Vintage at Winchester Fashion Week 2018

Each year, we like to provide something a little different at the Winchester Fashion Week and this year is no exception. In collaboration with Wessex Film and Video Archive, we’ll be taking a fun look at the 1950s as well as showcasing some of our new, original Fifties’ pieces for the summer. So why not come and join us for a glass of something fizzy and enjoy some true vintage at Winchester Fashion Week 2018! The event is free but booking is essential.

Telling The World

Hope you’re all enjoying this lovely warm weather.  Despite the lure of the garden, yesterday evening, I went along to Winchester BID’s networking event and I’m very glad I did.  Liz Kavanagh, of The Winchester Magazine, was giving some valuable tips on how to capture the attention of busy journalists with a Press Release as well as how to keep customers up-to-date via social media.  It was lovely to meet other local businesses, as well catching up with some friends, like Laura from Brides of Winchester.

It can take me some time to add new stock to the website – as regular visitors will know! However, I often post stock items on our Facebook page so it’s always worth Liking our Stardust Years Vintage Fashion Facebook page for more up-to-date information. Recently, by the time I’ve added stock to the website, the item’s been sold and I understand how frustrating that can be if you’ve found just what you’re looking for, only to discover it’s already gone!  I also post on Twitter and Instagram. Actually, seeing Laura, again, reminded me – I must add our bridal garters! Another job to add to the list.

Don’t forget, what you see on here is just a fraction of what we have in our Winchester shop so if you’re looking for something in particular, just email me.  Always happy to help if I can –

Karen and Laura

Stardust Years Vintage and Brides of Winchester at Winchester BID’s networking event


BBC TV’s “Money For Nothing”

We’ve had a lot of interest, both online and in our Winchester shop, since our recent appearance on the new series of BBC TV’s “Money for Nothing” programme!  If you’re not familiar with it, the show follows presenter Sarah Moore in her quest to save, renovate and upcycle items from the past so that we can all enjoy them in the future.

Sarah and her crew came to the shop last summer and we had a great afternoon filming and playing with the vintage treasures Sarah had found.

Don’t worry if you missed the programme, you can still catch it on the BBC iPlayer until April 7th

While she was filming, Sarah found a Stardust Years vintage treasure for herself!  A lovely 1950/60s silk satin evening coat.  A real stunner!  You see, with vintage shops you never know what you’re going to find – just like the lady who came in this afternoon to while away some time as she was early for a meeting.  She found this gorgeous 1960s dress!


Stardust Years Vintage on BBC1

We’re going to be on the telly!

(Can you tell we’re excited?)

Yes, it’s true – next Wednesday (8th March) on BBC1 at 3.45pm, we’re on the new series of ‘Money for Nothing’. We haven’t seen a preview yet so we’ll all be watching it for the first time.  We’re hoping Karen won’t be getting ideas of grandeur though she has been heard muttering, “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr De Mille…”

Just in case you haven’t watched the programme before, presenter Sarah Moore finds items that are going to be thrown away by members of the public, renovates or upcycles them, sells them on and gives any profit back to the original owner. Sometimes, Sarah re-fashions items herself, or she might take them to carpenters,or designers to adapt the piece for modern use. Previous items have included a dress made from an old leather sofa and an oil can transformed into a table lamp!

In between filming, the cameraman did have to drag Sarah away from our rails as she kept getting distracted by our frocks and, I’m pleased to say, that when the shoot was completed, Sarah bought a lovely1950/60s black and white silk evening coat! A perfect end to a great afternoon.

What part did Stardust Years Vintage play in the programme? Tune in on Wednesday 8th March and find out!  Don’t worry if you miss it, the programme is repeated on BBC2 on Friday 10th at 7.15am.  Or you can watch it at your leisure on BBC iPlayer!

Our 3rd Year!

Stardust Years Vintage celebrated its third year in Winchester last weekend. And what a year it’s been!

Last summer, Gary and I were lucky enough to be invited by Nick Rayne of the famous vintage shoe company, Rayne, to the Dorchester Hotel for the launch of the book “RAYNE Shoes For Stars”
Karen with Nick Rayne
Now, how did little ole Karen get invited to such a prestigious affair, you might well ask? Shortly after we opened in 2013, I was researching Rayne Shoes and Nick, son of Sir Edward Rayne who succeeded Nick’s grandfather as head of H & M Rayne in 1951, replied to my email. As a result, we donated a pair of Rayne shoes (my favourite!) to the Rayne Shoe Archive and Nick has continued to source vintage Rayne from us. You can see them in Michael Pick’s book which was written to accompany an exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London.

We had a very busy autumn but as Rudolph and the boys were limbering up ready for the Festive Season we joined in the Woolly Hat Fair’s Live Advent Calendar! A different door in the City opened each day at 6.00pm. It was the first year anything like this had been done in Winchester so it was a steep learning curve for everyone, including the audiences who braved queueing in the pouring rain waiting for the “door” to open at 6.00pm. All they knew about what might be behind each door was given in a one-line hint on the Woolly Hat Fair’s website. For our piece, we devised a little Christmas play, based on Saki short stories which was set in the 1920s so the girls could enjoy modelling our original Twenties’ dresses and accessories. The comedy was performed in our Dressing Room; we have a lovely pink curtain so it was crying out to be a mini stage!

April saw us involved in the Winchester Fashion Show’s Fashion Fair. I was travelling to Salisbury for my rehab – no, not that kind; for my back – so our involvement was very small compared to the year before but we’re looking forward to working with Winchester BID, again, for next year’s show.

But, of course, it’s our customers who’ve been the best part of the year. So a huge THANK YOU to anyone who’s purchased from our website, shop or just browsed either site. We’ve met some great people, from all over the world, and received some lovely emails. Amazingly, people from Winchester are still just discovering us! So, we need to improve on our marketing, I think! We’ve parted with some beautiful vintage pieces, including Corde handbags and Waldybags – two of my favourite vintage manufacturers – and I’ve been known to shed a tear as they go but I know they’re going to live on and to be cherished for the future.

So, 3 years old! Only you can tell if we’ve aged well! We’re excited to have reached 3 and are looking forward to getting up to all sorts of vintage shenanigans in the coming year. I also hope to improve my website post rate as I’m a bit slow (think you’ve noticed). We have so much more stock in our Winchester shop so if you can’t wait for my computer skills to improve – and it may take some time! – do just email me if you’re looking for something in particular I’m always happy to send photos.

In the meantime, we’re on the campaign trail! Actually, it’s a campaign organised by Winchester BID to vote for their favourite Winchester Independent. The aim is to encourage everyone to think about using their independent shops and businesses and, when you vote, you’re entered for a prize draw to win a hamper of treasures, worth £700-800 from the participating businesses. We have donated a lovely little 1930s beaded evening purse 1930s Beaded Evening Purse

To vote – hopefully, for us – and be in with a chance to win a whole host of gorgeous prizes, including our original 1930s evening purse then please just click here

Thank you, and Good Luck!