Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Vintage in the City - Kinky Does Manchester




Yesterday Kinky Melon travelled to the gritty & urban setting of the Old Granada Studios in Manchester, the former home of Coronation Street, the UK's longest running soap.



We took advantage of the glorious weather by dragging our wares outside into the sunshine.


Jon's original English-made cherry red Docs were from last week's car boot sale. The paisley cravat, vintage Austin Reed waistcoat and red skinnies all came from charity shops and his Jimi Hendrix tee from a flea market in Goa.


 I wore a 1960s psychedelic culotte dress from Janne's Vintage, topped with a pile of Indian tribal jewellery, 1970s Ted Lapidus sunglasses (from a chazza) and some original red leather wedges from Clare.


Its only the second Vintage Village @  the Old Granada Studios, run by the fab duo behind the legendary Stockport market. Yesterday's Manchester Parade and subsequent road closures deterred a few so it wasn't quite as well attended as last time.


....and look what they missed! 
Check out just a fraction of the amazing TRUE and TOTALLY AUTHENTIC vintage loveliness on offer.


Not a cupcake, fake Fifties frock, Scrabble ring or candle in a vintage china teacup in sight.


Our vintage Liberty of London pith helmet remains in stock, ready to attend another fair.


I reckon Jon should keep it, its a good look.


The smiley beer seller was a welcome neighbour, tempting us with some wonderfully hoppy IPA.


As a child I was an avid Coronation Street viewer, being allowed to stay up until 8pm on a Monday and Wednesday was a special treat. I haven't watched it for at least 30 years so the set wasn't familiar to me.





It was fun using the seedy nightclub loos.


But unfamiliar or not I loved the location, and despite a slow start, sales turned out to be very healthy in the end. The good folk of Manchester certainly love their vintage clobber. We'll be back!


Vintage Village at the Old Granada Studios is from 11 - 5 on the fourth Sunday of each month - get yourself there, eat street food, drink ale and treat yourself some of the best hand-picked (and very reasonably priced) vintage in the land.


 Of course Manchester ain't just about vintage. Its got a bit of a reputation for being home to some of the greatest bands in the world, too (but I am a little biased!)


We spotted this iconic landmark on the way (by strange coincidence, situated on the corner of another Coronation Street) and pulled to a screeching halt, abandoning the van and taking a couple of cheesy fan photos, much to the bemusement of a passing resident.



I've owned this promo poster since 1986. My brother laid claim to it after I left home and its hung in his old bedroom over the road ever since. I'm tempted to incorporate into our décor here but how would Morrissey feel about being included on the Wall of Misery?

Vintage 1970s maxi - £5 from Vintage Village @ the Old Granada Studios (yes, £5! Look what you missed out on!)
I'd love to thank you all personally for the overwhelmingly kind texts, comments, emails and Facebook messages of support after my last post. I'm afraid my computer (purchased from discount supermarket chain, Aldi, sometime in the last century) is officially bollocksed broken. I've borrowed Jon's  knackered laptop to post this and its taken effin' hours.

I love you all!

PS: We're off to Glastonbury tomorrow and, as you'd expect, I've a bag rammed with sequins, psychedelia, fake fur, feathers, fringing and a bastard massive amount of jewellery. Rest assured my "vintage persona" will remain intact regardless of living under canvas for a week and not washing. Photos will follow somehow.

65 comments:

  1. Ooh missus don't you look fab? Glad to see you're loving Manchester - alas I couldn't make it yesterday :( but I must say it looks bloomin fab.

    Enjoy Glastonbury - remember to take plenty of pear cider along with your faux fur, feathers and wellies! xxx

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  2. Cant wait to see your pictures of Glastonbury - would love to go... your Jon's outfits on this post are brilliant, the dr martin's are really cool...Betty

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  3. Love the Salford Lads Club pictures. And the cherry red Doc's! One of the places Andy plays at is often swarming with old skinheads wearing crombies and cherry red doc's which always make me nostalgic as my uncles friends were skinheads and they were so nice to me :)
    The vintage fair looks fun, some of that furniture looks fab!
    I watch Corrie, but nothing there looks familiar to me!
    Have fun at Glastonbury!

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  4. All of these shots of vintage loot just make my mouth water.

    That is too cool about the photo from the Smiths album cover. Jon kinda looks like he fits right in.

    You are doing those amazing sunglasses a huge favour. I highly doubt anyone else could make them look half as good.

