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We caught the Flea Bug!

July 20th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Living in Worcester means we’re just a few miles from beautiful Malvern, with the rolling hills and spa water its always been a favourite day out! Another big pull to visit Malvern is its fab flea market at the Three Counties Showground, this is a very well established event that attracts thousands of bargain hunters looking for antiques and collectables. In the 8 years I had the shop in the centre of Worcester I never thought of having a stand at the major event! Today I took the plunge, packed up the silver bullet and rolled towards the hills to sell our wares!

It was a cloudy start at 6am but we were excited and this atmospheric view from our spot was lovely!
We got the stall looking suitably tempting, not too polished to let the punters hunt in the rummage!

Its a slick well organised affair, I think my guardian angel was watching over me today as we had a brill end of aisle spot and the rain held off all day! We chatted with some shop regulars, bantered with some characters and most satisfyingly had an emptier van to drive home in! We will definitely be at the B2B Flea again, can’t make August but see you in September?

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Fancy Pants is officially open!

July 12th, 2014 · Uncategorized

I woke up today feeling happy, proud and relieved, and the sun was shining, a perfect day to go to the seaside which I did!
I decided I deserved a proper day out as last night was the Fancy Pants preview party, hence the many emotions this morning! So here it is…
On the left are the 1920s costumes, themed around a wedding and of course a glitzy flapper display. The 1930s glamour gowns are on the right, and through the archway you can see the ‘make do and mend’ 40s VE Day street party!
I love the perspective from the doorway, how you can see all eras, we aimed for an Art Deco feel with clean lines and angles in the main room, I think we achieved it!20140712-181235.jpg
We had a fabulous turnout last night, people came glammed up in their finery to catch a glimpse of the gowns. 20140712-181420.jpg
I went for a 1980s does 1930s backless gown I’d been dying to wear, it fit the bill for our soirĂ©e!
A real highlight was the wonderous Worcester Ukelele Orchestra playing a set of period classics on the balcony in the museum.

Jo and I have had a really interesting time working on this exhibition, seeing how the archive is kept, further researching costumes, the runnings of a museum, the work of a conservationist, its been a real education and we hope to use our new knowledge on more projects. A huge thanks must go to the people behind the scenes of putting an exhibition together, noteabley Ron and Vickie who know their gallery space inside out and made our sometimes ridiculous visions come to life!

Most of these photos have been kindly taken from an artist who exhibits in the museum, Sheena from Decadiadesigns thanks for coming and thanks for filling my photo gaps from being too busy chatting to snap away last night!
Jo has put up her take on last nights party on our Fancy Pants blog, so click here to read more on the exhibition.

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Worcester Sauce -y lady!

July 4th, 2014 · Uncategorized

I am really proud to live in the city of this glorious condiment! My boyfriend and I splatter this brown wonder over every savoury dish and our love for it has thickened living literally round the corner from this saucier version of Willy Wonka’s wonderland!

Just like the ingredients, these glowing doors have a real air of mystery, rarely seeing people go in and out, if it weren’t for the delicious spicy, vinegary fragrances that waft through the air you could just think it were a touristy facade! I take delight in telling people I’m from the city of the sauce when they aren’t familiar with Worcester, so much so I’ve painted my front door Lea and Perrins orange!

While preparing for Fancy Pants we have been in and out of the Worcester Museum displays and I’ve loved reading more about my top sauce.
So the brief history is that Lea and Perrins were two chaps who owned an apothecary, selling their own concoctions of lotions and potions alongside traditional medicines, anything from flea powder to gravy browning.

It was no wonder a ‘gentleman of the county’ (a mystery man) asked these mixologists of their time to make a batch or two of a recipe he’d aquired over seas. It tasted disgusting sadly, but, after leaving a batch to mature the thin yet rich sauce had aged into a piquant delight that masked cheap meats, enhanced fish and like today generally makes dishes tastier!

This beautiful old label press is in the museum along with old signage and bottles and ephemera. These inspiring business men were so efficient at making the product consistently and getting orders out on time their shop soon grew to a big warehouse to a worldwide production company. The recipe is still a secret and I hope it stays that way forever, having recently been to the Currywurst museum in Berlin my dream to open a Worcester Sauce Experience seems more and more valid, I can already picture the souvenirs shop…


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L’eroica Britannia Rules

June 24th, 2014 · Uncategorized

We’ve just peddled (ok drove) back from a wheelly (there’s more to come..) sunny fun weekend at the L’eroica Britannia Festival. It was a bijoux event nestled in the hills of the Peak District, but size didn’t matter as it was quality not quantity in this Bakewell field! The reason for the event was to stage the traditional bike race usually held along the white roads of Tuscany and originally began as a kind of protest to stop the roads being changed, years later it has now been brought over to ‘Old Blighty’ for a shorter and More British version! No ciabatta and wine at the stop points, pie, pickle and ale if you please!
I found out more about the race having bumped into a Worcester fellow who was to do the race on his 100% original 1930s tandem! He was dressed the part in wool cycling shorts and a striped wool blazer, we were so proud that a local chap was flying the flag so authentically, possibly on the oldest most authentic bicycle in the race in fact! Here he is the night before

There was no cycling for us, just a leisurely weekend facilitating the vintage lifestyle side of the event with our authentic clothes and homewares..

