Monday, 12 August 2013

Buying & Selling


Kinky Melon was off in Warwickshire yesterday trading at my friend Amy's Blighty Boutique Vintage & Handmade Fair. 
  

Many event organisers struggle to get people through the doors during the summer months but, despite being held in a village hall a few miles drive from the nearest town, over 600 vintage lovin' bargain hunters came through the doors.


And what fine folk they were. Many were repeat customers who'd bought from us back in May and we met some lovely blog readers, too. The van came back significantly lighter, always a bonus.
The red vanity case, navy fedora, several bow ties, old skool travel bag and vintage sailor top you can see in this picture all found new homes!

I wore a 1960s chiffon Peterson Maid maxi I bought in Cardiff last week.

As a chap we were chatting to yesterday said, vintage is a way of life. We not only sell it, drive it, and live it in but we wear it every day.

Linking to Patti's Visible Monday!

Jon wore some jumble sale trousers he'd altered and a 1960s fine knit
We'd planned to have a lie-in this morning and tackle unloading the van after a leisurely breakfast but a phone call from a contact telling us they'd got some stuff we might be interested in meant that we were back on the road before 9am.

Here's just a snippet of the haul. 


Fabulous coats and suits from the 1960s




and a lifetime collection of hats from the 1950s onwards.


This fabulous wool coat has buttons stamped "London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company". At one time it was the largest commercial undertaking in the British Empire until nationalisation in 1948. Splendid condition considering it's at least 65!


Just some of the immaculate 1960s & 1970s menswear.


...and That Shirt not only has the original shirt unworn inside but it to be one of the grooviest packaged piece of menswear I've ever come across.


I promise I haven't become a crazed doll collector but I had to grab this 1960s skiing doll just because she had a pet poodle.


Brilliant! That's this week's stock shopping done so we can concentrate on sorting ourselves out for this weekend's Green Man Festival and maybe (phone calls permitting) manage a lie-in!

See you soon! 

68 comments:

  1. Could I be the first, could I, am I?

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  2. He he he, I was, that's a first and likely last being in a completely different timezone over the other timezone of the world.

    It is never a surprise you and Jon do so well selling at these vintage fairs and festivals you have wonderful stock and you and Jon always look the part, because it is as you say a way of life. Loving your yellow maxi, yellow has quickly crept up to be one of my other fav colours these days. I always love too when you give us a run down on Jon's outfit, he is looking supercool.

    What a haul of clothing and hats you looked at and don't you just love these calls, that there might be something you're interested in looking at? The heart is always full of anticipation and excitement at what you might find.

    Looking gorgeous as always Vix. X

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  3. Oh my--what a FABULOUS haul you made!! Those coats, those HATS!!! WOW!!
    Totally worth not being able to lie-in!!

    You are stunning in that fantastic lemony delight of a chiffon maxi!!

    and jon is looking quite handsome in his vintage dud!

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  4. Dear Vix I often try to post but to know avail ..here goes again ....Inow have nearly all the Bary M colours of nail gelly ,I love my vitamin E moiseriser,I can't get hats small enough for my pin head and love the ones you wear ..love Jan xx

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  5. Yes, vintage and secondhand is a way of life for me as well and has been for many years. You and Jon never fail to impress with your unique style. That yellow gown looks totally dreamy on you and Jon is looking sharp as always.

    Great haul! Nice that you were able to restock so quickly with such fabulous finds. Congrats on your most recent selling success! Don't you love coming home with less in the vehicle and more in your wallet?

