Timeshift – Dial ‘B’ for Britain is a really cool and fascinating insight into the history of the telephone.
First shown on BBC4 on 20th April 2017 this programme tells the history of the British telephone line over 100 years and the telephone on the High Street and in British households over this period. If you think the problems we have today getting a phone line installed are something new – think again, the infrastructure has always been expanding and demand always seems to exceed the supply. From being a plaything of the wealthy the telephone became a necessity of the 20th century and though mainly used for connectivity today it is still very much part of our lives.
The program takes us into the exchanges, talks to engineers, switchboard operators and experts and contains a fantastic array of vintage clips of the telephone in all its glory. Included in the program are a number of phones which we lent the BBC in making the program.
If you want to watch; it is still available on the BBC iplayer for a few days – Timeshift – Dial B for Britain
We are out and about all over the country in the the coming months. First up we are returning to The London Irish Centre for the Camden Furniture Flea on the 12th Feb.
Then there is a little respite before March madness kicks in.
We are attending 3 shows in March – our oldest and most favourite Furniture Flea in York Hall Bethnal Green on the 5th, swiftly followed by a trip up to sunny Leeds on 12th for our first foray to the north this year. This new home for the flea is in the impressive Castle Grove Masonic Hall – a great airy venue with lots of on site parking.
Then to round up March we are at Dulwich College, for Midcentury Modern on the 19th. Brought to you by Modern Shows this event is a must for all Midcentury aficionados and design lovers.
Discounted tickets for all these events can be bought in advance by following the links below:
We are pleased to be attending the AFE Art, Antiques & Interiors Fair – a new vibrant fair organised by the ‘Antiques for Everyone’ team. Being held at the ExCel centre in London Docklands this fair will have 150 dealers and we will be there too!
We will be bringing a great selection of our vintage Bluetooth speakers – which would look great in Art Deco to Mid-century Modern interiors. We will also have radiograms, record players and a selection of vintage glass and Fat Lava ceramics.
If you want to come for a post-Christmas treat email us for a pair of complimentary tickets worth £30! – email@example.com
General Assistant Required
Retro Bazaar is expanding looking for a part-time general assistant to join our team. We are an independent Retro & Vintage business located in Milton Keynes; specialising in restoring vintage and retro technology, selling at shows & on the web.
We are looking for someone who will fit into our team; be flexible and willing to turn their hand to various tasks. Weekday work, no evenings but the odd weekend if needed. Days worked can be flexible but must be 4 hours a day/ 3 days a week.
Applicants must be computer literate ideally with a working knowledge of MS Word. Knowledge of selling on eBay preferred.
If you think you’d be suitable please email firstname.lastname@example.org , attaching a copy of your CV and including a few lines about your experience and why you think you’d be suitable.
Closing Date – Friday 17th November 2016
Since we started adapting and converting vintage speakers, radios & radiograms to MP3 players they have always been wired, using the headphone socket on a mobile phone or MP3 player as the connection. However as our experience has increased and with Apple taking this facility away on their iPhones and iPods we are now offering our MP3 conversions with Bluetooth.
It has always been or ultimate aim to do this however it has taken a while to source the most suitable hardware to make this work with the vintage technology we are adapting.
Currently we are introducing this option with our range of table top radios and standalone speakers.
We have an alternative add-0n solution for radiograms, which connects to the headphone socket and this can added to new conversions and can also be retrospectively supplied for any of our existing MP3 conversions.
We are happy to be returning Edinburgh Fringe this year with Judy’s Vintage Fair.
Being held over the first weekend of the festival – 6th & 7th August – in the the uber cool ‘Out of the Blue & Drill Hall‘, the fair is a great way to start the festival with a bang. The Drill Hall in Dalmeny Street was built as a military drill hall in 1901 and between 2003 and 2010 was redeveloped to become the vibrant arts centre it is today. It also has a great cafe serving home-made fare using fair trade & organic produce.
Along with us there will be over 30 amazing stalls featuring vintage clothes, jewellery, homewares, furniture, lighting, record players and vinyl from 1920s to the 1980s! Should be a weekend packed with retro & vintage treasure.