    Have fun at Glastonbury!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  5. ahhh - the smiths!!!!!
    looove mister morrissey since my teens.....
    that culotte suit is sweet :-)
    have fun and success at glastonbury my dear!!!!!!
    xxxx

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  6. I think Mozza would fit right in with the Wall of Misery, get the grumpy old bugger up there with the doe-eyed kids!
    That looks like a fabulous fair, so much great stuff to drool over. Obviously you and Jon are always the coolest sellers (and the best dressed!) and I'm pleased you had a good day's trading. Jon should definitely keep the pith helmet! Love that new maxi for a fiver, and of course the Salford pics are fabulous!
    Real vintage? No cupcakes or repro? Not a place for the Vintage Awards team then, ha! Come on, love, get working on that "persona"!
    Haven't watched Corrie since the glory days of Deidre Barlow and Mike Baldwin's affair, Mavis and Derek, and Reg Holdsworth, so I'm a bit out of date too. Those were the days.
    Have an absolute ball at Glasto - love ya! xxxx

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  7. Morrissey would've let you win the stupid award.

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  8. I'd have screeched to a halt too! I reckon Moz would love to be on your wall of misery. I've still got all my Smiths singles, albums, t-shirts and posters - will never let them go.

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  9. Jon is always such a smart dressed man and you shine like the star you are !
    xxx

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  10. Candles in teacups! That made me laugh. I would plotz if I saw a vintage market like that around here. They just don't exist! Fab photos. Jon should definitely keep the pith! And there is Vix looking maxi licious!

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  11. You were walking on hallowed ground there, in the footsteps of Ena and Hilda in their crimplene and curler'd glory! And not forgetting the wonderful Elsie Tanner and her perma-fag! Now that sounded just like my sorta vintage fair - no frills just good old original vintage to rummage through! xxx

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  12. Hi there! The vintage fair looked absolutely fabulous and your maxi dress is gorgeous! Have a brilliant time at Glastonbury!! xx

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  13. Oxbloods hun, oxbloods . spent the weekend in a field surrounded by them and scooters and the usual dodgy mods ....enjoy glastonbury ,

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  14. Darling DARLING you look fecking marvelous! You and Jon have so much style and real life charm I love seeing you both out in the beautiful sunshine selling your fine ass vintage stock! I laughed long and loud at your comment about what they DID NOT HAVE ON OFFER there:)
    The fair itself looks off the hook with goodies what a sweet venue and the city itself, loos included make me want to visit it with you both. The shots of you and Jon in front of Salfords is legendary because you are playing tourists!

    Have a blast at Glastonbury, stay dry, drunk and happily gorgeous! I LOVE YOU BOTH BUCKETS!
    Can't wait to chat when you are back about all the drama that was that bullshit contest.

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  15. What fabulous sunglasses!
    The fair looks great fun! I'd love to rummage through those sewing patterns. And the G plan? My dads still got all his. xxx

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  16. I am just totally gutted that I could not be at THAT sale! Of course I would have emptied my bank account so perhaps it's good that I wasn't. And I don't own a truck for hauling home furniture. I like to imagine that I would have a fabulous time shopping all morning and then I would hang out with you and help you sell your stuff. Jon is such a handsome dude I'd say you are a lucky girl except he is just as lucky!
    xoxoxo

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  17. Haha! You should definitely stick Morrisey on the wall of misery! Have fun in Glastonbury! I look forward to the post festival pics!

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  18. Having a beer seller as a stall neighbour would have been a nail in the profit coffin for me as I can't resist an ale or five.
    Your frock rail is looking mighty fine and both the culotte dress from Janne's Vintage and the Vintage Village maxi dress you are rocking are FABULOUS!
    I've got the same Docs as Jon and I scored mine at a car boot sale for £8, best frigging buy ever, I wear them all the time.
    My English teacher used to tape Eastenders for me off BBC world service back in the early 90s but I haven't watched it for years. I've never really been a soap fan, I just had a severe London fetish :)
    I know you and Jon will have a hoot and a half at Glasto, looking forward to the post-post...xxx

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  19. That first pic is a gorgeous shot of you and that culotte dress is utterly fabulous. I do like a bit of Janne's Vintage..some luverly shmutter.
    Well, I'd have loved a day out there and it does seem to me that the further north you go, the more the peeps love their vintage and the more reasonable the prices.
    Have a fantastic Glasto...the sun is staying out so they say.
    Loves yer.
    xxxxx

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  20. I'm with you on the computer misery. Just tried my laptop and it is officially bollocksed also! So sad and cross at myself!!

    Oh I WANT to come to Manchester and see your cool stall! O
    "Not a cupcake, fake Fifties frock, Scrabble ring or candle in a vintage china teacup in sight."- that does make me laugh as there is a 'vintage boutique' in a town nearby that does just that. And some soaps etc. Much as I like Scrabble jewellery and fake fifties frocks (because I never manage to find any 50's things in my size, budget,liking, that's not what vintage fairs are about. Have you tried typing vintage into Ebay- you get all sorts of Chinese stuff (new) coming up!!!
    By the way, I was totally with you on those handbags. The morning after I'd typed that post, i thought about the fact that they were ridiculously cheap and foreign and that's not good! Second hand first!

