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Talking Vintage with the WI!

March 19th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Vintage Talk at Worcester WI

Last month we were invited to speak at our local WI group the Worcester Belles. Clare gave a talk and presentation on how she initially became interested in collecting and wearing vintage, how she started up Second Hand Rose, some of the fun things we’ve got up to over the years and our plans for our vintage fashion exhibition Fancy Pants opening this Summer. She also gave an overview of 20th Century Fashion, bringing several examples of past fashion with her to show and she talked about how you can easily incorporate a few unique, vintage accessories into everyday outfits.

We had a fun evening with the WI ladies and really enjoyed chatting to them afterwards about their memories of fashions from the past, what their Mums and Nan’s wore and some of their favourite fashions from the 60s and 70s!

Thanks for having us Worcester Belles!

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Keep up to date with our Vintage Fashion Exhibition!

February 4th, 2014 · Uncategorized


As we mentioned in a previous post, we’re curating an exciting vintage fashion exhibition for Worcester City Museum and Art Gallery.

Our exhibition Fancy Pants: A Celebration of Style 1920 – 1945 will run from Saturday 12th July to Saturday 13th September 2014.

We’re charting our progress of researching the county costume archive and general behind the scenes goings on over on our dedicated exhibition blog: There’s also details of how you can participate in our exhibition with your family photos, in our Memory Box project!

So far we’ve been involved in a glamorous photoshoot:


And spent an afternoon surrounded by some amazing hats and shoes!


Find out more and follow our progress on

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Neon up North!

January 14th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Good old Groupon provided my boyfriend and I with a great opportunity to have a morning learning and practicing the skill of using Neon at the Neon Workshop in Wakefield. We arrived at 10 and were greeted by freshly brewed coffee and Richard Wheater an artist who is particularly skilled and knowledgeable in the art of neon.
It was inspiring to be led by someone with a real passion for the media and he whipped through the history, telling us where it began, the fact it uses many other gasses than just neon, there is a literal spectrum of shades available and most obvious but not something I’d considered that all neon signs are handmade, every bend is done by man! They are also very energy efficient so feel free to fill your lives with the seductive glow of neon and its colourful gassy pals!
Like everyone, my boyfriend and I rocked up thinking we’d be bending away on some neon signs to impress our folks with but in actual fact that’s ridiculous as its very skilled and a combo of gases and flames is not to be messed with!
We did have a go at some glass tube bending, this would be the moulded glass shapes the neon is illuminated through. I really enjoyed this, and was pretty pleased with the results, they are now on the mantle piece like a tangled ball of twirly straws! I am going to sign up to a full days tuition where I will have my very own light creation to bring home.







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Late Night Shopping Event!

December 10th, 2013 · Uncategorized


This Thursday 12th December we’re hosting a special, one off late night shopping event! From 5pm to 8pm there will be 25% off purchases including our super Christmas jumpers!

We’ll also have an exclusive preview of new stock and we’ve got a great selection of vintage party dresses, evening bags and accessories, plus plenty of shirts, jumpers, jackets and scarves for the chaps!

We’ll have drinks and nibbles plus vintage Christmas tunes, so come and get into the Christmas spirit with us on Thursday!

Ps. We’re also opening Mondays up until Christmas, 12pm to 5pm!


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Kracking Krakow

December 3rd, 2013 · Uncategorized

I got back late last night from a weekend break in Krakow with my mum and one of my sisters. I have visited this lovely city twice before but my mum wanted to go to Auschwitz before her 60th birthday so we went with her.
Her father was a refugee from Czechoslovakia so friends and family have tragic stories of lives lost in concentration camps throughout Europe so this was something she wanted to do. I have been before but my sister is a history teacher so this trip felt like we had a personal guide.

We had two days to explore the city before our visit to Auschwitz so we spent them enjoying gluhwein and sauerkraut at the Christmas market and taking in some tourist attractions.


A highlight was having a tour of the Communist built Nowa Huta area in a Trabant with Crazy Guideswe were a bit apprehensive this could be a big naff if they concentrated too much on being ‘crazy’ but our fun guide was passionate about the area, having lived most of his early life there and was a real history fan so spoke fascinatingly and enthusiastically about this very recent history of Poland. The car was noisy and smelt like a lawn mower and I loved it, we chugged past amazing architecture hearing tales of Communist idealism, daily life for its inhabitants, politics and censorship.

We visited this amazing apartment in Nowa Huta still decorated in the original style, with a lovely parquet floor!

Toilet roll became very scarce in the 1980s and here are examples of the rationing tickets for bread and meat. The paper bag is from an American owned shop that sold expensive Western treats! I loved this wall display!


We drove past the nucleus of the development, the sprawling old steelworks, only partially used and all very top secret but check out this gorgeous text..

We also visited Schindlers Factory museum which I think has one of the best curated exhibitions I have visited, I felt quite inspired for Fancy Pants
We also went to the Pharmacy Museum which holds a fabulous collection of medicine related ephemera including lots of old glass and porcelain specimen and medicine bottles and packaging, I’m a sucker for old labels and their illustrations!



We visited Auschwitz on a crisp, bright, cold day and in its cleaned up, sterile state its hard to imagine anything near to how horrific this hellish site was. I feel conflicted with it being a ‘tourist attraction’ but as my sister said, atleast for just a couple of hours, everyone visiting for whatever reason, is thinking about the people who suffered there.

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Big News from SHR HQ!

November 25th, 2013 · Uncategorized

We are excited to finally be able to announce that we will be curating the Summer 2014 exhibition at Worcester City Museum and Art Gallery!


