Saturday, 21 December 2013

Sh Boom... Sh Boom!


Don't waste valuable time faffing around with Xmas decorations, just move into a mate's place where they've done all the hard work for you. 


This is my friend Lyndsey, the creative genius behind Boomerang Retro, a shop so crammed with mid-century gorgeousness that even the most frazzled vintage lovin' blogger would squeal with excitement.


Now India's sorted and our pop-up at Blighty Bazaar is up & running, armed with homemade vegan brownies (both Lyndsey and boyfriend Steve are vegans) we took a trip over to their shop in nearby Hednesford. 


Lynch's Tina and the 1960s art glass made me feel right at home.


If we hadn't decided on a £15 present budget I might have hinted at Jon buying me the Spanish lady.


 This 1950s tumble drier is in perfect working order. I didn't know they were even invented back then.


 These Scandinavian wall plaques are part of a series of 12, each featuring a month from the same couple's courtship. 


The coolest TV ever topped with a trio of OBDs*, surely a sign that Lyndsey needs to start blogging.

* Obligatory blogger deer (no self respecting blogger dares be without).


 I know several bloggers who'd squeal over this Pyrex (Em, Dee...)


1960s Babycham glasses, naturally!


 The freaky kids were safe - I already have these on the Wall Of Misery.


Jon spent ages fiddling with the radiogram. Wouldn't that shelf make an ideal extension to my poodle parlour? Poor thing's straining under the weight of my birthday poodles (thanks Em & Curtise!)


....and wouldn't that barkcloth make a fantastic shift dress?


You'll find Lyndsey and Steve here.
I didn't tell them that I'd be writing about Boomerang but I knew my blogging friends would love it as much as I did.

Vintage cheongsam blouse (birthday present from Tania), 1970s lurex maxi (courtesy of Dee), velvet platforms (Office sale, 2011)
Well, suppose I'd better get dressed and go and do battle in Lidl for a box of teabags, a pint of milk and a loaf, that's if there's any left. One sodding day and the whole country goes mental, buying more food than the pair of us get through in a month.

See you soon!

74 comments:

  1. Love that place -to bad its in a nother country ...
    xxx

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  2. Very groovy indeedy! I love the furniture!

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  3. This place looks perfect, and you look right at home there!

    I adore the cats and I spy the most gorgeous blue polka dot tea set.

    Have a lovely day xx

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  4. Wow what a shop! Lyndsey has a fantastic talent for display, everything is really shown to its best advantage (I would go bankrupt there!) The pyrex! (yes I'm a fanatic as well.) The barkcloth! The couch! (loveseat?) The glassware! Oh lets just say I'm in love with it all to make this easier on us (; I have the same Babycham glass, but its lonely (: I never realised that about the deer, I've had a few for a zillion years too. Thanks for the lovely peek, mid-century is so much fun! XXX

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  5. Elegant lady on an elegant sofa.

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  6. Oh thank you for this delightful visit to Wonderland! I really wish to come there too, I already love everything! And you and Lindsey look amazing on her sofa!
    Have a wonderful weekend!!!!
    Love xxxxx

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  7. It looks amazing. My parents had some stuff like that. Do you collect 60's art glass too? I have quite a bit and I can't resist it even though it really doesn't work with my decor. I'd love a telly like that! xxx

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  8. Looks a great place, aww I love my babecham glasses too. Stopping by to wish you a Merry Christmas x

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  9. Wonderful place - thanks for sharing with us. So much reminds me of my grandma's house, where I was raised till age ten. The TV! The Pyrex! And you and Lyndsey look gorgeous. xxx

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  10. Wow, the shop looks amazing! I've seen them at a couple of fairs now and I always have to pull myself away in case I buy everything in sight!

    Catherine, xo.

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  11. Oh I have just seen my dear old plant trough ,I loved it with trailing plants in it ,in the front window ever so posh I was lol ...love Jan xx

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  12. AARRGGHH...its me mums front room all thats missing is the huge vintage car nail art and the vile gold flock wallpaper , ive been morphed back to the 60s

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  13. finally, a tumble dryer that gets me excited! I love it, and the sideboard, couch, furniture, everything! it all has a whiff of my nan's house, perfect x x x

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  14. Oh! You were right! I'd LOVE to visit that shop in person! And guess who has some OBD of her own???? Me!

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  15. It looks incredible, I shall most definitely be paying it a visit after Christmas.

