We set up a camera and did a time lapse capture of setting up a show and all that’s involved.
From turning up at 8am to set up for a 10.30am start to show close at 4.30pm to leaving the building about two hours later – this film should give you a little insight into the effort involved in getting a stall set up from a blank space, to the show in full swing and back to empty again.
Follow the Youtube link – RB Time Lapse
This film was taken at a Furniture Flea at York Hall Bethnal Green last year
Furniture Flea, York Hall, Bethnal Green
Over the next 3 weekends we will be attending shows in the capital where we will be bringing our speakers, record players, phones & furniture – plus a lot more. Try and catch us at one of the following events for some shopping in the sunshine (hopefully)
Sun 18th June
We will be helping to round off the Crouch End Festival taking part in the Vintage Furniture Flea at the Hornsey Town Hall. We were last there in January and it was a great show – lots of amazing vintage goodies from all the traders so can’t wait to go back
North London Furniture Flea Info
Sun 25th June
We will be coming to ‘The Big London Flea’ for the first time – held in Dalston’s former ABC cinema, The Big London Flea is North London’s largest indoor vintage market. We will join over 50 hand-picked vintage traders selling an amazing mix of salvaged, one-of-a–kind, lost and found objects, and handmade items, that include, 20th Century furniture, vintage clothes, curiosities & collectables, kitchenware, reclaimed industrial fixtures / electrical, and unexpected oddities.
Info on their Facebook page
Sun 2nd July
We are back at the longest established furniture flea and our favourite fair – The North London Furniture Flea, York Hall, Bethnal Green. We will be in our usual spot (the noisy ones in the corner) Door open at 10.30 for this fabulous furniture event.
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!
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/
So its February already and we are due to start doing events again. We have 3 shows this month in London starting with Alexandra Palace on 7th Feb. This huge fair at the birthplace of television is a great day out with over 600 traders.
We are back at the South London Vintage Furniture Flea in Clapham on 21st, with Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fairs.This very busy fair had queues around the block at its first visit and is a must for all vintage furniture aficionados looking for a bargain.
We end the month at the fabulous Midcentury Modern Show at Dulwich College. A taste of design heaven for the soul. It is advisable to book in advance and tickets can be bought from the Modern Shows website.
Full address and opening times for all shows are available on our events page.
Well summer is long gone, Autumn is in full swing and we are nearly back into the thermals! Brrrr !!!
All is calm here at Retro B headquarters gearing up for the next mad round of shows. We are off to Oxford late November and have three visits to London before the end of the year.
We have some fabulous new stock coming to the shows – from the kitsch (a gorgeous glass standard lamp) to the cool (pair of G-Plan butterfly chairs) plus lots lots more. We will also be bringing a selection of our MP3 converted vintage Speakers & radios , in all shapes and sizes which will make ideal Christmas presents. We also have a great selection of bar stock – soda syphons, ice buckets, Babycham, shot & wine glasses so you can enjoy the festivities in vintage style.
We will be selling at the furniture flea in Oxford on 21st November, which will again take place at the Catholic Chaplaincy. This was a roaring success in June and we are looking forward to going back. Click on the Furniture Flea logo for more info.
This will be followed by Modern Shows main event on 22nd November at Dulwich College. We will be in our usual place by the stairs in the South Cloister. As the show gets very busy it is best to book your tickets in advance to save queuing and money. Follow the link to book your tickets http://modernshows.com/the-shows/dulwich-nov-2015/
For details of all the shows we are attending before Christmas take a look at our events page https://retro-bazaar.co.uk/events/
Coming soon – two Vintage Furniture Fleas in quick succession; the first at the end of this month and a new venue at the beginning of June. The fleas are organized by Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fairs and have been going since their inception at Bethnal Green in 2010.
On Sunday 31st May we are returning to the fabulously popular Brixton Furniture Flea held at the stunning Edwardian Baroque style Lambeth Town Hall, which dates from 1908. The last event in February was a real success and we are looking forward to returning.
This award winning fair, is undertaking a new venture and is setting up shop in Oxford on Saturday 6th June. This new fair is being held at the Catholic Chaplaincy, a fab building which is part of the University.
For both events we will bringing our fantastic mixture of Vintage Audio technology and accessories plus furniture and lighting.
Hope to see you there at one or both events. Details can be found on our events page or on Judy’s website.
In the in inimitable words of Canned Heat, we are ‘On the road again’. We have finished our schedule and have a busy year of events planned around the country.
Our first show is the fab IACF Antiques and Collector’s Fair at the Royal Bath and West of England Showground, Shepton Mallet. This is the West Country’s premier antiques event.
It is a weekend fair from 16th to 18th January, with admission from 12 noon on Friday.
Friday 12noon – 5.00pm £10 pp (Friday ticket allows entry on Saturday & Sunday)
Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm £5 pp
Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm £5 pp
In February we are back at Newark on the 5th & 6th with the first Furniture Flea of the year at Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton on the 22nd . The Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair is the largest event of its kind in Europe – the ultimate of treasure hunting grounds and the Furniture Flea is a celebration of the kitsch & collectible with lighting, Record players, furniture & homewares galore.
If you want a look at Canned Heat check out the track out with this YouTube video
‘On the Road again’ is from Canned Heat’s second album ‘Boogie with Canned Heat'(1968)
Our very good friends – Judy’s Affordable Vintage are launching new Furniture Flea events throughout London this Autumn.
The original furniture flea was launched in November 2010 at York Hall, Bethnal Green and has been a staple of the London Vintage scene since its inception. Specialising in affordable original vintage, retro and Midcentury Modern furniture and homewares the show is a must on all vintage-holics calendars.
We have been an exhibitor since the beginning and specialise in supplying vintage technology which we refurbish for today’s modern living. This gives you the best of both worlds, classic styling and 21st century usability. We sell a selection of radiograms, record players, dial telephones, lighting, homewares and of course furniture at all fleas we attend.
The new furniture fleas will be taking place in Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill on 19th October and Seymour Leisure Centre, Marylebone on 26th October. These new shows will follow the successful format of the Bethnal Green Flea and we will be exhibiting at both.
Pop to Judy’s for all the details or check them out on our events page.