Poem Karen, Stardust Years Vintage

Last year, as part of the Winchester Poetry Festival, Jon Seagrave aka Jonny Fluffypunk was engaged as the City’s Poet on the High Street.  One of the many wonderful things to come out of this was a chance for Jonny to chat to residents, visitors and business owners in Winchester.

We were lucky to be one of the businesses that Jonny visited.  He gamely listened to me wax lyrical about my 3 loves (oh, and Gary!) Vintage Fashion, Lop-eared Rabbits and Theatre.  Out of my ramblings, Jonny created a special poem for me as he did for other business owners around the City. When he came to the shop to read it to me, I do confess I shed a tear, as I do every time I read it.  I thought it would be nice to share it here with friends and customers – you might recognise one or two references, including one to the sign I pop up on the shop door when I need a “comfort break”!

For Karen, at Stardust Years

Look at her. Sits in here, behind the counter, waiting on the dialled
phone to ring, to offer her a part; a stage role cast in Bakelite


and sure, she’ll have something good, no doubt, straight off her racks,
and
lipstick every shade of midnight waiting room to boot.


Above the city, potty-mouthed microwaves
are bouncing off cathedral
walls, pinging dick-pics and discount codes to a populace more attuned


to tiny screens, and even grannies here are wearing day-glo trainers.
This is not
a world for her; she lights candles on the Bette Davis shrine,


cuddles
up to lop-eared bunnies in a quiet corner, barricades the door.
She’ll be alright, she thinks; she’s holed up with a good supply


of
Rayne heels and dresses of the sort of cut that get
asked out
by calling cards, not one-line texts,


and she’s
wrapped herself against the dark with a
stardust coat sewn from half-remembered closing lines


and memories of ice-cream trays hung from swan-necked girls.
So when that phone rings, she’ll be ready. She’s written the card;


she’ll put it in the window as she goes. Just popped out
to 1937. Back in two twitches of a rabbit’s nose.


By Jonny Fluffypunk, Poet on the High Street, 2021

As part of his role, Jonny also mapped out a poetic history of Winchester based on the people he met around the City, “Winchester: A Poetic History in Inconsequential Moments”  You can purchase the outstandingly well-priced book via The Winchester Poetry Festival’s website below or through the lovely P & G Wells Bookshop in our own fair city!

https://www.winchesterpoetryfestival.org/product-page/winchester-a-poetic-history-in-inconsequential-moments

https://www.facebook.com/jonnyfluffypunk/

https://www.chesiltheatre.org.uk/

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Stardust Years Vintage Reopening!

Saturday 17th April 2021 is the day Stardust Years Vintage will reopen following the government’s Covid Lockdown. We’re very excited and look forward to welcoming you back to Winchester. Come and see our stunning array of antique and vintage treasures!

Sunday 9 June!

We will be closed on Sunday 9 June due to the Winchester Cycling Criterium and Cycling Festival which restricts pedestrian movement around some of the City.? Don’t worry, we will be open on Saturday 8 June, as usual, for all your original vintage treasures!

Taking A Break!

Just to let you know that I will be away from my post here at Stardust Years until 8 May 2019. Sadly, that means that for any purchases made on this website, or from our Etsy shop, there will be delays as they can’t be processed until I’m back; apologies for any inconvenience.

However, our Winchester shop will remain open during my absence and the gorgeous Sarah will continue sprinkling our vintage stardust!

When I’m back, I’ll be bringing more vintage goodies to you, online and in our Winchester shop. I’ll also post news of our upcoming TLC Sale in Winchester in May. Pop the dates in your diaries – Friday 17 May to Sunday 19 May!

1950,60s Accessories

Two new lovely vintage Corde items from the late-50s/early-60s just in! A gorgeous pair of Lotus Shoes, about a UK Size 4.5 and a beautiful handbag.

The lovely handbag is also available in our Etsy shop so if you would like to see more photos please just click on this link https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/673740466/1950s-corde-handbag?ref=ss_listing

We have a lot of new vintage items to add and I’m not known for my speed so please pop back to the website each week or just email me if you’re looking for something in particular. What you can see here on the website is just a fraction of what we have in the shop, across all eras and all treasures!