    X x

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  16. A fab post, darling. SO much loveliness and what an amazing place. Loads there I'd snaffle up.
    I know...one bleedin' day...enough with the panic buying of goose fat for Christ's sake. I've got my food in and hey, not a Heston mince pie in sight. Or mice pie actually 'cos that's the kind of shit he does.
    Ho, ho, ho!
    Loves ya.
    xxxxx

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  17. Love this post - Lyndsey's shop looks wonderful. That radiogram looks like the thing for me....
    Gorgeous maxi skirt you're wearing.xxx

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  18. Where to start?!!! Gorgeousness everywhere! Adore the cabinet with all the glasses - amazing!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  19. ohh that yellow table is beautiful, good job i have just bought one xxx

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  20. I thought you were on the set of a 70s film. What a treasure trove.

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  21. To my immense shame I have to say many items like this passed through my hands to charity shops and - shudder - the tip!

    We bought our house furnished and there were a lot of min century items many of which we kept and the rest I 'let go'. It was before I developed my love for these things but the thought haunts me!!!

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  22. What a fantastic shop!! You look so at home, in fact so much of it could be in your home. It amazes me how obviously world wide xmas causes so much stress and panic. Boxing day sales over here are manic and I avoid the shops at all costs this time of the year.

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  23. What a shop, my mother has one of those black piggy banks.
    I hope Lidl was bearable. x

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  24. Wow, talk about crammed to the hilt with fantastic treasures ... Lyndsey's shop is a vintage lovers paradise. And I love how she has styled it all. What fun it must have been to have a poke around.

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  25. so delightful pieces, that's a vintage paradise!!, love all those cabinets and furniture, and I'm laughing a lot about OBD, mwahahaha! oh my deer!!
    besos

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  26. Fab shop, we had a drop leaf table like that in the 70s
    Twiggy

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  27. Ooh so much fantastic stuff. That barkcloth is gorgeous and yes it would make a fabulous shift dress. I think my OBD will be staying out all year, as you suggested. I've got my eye on that yellow electric fire, good job I live a long way away or my bank account might be significantly lighter!

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  28. Vix, you look right at home sitting on the settee and reading. I am totally in love with the bambis and the tv - makes me feel really nostalgic. Boomerang Retro looks amazing, wish I had a Tardis so I come over and visit. Hope you are having a great weekend, xx

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  29. I think you and your skirt are the star of the show!

    OBDs - must have one now ...

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  30. amazing shop!
    you´r looking very beautiful wearing pink everywhere!!!! :-*

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  31. note to self: find deer stat!

    What an awesome place! Everything looks so colorful.

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  32. Love their cosy home(envy face)!

    COOL MATES:-)

    X

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  33. Oh wow what a beautiful shop! You two look just beautiful enjoying a drink! Rich and I still have 2 working days left (many of our colleagues have taken leave and finished up for the year) and everyone it seems has gone insane. I'd glad we live in the city where there are only small supermarkets - I imagine the ones in the suburbs are full of people trying to spend a years grocery bill in one shop!

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  34. Wow a trip down memory lane! Mum had a house full of retro hand me downs that I grew up with. She redecorated when I was away at school camp and was so proud when I got home to show me she had gotten rid of the "old stuff" and replaced it with cheap eighties "new". Love this post! Xx

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  35. What a great shop ... if it wasn't on the opposite side of the globe I'd be there in a flash.
    xx

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  36. Boomerang looks brilliant. I could spend a fortune there....if I had a fortune. Ah, we can dream!

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  37. Bonitas piezas!!
    Besos
    http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

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  38. Mary, mother of fricking GAWD!!!
    Heaven. Just heaven. Love, love, LOVE IT!!!!!
    How DID you tear yourself away?!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  39. All of that stuff is so tempting... Good thing I'm on the other side of the ocean!

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  40. I was going to ask why your country is going mental - I sometimes forget it's Christmas. Maybe I'm the mental one. Wouldn't I love to spend an afternoon at Boomerang Retro. They certainly have an impressive collection. Great photos of you with Lyndsey. And I love how you combined the vintage cheongsam blouse with the luscious lurex. Wow.

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  41. I think I would have felt like I had died and woken up in Vintage Heaven in Lyndsey's shop! If there was a Santa Claus, and I had a Christmas list, I would want the little two seater couch, the red folding table, the green display case, and....

    Lyndsey has a wonderful eye for creating displays that show off the items to their best advantage. What a lovely shop!

    Yes, it's a crazy kerfuffle in all the markets and stores here too. You'd think we were preparing for a nuclear attack instead of Christmas.

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  42. The shop looks fantastic! I believe even people who are not interested in vintage stuff would visit it with great pleasure. It is like going back in time. And I spotted something I would definitely have bought there - a blue cat figurine, it would have been a nice addition to my collection of cats.

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  43. Ha, my grandma has those same Babycham glasses. Boomerang looks like an amazing shop. I am drooling over all the mid century homewares.

