Looking Back at Stardust Years Vintage in 2017

So, in looking back at Stardust Years Vintage in 2017, where should I start? Well, of course, it has to be with a huge thank you to all the lovely visitors, customers and friends who have supported us throughout the year! As we’ve made it this far, it means that we often enjoy annual visits, as well as more regular visits, from customers.  Recently, one couple said, “Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas, if we didn’t come to Stardust Years”!  It’s so touching and as lovers of Christmas, that really means a lot to Gary and I.

Gorgeous vintage handbag finds a lovely new home

A gorgeous vintage handbag finds a lovely new home!

I’ve been lucky to meet so many brilliant people, including ladies who have worked with famous names in the fashion business – names that give us a tingle down our spines when we see their label in a piece of clothing – Jean Muir, Mitzi Lorenz and even a BAFTA award-winning costume designer…

I had my own moment of fame on BBC Television, this year, when the programme, “Money For Nothing” was broadcast in March.  Actually, the series seems to be repeated quite a bit as I’m often greeted with “I saw you on the telly, yesterday!!” when visitors come into the shop.

April saw the return of Winchester’s Fashion Week and this year, thanks to Paul Spencer of Winchester BID and historical costumier, Helen McArdle, I was able to realise an ambition I had always had for Stardust Years during the Fashion Week – to host informative, and fun, fashion talks.  With the celebrations around Jane Austen this year, and her close connection with Winchester, we decided to look at how the shape of the Dress had changed from the Regency period (when the empire line dress was particularly popular) to the 1960s when the style was prevalent once again and it gave us a lovely excuse to wear some nice frocks!  We called it “The Empire Line Strikes Back!” Never let it be said we’re above a good pun when it comes to publicity. We also toyed with “Jane Austen Meets Jane Asher” but thought only die-hard Sixties fans might get the reference (sorry, Jane, but you only have your successful cakes to blame!).  Anyway, I think a good time was hard by all and the audience were asking for more by the end so Helen did a brilliant job.

Jane Austen Meets The 1960s

The Empire Line Strikes Back!

In July, Stardust Years Vintage was 4 years old and we celebrated in our usual style – special offers, our popular TLC rail (items that just need some love and cotton to revive or recycle them – all at ridiculously low prices) and Gary’s just-as-popular cocktails!

Celebrating Four Years of Stardust Years Vintage

The Fab Four at Stardust Years

Helen made a return visit in September when she joined us for our first Heritage Open Day event, “Make Do and Mend”. I prepared lots of information about Utility Clothing and Austerity Rules and Gary made (rabbit-shaped) biscuits to an original wartime recipe but it was Helen who stole the show with her 1939 Singer Sewing Machine.  It really captured folks’ imagination and several people were heard to say, “I’m inspired to get my machine out now”  Even I was tempted to get a sewing machine but then memories of my needlework schooldays came flooding back and I had to lie down in a darkened room with a strong cup of PG Tips and a bunny biscuit!

Heritage Open Day's Make Do and Mend event at Stardust Years Vintage

Helen working at her 1939 Singer Sewing Machine at Stardust Years Vintage in Winchester

I’m really looking forward to next year, meeting new friends, finding new vintage treasures and helping to encourage more people to discover the joy and beauty of the fashions of the past. Do pop in some time and say, “Hello”  In the meantime, do have a safe, happy and wonderful 2018; may it be a Vintage year!

Discovering the hidden delights of a vintage Corona Handbag

Karen at Stardust Years Vintage

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is almost upon us and, due to customer demand, the shop will be open between Christmas and New Year (normally, during this period, you would find me playing with my toys at home and pampering Poochy the rabbit).  However, our festivities have been put on hold so that ladies can still secure the essential vintage stardust and sparkle to ensure the perfect New Year’s Eve! Remember, all our items are original so you won’t be seeing your frock across a crowded room – on someone else!

Opening times are: OPEN Thursday 28 Dec to Saturday 30 Dec – 11am to 4pm

CLOSED New Year’s Eve (for preening and partying) until Tuesday 8 Jan 2018

OPEN : Wednesday 9 January 10.30am to 5.30pm

In the meantime, I have just added a fabulous Art Deco Vintage Coat to our 1920s and 1930s sections.  Great for evening, or day, wear.

 

 

Rare Vintage Hermes 1930s Clutch at Stardust Years Vintage

We’re proud to be able to offer you a rare vintage Hermes 1930s Clutch at Stardust Years Vintage.  Complete with matching purse and mirror, this beautiful Hermes Clutch is stamped with the Hermes Saint Honore store address. There is a silver buckle on the front of this soft leather clutch bag.  On the back of the buckle is stamped, “Hermes”.

For more pictures of this amazing piece of fashion history – and for FREE SHIPPING TO THE UK (BEFORE 20th Dec 2017) – visit our Etsy shop!  Just cut and paste the following link into your browser

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/575139509/hermes-vintage-1930s-clutch-bag-free?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=vintage&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=hermes%20bag&ref=sr_gallery_34

You’ll also find one or two items that have yet to feature here on our website!