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Oh My God – Where Did the Summer go!

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.

Speakers - for articleWe 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.

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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.


Dul_Nov_2015_Poster 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



For details of all the shows we are attending before Christmas take a look at our events page

Vintage Fun at the Fringe!

So excited to be coming to the Edinburgh Fringe this year – we are not performing (you’ll be pleased to hear) just showing and selling our fab wares at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair.


Being held over the first weekend of the festival – 8th & 9th August – in the the uber cool ‘Out of the Blue & Drill Hall Arts Cafe‘, 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.

Along with us there will be over 30 amazing stalls featuring vintage clothes, 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 – 5pm, both days, Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th August. See our events listings for all details on the fair.

Check out the Fringe site to book shows after you have finished all your essential retro shopping!

Furniture Fleas Ahoy!

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.

Industrial Lighting 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.


On the Road Again

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)

Come to Midcentury Modern at Dulwich College

MCMLooking forward this month to one of the fab shows of the year – Midcentury Modern at Dulwich College – held on Sunday 23rd November this show is a one day extravaganza of Mid Century style & design.

Staged by Modern Shows, the event offers a mixture of 20th and 21st Century furniture, ceramics, vintage technology, fabrics and glass for Midcentury lovers.

Held in the beautiful Christison Hall, South Cloister, Lower Hall and North Cloister at Dulwich College, South East London and is a must visit event.

Come and pick up a piece of design heaven for your home or a fabulous Christmas present for your loved ones.

Full Details and tickets here



October has started with a bang and it is non-stop for events and fairs.

We survived a busy, but wet and windy Festival of Antiques at the Showground, Peterborough last week.

This weekend we are looking forward to a fab time at the Midcentury Show East, brought to you by Modern Shows. The show is being held in the Erno Goldfinger designed secondary school, Haggerston, East London. It is a rare opportunity to see the inside of this recently refurbished Grade II listed building, built in the 1960s.

At the end of the month there is an exciting addition to our calendar – TWO new furniture fleas, from Judy’s Vintage. Both in London the new furniture fleas are taking place in Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill on 19th October and Seymour Leisure Centre, Marylebone on 26th October. As usual there will be great range of Vintage, Retro and Mid Mod furniture and homewares. Just like Bethnal Green we will be bringing a selection of Record players, Radiograms, speakers, clocks, lighting, phones and other vintage technology.

Check out our events page for all the October shows and those we are attending for the rest of the year

1950s Hermle German 8 Day Mantel Clock

London Furniture Fleas Galore!

Our very good friends – Judy’s Affordable Vintage are launching new Furniture Flea events throughout London this Autumn.

Yellow & Black (2)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.

September Sizzlers

With the new incarnation of the website settling in we are back out on the road after a busy festival season.

Furniture Flea

Looking forward to the East London Furniture Flea, York Hall, Bethnal Green on 7th Sept and the Antique and Collectors Fair at Alexandra Palace on the 14th.

The fair at Ally Pally has been taken over by IACF and this is the inaugural one – so should be a learning curve for all. We won’t be in our usual spot but we are still on a wall stall around the edge of the hall so keep an eye out for us.

Retro Festival – Here we come!

So looking forward to the Retro Festival this August 8/9/10 – back bigger and better for 2014. We had such a good time last year – great music, fab weather and lots of customers – all you need in a great festival.

This year there is lots to look forward to including:

  • Three Live Music Stages, Dance floors, Show Arena & Air show!
  • 100’s Of Vintage, Classic & American Vehicles!
  • Vintage & Retro Homewears & Clothing Traders plus Auto Jumble!
  • Kids Zone, Food & Bars, 2 Camping Sites!
  • Flying Displays, Classic & Vintage Vehicles, Military Vehicles, Re-Enactors,
  • Steam Engines & Miniature Steam!

Book tickets here –!buy-festival-tickets/c9ew or phone 01235 538 134

We will be based in the Retro Market and will be bringing the best of our fab stock – radiograms, record players, furniture, funky phones, homewares and deckchairs too! Other sellers will also be offering original vinyl music, authentic vintage fashion, rock n roll reproduction clothing, jewellery, toys, and so much more.

The market also hosts vintage beauty parlours, hair & make-up, barbers, a tattooist, craft sellers, artisans & local produce sellers. Bring cash! You’re gonna need it! However we also take credit cards so you can shop till you drop.

Our Stall at last year's Retro Festival 2013

Our Stall at last year’s Retro Festival 2013

Spring is gone and Summer is upon us

We had a very busy Spring visiting great cities around the country and attending fab antique and vintage fairs. We had a mad March run off our feet with a busy Furniture Flea & Mid Century Show at Dulwich. April saw us in London & Manchester with Judy’s Vintage Fair and in May we attended the second Mid Century Show at Haggerston School. The school was designed by celebrated modernist architect Erno Goldfinger in 1964 who studied under Auguste Perett in Paris. It is the only secondary school designed by Erno Goldfinger and is a grade II listed building. Amazing place and worth a visit in itself. We will be back there in October.

June saw us having a well deserved break, but not before we worked another Newark event with IACF – we love these amazingly huge fairs and it is a buyers and sellers delight. We closed June with a trip to the fab Victoria Baths in Hathersage Manchester, with Vintage Home Show.

We are looking forward to the rest of the summer and will expand on all the events we are attending.