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  44. I think I might want to move in there !!! If I am EVER down that way they are on my list of places to go. Fantabulous. V xxx

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  45. Hi there!! What an awesome place, true vintage at its best!! Have a lovely weekend xxxx

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  46. absolutely wonderful! What a great place. And, as always you look fabulous in that outfit. x

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  47. Look at you two lovely ladies on that killer sofa! Their vintage shop has an edge to it and I wish I could have a cruise through. I love that since doing the fairs you and Jon have this new vintage family. It's wonderful to support each other!
    Love you honey!
    Xxxxooo

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  48. The place looks like so much fun! Also the huz and I love your skirt here. And Lyndsey's shoes are fab.

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  49. Thank you Vix for such a lovely write up of our little shop! You're welcome to move in anytime!! And thanks all for your fab comments! We really appreciate it. Big hugs to all of you xxx

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  50. You look very much at home in the midst of the shop display, and my what a scrumptious display of well-chosen furniture, decorative items and kitchen equipment.
    Have also just enjoyed your 'packing' post below. So very impressed by your minimal practicality. The only question is whether 600 books will last you?? Here's to a wonderful festive time before you depart and a well-deserved, wonderful time traveling.

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  51. I'm laughing as I used to have one of those deer as a child. It thus was my destiny to be a blogger! I would love that Spanish lady too!!! X

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  52. Wow it's all awesome. I simply need everything you've shown, simple as that. X

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  53. Oh what an amazing shop! Lyndsey and Steve clearly have a great eye for vintage goodies, and have displayed them perfectly. And I can see soooo many things I would love to own!
    You're looking gorgeously pretty in pink, Vix, beautiful blouse and skirt, and all courtesy of fellow bloggers, I love that.
    And I love YOU! xxxxx

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  54. Wow love all the color!! so much to look at thanks for sharing all the pics of it~Enjoy your Christmas Love Heather

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  55. You & your lady friend look simply divine together....love your hairstyles! I think she should start blogging too & that TV brings back such memories. Have a good one Vix!

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  56. Great shop! Happy holidays to you both, see you in 2014 ♥

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  57. That shop looks fantastic! If I'm ever down that way then I will definitely pay them a visit x

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  58. Oh my goodness, what a dream this place is! I thought the same thing exactly about the shift dress when I saw that gorgeous fabric. And that vintage glassware *sigh*.

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  59. What an amazing shop - right up my strasse. I would be in there for hours coveting all and sundry. You look a delight as always in your blogger gifted outfit, gorgeous blouse and maxi combo. Lidl was OK on Friday but probably purgatory now. Enjoy your Christmas Vix.
    xxx

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  60. What a lovely place! The illustration on the wall plaques remind me of Peynet, a French illustrator that specialized in depicting couples. Have a look on google, they're so sweet I even have on tattooed on my leg :)
    Huggles!

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  61. Love your blog - currently reading it backwards - now at beginning of 2013 - amazing pictures! Some more blog reading over Christmas is scheduled in x

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  62. That shelf!!!! I am so on the lookout for a little shelf just like that! The shop is absolutely fantastic-- I would shop the shit out of the whole dang place!

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  63. I love the way they have set that shop up to feel like a home. I went through each photo saying, ooh, I've got one of those and yes, one of those too. It made it feel very familiar and homely. I can totally understand why you wanted to stay.

    Pretty in pink, eh?! Love the birthday blouse with that skirt. There's another pretty lady all in pink and I would have been the same as you, wanting to take her home with me.

    Not long to go now Vix....eeeek! Exciting! xxxxxx

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  64. What an amazing retro place! I definitely agree, the amount of food at Christmas is crazy, I am definitely trying to limit what I buy this year to avid waste.

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  65. ooh this shop is a dream! And yes, that barkcloth needs to become a shift dress STAT! I finished my christmas food shopping yesterday and i SWEAR they put the prices up for Christmas! All the in season fruit and veg were suddenly like $1 more per normal.

    Anyway. Fantastic shop - i wish i could just zip up there for a little buying spree!

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  66. Looks like a beautiful place. Those vegan brownies also sound good. Happy Christmas! x

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  67. You seem to have a nice hit and you both match the home!

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  68. Lindsay's house & shop look fantastic. Have a very Merry Christmas & a brilliant time in India, Vix
    x

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  69. Look at all the wonderful stuff!! And you two are two cuties for sure!

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  70. What a cute shop! The blouse you are wearing is so beautiful.

    Love always,

    Masha

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  71. Cannot wait to visit this place, my friend lives in Warwick so I'm sure it won't be long until I get to visit :)

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