The fair will be open 11am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday. See our events page for all details on the fair.
Check out the Fringe site to book shows after you have finished all your essential retro shopping!
One week to go until ‘Vintage on the Dock’, the Vintage Festival being held for the second year at Liverpool’s Albert Dock. This celebration of family friendly 20th century cool, takes place on the 9th & 10th July and offers the vintage visitor and array of delights including:
- The Vintage Marketplace
- Classic Car Show
- Vintage DJs
- Vintage Workshops
- Best Dressed Competition
- Street Theatre & Performance
- Mobile Hair Salon
- Dance Lessons
We will be in The Vintage Marketplace, selling our wares including record players, speakers, phones and homewares; there will also be lots more from other traders including ladies fashion & menswear, vintage jewellery, mid century modern homewares, records, music memorabilia and up-cycled ephemera. Bring cash! You’re gonna need it…but don’t panic we take credit cards so you can shop till you drop; plus we will look after your purchases until the marketplace closes to save you carrying them around.
The dock, which celebrates Liverpool’s maritime past, will not only host the festival but has a variety of permanent attractions including the Maritime museum, Beatles Story & the Tate Gallery
So come to the Dock for a fab weekend, the fun starts at 11am both days and the weather is looking pretty good too!
Find all the details on our events page , Vintage Festival or Dotty’s Vintage Facebook
We have taken delivery of our new van, which we have named ‘Boris’ (named before all the shenanigans). He is MUCH bigger than Ruby so we will be able to bring more fab stock to all the shows we are attending; this includes the upcoming Furniture Flea at York Hall, Bethnal Green.
As this is the first and oldest furniture flea, it has a special place in our heart as we have been there from the start. We love this event – its vibrant, fun, full of fabulous vintage, retro and mid-century stock and always madly busy.
We will be bringing a fabulous mixture of our vintage technology – after a quiet few weeks on the show front we have amassed a great selection of newly restored and serviced radiograms, radios, speakers, dial telephones, and some gorgeous lighting, including some amazing Holmegaard pieces.
So see you all there Sunday 3rd July, 10.30 till 4.30.
PS: Needless to say Ruby has not been sent to the great scrapheap in the sky, she has been retired and is looking for a new home – miles of use left in her yet!
We are looking forward to two days fun trading at beautiful Beaulieu, home of the National Motor Museum and so much more.
We are there the weekend of 18th & 19th June in the Vintage Village selling our wares including record players, speakers, phones and homewares; there will also be lots more from other traders including ladies fashion & menswear, vintage jewellery, upcycled furniture, homewares and kitchenalia. Look out for Vintage luggage, maps, records and curiosities.
It will be a full weekend with two car events – the Simply Classics & Sports Car event on Saturday and the Hot Rod & Custom Drive on Sunday. There will be a colourful display of hundreds of hot rods, custom & classic cars, the vintage village, plus live music and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Don’t forget Sunday is Fathers day and it a fab way to keep Dad happy!
So come down for a fun weekend, the fun starts at 10am both days and the weather is looking pretty good too!
Find all the details here and on our events page or the Bows & Braces Facebook Event
The fabulous South London Furniture Flea is coming to Clapham for a two day vintage extravaganza on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th April. We will be bringing our usual selection of vintage and retro audio, including reworked MP3 compatible speakers, radiograms (all serviced and ready to go) plus genuine vintage portable record players. We’ll also have a host of furniture, lighting and small accessories to adorn your home. So grab yourself a piece of vintage glass, a classic dial telephone or a stylish Starburst Wall Clock.
We’ll have different stock items each day as we will be replenishing over night – Poor Ruby the van can’t hold everything!
We and a couple of other regular traders will be there the whole weekend, also there will be a mix of different traders each day which will give you a chance to look and buy a huge selection of great affordable bits & pieces for your home.
Tickets can be bought in advance for one or both days to save you queuing on the day. Tickets are available here: –
Early bird entry – £3
General entry – £2
(Kids Go Free)
See full details on the Vintage Furniture Flea Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/events/225878177757648/