Martlets open vintage pop-up shop
A new vintage pop-up charity shop has just opened in Brighton’s Lanes, offering furniture, homewares, clothing, accessories and adding to the Martlets’ vintage empire.
The charity, which raises money for the Hove hospice, has been quick to capitalise on Brighton’s thriving vintage scene over recent years, dedicating its Church Street store to items from the 1920s – 1980s, opening an eBay store for more unusual and collectible donations and even hosting its own vintage events at the Unitarian Church.
“We have asked our elderly volunteers not to dismiss what was fashionable in their day as ‘old-fashioned’ and instead put it by for our vintage stores”, manager of the Church Street store Beryl Hines told us in 2010.
The new East Street store boasts carefully-selected treats that will appeal to locals and tourists alike and on our trip we spotted furniture by G Plan, Ercol and Nathan, collectible toys, printed glassware still in its original packaging, trunks and suitcases, a dress-makers’ bust and some striking framed prints – including a couple by Lucien Freud. And on the clothes rails there were stunning era-defining party dresses, cosy knits and a gorgeous Welsh wool cape for the ladies and a military coat, tweed jackets and an original tartan kilt for the men.
As this is a ‘pop-up’ venture, Vintage Me won’t be around forever, so make sure you pop along soon!