Yesterday’s – and today’s – Pretty Dandy Flea experienced a little hitch…
The original venue in which the event was planned to take place had a problem. A big one. It failed its fire inspection 18 hours before the Flea was due to start.
Which meant that it couldn’t be used to host any events.
Which meant that Becky, the Flea organiser, had just one night to find a new place for the Flea to happen in.
Despite this being a flippin’ stressful occurrence to say the least, being the go-getter she is, Becky pulled this not-inconsiderable task off with spectacular aplomb.
So yesterday I found myself setting up shop in the back room of the ground floor retail premises at The Pod, otherwise known as the former Dwell shop on Fletcher Gate in Nottingham.
And I’ll be there again today.
The building had been empty after Dwell moved out.
But recently it has been put to good use to house the Nottingham Creative Quarter Pop Up Shop, a fantastic collaboration selling a selection of goodies from Nottingham creatives, overseen by local crafty business maven Debbie Bryan.
I’m pitched next to the lovely Molly’s Mum, so we had lots of good textile-related chats all day, when we weren’t too busy with customers.
There are also lots of other great stalls at the Flea…
There was a very talented henna-painter opposite me, selling decorated candles:
I watched her paint a man’s hand with a henna tattoo of the bones in his fingers. Wonderful!
There were also prints, bread, dovecotes, christmas decorations, cards, painted spoons, textiles, little girls’ dresses, photographs, stereos made from vintage suitcases (yes, really!) and loads more.
Including lots of lovely vintage. I was sorely tempted by this pan set for a fiver, but my cheffy other half (who does much of the cooking) would have just laughed at it:
As well as buying a few presents, one thing I did indulge myself with was a good rummage just before closing time at the Spinsters Emporium stall.
I even had the spinsters themselves rummaging on my behalf!
I did not come away disappointed. I am now in possession of a goodly supply of owl and tweetie eyes and a couple of pretty fabric scraps.
Plus, there’s another chance for rummaging tomorrow…
So if you’re in Nottingham, come and see what you can unearth. The fun starts at 11am and goes on until 4.
Pop down to the pop up! ♥