event on September 7th, and the ones to follow. You will trade alongside their regular and popular vintage traders, offering quality on-trend vintage. They have also introduced a selection of local ‘Etsy’ traders. This is a great opportunity for Etsy traders to promote their local independent businesses & for designers to show their handmade & vintage products in the ‘flesh‘.

Another corking idea is the on-site seamstress, offering alterations for items bought at the fair that day. Perfect for that vintage must have that needs a little hem snipping! Also when weather permits the have traders in the large garden, as well as live acoustic music. 

So fancy joining? We are looking for vintage traders and Etsy style handmade makers. We want on-trend vintage, as well as the classic. The handmade & Etsy traders need to be offering current and well executed wares. This market is heavier visited by the nearby student halls and the Sunday shoppers from the city centre, so a mixed audience. 

The Details:

The venue - The Lanes, 22 Nelson Street BS1 2LE


Gimme Shelter! Boutique @GimmeShelterVBStall

Pitches are £20, Opening for public from 12pm - 5pm with free entry.

Please email me at ~ for booking forms and further details. 

                                    Hope to see you there! 

Question: Magpies, are you ready to bring our mix of handmade & vintage to Bradley Stoke?


Last month I received an email from the manager of a shopping centre named Willow Brook, asking if the Magpies could help bring a handmade and vintage market to their centre in Bradley Stoke.

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I visited Willow Brook to view the space for the pitches, indoors and out. There is roughly 55 spots available. Its a very busy town centre that has a footfall of 14000 shoppers on an average Saturday! However, it definitely has a massive hole in regard to handmade and vintage wares. I think the Magpies makers and traders can fill this hole perfectly! 

I feel the following traders would most suit this location;

Handmade: Children’s gifts/or related items, homewares, cards, silver jewellery, upcycled jewellery, foods, cakes, knitted items, crochet, handbags, picture frames, toiletries, screen printed items, lampshades, sewn wares, fascinators, ceramics and art work.

Vintage: Gift items, homewares, shabby chic, kitchenalia, jewellery, upcycled vintage, children’s toys and books, accessories (bags, hats, scarves), vintage clothes.

Artisan Food Sellers: All manner of food & drink traders please do get in touch. 

Workshops: Craft, Kids, Screen printing, etc

If you are thinking of joining us as a new Magpie please have a quick scan over our snaps of our past traders and events on our Facebook pages or at It will give you an idea of the level of skill, workmanship, and the wonderfully presented stalls that traders deliver. If you want to ask me any questions before booking up please feel free to email, including snaps of your work, to  image

The date will be Saturday 29th November, with the set up times from 8.30 to be ready for business at 10am and clear down is at 5pm.

Now for the all-important pitch info; there will be three types of pitches, Indoors 6ft x 2ft, indoor 6ft x 6ft (‘L’ or ‘U’ Shaped pitch), with Outdoor pitches in the square by the Christmas tree, including electric hook up. Prices will roughly start from £18 up to £35. You will need to bring your own gazebos (though you can brave it without!) and tables if you’re outdoors and indoor traders just a table. (I am looking into the hiring of tables and gazebos and will update information before the booking forms go live on the extra costs for traders wanting  to hire, roughly though to hire a gazebo you maybe looking at £20).

Parking is on site and is free.

**BOOKING FORMS SHALL GO LIVE ON THE 26th AUGUST **They will be available at

This is new territory for the Magpies traders, but one that I think is most definitely worth nesting at! Also if traders enjoy the Christmas market then there is already a date pencilled in for us to return in the Spring.

However folks, this shall not be the only Christmas event for the Magpies & I this Christmas, on no! We are hoping to plan a sole Magpies & I Christmas Market and Shindig for December, if a suitable venue can be found, so keep your eyes peeled for details.

                     Smelling the mince pies and mulled wine already!!!


OMG!!! Rhubarb Jumble Open Shop

Magpies & I don’t have favourites, but if we did Rhubarb Jumble would be up there! Having done three years of the Market circuits, including many a Magpies & I event, they have gone and got themselves a shiny shop.


I visited the store this week in its Southville location shortly after they opened, (unfortunately with only a camera phone,hence my poor snaps!) and was of course not disappointed. The wonderful mix of vintage clothing and homewares looks right at home in its new abode. Being only a stones through from ‘The Old Bookshop’ & ‘The Hare’ its aesthetics and independent vibe feels right at home in what’s fast becoming a very full and interesting end of North Street.image



The whole place is a very stylish Aladdin’s Cave of finds and wants! With vintage DM’s, an array of accessories, quality men’s vintage, dresses from every era and homewares that in my opinion every home requires. 

Here are my top three picks (this was very difficult as I could have listed umpteen more):

  • the wonderful bright checked dress in the window
  • Super cute lamb milk jug 
  • A vintage Las Vegas Fruit Machine




I was also pleased to discover that they will be stocking Lea Stein Jewellery. My husband has already been repeatedly shown photos of these. 


So in a nutshell it’s AMAZING! I was also told that new stock shall be added frequently, so I shall be returning with regularity as I certainly wouldn’t want to miss out on any of these guys vintage finds!

The store is located at 52 North Street, BS3 1HJ. For opening times or any questions join them on ,Twitter @vintagebristol or at

Their website will be up and running real soon too.

Madrid Market Finds


This February Alex & I headed to Madrid. 

Madrid means a lot to me, having spent a great deal of time there whilst I was traveling alone around Spain, and more importantly being the place Alex asked me to marry him. So I was very pleased to be returning. Also there was a truly happy coincidence, the monthly Madrid vintage market would be on the weekend we were there! 


Queues to enter


but very worth the wait!






The Market is housed in Madrid’s Railway Museum. The stalls are set out with professional makers and vintage trader stalls held between the trains and platforms. There was much on offer, including vintage homewares, vintage clothes, handmade jewellery, quirky industrial lighting, taxidermy butterflies, blankets, child’s toys, handmade textiles, artisan food and the most beautiful handmade shoes.


Then outside the building, placed along the old railway lines and train sheds are the non-professionals, selling their wares in a flea/carboot fashion. There is space for more than 100 stalls selling everything and anything that they no longer need or want.

I purchased this rather kitsch ‘Girls with cats on bike’ picture from the outdoor market for 10 euros. Alex purchased a pair of never worn ‘Nudie’ Jeans for 1 euro..yep 1 euro!


Then when you have had your fill of shopping there is a huge outdoor space offering live music, food stalls, beer and the new favorite drink of the Madrileno, Gin & Tonic. Plus a very sweet ride-on kids train! To pay for the drinks and food you first purchase tokens, 1 Euro or 5 Euro’s. Though if you don’t use them all you can return them to get your cash back. 


 I’m very sure that the Summer months must bring even more stalls and people. The food area must really come into it’s own too, with the Madrid summer heat, a cold beer and some live jazz would be a perfect way to spend a weekend. 

Basically, this Market is totally worth a visit (even the trains are lovely to look at!).

The Market takes place Saturday & Sunday every second weekend of the month, opening 11am till 10pm. Head to the Metro stop ‘Delicias’.

For lots more details see