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It breaks MY heart to have to say goodbye to my all time favourite charm - I have finally run out of the fabulous 1980s red plastic love hearts. Aaarrrggghhh! I sourced these cuties over two years ago and came home with over 1000 of them. Long term fans of Lady Luck jewellery will have seen them happily swinging away on many of my designs - all of the chain brooches (Debbie Does pictured below left), Atomic, Bunny Love, Zippy Zappa, Satisfaction, Lookin' for a Kiss...I could go on all day!
I thought I'd better make you guys aware of this as it explains the disappearance of the whole "I Heart Badges" collection (which will be replaced next week by Pin Me Down), Lookin' for a Kiss and Tumbling dice have already sold out too. I now just have a handful of items left with this charm on. If you've always fancied a Sunday Girl or a Rapture singlet (pictured above right) then you'd better snap one up fast!
On the bright side, I've been a busy bee reworking all these designs with exciting new charms. So stay tuned as I will be adding lots of new items as the old ones disappear. So far this week I have added a set of Crazy Crayon single earrings (above left) and Roller Derby necklaces (above right). The Ramones and Stereo pin (above centre) is a sneek peak of how the chain brooches will now look, and will be hitting the site very soon...
Our last day in Berlin was saved for two super stylish flea markets, which are handily situated just a short tram ride from each other in Prenzlauerberg. We shopped til we dropped and I was sure Easyjet weren't going to let us on the plane home! The first market was in a leafy square called Arkona Platz and as usual we arrived as the stall holders were setting up.
My first purchase was a cracker - a 1980s roller skate shaped bag, in ace conditon. I wonder if the bag's original owner used to take her skates to the local roller disco in it.... Aww - Bring back roller discos! Other finds included a 1970s red plastic bathroom set, 2 huge 1960s bauble necklaces, a 1950s diner ceiling lamp, a heap of homemade vinyl polka dot hangers and a quirky peanut dispenser from the craziest stall holder in the square - the Orange Dude. His fun stand in the centre of the market glows with all the kitsch orange plastic goodies - it's a tangerine dream!
We stopped off for a quick ice-cream sundae and to take a peek at our purchases, then hopped on a tram to Boxhagener Platz. The majority of stall owners were young locals selling brightly coloured GDR plastic goodies and lots of quality vintage lamps and furniture. I'm gonna drive a truck over next time! We treated ourselves to a matching pair of 1960s chrome ceiling lamps and I found a red vinyl shopper with a spazzy Jane Fonda illustration on the front and the word 'AEROBICS'. Now I've got this bag, there's no excuse to skip the gym! Oh, and I also topped up my brooch collection with a stack of 1980s diamante pieces.
We had a lorra lorra fun and are going back to Berlin in July when I launch the new Lady Luck Rules OK collection at Bread and Butter - my first European trade show. I'll tell you more about that one soon...
I recently visited Berlin to ferret about their flea markets and get inspired! Zille Hof was our first stop at 10am on the Friday morning. It's not really a flea market more an overgrown junk yard, but I think the owner Elna must be a Virgo (just like me!) as all the house clearance goodies are in neat organised rows and piles. Elna directs customers from inside her warm cosy cabin which is also stuffed full of jewellery, clocks and shoe boxes full of odd trinkets - I think they're all her favourite bits. So don't be scared to go in, if only to coo over the rows of long vintage necklaces which are a bit tangled but cool and quirky. The pictures below show the fantastic arrow sign which stands above the entrance, I think it might light up at night and the spooky (red lipped, grey faced) mannequin who greets you as you walk in.
There are 3 main arches to choose from - the first houses records and clothing. I found the clothing rails pushed too close together and couldn't really be bothered to prise them apart. Instead, I enjoyed looking at the 1950s printed record folders and magazine racks hanging from the ceiling. The second arch was tightly packed with ornate trophy and drinks cabinets displaying books, dolls, old perfume bottles, china, glasses and an assortment of bizarre bric-a-brac. A highlight for me was looking through the family photo albums from the 1970s - great haircuts. Pictured below are some of my purchases, I'm looking forward to turning the mini vintage perfume bottles into necklaces!