    XXX

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  6. Wow it posted ..love again Jan xx

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  7. Oh! What a beautiful yellow dress!
    Only you can pull such a look!
    What a loot you got there,wow!
    Magnificient collection of hats!
    Still waiting for my E-bay finds
    I have found an amazing vintage seller on e-bay -

    Take care

    Hugs

    Arianex0

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  8. I'm glad the fair was such a big success.
    You have some great contacts there, what a wonderful collection! Is it from house clearances?
    Have a lovely few days off! xxx

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  9. With all your hard work you deserve to have lots of success at the fairs. Fab haul.
    Not many people can pull off yellow but it looks amazing on you! M x

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  10. I do understand why that dress got a lots of love - its truly amazing on you! You are so beatiful!
    Great stuff you got to!
    Xxx

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  11. Fabulous look Vix! You're both original and authentic which is a rare combination these days when selling anything. You both deserve every success for all your effort and love you put into your work xx

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  12. What an amazing haul! Wow, love that pink suit. I bet none of that will stay on your rails for very long! I adore that yellow dress, looks like it might have some of that floaty magic Melanie was spreading round recently! You always have the best time at the vintage fairs, one day I'll have to pop up and see it all first hand! Hope you get a lie in tomorrow

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  13. Vix, you look like a fairy! Stunning! I know I always say this but I can't wait till you're selling somewhere I can go to, I've seen so many bits and pieces I'd love to get xxx

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  14. Fabulous finds,keep em coming sweetie!!! And you look stunning as always, glad you had a fab time on the road, don't you just love visiting new towns, new people and making more friends. Go lady, you to Jon. Love you both ;) xxx

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  15. you're glorious and glam in yellow, Vix. Ah, those hats! what a fabulous find. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xoxo

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  16. You look so sweet in that yellow flowing frock. What fabulous hats and suits! So worth sacrificing your lie in, maybe a well deserved nana nap instead!

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  17. You are such a vision is this dress in that green field please someone start the music I can see the clouds parting and the sun coming out, dang it's you! 600 shoppers that is really awesome your set up looks pro and the rack of clothes looks delicious!

    I can't believe the lot you scored, my god those hats are just amazing they all look brand spanking new. The suits too, wow just gorgeous I bet they will all be gone next weekend or soon they are all real beauties Vix. You and Jon are so deserving I love that people save stuff for you, it's just so cool! I hope we can have a catch up this week, I'll email you!
    Allmylovetolilmisssunshine!
    MISSYOUXXXXOOOOO

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  18. What a stunning yellow dress! I love the sleeves, they're very 1970s Cadbury's Flake advert, which is always a good thing in my book. It's got that Stevie Nicks floaty-ness to it.

    That was a very good tip-off too, at least you can restock your depleted stock with those clothes and hats xxx

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  19. Glad it's all going so well with Kinky Melon.you look a vision in yellow.

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  20. FAbulous yellow dress! Looks like you had a good time.
    I love the red hat in your new stuff photos. Is it from the 70's?
    the ski doll is too cute too! xx

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  21. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
    I'M SO IN LOVE WITH THAT HEAVENLY FROCK!!!
    Bloody HELL, it's gorgeous, and you are pure divinity in it!It's quite distractingly divoon, but I do love that red vanity case and envy whomever got to take it home, and your contact popped you onto a winner! What a haul!!!
    But that FROCK!!! OMG!
    Frigging LOVE IT.
    Love you! Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  22. God, that dress is divine. I'm so glad you got it...made for you it is.
    Glad you had a good time selling and meeting. Vintage is indeed a way of life...it's in the bones!
    Have a fab time in the Black Mountains. Great line up, wonderful scenery and you'll be there...it can only be awesome.
    Love you.
    xxxxxxxxx

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  23. oh wow you are the goddess of sun and light in this beautiful yellow dress, absolutely beautiful. and i adore those 60´s coat and jackets!
    love and kiss,mary

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  24. Cannot believe how amazing that bargain rail dress is on you. I love yellow, it's like sunshine.

    I'll forgive you the dolls if you forgive me the pooch. Sometimes you just have to. Look at that poodle!

    I never get tired of seeing you and Jon at work, selling all your amazing stuff. And the word is obviously spreading if you are getting people wanting to give you first refusal on stuff. Exciting! A lie in sounds wonderful. I'm desperate for one. Have a blast at the Green Man! xxxxx

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  25. I think I want every one of that first lot of hats, yup every one.

