Digging for Treasure at Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market

Glasgow VintageGlasgow is no stranger to a vintage market or five – in fact, I’ve been writing about local events like Granny Would Be Proud and Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair almost as long as I have been blogging. If you’re a long-term reader (thank you!), you’ll know I get a huge kick out of rummaging the racks and digging for treasure!

So, when a new market comes along it needs to stand out from the crowd, am I right? Otherwise it might get lost in the sea of thrifting events that are held regularly all over the city.

When I first heard about the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market back in January, the plans made me sit up and pay attention. And not only that, I made sure to mark the date in my diary so I could go along to the inaugural market day and check it out!

Recently, I headed for the Barras Art and Design centre – an awesome indoor space that I don’t visit as often as I would like – on a Sunday morning to see what the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market was all about.

Since the market is going to be a monthly event, I thought it might be handy to share a few details about it. Whether you made it along to the first one or not, here are a few reasons to visit on 26th March…

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  1. Interior gems! Yes, the market has plenty of vintage fashion but what REALLY sets the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market apart is the plethora of homeware and interior bargains that you can browse. From one-off decorative pieces (I was banned from bringing home a certain kitsch pink cat ornament but believe me, I was sorely tempted!) to Habiib’s gorgeous selection of curated 20th Century furniture (pictured above – hubba hubba!), you’ll be kitting out your pad with retro pieces in no time.
  2. Local brands! In amongst the pre-loved and upcycled goodies, the market is also showcasing some emerging homegrown talent. At the last event I spied pop-up pampering for gents from Primo barbers and loved picking up some illustrated paper goodies from Hux Loves Honey. I’m looking forward to seeing who will be appearing at the next event.
  3. Food, glorious food! The BAad centre isn’t just a venue, it’s also home to A’Challtainn – a Scottish seafood restaurant and bar. All that shopping is bound to make you hungry, so why not make a day of it and grab some lunch too? If seafood isn’t your bag, you can find lots of other options close by. After we cruised the market last month, we headed over to Drygate for a bite to eat; just a hop, skip and a jump away!

Bonus tip: even though I haven’t officially listed it, it would be wrong to tell you about the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market and not casually mention all of the cute dogs in attendance! So, if you love pooches, you’re going to have a field day (I know I did).

Sound good? The next Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market takes place at BAaD (54 Calton Entry) on Sunday 26th March. Be sure to keep up to date with the market and their upcoming events over on Facebook.

Do you love digging for vintage treasure? What about cooing over adorable pups?

Love,

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Friday Hi-Fives: A FrockDrop, a Pop-Up and a Party in a Shop!

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It will probably come as absolutely no surprise to you guys that Friday is my favourite day of the week! There’s something about reflecting on the week gone by and the promise of the weekend that makes me bounce out of bed a little easier, how about you?

Since we last caught up, I’ve been getting ready for a weekend away with Lori and Ayden (we leave next Friday and I can’t wait!), getting my eyebrows waxed in the back of a Barbie-pink jeep (true story!) thanks to the gals at Benefit and having a bao bun bonanza at Mamafubu.

Last night I was through in Edinburgh celebrating Godiva Boutique’s Spring launch party. Colourful dresses by the likes of Rowanjoy and a treasure trove of original vintage kept me swooning all night. Godiva have always been one of my must-visit spots whenever I hit up the capital, and last night was proof that the store is still at the top of their game.

And now to share some events happening in Glasgow this weekend that I think you’re going to love! First up, we have the Buchanan Galleries #FrockDrop station, which has been set up in support of Marie Curie. From now until the 19th of March, the FrockDrop will be gratefully accepting donations of pre-loved clothes, which will then be sold on in Marie Curie’s many charity shops to help those living with terminal illness.

You can find the FrockDrop across from John Lewis on the ground floor of the centre, and Buchanan Galleries are rewarding those who donate with a £5 gift card and money off vouchers. It’s a fantastic cause, and a good excuse to have that wardrobe clearout you’ve been putting off, right?

Meanwhile down at Central Chambers tomorrow, Peaches Wax Bar have organised a very special pop-up at Swoon Nails, and a little birdie tells me there are still a couple of brow appointments that have not been snapped up yet! Head over to Swoon Nails on Instagram to find out more about this awesome ladyboss collaboration.

Before I head into the weekend, I have just a few more hi-fives to share…

This week, I’m hi-fiving because…

…I tried Earl Grey chocolate from Mary’s Milk Bar and now think it needs to be a regular staple in my diet. Delicious!