Our vintage fashion exhibition Fancy Pants: A Celebration of Style 1920 – 1945 will be launched on Saturday 12th July 2014 and run until 13th September.

We’ll have trawled the County clothing archives and be showcasing some truly fantastic fashions from the 1920s to 1945. Think fabulous flappers, glamorous gowns and stylish but sensible wartime wear.

There will be something for all the family to enjoy (fashion for men and women, children’s and adult workshops, dressing up rail, talks, events) and of course, breathtaking vintage delights for vintage fashion connoisseurs!

We have a new blog that will document our research and progress and highlight some of the exquisite vintage details we discover in the collection as we explore it.

There is also the opportunity to be part of the exhibition with our Memory Box project, where your family’s fashion history can be revealed through your photos. There will be a collection point for dropping off copies of photos inside the museum from this Saturday 30th November and in Second Hand Rose from Tuesday 3rd December.

Visit for more details about the exhibition, to follow our research and for more details about submitting your family photos!


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Not another Christmas jumper!

November 21st, 2013 · Uncategorized

It can be more ‘oh no’ than ‘ho ho’, when you see the array of not so ironic Christmas knits people are sporting for the festive season. When I first started the shop these jumpers were real gems to find, hand knitted masterpieces by someone’s Nan with an appropriate motif, lovingly, but sometimes not so skillfully, crafted to look the part for some Christmas fun! Their rareness and OTT-ness made them special and exciting to spot, now anyone can be part of the novelty knit gang and its pooped on my party a bit!
Of course the high street was going to catch on but my kitsch loving nature feels a bit let down that everyone can now wear THAT Primark jumper! I still have my fail safe fave from 10 years ago I bought it in a charity shop in July, they really weren’t thinking seasonal fashions in that place! It’s American and is over the top, has shoulder pads and is super glam, encrusted with beads and sequins featuring a giant Christmas tree emblazoned with a cheery ‘Happy Holidays’.
This year I managed to get a load of gorgeous Christmas cardigans from the USA, they too are appliqued and bejewelled like mine and would be gorgeous for twirling around with a champagne on Christmas morning. We are selling them for a bargain £16, they are more likely to be one offs in the uk. Being waist length and cardigans they are more fitted, you could style these up with a full circle skirt or skinny cigarette pants for your vintage festivities!
Here’s a few examples, do get in touch if you’d like to buy any of them, we can do mail order, if they haven’t been snapped up already!





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Edith Head

October 29th, 2013 · Uncategorized

So yesterday would have been Edith Head’s 116th birthday, if you haven’t heard of her she was a record breaking award winning Hollywood costume designer. Her designs feature in my two favourite films, ‘Sweet Charity’ and ‘What a Way to Go’.



If you were to see some of these pieces on paper you would maybe think, how can an actor be strong enough to carry off these pieces, texture, colour and shape could take on a sculptural form in her designs. However Head definitely understood people, physically and mentally, and was brilliant at producing just the right thing!
She was a practical gal, as is demonstrated in ‘How to Dress for Success’ which is a ‘no messing around’ guide for us everyday folk on how to dress ourselves, much of it still relevant 45 years later, I love this bit of advice;
‘First, put on a skintight undergarment and a paper bag over your head with eyeholes cut in it. Look at yourself in the mirror. Minus a head, you’re looking at your torso without the distractions of personality.’

Brilliant hey?! I haven’t done this but probably should…
Interestingly her defining career moment apparently was designing the female US Coast Guard uniform. An inspirational friend, Eleanor L’Ecuyer who spent her life working for Women’s equality within the Coast Guard system, asked Head to assist with the outdated designs of the ladies wear. Head provided her skills for free and recieved a Public Service award for her contribution.

Two super female role models there!


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WAVE vintage fair is BACK

October 22nd, 2013 · Uncategorized

Its been a long time coming but we can now announce we are organising another vintage fair! Jo, the stalwart she is, has been gallantly keeping the WAVE side up with her expanding flea market on the first Sunday of the month but Second Hand Rose will be going back to its roots on the 30th November holding a fair in Worcester’s gorgeous Museum building.

The fair will coincide with the annual and amazing Victorian Christmas Street Fayre so a big excuse to make that extra effort to visit us as it’ll be a lovely Festive day out!

We will be occupying a part of what was the old library but is now unused space because of the gorgeous Hive building.
Keeping to our old ethics the vintage fair will be a hand picked selection of independent, quality vintage dealers and local people. We are excited to be back!

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October 9th, 2013 · Uncategorized

Right now I’m on the train on the way to Cheltenham Literature Festival again as my sister has treated us to the Great Gatsby talk for my birthday. We will be in the wonderous Spiegeltent supping cocktails while listening to tales of 1922, I will write about this on Friday.

Last night I was deciding what to wear for this evening, pottering around I came up with this super turban, I think it looks like a rose.


I sent a piccie to Jo and she came up with the great idea to have #turbantuesday . Using twitter, Instagram and Facebook we will be posting pictures of ourselves, or famous turban wearers, every Tuesday and would love you to join in. Turbans have spanned many eras and always look glamorous, often mysterious and definitely seriously chic.
Here are a few of our favourite turbans through time!

Here’s a cracking 1920s image we found on Pinterest..


And of course a 1940s example…


So next Tuesday lets get this turban turbo revved and share our headpiece inspirations!

If you’re not sure how to create a turban from a head scarf watch our tutorial for tips. We’ll look forward to the results next week!

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