Steering Clear Of Those January Blues…..

January 15th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Thank goodness for the sales this month, where you can buy that dress you’ve had your eye on for a fraction of the cost!

However January, as months go I think we can all agree you are the most depressing of them all.

Luckily PFR are here to get rid of those January blues and cheer you up with up to 50% off our vintage collection.

Just go to our ASOS Boutique or head down to Worldly Wicked & Wise for those fabulous bargains…………

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Love,

PFR xxx




 

 

 

Five London Vintage Shops You Have To Visit!

August 13th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

It goes without saying that Past Forward Retro is one of the best places to find beautiful vintage clothing but where on earth do you go to buy vintage for the home?

Here is some of our favourite places for buying vintage textiles, homeware and furniture around london.

 

1). The first Place on our list is Circus Antiques located in Kensal Rise. This place is certainly not bargain basement but they do have a fantastic and unique collection of 18th – 20th Century furniture.

So if your looking for an interesting and quirky piece to go into your home then this is definitely the place to find it.

We spotted this amazing palm metal wall light for £240, it’s not cheap but it is seriously cool.

Circus Antiques

60 Chamberlayne Road
Kensal Rise
London
NW10 3JH

Tel: +44 (0)20 8968 8244

Mob: +44 (0)7957 184 007

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Saturday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

http://www.circusantiques.co.uk

 

2). One of our all time favourite places to go and find vintage treasures is Alfies Antique Market. If you haven’t been here before you are in for a real treat!!

Located in a wonderful 1930’s former department store, the building is everything you would hope an antique shop would be.  The shop is full to the brim of amazing stuff and what makes this place so special is that there is a huge range of dealers selling a wide verity of items. “The Market is a treasure trove where you can buy a huge range of antique and retro goods from the 20th century including vintage fashion and accessories, modernist furniture, costume jewellery and 20th century decorative arts”.  This is a place where you can definitely find a bargain or spend some real cash. Either way it’s a place you should absolutely visit.

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Alfies Antique Market

13-25 Church Street
Marylebone
London, NW8 8DT

T: 020 7723 6066
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am-6pm

http://www.alfiesantiques.com

 

3). WE  LOVE Judy’s affordable vintage fair but did you know they also have a retro furniture flea?! Ok so technically this isn’t a shop but Located in York Hall, this amazing fair has everything from retro furniture, atomic print furnishings, kitchenalia, to retro electricals! Everything the vintage gal could ever dream of, all in one place!!

“Doing away with expensive replicas and focusing on quality and affordability, the Flea provides an antidote; a celebration of mid-century living from the 50s and beyond, the event offers up 50 TOP vintage traders, all offering furniture and homewares without costing the earth!”.

So now you can see why we had to add this to our list! This is absolutely an event you shouldn’t miss.  The next furniture flea is on the 3rd September and we highly recommend you there early.

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The Vintage Furniture Flea

York Hall
5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green
London
E2 9PJ

Opening Hours: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

3rd September 2015

http://www.judysvintagefair.co.uk/events/the-east-london-vintage-furniture-flea-2/

 

4). Les couill de chien (meaning the dogs bollocks) is another treasure trove.  This wonderful characterful emporium is located on Golborne Road and is packed full to the brim of vintage collectables and antiques. They sell everything from crystal chandeliers, taxidermiy fish, art deco lampshades, vintage chairs to wooden dolls, but quite frankly if the name alone doesn’t make you want to go to this shop,  we don’t know what will! The owners are friendly and there is always something to be found in this amazing shop. There are a lot of antique shops to visit along the Golborne road but this one by far is the most interesting. You really never know what your going to find here and thats what makes this place a little bit more special than everywhere else.

Les Couilles Du Chien
65 Golborne Rd
London W10 5NP

http://www.lescouillesduchien.com/

 

5). Crystal Palace Antiques and Design Emporium is crammed full of wonderful items! It houses a large collection of furniture and lighting which spans over four large flours and is packed full of vintage and antique objects.  Is it a classic piece of 1960’s danish furniture your after? or perhaps a large victorian mirror? Whatever it is, you’ll be sure to find something you never knew you needed at this establishment.

