Hola all! And apologies for our lack of blogging this year, we've been very busy mice (but that's a different story for a different day). Today, boys and girls, I'm going to tell you a story of a far away land, filled with glamourous ladies and well spoken heroes where people shop, jive and eat many a cream tea. That place is Ruby Slipper's Retro Romp!
Organised by Kinky and Quirky, it was a weekend to remember and the first of its kind. Fans of all things retro, burlesque, vintage and rockabilly descended on Torquay's Rainbow Hotel for a three day extravaganza which included jive and lindy hop workshops, retro make overs, and many amazing performances. There was also lots of lots of shopping, which is where we came in.
|Local rockabilly band Back Hand, who entertained the shoppers on Saturday afternoon|
|Dance workshops went on all weekend|
Our stall in the Soda Fountain bar was just one of a number selling fantastic vintage, alongside stalls selling superb burlesque inspired lingerie, corsets, vintage knick knacks and lots of pretty handmade goodies. Our neighbours were the lovely Second Hand Rose from Worcester, who wowed us with their amazing selection of vintage dresses, all at very reasonable prices. You can shop online with them here.
|Lots of shoppers!|
|Love this bar!|
|I just loved these goodies, the stallholder sells at Torquay flea market every Thursday|
The guests at the event were real vintage enthusiasts and were very friendly too. They particularly liked our vintage menswear - many a dapper chap picked up a smart waistcoat or some braces over the weekend. We even sold a suede jacket to the owner of the hotel, who said it made him feel 20 years younger. Minimum Mouse - making dreams come true since 2007!
The highlight of the weekend had to be Saturday night's entertainment, which featured the fabulous Flirtinis, the amazing Anna Fur Laxis and Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer, who I had been looking forward to seeing for ages. Needless to say, he didn't disappoint, and we had a great night - it was nice to see some of the crowd wearing things they had bought from us earlier in the day too!
|A big statue of Marilyn graced the stairs!|
|The whole place had amazing decor|
|The crowd loving Mr B|
|Anna Fur Laxis|
It was a busy weekend, but it was well worth it and we hope they hold the event again soon... any excuse for a trip to the seaside!
I'll leave you with a little ditty by our favourite chap hop artist...