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Scotland Bound for Vintage Nation

We are so happy to be returning to Scotland at the end of the month. It is over two years since we have been north of the border and are excited to be coming back. We will be bringing our wares to Vintage Nation – a one day extravaganza of vintage Fashion, Furniture & Food at Leith Theatre curated by Judy’s Affordable Vintage.

The marketplace will feature amazing vintage fashion & accessories, midcentury/vintage homewares and furniture, local artists and artisans plus delicious local street food.

We will be bringing a selection of our renowned Bluetooth speakers and radios, vintage lighting, small furniture and vintage homewares.

So make a note of the date 29th February, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. The perfect day out for any vintage lover or foodie! Find full details on our events page

Tickets can be purchased here

Fun Festival Time!

Next week we are off to the first Great Estate Festival Scorrier House, Cornwall billed as the most rambunctious garden féte – we can’t wait…especially if the weather stays this glorious.

Held within the prestigious and mystical grounds of Scorrier House and minutes away from the beautiful Cornish coastline, you can be sure to expect the unexpected…

The major headline acts include Echo And The Bunnymen, Craig Charles, The Electric Swing Circus plus dozens Great Estate Logomore. We’ll be making a point of going to see the camel racing, and we might have to be rescued from the secret Gin gardens and the woodland silent discos and so much more…

But we are there to work and we will be part of Judy’s Vintage Marketplace trading Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June. Come and see us if you are going to the festival – we will be the noisy ones with the funky music. Hope to see you there.

Festival Website

Judy’s Vintage Marketplace


Vintage on the Dock

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 pageVintage Festival or  Dotty’s Vintage Facebook

Albert Dock

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!

Spotlight on Retro Bazaar

We were featured in March in the Victoria Warehouse Blog as we prepared for the first ‘Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair’ in this amazing building in April 2014.

See the full article here


July Newsletter

Gorgeous George is coming to Vintage Festival 2012!

No not Clooney – this is our Gorgeous George, with Ruby…..and he is coming to Vintage 2012. George is a fully restored 1972 Volkswagen Beetle and he will be on show for the whole of the festival at Broughton House, 13th – 15th July. Come and see him and us there.

Our preparations are well underway for the festival; we are frantically getting stock ready for the show – lots of Retro phones, clocks, lighting, record players, homewares and maybe the odd radiogram if we can fit it on the stall. As we are based near to the show, we will be changing and adding stock daily and can we deliver locally. Visit the Vintage 2012 site for full details of the festival.


June Fairs – Vintage Nation

The first ‘Vintage Nation’ one day festival was held at Brighton Racecourse in early June and thankfully the rain managed to hold off for the whole day. The Venue was great and we had the Paddock Box where we set up a whole shop, with help from Lesley of Retropolitan. All this for a day! Mad I know but it looked great.  See the pictures on our Pinterest page.

Sold lots of stock and met lots of lovely vintage folk. Big sellers were luggage, lighting, homewares and the obligatory radiogram. Didn’t get home till 3am – but definitely worth the trip and looking forward to next year.


Wow a Radiogram on the Website!

At last one of our fabled radiograms has actually made it to the website – mainly because this one is so good we wanted to share it with everyone before it sells. It’s a Vintage Marconiphone, Model 4304 from the 1950s. Not only an iconic piece of furniture of the period, but a fabulous piece of Vintage technology AND adapted for any MP3 player!

Finished in highly polished teak veneer, with tambour roller doors to the front, and speakers covered in stylised black & silver atomic period material. It stands on ebonised legs, which are removable for easy transportation.

This gorgeous piece of Vintage chic has been given a comprehensive service and is fully working. Click here to see it in all its glory.

Well that’s all for now folks. See you at the Vintage Festival – do pop in and say ‘hi’

March Newsletter

Website News

The Retro Bazaar website has just celebrated its 18 month birthday and we have added a lot more stock – including some fab vintage furniture and lighting. We try to add new stock each month so go to the ‘Just In’ section to see what’s new.

We ship worldwide and accept payments via our secure card payment system, PayPal, cheque or cash. We use couriers and the post office to send out our stock and you are also welcome to come to the unit to collect any purchases.

Also if you want to buy a large item off the website you can pick it up at one of the shows we are attending.

Have a browse to see what’s new –


Fairs & Festivals

Over the coming months we have a busy schedule at shows, fairs and festivals:

At the end of May we will be back in York Hall for the Bethnal Green Vintage Fair  on the 27th. In June we are attending the Vintage Nation Festival on the 9th and the Grantham Antiques, Vintage & Design Fair on the 19th& 20th. July is the big one, with Vintage 2012 Festival  on the 13th – 15th July at Boughton House, Nr Kettering, Northamptonshire. Find us  in ‘The Vintage Marketplace’.

We will be bringing a selection of our fab phones, lights, furniture, clocks and homewares to these shows. Full details can be found on the events page of the website.


Friends, Followers & Pics

If you are interested in the day-to-day musings of the Retro peeps you can follow us on Twitter, friend us on Facebook or Pin us on Pinterest. We tend to chat about new stock, shows we are attending and general things we find interesting and fascinating. We also upload lots of gorgeous pictures to whet your appetite!

So come on – click the links!


Techno Meets Retro

With the recent re-emergence of vinyl, record players and radiograms are back in vogue. These necessities of late 20th century living, which up to recently were unloved, are now required purchases for the vintage fashionista. And never one to miss a trend, here at Retro Bazaar we restore and refurbish record players and radiograms – with an added kick – we make them MP3 compatible. So now it is possible to listen to your much beloved vinyl records and your new downloads on one stylish piece of retro loveliness.

So why are there none on your website, I hear you cry? Well basically as soon as they are ready we take them to a show… and they never come back. We always sell them.

If you want to catch one of these lovelies we will be bringing radiograms and a Dansette record player to Bethnal Green Vintage Fair on 27th May. See you there!


Restored Vintage Telephones

So what retro or vintage lover wouldn’t want a fabulous dial telephone in their groovy pad. From 40s & 50s bakelite beauties to the much loved GPO phones of the 60s and 70s and push button phones of the 80s – we sell them all AND they work!

We lovingly restore all our phones, replacing broken cables, dials and handsets as needed. The phones are then rewired to work on the current systems then cleaned to a brilliant shine. We can’t remove all the dings and dents from 40+ years of use, but we have a damn good try

Now I appreciate that you won’t be able to use these phones for telephone banking, but you will get a stylish addition to your hall or sitting room, very loud bells, plus you can’t lose it as its plugged in!

Who wouldn’t want one. Have a look at the website for the full selection – plus we can make the dial label for your number too!