The items range in price but we can safely say that there is absolutely something here for everybody.

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Crystal Palace Antiques

Imperial House, Jasper Road
(just off Westow Hill)
Crystal Palace SE19 1SG

T. 0208 480 7042

Open hours: Monday – Saturday 10am till 6 pm
Sundays 10 am till 5 pm

http://crystalpalaceantiques.com/

 

Love,

Past Forward Retro x

Hidden gems: London’s best charity shops, vintage sales and thrift stores!

April 3rd, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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In our opinion you don’t have to spend a lot of cash to look great and have your own interesting individual style. We are massive fans of vintage shops, kilo sales, car boot sales and charity shops! Shopping like this not only sets you apart from the crowd (how many times have you seen that Topshop season staple on someone else???) but you can sort yourself out with a new wardrobe for easily under £100!

Here are a few of our London gems we had to share with you…

The East End Thrift Store, E1 – Tucked away in Whitechapel, this is our go to shop for denim jackets and jumpers. You have to literally rummage through massive piles of crap but then out of nowhere you’ll find something perfect! They often have ‘fill a bag for a tenner’ type deals or section off part of the shop where every item is £1. Make sure you give everything a good wash before you wear it though!

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Vintage Kilo Sales – These kind of sales require a proper rummage to unearth goodies but it’s well worth it in the end. Go for light items such as silk shirts, summer dresses and skirts and you could leave with 8 nice vintage pieces for just £15! The next London one is on 3rd May 2015 and is held at York Hall in Bethnal Green. We would suggest getting there as early as possible to snap up the best items.

Factory Seconds Shop, E17 – One of our favourite factory outlets is this hidden away leather seconds shop in Walthamstow. We can’t actually remember the name of this shop but it’s tucked behind St James St rail station. They supply leather jackets to Topshop, Oasis, Ted Baker etc.. and have rails and rails of slight seconds that are £30 or £40 instead of £200 or £300! We found an amazing shearling leather jacket here and it’s been one of our staples for years and was only £40! They also have handbags, shoes, shorts, strange leather dresses and menswear. This place we highly recommend for leather jackets!

The Charity Shop -‘Probably the best charity shop in the world’ E9. This shop really does live up to it’s name. Located on Well Street in Homerton it probably is the best charity shop ever! There are rails and rails of designer second hand and vintage clothes. They do know when something is a good find but you still won’t pay more than £20 for a designer item. Jess used to live on this road and almost every time we went in we’d end up finding something great!

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Wayside Community Centre Charity Shop, E5 – This charity shop is on Chatsworth Road and whenever I visit this shop I leave with a bag full of great clothes. I once bought some brand new Kurt Geiger heeled leather boots from here for £10. Its a great place for summer dresses and second hand high street brands.

All Aboard, West Hampstead – This is one of our favourite areas for charity shopping. There are 5 charity shops in a row and our absolute favourite is All Aboard which always has some great vintage clothes and accessories. They are more on the pricer side for a charity shop but it’s really well worth paying that little bit extra. They also happen to do some fantastic sales which are super affordable so keep an eye out.

Battersea Car Boot Sale – This car boot is still one of our absolute faves, mainly because you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to find a fabulous bargain! It’s every Sunday from 1.30pm – 5pm and only costs £0.50 to get in!!  However if you want to be amongst the first buyers inside, then you can pay £5 for entry at 11.30am. There is a smaller selection of sellers already onsite at this time (usually around 50). These sellers are ʻpremiumʼ pitch holders and have paid more than most for their pitch so they usually have higher quality goods for sale.  This is a really well run car boot sale so if you’re buying or selling it’s definitely one not to miss!

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We hope you find this post helpful, look out for our next instalment where we will reveal even more hidden gems!

Love,

Past Forward Retro x

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