D&J On the Road: Matlock, Derbyshire

Darby & Joan On the Road - Matlock Derbyshire

Hi Lovelies! I hope you are well and ready for this weeks blog post. We’ve got something a little different for you this week. At the weekend I found myself in Matlock, Derbyshire in search of vintage goodness and I thought it would be nice to do an ‘on the road’ type feature. Hopefully this will become a regular post as in a couple of weeks Darby & Joan are off to the National Vintage Awards in Birmingham! Can we all just do a little ‘WOOP!’ Darby & Joan have made it to the final in the Best Vintage Wedding Event Service or Supplier category . We’ll be sure to take plenty of snaps throughout the evening and let’s keep our fingers crossed that D&J come home with the award!

So, Let’s get this post started as I give you my vintage filled round up of lovely Matlock. All Aboard!!

Mirlah x

First stop was a Vintage Fair organised by the lovely ladies at The Vintage Suitcase. Held at the Imperial Rooms the event had over 30 stalls selling vintage and handmade wares from furniture and textiles, handmade jewellery and rails upon rails of vintage clothing! (heaven?) There was even a vintage Beauty Parlour and Tea Rooms to boot!

The Vintage Suitcase - Matlock Vintage Fair - The Imperial Rooms

* The guy there is from Mooch Vintage rocking some very daring vintage prints!

As I rummaged through the rails to the soft sounds of vintage music, I couldn’t help but notice the mix of people. Young and old all brought together in the same place through their love of handmade and vintage delights. There was a great atmosphere and enjoyed chat or two with the stall holders who were more than happy to help!

The Vintage Suitcase - Matlock Vintage Fair - The Imperial Rooms

All snaps taken by Mirlah Thornley unless stated.

Darby & Joan Vintage on the Road - Matlock - Magpie Antiques

Image Credit: Miss Whittington’s Beauty Parlour

The Vintage Suitcase, starting with Matlock, is launching the ‘Summer of Vintage’ bringing vintage and handmade goodies to the good people of Derbyshire. Here’s a little word from Gemma & Allison.

“Our day couldn’t have gone any better, we had some amazing compliments from both our traders and visitors to the fair. We feel that we struck a great balance between clothing, home wares and the inclusion of hand made items so there really was something there for everyone. One thing that we did notice is that people visited the fair in the morning, then went into town and then were back again in the afternoon. So it really was an all day event for most people!

The Vintage Suitcase - Matlock Vintage Fair - The Imperial Rooms

The Vintage Suitcase - Matlock Vintage Fair - The Imperial Rooms

The Vintage Suitcase - Matlock Vintage Fair - The Imperial Rooms

The main reason we were drawn to Matlock is the huge amount of Vintage and Antique shops and, using the power of social networking, we were able to connect with these people and they have all been so positive and supportive of our fair.

We were pointing our visitors in the direction of shops in the town that we knew they would love and we really do hope it had a positive effect for them too.

The Vintage Suitcase - Matlock Vintage Fair - The Imperial Rooms

Image Credits: The Vintage Suitcase

We will definitely try our best to be back again before the year is out! If you can’t wait that long, you’ll find us at The Dome in Buxton on Sunday July 28th! We can’t wait!”

Thanks girls! I can’t wait to pop along to another event! You can find The Vintage Suitcase on Facebook & Twitter to keep up to date with the suitcase’s whereabouts and all the latest on new events!

After the fair I did just what they suggested and found myself visiting all the quirky independent shops that the charming town of Matlock has to offer. Here’s my round up!

Bow Boutique & The Cosy Cup

My first stop was Bow Boutique. I’ve heard so much about it and my goodness it didn’t dissapoint. Wall to wall of beautiful eye candy which quickly had me racking my brains for upcoming birthdays, events and excuses to buy pretty much everything! The gorgeous double-fronted window displays were so beautifully inviting and creatively put together and once inside you’ll find a real mix of vintage shabby-chic pieces and  locally sourced gifts all picked with a real focus on quality.

