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A Directory of Recommended Local Vintage Shops

Scunthorpe is a dirty word when it comes to “Places to Visit”, but that shouldn’t hold you back if you’re into vintage and antiques hunting. The place is steeped in history, has a gritty Northern charm and is the hometown of Miss Pigeon, among a lot of other places to buy your vintage.

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Here is a very brief summary of places for you to visit:

Boxwindow

Styled and curated by Miss Pigeon Vintage, #boxwindow is a shoppable window display that you’ll find on Scunthorpe High Street as part of the effortlessly cool Café INDIE.
With some profits of each sale going to Café INDIE, you’ll not only be buying great vintage but you’ll also be supporting Indie’s ongoing youth work projects.

WHAT:
Mainly clothing and homewares.

WHERE:
Café INDIEpendent, 169 High Street, Scunthorpe.

WHEN:
Monday-Saturday: 9am – 5pm with some later evenings.
The window stock can be seen 24 hrs a day and purchases can be made by contacting Miss Pigeon Vintage

CALL:
07866702437

ONLINE:
www.misspigeonvintage.com
www.facebook.com/MissPigeonVintage/

Arttopia

Arttopia was born in September 2017. We are a collaboration of small, local businesses who have all joined together to create a unique shopping experience. Miss Pigeon Vintage features there on a rail made bespoke for this quirky creative shop.

WHAT:
Over 30 artists and makers and a very enthusiastic vintage trader

WHERE:
9 Grant Street, Cleethorpes, DN35 8AT

WHEN:
Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm

CALL:
01472 466343

ONLINE:
Arttopia on Facebook
www.arttopia.co.uk
Arttopia on Instagram

Salvage Row

Salvage Row sell vintage and retro furniture, household items and curiosities. They also produce a range of bespoke furniture built in house. Salvage Row is the trading arm of PHASE, a local Community Interest Company that supports young people through housing issues.

WHAT:
Secondhand furnishings. Upcycled furniture.

WHERE:
186 High Street, Scunthorpe.

WHEN:
Contact Salvage Row for up-to-date opening hours.

CALL:
01724 840946

ONLINE:
www.facebook.com/salvagerowuk/

Wet Records

The 1st Saturday of every month, the Wet Records family host a pop-up record shop at Café INDIE, Scunthorpe High Street. Dig the crates in a bohemian atmosphere created with live music from musicians and bands carefully selected by Wet Records.

WHAT:
Retro and modern vinyl record flicking, while listening to live original music.

WHERE:
Café INDIEpendent, 169 High Street, Scunthorpe.

WHEN:
The first Saturday of every month, starting from 10am.

ONLINE:
www.facebook.com/wetrecordsscu

Birds Nest Records

Definitely worth a visit for a dose of crate digging. Birds Nest are exceptional at sourcing and are very reasonably priced.

WHAT:
Vinyl records!

WHERE:
Birds Nest pop-up at various vinyl markets and always welceom new customers. Contact them directly for their next event.
Also find them at Indie Market Scunthorpe

WHEN:
Next date: 29th September .

ONLINE:
www.facebook.com/Birds-Nest-records

Vintage Lincs

“Quirky Vintage and Retro shop. We sell an array of wonderful items you never even knew you needed. We are official stockists of Frenchic Furniture paint.” – taken from Vintage Lincs Facebook page

WHAT:
A wide selection of vintage, retro, antique and nostalgia.

WHERE:
Wilton Road, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire

WHEN:
Monday to Saturday: 9.00am – 5pm
Sunday: 9.00am – 4pm

ONLINE:
www.vintagelincs.co.uk
www.facebook.com/vintagelincs

Hemswell Antique Centre

“Set in beautiful rural Lincolnshire UK, just a few miles from the historic Cathedral City of Lincoln. Hemswell Antique Centres is the ideal venue for an enjoyable day out! Once part of RAF Hemswell – the home of the Lancaster Bomber during the Second World War – the centres now offer a wonderful mix of antiques and collectables from bygone times.” – taken from Hemswell Antiques website

WHAT:
A vast array of homewares, fashion, collectibles and much more. From genuine antiques to the unique, secondhand and pre-loved items. There is something to suit every home and every budget, here.

WHERE:
Hemswell Antique Centres, Caenby Corner Estate, Hemswell Cliff, DN21 5TJ

WHEN:
Monday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm

ONLINE:
www.hemswell-antiques.com
www.facebook.com/HemswellAntiqueCentres

Vendemia

Tracey takes great pride in making Vendemia a warm and friendly boutique, stocking 1940s & 1950s style clothing.

WHAT:
Reproduction 1940’s and 1950’s style clothing for females.

WHERE:
Unit 4 Moorwell Business Park, Moorwell Road, Scunthorpe, DN17 2RU.

