Monday 29 September 2014

Donna Flower Vintage ...... opening party!

This shop is amazing.  The vision and the hard work that has
gone into the launch of such a vintage emporium is 

If you get a chance to ever go to Barnstaple in North Devon then go!!!  The town itself is lovely and the surrounding little ones like Instow are stunning, BUT the prize is at 10 Gammon Walk in Barnstaple .... Donna Flower Vintage !!

Oh yes my vintage loving friends, Oh Yes!

We stayed all weekend and what a weekend it was.

The private opening party on Friday night was so good.  The shop shone with vintage style and sparkle and the vision of Donna Flower and her impeccable taste is a show stopper.

When you stand outside you gasp, the window is enough to make you want to just run inside and dive into vintage heaven, bygone days, of untold style and grace.

The chandlers sparkled and the invited few mingled with the flowing bubbly and wandered around in awe!  What you saw was for sale and the changing rooms were always busy.  

There were vintage clothes in colour coordination on rails, including stunning wedding dresses.  There are shoes and hats and brooches to name a small amount.

At the back of the shop are vintage haberdashery shelves and drawers filled with vintage fabrics, buttons, threads, vintage patterns for dress making, tablecloths. aprons, vintage quilt pieces and so much more.  Donna has stunning vintage quilts and eiderdowns for sale as well AND everywhere you look is temptation of the vintage style at its very best!

Behind those two doors with the frosted glass are changing rooms!

In the middle of the shop at the front you can see a table with vintage cardigans and pullovers folded along side shoes and a jewellery cabinet with scrummy sparkle to buy ..... such as the stunning mother of pearl brooch that I purchased for in my hair.  (more of that later)

A gentleman's section!

Some of the drawers filled with goodies! ... buttons, threads, embroidery threads and so much more!

On hand also both on Friday evening and on the Saturday was the talented team of Steven and Laurent hair stylists and they were doing great things with hair and making ladies look like film stars!!

So on the Saturday I had my hair done as we were going out to dinner in the evening with Donna and her lovely family, including a another lady Sue who is in the vintage business.

Can you see the brooch in the top photo? It is stunning and I will load a picture for you to see it closely another time.....

The hair I loved and later when I put on my glad rags to go out I felt totally glamorous and transported back in time.  

Donna and all her family worked so hard to achieve the perfect vintage shop and they surpassed themselves totally.  Barnstaple is lucky to have such a shop, because honestly you could pick it up and plant it down in London in say Kings Road and my goodness me they would come in there hoards, to buy such quality and style.

Congratulations Donna!! 

I hope you have all enjoyed a little tour of such an amazing shop.  I did buy some wonderful 19th Century fabrics whilst there ..... and a few other goodies!!!

Donna and Jasmine

Happy Stitching everyone!


  1. Wasn't it wonderful, Sarah! Donna's attention to detail cannot be surpassed and standing in the background listening to guests' and shoppers' comments on both Friday and Saturday was fascinating and, indeed, exciting. Everyone was thrilled to be there, and several of Saturday's morning shoppers returned in the afternoon, and no-one was in a hurry to leave! Lovely to spend time with you on Saturday evening and Sunday. See you soon ;) Sue xx

  2. Sue you are so right! It was wonderful, ... It was great to spend time with you as well. Look forward to seeing you soon x x

  3. Awww thank you lovely lady. I was so delighted to share this special time with you x

  4. Thank you for the invite. Your shop is pure vintage class! x

  5. Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for sharing that beautiful shop! It looks gorgeous! I just love your hair. So stunning!!