Monday, 9 January 2012

Manchester Vintage Network - 1st meeting!

Yesterday was the 1st meet up of newly formed networking group, Manchester Vintage Network. This was the idea of Alison from Kitty Wink Vintage, who I met at one of the vintage fairs that I was trading at last year. It was about time that someone started something 'Up North' as its often the way that most of the events and networking groups are predominantly down south/London based - so a big Thank You and well done to Alison!
The idea behind the group was to bring together like minded small business owners in the North West who are Vintage related in some way shape or form. I thought that this would be the perfect time to wear my recently acquired 50s dress, which I got for £20 from the Stockport Vintage Village a few months ago:
The only thing I needed to do was shorten it - as it fell mid calf length on me (which does my short self no favours at all) so I chopped off a foot so its now knee length!
I'm wearing all my own Dolly Cool Jewellery and my Miss L Fire shoes ♥
The meeting was held in the Statham House Country Hotel - v posh!
The outside - taken off their website and on a nice sunny day - unlike yesterday! 
And the inside - we were in the Roulette Room
Group pic - right side
Group pic - left side!
We all spent a few minutes going round the table (I went first - eek!) saying about about ourselves and what we did, and what we hoped to get out of the meetings. It was then onto the more informal chatting and meeting one another....
From left; Victoria and Kathleen of Vibrant Vintage, Louise from Catwalk Creative Vintage, Vanessa from The Den at Beech Wood, Laura from Planet Vintage Girl and Steph from Jazz Swing Dance.
From left: Bethany from Bethany Jane Davies Vintage Hair and Make up, Rebecca from Polka Dots and Pearls Vinatge and Retro Event planning, Anthony from Jazz Swing Dance and Alison from Kitty Wink Vintage.
From left, Me! Sue from Vintage Manchester (a vintage events listing site) and Old Fashioned Susie and Kally from Kalandra Jane Designs.
And Kathleen from Vibrant Vintage with Beverley from Elizabeth's Attic.
Also present - but not on the photos (sorry!) were Brooke from Brooke's Cupcakes, and Fiona from Rose & Lee Vintage. 
All in all, it was a great afternoon and the time flew! 3 hours passed and I didn't even talk to everyone!
Hopefully this will be a monthly meet up, in various locations in and around the North West. New members are welcome and you can register your interest by visiting Kitty Wink Vintage and filling in the contact form :)


  1. What a lovely get together!

    Your dress is divine!


  2. You look gorgeous, that frock is perfection on you!
    That looked like a fun day. x

  3. What a great idea! That dress is lovely!

  4. What a glam meeting! Looks fantastic and useful!

  5. You look so sweet in that frock. What a cool place for a meeting and what a bunch of lovely ladies :) Good luck with all your endeavors this year!

  6. you look gorgeous.just love that dress and your shoes.Looks like a fun day.xx

  7. I wanna be in the group! Can u Skype me in? Looks like a very cool group of people.

  8. What a great meeting idea!
    You rocked the hell of your vintage polka dot dress! I am drooling over your Fire shoes.