WHEN:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10.30am – 6pm

ONLINE:
www.vendemia.co.uk
www.facebook.com/VendemiaShop

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The INDIE Revolution

A lot of many moons ago a friend of ours was telling us all about this exciting adventure he was about to embark on, as the manager of a non-profit business, training and supporting young people in a cool and trendy coffee house. This place was to have art and music and creativity at it’s core. And boy-oh-boy did that fella pull it off!

This was Cafe Indie before Mr Plumtree even had the keys. I was taking a few photos this day, to get an idea of the space, so I could help with loaning/buying a few bits of furniture for when they opened. This photo would (unknowingly) become very relevant to my future:

Cafe Indie is where I started to work as Pigeon Vintage. I hosted my very first pop-up stall there and continued to do this until I felt confident enough to go for the big fairs. I loaned a few of our own bits of home furnishings to Indie too, until they got much too cool for our old tat.

One thing that has remained a permanent fixture and plays a part in creating the venue’s quirky atmosphere, is their famous INDIE sign. Some of you may know that the sign was made at Pigeon HQ, by the scuffed gnarly hands of Mr Pigeon!

The Café Indie project was getting some outrageous quotes for a light up sign and I mentioned that we would probably be able to give it a good go. Being the perfectionist that Mr Pigeon is, I knew it would only ever be an amazing outcome.

So? I lost him to the garage for the next few weeks, while I stayed inside beginning my own exciting adventure (we were in the early weeks of my first pregnancy and I was suffering from delightful morning sickness).

The sign is made from sheet metal that was cut and bent to shape using an industrial machine that Mr Pigeon had to build from scratch (he’d salvaged it from a skip years ago and never needed to use it until now).

To get the industrial look, once the letters were made he sprayed them with a salt solution and left them outside overnight to get them to rust.

I’ll never forget the night that he sent me this next photo; the first working component standing proud atop his workbench. I was working at the youth centre and gasped with shock at how good it looked. I knew it would, but THIS good? I was a proud girl, carrying this man’s baby. It was a bit overwhelming.

It took a few days to put up, because of the size of each letter and availability of people to help, but this was the sign installed before the bulbs were put in. To give you an idea of scale, the letters are 120cm high.

Being the modest beast he is, Mr Pigeon switched the lights on without telling people. There were so many people in the building, helping to pull walls down, paint chairs, build furniture, clean floors and so on; but none of them knew what spectacle was about to occur. Everyone cheered and applauded and stood agog. It looked fab and felt like the beginning of what has become a bit of an Indie revolution for us all.

Since then, the sign has featured in band photos, promo pictures, blog feeds, student selfies, instagram check-ins… it’s part of the heart of Cafe Indie, and I couldn’t be more proud of Miss Pigeon Vintage for being the maker of something so iconic!

The band Talisco

These pictures could keep coming, but I want to leave you with my favourite Indie sign capture of them all:

Our lads, the light of their Dad’s eyes; Stanley aged 4 months in January 2015 and Jack aged 2 months in May 2017

#BoxWindow

For nearly five years, I’ve been styling the window of Cafe INDIE in Scunthorpe. The items that feature in the window are usually for sale, with part of the profits going to Cafe INDIE’s ongoing youth projects.

To find #BoxWindow and other glorious delights of Cafe INDIE, please head to:

169 – 173 High Street
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN15 6EH <click here to be taken to Google Maps

01724 847 523

Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm 
Sunday Closed

Studio Shop

In November 2019, I opened my studio shop in Scunthorpe. It’s a space where I can store, style and sell glorious vintage to even more glorious people!

I will be hosting Open Days throughout the year, and inviting you up to rummage my rails and treat yourself to the unique and beautiful vintage lifestyle.

I will be offering Personal Shopping Experiences, for you to have exclusive access to items that have been especially selected and curated for you.

Personal Shopping Experiences would make a great gift for the vintage lover in your life, so get in touch with me to book your session.

INDIE Market – March Edition – Application form

Click here to be taken to the online form.

If you do not hear from us, please assume your application for this date has not been accepted, but do be aware that this doesn’t mean you’ll not be accepted in the future.

Stalls are selected and curated to compliment each other and the ethos of the market.

The best of luck with your application.

Creative Direction of “Phillips 66, Humber Refinery 50th Anniversary” produced by Know Media

When you’re friends with filmmakers, sometimes you get to do some cool work!

Know Media are friends of mine and are extremely talented fellas, who are getting bigger, better and cooler projects all the time.

This one was one they were super excited to get me involved with and I was hugely grateful for the opportunity to source costumes, props and sets for this jaunt through the history of their client.

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The stills below capture a couple of the areas of styling I worked on.