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  26. How pretty are you in that beautiful dress. Stunning. And what an awesome haul of goods you scored. Of course, I'm partial to the skiing doll! Especially since she came with poodles.

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  27. I'm glad the van came back much lighter, always a good thing! And now you have stock sorted so you can manage a rest! You make me long for my flea market days, but don't think this back injury (as well as my husbands) can handle it anymore (unless I'm drunk or resort to pain meds, then I wouldn't care if it hurts LOL!) We still have to Skype soon, I know it'll happen when we're both not running around like maniacs!! XXX

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  28. Wow those coats are beautiful, and those hats! Ahh so beautiful pieces! And your yellow gown is amazing !:)

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  29. What a fantastic haul you've got there. Love that pink suit. I used to love buying stock for my business, finding something that you just know will sell gave me a buzz.

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  30. You looked amazing in the flesh too darling! My Tony said you looked like the lovely 'I dream on Genie'! xx caddy xxx

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  31. Wow, what a collection! Were the men's and ladies stuff from the same place? (e.g a very well dressed couple). What a beautiful collection of hats. Are you ever tempted to make up fabulous stories to accompany them? I am thinking some up now!

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  32. Vix you are a vision in canary yellow! What a glorious gown! Always fun to read about your buying and selling capers - I'm eyeing those lovely coats you've found in the jumble sales. Come to London one day!! Would love to visit your stall xx

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  33. Wow - I have seen very few people wear yellow as well as you.
    A breath of sunshine on a grey day.

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  34. 600 punters, you definitely deserve a lie-in! How gratifying to get so much custom. Your new haul evokes memories of my Nan, the second and third hat pics could have been hers.
    You are a vision of lemon-ness.

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  35. That Shirt has the best box ever. And hats for days. What a haul! That dolls is nuts: poodle, ball fringe on the tunic, and weird fake snow, ha.

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  36. Love those hats...You look happy in that dress..

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  37. You are a vision of loveliness. Very impressed by the size of the crowds you're getting at these affairs and how wonderful to have folks call and offer new stock.

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  38. You have so many great goodies! I love that you bought the doll for the poodle.

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  39. Vintage is a way of life isn't it? Even for vintage/antique industry veterans, the fever never goes away. Glad you guys had a successful day!

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  40. You are the postersuperstar for vintage as a rockin' way of life and it is good to see you are thriving thriving thriving. Looking gorgeous as ever and wonderful to see.

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  41. Oh you look so beautiful in that floaty frock. Just glorious! And Jon is looking super spunky too. You & he really are the best advertisement for your stock. I hope you get some R&R in this week before another crazy weekend. Xx

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  42. You look like a doll in that yellow number, Vix! Exceptionally cute and pretty!!

    And send one of those beige hats my wayyy!

    Love
    <3

    Shubhi!

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  43. Bloody hell, that yellow maxi is FUCKING MAGNIFICENT!!! The colour, the flowy divine fit, the sleeves... it is PERFECTION and you look BEAUTIFUL!

    The red case is fabulous. The hat collection is incredible (I can see our Helga in the hot pink and the black and white!!!!) and I adore the brown 70s suit. What a fantastic haul.

    Bloody bastard massive miss you - any chance of a Skype soon???

    Love you more than yellow maxis!

    Sarah xxx

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  44. Oh my gosh Vix....you do look so very very pretty in that wonderful floaty 70's frock......and you look so very whimsical......love love love it.
    Yip you are spot on.....vintage is the air you breath when it's the heartbeat of your life.....oh sorry I'm a bit pissed that's all a tad fluffy.
    Ok ok you and Jon are amazing as always......
    Love V

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  45. You're like a beautiful ray of sunshine in your yellow dress Vix, and what an amazing haul you got! Every time I see your rails of stock something catches my eye, I love the black and grey flowery dress, and the red vanity case. Hope you and Jon have a great time at the festival. xx

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  46. Oh those hats!!
    Love your bright yellow dress as well, so pretty.

