After having to move pretty sharpish from Newbury College when they decided not to honour our longstanding booking, we were able to nip just down the road to Park House School so many thanks to the Head Master and Sue Atkinson in helping us to find a new home at short notice!
As part of Abingdon’s Heritage Weekend, Ruby’s was back at the Guildhall and what a brilliant day it was!
The Town Council and the Heritage Committee are to be congratulated on an amazing community event that involved bands, horses, re-enactors, shouting sergeants and brave young men marching off to war (the local cadets)
Hello, Alison here! Lyn’s new partner in Ruby’s.
Rather fortuitously, when Lyn asked me if I would be interested in joining Ruby’s as Yvonne, her previous business partner was relocating to Shanghai, I was about to take early retirement from my busy corporate job so this gave me a new interest and a new venture.
What does everyone think of Dawn O’Porter’s series This Old Thing?
I have watched all the episodes and whilst I agree with trying to get more people into wearing vintage, I think that there is too much emphasis on 80s fashions plus she is making life way too complicated by drastically altering clothes to fit – like the jacket we saw in Episode 2. I think that will put new people off as making a relatively cheap item too expensive
There is a bit of a local campaign going on at the moment – Bring Back The Brooch!
Some like minded brooch lovers have got together informally to try and bring the brooch back into fashion. Not just on a coat or a formal jacket, but everywhere including hats, handbags, tshirts, denim jackets, in fact anywhere that can be enhanced by a bit of sparkly or an elegant or quirky piece of jewellery.
Newbury College had an Open Day as well as hosting Ruby’s on Saturday 17th May so we shared the building with budding students and potential apprentices – hopefully we managed to convert some of them to the joys of vintage!
The BBC thinks vintage might have peaked – we think that whilst it has grown in popularity, it will carry on because people will always like old beautiful things either in their home or as something original to wear.
In addition to organising and running Ruby’s Vintage & Retro Fairs, Lyn also buys and sells vintage costume jewellery and accessories. She mainly sources from the USA where vintage is not so mainstream and brings it back for the delight of vintage lovers in the UK.