London Hot-Spots: Swinging by for Vintage treasures on Brick Lane.....

My latest buy at Spitafields patent Jane Shilton!
Hello my was your Bank Holiday weekend? It was a busy three day weekend...from my ballet lesson to vintage shopping with the girlies in Brick preparation for my 1920s birthday party at the Candlelight Club this Saturday! Followed by a full on week that kept me away from writing a little while, I will most definitely look forward to the weekend...not to mention being quite excited as I think all my girls will be looking absolutely gorgeous decked out in their 1920s Gatsby looks at my party....I almost can't wait! Rest assured...I shall definitely be snapping away with my camera like a mad woman and will hopefully have lots of wonderful photos to share! (Please do pardon the excess of exclamation you darlings can probably tell how excited I am about Saturday!) Also I have just returned from my very first Balboa dance lesson with one of my girlies Yerka, and I must say the vintage six step is much trickier than it looks! So there will be lots of practicing on the dance floor this the meantime, I thought I would share some Vintage shopping Hot-Spots in the trendy Brick Lane area of London with you. Though I must be honest in saying that you are unlikely to find authentically vintage and affordable 1920s garments even at these Vintage Hot-Spots. After all, treasures in the form of fabric or accessories from the 1920s are becoming even rarer by the day....and even if you find one, the issue of size, price or how to care for the precious item might prove to be a tricky case. However...other treasures for a steal price can still be found...whether you are into your 1950s classics or want to grunge up from the 1980s it is still worth a shopping day out. So here are a few of my favourites:

Location: Brushfield Street, London E1 6AA
Spitafields market is walkable from Liverpool Street Station and on a gorgeous day it can be such a treat with lots of yummy cupcakes, sweets and tarts....I haven't even started on other yummy eats yet! When we were there last weekend, only parts of the market was open but the mixed array of stalls selling true vintage to modern wares kept us occupied for quite some time. Rummaging at one of the small stalls in the market, a few vintage looking purses caught my eye and after circling the market like an eagle...I decided on a beautifully good conditioned blue patent Jane Shilton box bag, which reminded me of the 1960s, for a bargain steal price! (Photo above) As for the yummy treats, it would have been a crime not to take some delicious Portugese Natas Tarts home with I ended with four!
Spitafields - Source 

Absolute Vintage
Location: 15 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR
Absolute Vintage always gives me the feel of Aladin's magical you will be able to find vintage Channel purse to glittery 80s power dresses with extreme puffed sleeves. Like a vivid sign of entering the trendy Brick Lane area, it is almost hard not to be drawn in by the heights of vintage wares and stumble into this store accidentally. There is a wealth of vintage bags, purses and shoes...almost more than clothing and its unlikely that you won't find a bargain to bring home!
Absolute Vintage - Source 

Location: Hanbury Street, London E1 5JP
Blitz is trendy in the trendy Brick Lane area, with a mixed variety from vintage t-shirts to leopard print dresses...there is a certain media vibe about this store as unlike many vintage shops it is well decorated like the shops inside a shopping centre. From cowboy looking boots to scarves and shoes of  a different agenda, as well as jewellery from a bargain price, there will be much to see across the two floors.
Blitz - Source 

So what do you darlings think of my bargain buy? Jane Shilton is really a love story that began in London during 1933 and the family have been making handbags for more than 80 I really do hope it is a vintage Jane Shilton, which seems to be the case with details of the zip as well as clasp, rather than a reproduction. [To find out more about Jane Shilton:] Another bit of good news to announce is that.....Walking In May has been featured on Deborah's lovely blog Hellcat Vintage and she has used the cutest title...'Reading in May'! Deborah is far too kind of course in her praises and ever so please do head over to her blog to take a peek my darlings! One last bit of recommendation I have is for the Balboa dance class I joined last night near Waterloo (London), which is run by the great people at Swing Patrol (Waterloo) and you can find out more about them on their website: If you have never tried swing dancing and fancy the idea of footwork to some hot jazz, then you really should have a don't need a partner as the group rotates and it was so much fun! I can't wait for Saturday the mean time have an utterly fabulous weekend my lovely darlings!

Until the next time,
May xx

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  1. Thank-you so much for sharing all of these wonderful shops, May! I'm coming to London soon and I'm going to add them to my itinerary, hope I can check them out :) Happy early birthday, my dear, I can't wait to see photos of your 20s-themed soiree!

    1. Thank you for the lovely Birthday wishes my dear! I hope you managed to make it down to Shoreditch for some vintage shopping! The photos of your trip look lovely!
      May x

  2. And Saturday has arrived!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY and im sure you'll be so thrilled about this day and the celebrations to come. Party time Gatsby girls !!! Blitz is wow, i took more than a few seconds browsing in that photo.

    1. Thank you sweety! That is so so lovely of you! It was a fabulous party indeed and we had so much fun! You must take a trip to Shoreditch when you next visit....I am sure you will love it!
      May xx

  3. As someone who lives in a town without a single vintage clothing store, I really appreciate and enjoy posts like this all the more, because they give me another excuse to daydream about taking trips to big cities for the sake of vintage shopping (a pastime that I devote a not-too-insignificant about of time to each week :)). Should I ever have the great fortune of being in London, I'll definitely refer back to this lovely post.

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Happy (belated) birthday wishes, dear gal! I truly hope you had a marvelous celebration and that your year ahead will be one of joy, oodles of fun, and tons of great vintage finds.

    1. Thank you my lovely! I am sure you will visit London one day! I know what you mean as vintage shopping can become addictive...but the joy of finding something brilliant is almost priceless!
      May xx


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