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.

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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).

Vibrant Vintage with award


Photoshoot (part 1)

I have been lucky enough to take part in a number of photo shoots with some very talented photographers and models where Vibrant Vintage clothes have been used.  I am always asked if it is glamorous and have been wanting to write about the photo shoots for some time.   Here is an honest two part blog about what it really is like behind the scenes of a photo shoot.

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Behind the scenes

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The first photo shoot I took part in, was in February 2012 at Rose and Lee Living’s Studio.  The idea was for the businesses involved to give their time and expertise in exchange for the photos.  My role was to dress and style the models.  I really enjoyed working with the models to create some great vintage looks

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Owner of Rose and Lee

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Two of the models







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Alice the make up artist



The venue was perfect for a photo shoot as there was lots of exquisite antiques.  I was one of the models but was full of a nasty cold with a bright red nose.  Alice did a wonderful job of hiding my hideous nose and kept telling me to dab my nose and under no circumstances should I blow my nose.  Believe it or not it is very difficult to refrain from blowing your nose!  However, I’m glad I did as the photos were brilliant!






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original 1950’s dress

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Sadly the heating at the venue had broken so it was very cold.  The models had to wear fur coats in between shoots.  However Rose and Lee Livings mum kept the team going with hot cups of tea and even cooked us all a lovely meal after the shoot.  It really was a fab day and a great example of businesses pulling together to help each other achieve some great photos.  As a result of this the photos turned out beautifully

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All of the models


After this photo shoot the stunning Coco Fierce contacted me to borrow some clothes from Vibrant Vintage for a 1940’s shoot at a disused RAF Tilstock airfield.  The make up artist was Alice Kitty Wink.  Although the shoot took place in March, it was a freezing cold day.  Coco Fierce was a trooper and did not complain about the cold at all, as a result the photos look fab.  Coco Fierce is wear a original 1950’s winter wiggle dress on the left hand side.  While in the photo on the right she is wear a 1970’s coat and dress.

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Coco Fierce has also borrowed clothes from Vibrant Vintage for a Candy Candy shoot (photographer Laura Hince) and a Jubilee shoot (photographer Mudkiss photography).  For the Candy Shoot Coco Fierce wore an original 1950’s black and yellow dress (on the left) and a 1980’s cream wedding/event dress for the Jubilee shoot.  Since this photo shoot Coco Fierce has gone on to model for some top designers and I am honoured to have had her modelling Vibrant Vintages clothes.

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Last year Vibrant Vintage had a stall at Polka Dots and Pearls vintage wedding fair.  Kath and I attended the fair as Wayne isn’t great with wedding dresses!  Alice was the make up artist for the event and got all the models ready for the catwalk show.

I dressed the models in their dresses for the catwalk show and decided who looked best in which dress.  Some of the models involved in the catwalk show had to have a quick change in the middle of the catwalk show.  Before this I didn’t realise how difficult it is to get in and out of a wedding dress!  This was a great experience but at the time it was very stressful trying to get the models in their dresses and on the catwalk in time.

Thankfully the catwalk show was great and all the models looked beautiful.  The flower stalls made some lovely bouquets that complimented the dresses perfectly.  Vibrant Vintage still have wedding dresses and if you are getting married and want a vintage dress drop us an email and we will arrange a fitting at the shop.

Our shop so far

The Vibrant Vintage shop has been open for nearly 2 months and I can honestly say I do not know where the time has gone.  The shop is looking very full now and I can’t believe that we had been storing all these clothes in our garage in between fairs!

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A few weeks ago we had our signs put over the shop.  We opted for a sign over each of our windows and then our logo over the door.

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In the main room we have ordered the vintage clothing into decades, while our maxi dresses are near the window.  We have clothes from the 1940’s – 1980’s and accessories from 1920’s.  If you can’t find what you are looking for just ask as we may have something in our stockroom.




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We have two dressers, one art deco and the other shabby chic with lots of lovely vintage dressing table sets to manicure sets to retro clothes hangers.  We also have furniture, a large suitcase full of scarfs and a shabby chic hat stand.





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Then we have a lovely art deco ladies wardrove full of fur and faux fur coats.  On top of this wardrobe we have some fabuolous suitcases, hat boxes and delicate Victorian hats (all for display i’m afraid)





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Our next room we have used as the retro and collectable room.  This rrom isn’t quite finished as we want wallpaper on one wall, to stock some retro dresses in sizes 8-22 and buy a unit to display all of our lovely china.  We hope to have this room finished in the next month



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In our final room we have created an intimate space for men, with a collection of harris tweed jackets, hats, scarfs and collectables.




The shop is open Tuesday – Saturday 9am-5pm.  However, we will be organising after work and Sunday events in the shop where you can learn to knit or have a make up class.  Keep posted for more information.  If you are passing Westhoughton, pop in to say hello.

Our little shop

Well, Vibrant Vintage have had a hectic few months.  Just before Christmas we decided to move from Westhoughton market into a shop in Westhoughton.  On Saturday 12th January we opened our doors but have spent the following weeks doing lots of little jobs to finish the shop off, we still have lots more to do.


This shop is situated in a conservation part of Westhoughton over looking the Pitoria disaster memorial (and next door to Cherry’s cafe).  The address is 2-4 Wilbraham Street, Westhoughton, Bolton, BL5 3RA.


Our shop has one main room and two smaller rooms off.  The main rooms has furniture, while the clothing is organised into decades.


The second room is still a work in progress and it is selling retro dresses in a range of sizes and china and collectables.  While our third room is snug gentlemans room with our stock room and kitchen behind

The shop is selling a wide selection of vintage and retro clothing, accessories, jewellery and collectables.  We are also selling vintage and retro homewear, furniture and shabby chic.

