Its been years since I visited the Newark Antiques Centre, located in the thriving busy bustling market town of Newark this centre has been trading for years. The building has many independent retailers inside, each with their own little cubby hole or booth to display their wares. The most exciting thing is that you never know what you might find.
I used to frequent to purchase vintage haberdashery material, so that I could recover chairs, seat covers, make cushions or practise upholstery on various ottomans that I had picked up from either Horncastle (a small market town with a disproportional number of junk and antique shops) or the local auction house, Golding & Young.
Upstairs I discovered a world of vintage photographs, threads, jars of buttons, bags of beads and glass cabinets full of vintage jewellery.
Just look at these, a 1950’s pearl (simulated) necklace £2, yes £2 in its original box too suspect. The black and green necklace in the next box is a mass of strung seed beads and I bet they wouldn’t have had a bead spinner in those days!
Moving on to another cabinet, I spotted these old beaded balls, or beady beads as the lovely Lynn Davy would call them, in fact these aren’t too dissimilar to some of her designs, which can be seen on Pinterest.
I am shocked that a bag of beaded beads are marked up at just £1, the time and effort that would have gone in to stitching these is outstanding – some look to be strung together, and tied about a wooden central bead, others look to be peyote stitch either way, someone took a great deal of care to create them .
Am guessing this was created on a loom, as it’s perfectly straight, and the pattern is quite intricate.
The colours are quite vibrant too, given the obvious age of the piece.
Check out those bears, the shot was taken from the upstairs looking down on the cubicle style sales pitches below. Paddington Bears in various outfits! There was even a Basil Brush tucked away in the corner of the display BOOM BOOM
This evening bag, £7, seriously!! The beadwork is outstanding on it, probably not that old really, I personally don’t consider anything from the 1980’s vintage (after all I lived through the 80’s and I am NOT vintage :)) The geometric design appeals to my sense of order, I am not a mishmash kind of girl, the bag itself could be almost 1920’s in style, somehow I just can’t see the original owner dancing around her bag to Come On Eileen, or Love Shack!
Finally, I discovered a cabinet full of brooches, a sea of gems, poorly displayed but visual eye candy, obviously the other interesting thing was the “risqué” small pictures in the rear of the cabinet, somehow with all the freely available porn, the infamous page three pages to me they seem more “saucy” more “carry on” than a picture of a topless woman in a daily newspaper.
I guess it’s the knowledge that in those days these were risqué shots, designed for titillation, a gentleman’s afternoon delight to provoke sensual thoughts in your mind instead of the more modern-day, in your face openly vulgar bra-less images freely available on the net or on the top shelf of a newspaper shop shelf!