    I got totally excited yesterday a I bought a 70's frock on Ebay. I noticed after I had bought it that said the seller was from Walsall and I was really excited that I was buying something from you, but no, it appears there is another vintage seller in your town!x

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  21. Once we get a car, hubs and baby and I are driving to Manchester to check out that vintage fair, and hopefully meet you guys too! Have fun at the festival. Xox

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  22. What a fab day you had. Rather you than me at Glasto ;-)

    Have a ton of fun.

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  23. It looks like a great fair and I just love the pictures outside the Salford Lads Club. I would have screeched to a halt too had I found myself outside it! Have a great time at Glasto, I shall be watching from the comfort of my living room. I'm not cut out for festivals! x

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  24. Ha, your comment about cupcakes and candles made me snort...so true. Pleased you did well on the Corrie turf. Deidre's specs aren't a patch on those amazing TL sunglasses of yours. I agree with Emma's comments, authentic vintage in the south comes with a hefty price tag. It's not only your puter that's bollocksed, so is Blogger..I'm not getting any post updates! Enjoy Glasto.xxx

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  25. Jon looks smashing in the red pants and cherry docs and I love the culotte dress. You two must be the coolest couple at all these vintage fairs. I laughed at your list of things that were not on offer at this fair - we see those things over here at "Handmade" festivals all the time.

    Have a blast at Glasto, you deserve to party after all the stress of the competition ;)

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  26. Looks like fabulous vintage shopping and would love to have been there. But then I think that about everywhere that Kinky Melon appears.

    You and Jon are stars and stunning in front of the Manchester landmark!

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  27. Haven't gotten to the previous post yet but it sounds like you're under siege...HATE technology, really. But then again, I wouldn't have met you, right?

    I adore posts like this because I get to sightsee and vacation, pretending I'm there. Having you as my tour guide is even better. John looks fab, and you of course are freakin' gorgeous.

    Love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  28. You Brits sure know how to have a good market. Over here we end up with trucks loads of imported cheap crap being on offer. But I refuse to give up on our markets and live in hope of things getting better. Country markets seem to be the honest old fashioned sort. Totally love the culotte dress! Goes without saying that you will have a fine old time at Glastonbury.

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  29. Oh oh Vix we are having heaps of computer problems at home....blogger?????....grrrr!!!!!!
    Anyhow I was so so so angry when I read that did not win........you are amazing, inspirational, and the most perfect vintage lady in the world. You are a winner........for all of your friends and fans.
    I hope you and Jon have the most amazing 'Glastonbury' adventure.......Gilbert will miss you....enjoy the tent.
    Sending much happiness.....love v

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  30. Simply love your tribal jewellery , especially the earrings , they're gorgeous , just like you are !
    And your sun glasses : wow !
    The helmet suits Jon very well , so do his red skinny pants ...
    Some beautiful lamps I've just noticed ...
    Thank you for brightening my day Vix ...
    ~Colourful kisses~
    ~La Dryada~

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  31. One day I'm coming to see you at Kinky Melon ... I don't know how and I don't know when ... but I'm coming ... and I'm buying a vintage maxi dress when I get there :0)
    xx

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  32. Looks like a great day out! Beautiful outfits as ever too. Have a great Glastonbury, party like you won the Vintage award, because by votes you did! xx

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  33. I love this post! That looks like it really was a great sale and I'd love to have been there. And what a great find Jon had in those boots.

    Here's thinking of you cool dudes as you set off for Glastonbury. Good for you.

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  34. Those sunglasses are keepers, as is the pith helmet! Take off the tags immediately before some clear-eyed person of taste and means scoops them up!

    I'd enjoy being a fly on the glass when you and Krista dish on the awards bash...

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  35. Gorgeous couple, glorious sunny day, great boots! Carry on you two vintage maestros. xox

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  36. What a fun fair! Makes me want to go vintage browsing. :) You look glorious - fun beautiful hedonistic goddess! I really like Jon style here - super! It might sound funny, but I would like to replicate it in some way, very inspiring. :)

    Love and hugses all the time! xxx

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  37. always fabulous to see you rocking some vintage fairs, enjoying the atmosphere and looking fabulous!!
    You're gorgeous, love your dress and magnificent bijouterie, Jon is looking übercool and wish you enjoy Glastonbury and dance and drink and meet lots of people!
    besos & fabulousness

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  38. Have a fabulous time at Glasto and then treat yerself to a new laptop!
    Z xx

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  39. Your posts remind me of- and make me miss- outdoor selling. I need to revamp a vintage trailer and get to selling wares on-the-go ASAP! :D

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  40. Glad to see you are still as fab as ever, and didn't let the award get you down! Nice to be outside in the sunshine in such an interesting location. I must show Jon to Bushy to inspire him. Yesterday I picked up a wool and cashmere coat for him at the op shop that fits!!!! That culotte suit is just to die for. And how about those sunnies!!! You are a ray of sunshine in my winters day. Enjoy camping...argh! XO

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  41. Darling Vix ... youse waz robbed. You look so lovely, so you have no need of that sort of award-ish thing.
    On the run, even tonight, but I'm so glad I got to see your event! Hope your computer issues are soon solved ... it's such a pain, isn't it. Great job to get a post out at all on a strange machine.
    So glad to see you!

