Telling The World

Hope you’re all enjoying this lovely warm weather.  Despite the lure of the garden, yesterday evening, I went along to Winchester BID’s networking event and I’m very glad I did.  Liz Kavanagh, of The Winchester Magazine, was giving some valuable tips on how to capture the attention of busy journalists with a Press Release as well as how to keep customers up-to-date via social media.  It was lovely to meet other local businesses, as well catching up with some friends, like Laura from Brides of Winchester.

It can take me some time to add new stock to the website – as regular visitors will know! However, I often post stock items on our Facebook page so it’s always worth Liking our Stardust Years Vintage Fashion Facebook page for more up-to-date information. Recently, by the time I’ve added stock to the website, the item’s been sold and I understand how frustrating that can be if you’ve found just what you’re looking for, only to discover it’s already gone!  I also post on Twitter and Instagram. Actually, seeing Laura, again, reminded me – I must add our bridal garters! Another job to add to the list.

Don’t forget, what you see on here is just a fraction of what we have in our Winchester shop so if you’re looking for something in particular, just email me.  Always happy to help if I can –

Karen and Laura

Stardust Years Vintage and Brides of Winchester at Winchester BID’s networking event


BBC TV’s “Money For Nothing”

We’ve had a lot of interest, both online and in our Winchester shop, since our recent appearance on the new series of BBC TV’s “Money for Nothing” programme!  If you’re not familiar with it, the show follows presenter Sarah Moore in her quest to save, renovate and upcycle items from the past so that we can all enjoy them in the future.

Sarah and her crew came to the shop last summer and we had a great afternoon filming and playing with the vintage treasures Sarah had found.

Don’t worry if you missed the programme, you can still catch it on the BBC iPlayer until April 7th

While she was filming, Sarah found a Stardust Years vintage treasure for herself!  A lovely 1950/60s silk satin evening coat.  A real stunner!  You see, with vintage shops you never know what you’re going to find – just like the lady who came in this afternoon to while away some time as she was early for a meeting.  She found this gorgeous 1960s dress!


Stardust Years Vintage on BBC1

We’re going to be on the telly!

(Can you tell we’re excited?)

Yes, it’s true – next Wednesday (8th March) on BBC1 at 3.45pm, we’re on the new series of ‘Money for Nothing’. We haven’t seen a preview yet so we’ll all be watching it for the first time.  We’re hoping Karen won’t be getting ideas of grandeur though she has been heard muttering, “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr De Mille…”

Just in case you haven’t watched the programme before, presenter Sarah Moore finds items that are going to be thrown away by members of the public, renovates or upcycles them, sells them on and gives any profit back to the original owner. Sometimes, Sarah re-fashions items herself, or she might take them to carpenters,or designers to adapt the piece for modern use. Previous items have included a dress made from an old leather sofa and an oil can transformed into a table lamp!

In between filming, the cameraman did have to drag Sarah away from our rails as she kept getting distracted by our frocks and, I’m pleased to say, that when the shoot was completed, Sarah bought a lovely1950/60s black and white silk evening coat! A perfect end to a great afternoon.

What part did Stardust Years Vintage play in the programme? Tune in on Wednesday 8th March and find out!  Don’t worry if you miss it, the programme is repeated on BBC2 on Friday 10th at 7.15am.  Or you can watch it at your leisure on BBC iPlayer!