Darby & Joan Vintage on the Road - Matlock - Bow Boutique & The Cosy Cup

Darby & Joan Vintage on the Road - Matlock - Bow Boutique & The Cosy Cup

The latest addition to Bow Boutique is The Cosy Cup, a delightful tea rooms located within the shop. Beautifully decorated with mismatched chairs and the most wonderful wallpaper covered in vintage saucers! (excuse me while I add that to my wish list)  Serving light lunches with a smile and cakes to die for it’s safe to say I’ll be back . I’ve got my eye on this red velvet cake.

Darby & Joan Vintage on the Road - Matlock - Bow Boutique & The cosy Cup

Matlock Antiques & Collectables Centre

This gem can only be described as an Aladdin’s Cave! 3 Floors and countless hidden corners full of quirky collectables from trinkets, furniture, clothing and items you’re not too sure of!

There was such an inviting atmosphere and if you do visit, don’t be surprised if you get lost in there for an hour or two. Nestled towards the back is the Riverside Cafe a little tearoom where you can grab a cuppa after all that rummaging.

I’m starting to sense a pattern here (Vintage + Antiques = A cup of Tea + A Slice of Cake) You can’t argue with that maths!

Darby & Joan Vintage on the Road - Matlock - Matlock Antiques

Darby & Joan Vintage on the Road - Matlock - Matlock Antiques

Vintage Rooms via Quirky Antiques & Rewirks

Continuing down Dale Road with the sun shining, I made tracks towards The Vintage Rooms, but got a little distracted as I stumbled upon Quirky Antiques & Rewirks!

Darby & Joan Vintage on the Road - Matlock - Rewirks & Quirky Antiques

Quirky Antiques offers exactly what it says on the tin and Rewirks, nextdoor to The Vintage Rooms, is a little shop selling reworked and recycled goods.

I must say how amazed I am at how many independent quirky shops there are nestled in this small town and best of all they are all bustling! #loveit!

Now then, The Vintage Rooms should probably come with a warning if like me you can get a tad overwhelmed with lots of prettiness. Sprawling over 3 rooms and hidden cubby holes the Vintage Rooms is overflowing with beautiful vintage wares and ideas a plenty for shabby chic interior design. Stunning displays take you to days gone by and you can even join the owners for a brew in a vintage china cup (of course.) The atmosphere is friendly and infectious and punctuated by the many ‘Ooos & Awws’ of fellow customers. A great place to visit and I fully agree with the shops motto. “Remember, one persons junk is a vintage enthusiasts treasure.”

Darby & Joan Vintage on the Road - Matlock -The Vintage Rooms

Pitstop at Riverside Vintage

Wandering back down Dale Road I take a peek down a little side street and spot Riverside Vintage. Not quite ready for opening yet but this delightful boutique looks set to join the vintage boom in Matlock! – What a tease!

Darby & Joan Vintage on the Road - Matlock - Riverside Vintage

Final Destination Indigo & Magpie

For me a trip to Matlock wouldn’t be complete without popping into Indigo a unique wooden furniture and vintage sofa company. Currently rocking a mismatched bottle window display I had a browse round and admired the beautifully hand-crafted furniture and mentally placed them in my dream home. The pieces are modern yet rustic, vintage yet practical and utterly beautiful.

Darby & Joan Vintage on the Road - Matlock - Indigo

Next-door sits Magpie Antiques! Selling an eclectic mix of vintage and antique goodies that’s sure to excite the music lovers amongst us.  Whether it’s rummaging through the  boxes of vintage records or admiring the retro juke box there’s so much to see in this little gem of a store.

Darby & Joan Vintage on the Road - Matlock - Magpie Antiques

Matlock you little beauty! Has anyone else been recently? I can’t recommend it enough. If tea, cake and quirky vintage goods are your thing then I know where you should be heading this weekend! It’s great to see independent shops doing so well and Matlock seems to have them in abundance. The owners are all incredibly friendly and passionate about what they do which rubs off on everyone who passes through their doors. I had a wonderful vintage filled day out and even squeezed in a walk through the park. Bliss.


15:04 18 June 2013


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