Annie In The Attic, Balham High Road

We’ve been meaning to visit and post this blog for ages, ever since our visit to The Vintage Event at The Balham Bowls Club whet our appetites for more vintage fare. It’s well hidden on the high street, save for a placard on the pavement advertising the shop above a hairdressers (indeed, in an attic).

The first thing that struck us was the space – so many vintage shops cram everything in making it really hard to browse properly. Clothing and furniture are almost treated like art, and the attic itself is light and airy.

Annie In The Attic (the girls behind The Vintage Event) are a mother and daughter team who share the task of sourcing and selling. The mother has an eye for 60s vintage while the daughter often picks up fashion finds from the 80s to sell, so you’re guaranteed a fab mix of fashion.

Prices vary as you’ll find some unique pieces there and the pricing can reflect this. There’s a rail of wedding attire to the right of the store and we spotted the most fabulous shift dress with real ostrich feathers, not dissimilar to a Louise Vuitton number as modelled by Kate Moss. We doubt it’s there now – indeed a recent, heart-broken customer had to leave it on the rail as she couldn’t quite fit into it, otherwise it would have been long gone before we got there.

During our visit we snapped up an old find displayed in one of their cabinets – a King Edward VIII coronation commemorative mug. At £8, it’s not a bad price for a bit of history that didn’t quite happen.

Annie In The Attic, Balham High Road, SW12 9AP

SwishJunction visits The Vintage Event

The Vintage Event came back to town yesterday and didn’t disappoint. Dotted around the pub and taking over the upstairs room were stalls boasting items spanning several decades from the 40s right up to the 80s (how old will we all feel when the 90s eventually becomes ‘vintage’?). It’s not just clothing either; browsers could find soft furnishings and other homeware too. Everything was authentic; we got very excited when we spotted some Mary Quant hoisery. A cute extra was the Mother’s Ruin Gin & Tea room on offer; the cakes were not modest in size and the tea (naturally) served in vintage cup and saucers. As well as all this, one redeeming feature that stood out for us was the price. We find many vintage items have rather hefty (and off-putting) price tags but there was a fantastic range of prices that didn’t alienate the budget conscious. What did we get? A beautiful mini cake stand at £4.50 (from Tea-licious) and two small glass decanters for £5.

Result. There aren’t many places where you can shop and drink at the same time, after all.

(Ps really wish we’d purchased that GORGEOUS clutch on the top left of the main pic…sigh)

The Vintage Event is back at the Balham Bowls Club on 11th December, 12pm-6pm, free entry.