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  47. If I had the talent to write a screenplay I had built it on that dark beauty wearing a yellow delightful creation. The It-man in the blue shirt would obviously have a major role in the script aswell.

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  48. Wonderful! And due to your super blogging activities I wouldn't be surprised if you and Jon are by now main attractions to come to the fairs, too. Vintage Bloggers unite!! xoxo

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  49. Oh Vix your posts always fill my eyes with wonder!! What a beautiful yellow dress, I was so curious to see it after you showed us only a little detail, it's perfect!! I love that you are having the success you deserve with your fabulous Kinky Melon boutique, I can spot from here a lot of beautiful and unique pieces that only your talent and knowledge could bring to us!The latest finds are perfect too, I loved, in particular, every single hat and the doll!!
    Love xxxxxxxx

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  50. You are a vision in Saffron! I thought of you when I posted about Mellow Yellow. x

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  51. 51st! Yay!
    I am so bloody behind I can see my own arse but never mind, I am gamely trying to catch up...
    LOVE the yellow Cardiff frock (it's almost a twin for the one you sent me for my birthday!) and I bet you were the brightest, most visible and beautiful seller at the fair! As always, your stall looks amazing, sooooo much fabulous stuff.
    What a wonderful collection of vintage you bought, just look at all those hats! Do any of them fit you or are they all ridiculously teeny weeny? I can see Helga rocking some of the Mrs Slocombe/Queen Mother-esque ones! The railway jacket looks like something the Fat Controller would have worn, what a great find, and the ski-ing doll with poodle just had to be yours, even if she looks completely bonkers (too much gluhvein après-ski, I reckon...)
    Hurrah for regenerating your stock, for lie-ins, and for another festival round the corner! Love you! xxxxx

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  52. Make that 52nd and 53rd - that will teach me to type such long comments! xxxx

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  53. divine, divine, divine!! I love love love that dress on you!!!

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  54. You look like a lovely daffodil out there in the field in your floaty dress! YOu and Jon are the poster couple for leading a "Vintage" life - Yay for selling lots and for snagging more great stuff to sell. Thats quite an impressive hat collection. I see I am not the only one lusting after the red vanity case ;)

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  55. Those hats!!!! O.M.G.!!!!
    And that shirt box is amazing - would love to see the shirt inside..

    Love that yellow dress = amazing!

    x

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  56. Ooh lovely dress, I love your clothes rail too, quite fancy one of those! :)

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  57. love that you've been enjoying a delightful vintage atmosphere, selling and chatting with customers!, that's a fabulous way of life!
    And all that 'new' stuff you've purchased seems awesome!, so pretty suits and hats!!
    wish you have a fabulous partytime, dear lady!
    besos

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  58. Gorgeous yellow maxi - so lovely. What a haul!!! Tis what dreams are made of..

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  59. Hi my dear! Wow, what a vibrant gorgeous maxi dress, it looks made for you! So pleased the fair went well!xxx

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  60. I'm glad it's all going well for you with the stall, that guy you spoke to was right vintage is definitely a way of life! x

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  61. Oooh... that's yellow maxi is just gorgeous on you! And Jon looks very snappy too :-)
    Glad it was a successful fair...

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  62. You both look utterly gorgeous and as everyone else says you really are the perfect advert for your business!!

    Wish we had more vintage fairs down my way, there never seems to be any!

    Lx

    http://the-sportista.blogspot.co.uk/

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  63. Looking gorg in that yellow frock!
    Jon scrubs up well too, doesn't he?
    Smart!
    Z xx

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  64. gorgeous photos. You look like a tasty banana goddess in your flowy gown. And all of those hats? Yes please.

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  65. Oh that yellow is gorgeous colour. x

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  66. Ahh I love the peachy (?) hat with the pink bow on it in the first hat photo at the back. Is it for sale?
    x

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