Last week I was invited to the Bournemouth Vintage Emporium for champers, vintage chat and of course shopping! I love these types of events, I get to catch up with some of my best blogging girls and share our mutual love for fashion and home ware while browsing the rails.
I’ve visited the Vintage Emporium a few times and have always been impressed with the range of sellers and the quirky store layout and décor. It’s in a class of its own compared to some of the other local vintage outlets – put it in the middle of London and it would hold its own with some of the top vintage boutiques. There’s no ‘shabby chic’ or painted Ikea furniture, everything for sale is genuine vintage and the traders have been chosen with care. With the rise in popularity for ‘vintage’, there’s a lot of junk out there, but you won’t find any tat at the Vintage Emporium, or have to rummage amongst messy shelves and boxes to find a gem. The store is laid out meticulously, making it an enjoyable shopping experience, with ‘wow’ pieces to be found around every corner.
It’s clear to see the passion of shop owner Graham Spridgeon throughout the store, even the toilets have been stamped with his vintage mark. The gents is styled like a gentleman’s outfitters and the ladies has a boutique Agent Provocateur vibe. The store also has its own coffee shop, but instead of the usual white washed tables and jugs of flowers, its leather armchairs, Victorian dark wood, plush sofas and vintage lampshades – more gentleman’s club than granny’s tea party. The launch of a new summer menu makes it a great place to grab lunch with a friend and have a browse of the store but you could easily while away an afternoon here!
The Vintage Emporium also hosts a variety of events and fairs, from charity auctions to evenings of live music. If you live in the Bournemouth/Poole/Christchurch vicinity then keep Saturday 18th July free, as the store is holding a ‘Beatniks & Beehives’ event from 2pm through to 11pm with licensed bar and DJ.
You can hire the Emporium out for private parties, workshops or late night lock-ins, with full use of the store, outside area and coffee lounge/bar – there’s even a mezzanine level for a DJ! The planned refurbishment to turn one of the rooms into a 1940’s dining room, complete with war-time music, will offer up opportunities for private dinner parties and quirky meetings. I personally think the Emporium would make an amazing hen party venue and Graham will transform the outside space using your chosen era or theme.
Thanks to the Bournemouth Vintage Emporium for hosting a fab event, big shout out to owner Graham and marketing pro Liz for organising the event and of course the very hospitable bar man who kept my drink topped up!