Westhoughton’s 1940′s day

On Saturday 6th July Westhoughton traders hosted a 1940′s day to raise money for the Help Our Local Heroes Foundation.  I decided to wear a very fitted 1950′s dress that looked rather 40′s bought from Grandma’s Attic and an original 1940′s hat from Vibrant Vintage.  My sunglasses are Boots and shoes Marks and Spencer (only £20 and very comfortable).

Victoria in 1940's

Me in 1940′s

I decided that the shop would be transformed into a 1940′s shop.  So I put masking tape in the windows as if the shop was prepared for an air raid.

Vibrant Vintage 1940's Day

Vibrant Vintage 1940′s Day

The shop window had posters from the 1940′s such as “Dig for Victory” and “Careless Talk Cost Lives”.

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1940′s clothing

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Wartime

 

I then chose some 1940′s dresses for the window put an evacuee, suitcase and gas mask in the window.

 

 

 

Outside the shop I had vintage gardening scales and vegetables for the Dig for Victory campaign.

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Outside the shop Lane Paul Stewart was singing all day.  Lane is a great singer who preforms different songs in different outfits from his RAF officer to 1940′s civilian wear.

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Lane Paul Stewart

Westhoughton market had extra stalls selling vintage, craft and produce in the back of the market, while additional stalls were placed at the front of the market.  The lovely Carlee sang all day at the market.

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Emma from Retro Queen

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Tracey from Urban Chocolate

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Vintage Whatnots

At 4.30 a representative from Help Our Local Heroes charity, who was at the event all day, laid a wreath at the cenotaph to remember those who have died in conflict.

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Westhoughton managed to raise £750 for the charity, so a huge thank you to everyone who supported the event.

Bolton and Bury Business Awards

Last year Westhoughton market won the We’re Backing Bolton award in the Bolton and Bury Business Awards.  This year Jean, who has the underwear stall on the market (do check out the stall as she has lots of retro underwear and tights) suggested that we apply for Best Start Up Business.  As I was in Germany at the time, Wayne and Kath submitted an 11th hour application, not holding out much hope of being successful.

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Wayne and Kath of Vibrant Vintage

Then a few weeks later they received a call from Bolton and Bury Business awards advising that Vibrant Vintage had been selected as a finalist.  Wayne and Kath called me in Germany and told me the news.  I didn’t realise just how important it was to be a finalist until I was told that Vibrant Vintage had beaten 100′s of other start up businesses to become a finalist!!!

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Bolton and Bury Business Awards

When I returned from Germany thoughts turned to what to wear to the awards.  I love the 1950′s but as I usually wear 50′s clothes I decided to for a 1920′s look as the Great Gatsby style looks fab.  I do like a 1920′s bob but with waist long hair this can be hard to pull off.  However, I decided to attempt a 1920′s bob by curling my hair and pinning it, the look is finished off with a vintage fascinator.  The dress I wore is Marks and Spencer, the shoes Karen Millen, the bag Prada, and finished off with a vintage silver fox fur butterfly wrap.

Victoria Vibrant Vintage

Victoria of Vibrant Vintage

Kath wore a 1920′s style dress with a little black wrap and fox fur wrap, while Wayne wore a dinner jacket and vintage white scarf.

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A few days before the award ceremony the Bolton Evening News had a supplement with all the businesses that had got to the final.  At this point I started to worry as in our category the businesses were already huge with impressive turnovers.  Vibrant Vintage was the smallest company by far and the only one without employees!!  The business awards ceremony was held on Thursday 20th June at De Veres.  The evening started with a bucks fizz reception and then a three course meal.  The starter was a yummy butternut squash soup, followed by chicken and veg and finishing with profiteroles.

Vibrant Vintage Team

Vibrant Vintage Team

Vibrant Vintage didn’t win the award but we received a “commended” certificate that has pride of place in the shop.  Vibrant Vintage are proud to have been nominated as a finalist and would like to thank everyone who has supported us at the market, at the shop or at one of our fairs.  We really couldn’t have done any of this without you.  There is a special thank you to Jean Coban who made us apply for the award in the first place (those who have been to one of our fairs we have seen Jean as her daughter owns Urban Chocolate Company).

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Events for 2013

Vibrant Vintage will be hosting a vintage fair on Sunday 24th November 2013.  All of our other fairs that have been advertised are cancelled.  In 2014 our fairs will be held a Haigh Hall only, dates to follow soon

Collectables

Vibrant Vintage have decided to use this website as advertising space for what is available to purchase in the shop.  This page will showcase our collectables.  If you are interested in anything you see, please call into the shop that is situated at 2-4 Wilbraham Street, Westhoughton, Bolton, BL5 3RA.  If you live to far away drop me an email and I can arrange to post the item.

Gentlemen

Vibrant Vintage have decided to use this website as advertising space for what is available to purchase in the shop.  This page will showcase our mens wear.  If you are interested in anything you see, please call into the shop that is situated at 2-4 Wilbraham Street, Westhoughton, Bolton, BL5 3RA.  If you live to far away drop me an email and I can arrange to post the item.