Furniture can be found in the third arch and there were more fun objects outside in the courtyard piled high on meccano type shelving. I trawled through tubs full of buttons, scarves, vintage craft supplies and ancient handmade christmas decorations. I adore the way Elna groups items together - I was spellbound by the rack of brightly coloured, patterned 1970s saucepans. As a lot of items are stored outdoors they are a bit the worse for wear, but our visit was definitely fun and inspiring - I enjoyed digging deep for my treasures.
The girls in Manchester are certainly mad for Lady Luck Rules OK and they stock up their jewellery boxes at No Angel in the crazy Affleck's Palace on Church Street. Amy owns the gaff and has done so for over 10 years, but with the adorable baby Lila on the scene now, you'll probably be served by Jenny or Beth. Amy and I met at Portobello 2 years ago when she was sourcing undiscovered indie labels. She was my second ever stockist, placing great orders and paying super fast - a dream for small businesses. She continues to support small designers who are starting out, giving them an ideal showcase and her customers love her for it. Especially Dolly (pictured below) who owns oodles of Lady Luck jewels. Go Dolly!
Other indie labels in stock are Bonnie and Clyde from Manchester; You Can Make it Happen (pictured above left and right); Brennan and Burch; Aline Jayne who prints on African fabric; Soup who rework vintage scarves into tops; I Saved Laurence and the punk outfitters Charles of London. So, if you're in the neighbourhood why don't you swing by between 10am and 5.30pm Mon-Fri and til 6pm on Saturday. You can peruse the ace merchandise or just hang out and listen to the music (Amy's husband is the superstar DJ Tom Wainwright!).
I'm a sleepy girl today having arrived home at 2am this morning after a weekend of flea market fun in Berlin. We squeezed in 7 markets in 3 days and I have kept a journal and photographed my finds to add to the weblog over the next few weeks. Yipee! My first priority though is to make all the orders I received over the weekend. You're all still loving the unicorns - they're going to run out real soon, yikes!
I also gotta tell you about the exciting launch of my pal Gemma's sparkling new website. Lazy Oaf is the very best in candy coloured slouch wear covered with the cutest lo-fi doodles. If you love Lady Luck Rules OK jewellery you're going to die for one of these fun little numbers - check 'em out!
As promised, here are some photos of my finds from the Bank Holiday Monday Taplow carboot sale. It was quite a trek to get there (bus/tube/train/bus) but the 3 additions to my fawn family and the 6 (!) additions to my owl tribe made it all very worth while. I really am a bric-a-brac bargain hunter!
Like all suburban carboot sales the majority of stalls were quite scary - lots of children's toys and Soldier Soldier videos. We looked for pitches with older owners who might be clearing out the attic and looking to sell lots of unused items from the 60s/70s (that's carboot heaven to me, and I usually let out a few shrieks). After a good 4 hours of rummaging, my purchases included a 1970s Small Faces tee, 12 babycham glasses, a handful of 1980s sew-on patches (including sneakers and bunnies - great for my Crafty Cuffs), a Creme Egg vinyl apron and mugs (shaped as egg cups, he he), 4 Jackie Annuals (including one from 1979) and 3 unused 1960s towels that I'm going to make into washbags.
It was a great day out, apart from my sun burnt arms, sore feet (I knew I shouldn't have worn my new Birkenstocks) and I managed to break one of my glasses when I was setting up the picture for you kids. Silly ol' me.
Phew! What a day. So sunny and lovely, but I've been inside all day making jewellery, story of my life! I'm not complaining though, I was happy to make a super huge order for a Japanese department store called Beams. My boyfriend helped out too so if it's a nice day again tomorrow we're going to treat ourselves to a carboot sale - I'll let you know what I find...
I have been kept amused today with your weblog entries and the fantastic news that the super cute NYC website Fred Flare have added one of my Thrifty tees to their site. I entered a competition looking for THE NEXT BIG THING and was lucky enough to be one of the winners. Here is a photo of my winning tee...