Vintage at the Manor

 The Manor House Museum is a jewel in the Midlands crown, a beautiful historic building in West Bromwich that was built in the 13th Century. For many years it was a pub – I actually met my husband there, and so it has many special memories for me. It was recently taken back into the guardianship of Sandwell Council, and is now used for events, guided tours and family friendly activitites. This Sunday saw Vintage at the Manor 2 taking place – a weekend dedicated to all things Vintage, from clothes and accessories, to beauty and music. It was a beautiful day and I can’t think of a better way to spend it.

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There were around 40 stores on the two days, spread around the historic building.  For those with an interest in vintage clothing across the era’s, there were some real bargains to be found. I got a skirt, dress and jumper for just £11 and also a 1960s suitcase that was in very good condition for a tenner. Areas had been set out so you could actually try the clothing on which was a real bonus and there was a lot of choice, from 1940s suits to Biba pieces from the 1960s and 70s.  There were also some really lovely pieces of porcelain and pottery, including beautiful cake stands from Shabby Chic Vintage Cottage (you can see more on their vintage Facebook page here.)

All dresses £8

All dresses £8

I got a Saddler compact from this stall inside the Great Hall.

I got a Saddler compact from this stall inside the Great Hall.

Loved this 1960s full length dress £25.

Loved this 1960s full length dress £25.

More Stalls were set up in the sunshine.

More Stalls were set up in the sunshine.

With my 1960s suitcase.

With my 1960s suitcase.

The event was child friendly too. Joe enjoyed a go on the raffle (4 tickets for £1) and was overjoyed when he won 3 prizes. He also loved the store that was like a Boys Own – looking through Shoot annuals from the 1970s ( a bargain at £3 each), and also buying lots of marbles for 10p each.

Joe heads off into the fair.

Joe heads off into the fair.

Pottery in the basket was 50p!

Pottery in the basket was 50p!

There was entertainment too. The Miss Fortunes got you ‘In the Mood’ with a range of 40s and 50s hits, and looked amazing in their 50s dresses.  Karl Memphis brought a touch of ‘The King’ to the event with his performance of Elvis songs and there was an outdoor disco with Phil Shakespeare from Hotshots Elvis.

The Miss Fortunes

The Miss Fortunes

With a vintage tea-room set up in the old bar area of the venue, and a very cute retro ice cream van serving refreshments on the grass outside, it made for a lovely event that I really hope will be repeated.

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15 thoughts on “Vintage at the Manor

  1. Thanks Emma , It is going to be repeated in October Everything about it was fantastic except the foot fall wich i have now put down to the time of year as the one in Stourbridge was exactly the same , Apparently the one at the manor house in October was heaving last year xxx

    • The building is so lovely, and there were some nice household bits here too.

  2. We are glad you had a great time!

    The Manor House Museum is open all year round for loads of events from family fun days to live music and outdoor theatre, school holiday activities and loads more. From 23rd July until the end of September there are also free guided tours of this fabulous medieval Manor House built around 1270. Find out more at http://www.sandwell.gov.uk/museumevents 🙂

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