Mens Clothing

We have purchased a great vintage shop display counter that contains all of our jewellery.  Next to this will have our counter and  vintage till from America.


We have two fabulous art deco wardrobes in our shop.  The first larger ladies wardrobe contains fur and faux fur coats, while the second gentlemans wardrobe currently has vintage wedding dresses.


Although, we had a little launch party on 12th January, we are planning a larger opening event once the shop is completely ready.  Keep posted for more information.



Trencherfield Mill Christmas Gift Market

On Sunday 18th November we hosted our second vintage and retro fair at Haigh Hall and what a day it was.  We would like to thank all the lovely people who came to the event and made it a wonderful day, our next fair at Haigh Hall is Sunday 7th April 2013.

The Hall was decorated with Christmas decorations around open fires, while Chorley brass band welcomed visitors.

Then we had beautiful Bexi Owen singing throughout the day.

On Sunday 2nd December we are organising our last event of the year at Wigan Investment Centre to coincide with the Trencherfield Mill open day.  For this event we have decided to organise a retro Christmas Gift Market, where there will be a variety of stalls selling unique gifts for others and of course yourself.

This event is perfect for the whole family as the Trencherfield Mill will be operating its large steam wheel, with information on what the Mill was used for during the industrial revolution.  Canal boats (weather pending) will be running up and down providing mini trips.  There will also be a mini fun fair outside the Mill.  The fair will then take place on the right hand side (look for Vibrant Vintage outside the room) inside the Wigan Investment Centre which is situated alongside the canal.  We have the following stalls attending:

  • Heart – A Unique Boutique – selling vintage clothes, jewellery, bags, shoes, handmade jewellery and home accessories
  • Urban Chocolate -a lovely range of homemade chocolate in a variety of flavours and present sets!/TheUrbanChocolateCo
  • Sugarfingers and Pipsqueak – yummy retro sweets, homemade fudges and glitter tattoos and facepaint!/PipsqueakGlitterTattoosandFacepainting
  • Hannah Angela – Hand painted vintage inspired birdy wall hangings., using  a mix of vintage  and new buttons and fabrics. Handmade button and ribbon brooches.
  • Nostalgia Vintage and Retro – vintage clothing from 1940′s – 80′s, hats, shoes, bags, jewellery, tea sets, tea pots and vintage curios

  • Woolybobs – hand knitted items from bags to rugs as well as good quality upcycled furniture
  • Butterquins – pretty handmade and customised clothing, accessories, bows, skirts, cardigans and bags
  • Vintage Duncan – a large selection of collectables, china and furniture
  • G’s Things – handcrafted and customised objects such as mirrors, boxes, clocks and shabby chic
  • Jenny Wren – vintage furniture, clothing, handmade crafts, cards, jewellery, fashions accessories and lovely bric a brac
  • Harmony Craft – handmade home gifts such as aprons, coat hangers, lavender bags, Christmas cards and gifst and baby knits
  • Picture This – hand decorated furniture using decoupage. images used are from the Beano, Dandy, Mandy, Bunty as well as vintage cards, games and images

  • Mary B Vintage – a selection of vintage clothing and accessories
  • Vintage in Petals – a great selection of ladies vintage clothing, handbags, hats, gloves, jewellery
  • Irene Clarke – cards for every occasion
  • Mint Vintage – a selection of hand picked vintage clothing, jewellery, handbags, hats and accessories
  • Morsage – jewellery such as bracelets and necklaces with secret morse code messages on, you will be given a booklet to work out what your piece of jewellery says
  • Petals – candles, silk arrangements, Christmas cards, babbles, wreaths and Christmas table arrangements

  • Bark-ing Mad – over 50 lines for the kitchen, homewear and garden to unique jewellery and personal gifts to suit every taste and budget
  • Suzanne Hitchen – decorated wooden keepsakes, trinket boxes and tea light holders
  • I Bimagery/Silverwolf – wildlife and landscape images mounted and framed
  • Gareth Wiles – very excited to have author Gareth Wiles at our fair, his novels “I am dead” and Icon’s Request” are perfect for a Chrismas read
  • Jennie Cary’s – knitted bags, hats, gloves, soft toys, jumpers, accessories and fabric bags and soft toys, ideal for a gift
  • Jane Hamilton – a great selection of vintage clothing and accessories such as handbags, jewellery, gloves and furs from the 1950’s to 1970’s

  • Kathryn Southall – shabby chic small household furniture, Christmas decoration, handmade jewellery, cut glass, collectables and kitchenalia
  • Cl Sabor de Sol – Spanish tapas as well as Cancrian style dips, ali oli (garlic mayo) mojo picon, ali oli with lemon, gift sets and hampers for sale
  • Helen Makes Things – handmade bunting, cushions, greetings cards, fabric bookmarks, heart hangers and Christmas tree decorations!/helenmakes?fref=ts
  • Wudstock – a range of handmade wooden items including tree decorations, note pads and pens

    • Homescapes – a promotional stand displaying garden design and construction, get the garden you have always wanted
    • Joyce Ormesher – shabby chic small household furniture, Christmas decoration, handmade jewellery, cut glass, collectables and kitchenalia
    • Grannies Homemade Cakes – cake pops, cup cakes, magic reindeer food
    • Magnetic Brooches – range of magnetic brooches that are nickel free, handmade, rhodium plated and very wearable
    • Vibrant Vintage – finally there will be us selling vintage clothing and accessories from the 1930’s -1980’s we will have a selection of jewellery that will make ideal presents


The retro Christmas Gift Market opens at 10am and finishes at 4pm, with free admission and parking all day.  There will be more craft stalls on the left hand side organised by the cafe, food and drink will be available at the cafe or from individual stalls.