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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.