…our bathroom renovation has started and I get to say things like “the antique brass towel holder just got delivered”. When did I become this grown up?! Send help!

…Wednesday’s worldwide celebrations for International Women’s Day 2017 were a true source of inspiration on my feed

…we recorded a drag-tacular episode of the podcast, where you’ll find us talking about all things relating to RuPaul’s Drag Race (or as much as you can squeeze into 40-ish minutes anyway)

…Queen Michelle is starting an arts and crafts movement in the most stylish way imaginable. My favourite outfit post of the week!

And with that, I’m off to make some broccoli slaw and finalise the frocks I’ll be dropping off at Buchanan Galleries tomorrow! Have an awesome few days and I’ll see you next week.

Love,

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Put Your Wallet Away: Free Things To Do in Glasgow

Free Things To Do in Glasgow

It always makes me happy when far-flung friends, friends of friends and ‘internet friends’ decide to visit Glasgow and see for themselves the city that I’m always talking up so much.

Of course, I can never resist sharing a few ideas on how to spend an hour, a day or even a long weekend and, before I know it, I’ve emailed a list as long as my arm! But, more recently, I’ve been asked for budget-friendly activities from people looking to get a taste of Glasgow for little to no expense at all.

Never one to turn down a challenge, it got me thinking about how much there is to see and do here. I wondered if I could come up with a list of completely free things to do in Glasgow, so that no matter what your budget, and whether you’re local or a visitor, you’re guaranteed to have fun!

So, put your wallet away – this one’s on me…

Free Things To Do in Glasgow

Tour some street art. This city is bursting with talented local artists and you can find their work brightening up quiet corners, vacant buildings and some of Glasgow’s most historic streets with splashes of colour, humour and heart. You can discover them for yourself while out and about or hit the mural trail and catch ’em all, Pokemon-style! See the full trail and map guide here.

Live that park life. A Blur reference? REALLY? Oh, just go with it! As well as there being a ton of city streets to stomp around, Glasgow is also home to some beautiful green spaces and parks that you just have to see. A summer afternoon at Kelvingrove Park is hard to beat, though a Saturday morning seeing the ducks quacking around Queen’s Park is a contender. Picturesque, sprawling and free of charge, what more do you need?

Take in some views. Speaking of Queen’s Park, you can stroll / be pushed up the hill towards the viewing platform, which gives some amazing views of the Southside, the Clyde Valley and The Trossachs. Meanwhile, in the city centre, pop into the Lighthouse on Mitchell Lane and use the lift to zip up to the 6th floor to get another impressive view of the city.

Free Things To Do in Glasgow

Get totally tropical. Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens turn 200 years old this year (!) and are still home to a stunning collection of tropical plants at the Kibble Palace and glasshouses. There’s nothing like being able to take a stroll under some palm trees while it’s 2 degrees and raining outside! Only in Glasgow…

Go behind the scenes in an iconic building. Overlooking George Square you’ll find the City Chambers, an imposing building which holds an important place in Glasgow’s history. It’s also home to such grandeur as the largest marble staircase in Western Europe, a Banqueting Hall and stunning vaulted ceilings. But don’t take my word for it – the City Chambers run free tours of the building twice daily from Monday-Friday!

Soak up some art and culture, dah-ling. We are extremely lucky in Glasgow as a lot of opportunities to check out museum and art exhibitions are accessible to everyone. As well as having festivals to celebrate art and culture, entry to our most popular art galleries and museums is free of charge (though donations are gratefully received!). Gallery of Modern Art, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and Riverside Museum are all excellent places to start.

Free things to do in glasgow

Say hello to the coos. As well as attracting visitors to its woodland walks and the world famous Burrell Collection, the award-winning Pollok Country Park is also home to a rather special (and rather cute!) herd of Highland cattle. Huge, hairy and owners of the sassiest fringes on 4 legs, is it any wonder they have so many admirers?

See Glasgow’s story. The People’s Palace, located at Glasgow Green, is THE place to visit if you’re looking to get a close-up look at life in Glasgow through the ages. Using its collection of historical artefacts and a variety of mediums, the People’s Palace shares an insight into the city and its many residents from 1750 to the end of the 20th Century.

There are many other free activities and attractions in Glasgow, but these are (in my opinion!) some of the best ones to get a real flavour of what this vibrant and exciting city is all about without spending a single penny. If you’re joining us for the first time, you might just fall a little bit in love with this place, and if you’ve lived here forever, maybe you’ll discover something new about your neighbourhood.

I hope this little round-up of free things to do in Glasgow inspires you to get out and about, and let me know what you get up to if you decide to do any of them!

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