Luckily we had a pitch at the marquee edge so spent the weekend in the sun drinking Negronis and admiring the bicycling shorts…ahemmm


This event stood up to its high profile vintage event peers such as Goodwood Revival but it was free to get in, all you vintage enthusiasts must put it in your diaries for next year as it was super fun!

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Always the Bridesmaid…

June 19th, 2014 · Uncategorized

I’ve never really fancied getting married, I have a loft full of vintage wedding dresses and relish in helping friends and family prepare for their special day but actually doing it myself doesn’t appeal. If I had a spare million my dream dress would be the evening gown worn by Vera Marcel in ‘Duck Soup’. I remember the first time I saw those ostrich feathers swishing around the dancefloor and thought that it was ‘pure twinkling moonlight glamour’!
I have neither the figure nor colouring for such a gown so my boyfriend of twelve years is safe for another decade!

Last week finally was a perfect day for a mother and daughter outing to visit the V&A Wedding dresses exhibition so off we went to ooh and ahh at some white wonders! Being in the midst of organising Fancy Pants I enjoyed looking at how the dresses had been hung and displayed, the muted backgrounds, uncrowded cabinets and simple mannequins showed the dresses off well but the very best thing were photos and video clips of the original wearers. A wedding dress is usually a very considered choice, detail, shape, trends are thought over more than with any other garment we choose so because they are so very personal its great to see the decision maker inside it!


Kate Moss’ dress was far more exciting ‘in the flesh’ dripping with sequins and detail and so fine, I always felt on the photos it looked rather insipid and flimsy. This was a dress to be enjoyed by her wedding party not the ogling public through the press!

Photo from Pretty Lovely Paper
My mum, sister, pal and I had great fun picking ‘our dress’ and presenting to the group why we picked it and who we’d marry! My choice was this Lacroix dress, non traditional and dramatic for my evening banquet prepared by the Roux brothers for my marriage to Michel Roux Jr.

Oh to dream….. Another dress I enjoyed seeing was that worn by Camilla Bowles for her wedding to Prince Charles, I think her choice was modest, subtle, classic and anything but ostentatious. The soft colouring and aged gold was gracious, just like her handling of the situation, this dress choice won over the public.

The highlight of my day was actually the Italian Glamour exhibition also on at the V&A. Such a fresh subject and fascinating, next blog post subject! Here’s a few snaps from my day in London…



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Goodbye to the Hop Market Shop!

June 14th, 2014 · Uncategorized

So on Friday 13th June 2014 we said farewell to the Hop Market after being there for 8 years and the physical shop is now officially closed!!

We had a really fun last day with old friends and faces from the shop, lots of dressing up, champagne swilling, laughing and of course a few tears! Thanks to everyone who came to see us and say goodbye in our last weeks and thanks again to everyone who has supported the shop over the past 8 years!

The new mobile and online Second Hand Rose is now officially off the starting blocks! Keep an eye on our online Etsy Shop for all the new stock that will be added and keep an eye on our events page here and especially our Facebook page for news of where we’re popping up next!

Next weekend we’ll be at the L’Eroica Britannia festival in Bakewell, Derbyshire and in a month’s time on Friday 11th July and Saturday 12th, we’ll be launching our vintage fashion exhibition Fancy Pants: A Celebration of Style 1920 – 1945 at Worcester Museum and Art Gallery, so it’s still all go go go!

Keep in touch and see you online and around and about!

Last day laughs at SHR:


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Big News – All Change at Second Hand Rose!

May 21st, 2014 · Uncategorized

BIG NEWS!!! We’re moving online and going on tour! The shop is shutting in 3 weeks (last official trading day is Friday 13th June!) but we’ll be packing up the van to pop up all over the country (see our Events page!) and putting more and more on our online store!

We’ve honestly had a blast over the 8 years we’ve been in the Hopmarket and can’t wait to see where the future takes Second Hand Rose!

Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date with where we’ll be and be the first to see all our new, affordable vintage items as they go up online!

second hand rose closing

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May 8th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Festival season is approaching and while packing up the silver bullet with vintage fun we’ve realised how much stock we have been squirrelling away! Ekkk! So we shall have a vintage amnesty and lay our guilty pleasure bare for all you vintage fans! I swear my personal wardrobe would be heaving had I not been able to channelling my shopaholic ways into the business!
We are having a half price sale on most of the clothing in the shop and also have hats, bags and accessories. We have some rails and other non wearable goods on offer so if you fancy starting a vintage business give us a call as we have all sorts of things we have stored away over the last 8 years!
This is going to be an almighty spring clean!





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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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