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  42. My eyes are still pinwheeling from that incredible culotte dress (and thanks for the term). So happy to see your "persona" living the vintage lifestyle - partying like mad when possible and working with passion with vintage treasures. I'd get lost in that market and spend all my money.

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  43. love love love the shades!!!!!!!

    and ur dress!!!....

    http://www.myunfinishedlife.com

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  44. I've come over all excited, like I've had too much coffee! the fair looked fan-frigging tastic! look at all of that gorgeous stock! Jon should keep the pith hat, definitely! your culotte dress is dynamite, and with those awesome sunnies too, you are just gorgeous! I'm soooo excited for you, have the best time at Glastonbury! I'll be watching it all on the telly x x x

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  45. The picture of you in front of the Salford Lads Club is a piece of art! Your outfit coordinates perfectly with the facade of the building. You couldn't have done better if you'd planned it!

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  46. I must copy that style Jon is wearing. A tie with a t-shirt with a vest. Genius!!

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  47. vix i've stolen onto my friends computer while she is busy. i'm still on kauai and wanted to say i'm sorry you didn't win but you are so loved in this community that who cares what they "officials" think. you looked so beautiful and have fun at glasto and say hi to jack from me! xo juanita

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  48. You look amazing.
    The location looks like a lot of fun.
    Thanks for sharing the wonderful photographs.

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  49. You look fab Vix. Love the dress very much. Love Jon's red boots too xoxo.

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  50. Love those flipping shades !
    Jon the hat is def you ~ and now to find the safari !
    Sorry I haven't been keeping up with my rounds had a flu bug the past week ~ bleck ~ on the upswing now I hope.

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  51. What a great place for a vintage fair1 A bit like you I've not watched corrie for years so don't recognise any of the set.

    It looks like some amazing wears were available to buy. Glad you have healthy sales even if it was a little quiet.

    Have a great time at glastonbury hun.

    X x

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  52. and galoshes I hope....have fun!!x

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  53. Love johns boots , Dave had a green pair in the seventies he got known because of his boots lol xxx

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  54. I might be mad but I do love a public noticeboard and it appears that you might too ;). You're at Glasto as I type this and I missed you to say have a fecking gorgeous time ... but I know you'll do your very, very best. I've always wanted to visit Man, especially after seeing you gracing the front door of the Lads Club! Yes, that was indeed a brilliant market, no repro tat to be seen anywhere and how about that gorgeous Singer and 70s lamps! Swoon!! xoxoxoxo

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  55. No scrabble rings? What kind of an outfit are you running there? I tell you what, seeing you in that jumpsuit makes me wonder if I did the right thing taking mine in. Your's looks so stylish and casually comfortable. Imagine having your photo taken in front of that very door! Legendary. I've never been to Manchester, but it's on the list. As far as I'm concerned you're vintage personality of the year every year. Hope you're having a blast down in my home county. Xxxxxx

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  56. No scrabble rings? What kind of an outfit are you running there? I tell you what, seeing you in that jumpsuit makes me wonder if I did the right thing taking mine in. Your's looks so stylish and casually comfortable. Imagine having your photo taken in front of that very door! Legendary. I've never been to Manchester, but it's on the list. As far as I'm concerned you're vintage personality of the year every year. Hope you're having a blast down in my home county. Xxxxxx

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  57. Too much win in one post. The cherry docs, your gorgeous face and jewelry, great photos...all so rad!

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  58. "Not a cupcake, fake Fifties frock, Scrabble ring or candle in a vintage china teacup in sight. " Love your straight talking Vix, Manchester looks like it was lots of fun for both of you. I know my Dad would love a pith helmet.......

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  59. How fabulous you both look ,and what a smashing day you had best wishes to you xxx

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  60. In the second piccie withyou on I like the dress onthe mannequin!!

    I don't recognise any of the sets from Corrie either which is a bit odd as I've watched it onand off for about 20odd years haha!
    Hope you had funatHlastonbury!!

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  61. That vintage fair looks fantastic. I would shop the living shit out of that place. Morrissey def belongs on the wall of misery! Sucks about the computer. It's hard to get used to new things, too.

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  62. How can you make a shapeless culotte dress look so glamourous? You are definitely too cool for words! I love seeing the vintage shows you sell at, so wish we had the same here! XXX
    PS yes playing catch up!

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