An Indie Kinda Christmas 2018

It’s not just Christmas, it’s An INDIE Kinda Christmas! As Miss Pigeon Vintage, I’ve been running this event since 2014. It’s my excuse to legitimately start Christmas early, and I work hard to ensure that quality local small businesses are featured in every part of it’s happening.

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Cafe INDIE is a magical bohemian hotspot for the creative misfits of Scunthorpe and beyond. It’s where we gather, resolve, react and respond to individual lives and collective. So working alongside the managers, I organise a Christmas event to reflect that vibe.

An Indie Kinda Christmas 2018

This year’s An Indie Kinda Christmas going back to it’s original set-up as a two day event, opening on the evening of Saturday 8th December and closing on Sunday 9th December at 4pm. The festive shopping extravaganza will see live performances from local acts, a mini market bursting with crafts, arts, and artisans of their trade.

Cafe INDIE will be offering Christmassy refreshments, frollics and food to accompany your relaxing time buying gifts for you and your loved ones.

And if we are all good from now until then, Santa has promised us a visit!

For trader enquiries, please contact Miss Pigeon Vintage to be sent a booking form and payment details.

Past Events

Miss Pigeon Vintage presents a Vintage Fair at The Ropewalk

This first time fair made a very promising impact as a newcomer to the vintage scene. The Ropewalk is a heritage venue and has a gallery, cafe, workshops and studios.

We celebrated vintage through the eras, with performers, dancers, stalls, tearooms, classic cars and much more. With 850 people through the door and tonnes of positive comments from traders and visitors alike, the fair will be running again for 2019. Find out more here.

An Indie Kinda Christmas

anindiekindachristmas_facebook_v12981868785112302008.jpgAn Indie Kinda Christmas is a annual event featuring live music, vintage stalls, creative and artisan stalls, art, seasonal food & drink and more. It is a staple in the North Lincolnshire festive calendar and strives to support small businesses during the Christmas shopping season.

An Indie Kinda Christmas is so called in honour of the event’s venue, Café INDIEpendent in Scunthorpe. Encouraging the growth and togetherness of a creative community for young and old alike, Café INDIEpendent works with Miss Pigeon Vintage to develop the event.

An Indie Kinda Christmas is carefully curated by Miss Pigeon Vintage and is favoured by local traders above other local Christmas markets because of the kind and loyal community the event has developed over the years since 2015.

Audience numbers grow year on year and we are very often fully booked for stalls very quickly. We are in development stages for 2019’s An Indie Kinda Christmas, if you are a trader and want to find out how to apply for a stall, please contact Miss Pigeon Vintage to be added to her mailing list.

Big Sky Arts Festival 2013

Big Sky Arts Festival was another event organised by Fold Collective, after the success of Brumby Bash. The festival took place across North Lincolnshire in 2013, culminating in a major showcase event at The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe.

This event supported local amateur arts groups and independent artists to display their work, perform and host workshops. Approximately 800 people visited this one day showcase which was financed by a Grants for the Arts from Arts Council England.

Brumby Bash Arts Festival 2012

Miss Pigeon Vintage (previously part of the Fold Collective) organised the Brumby Bash Arts Festival, a free outdoor event in Scunthorpe featuring music, theatre, dance and more. Take a look at the video of the event to find out more.

This event attracted around 1000 visitors over the two days and was run as a non-profit event to promote amateur arts groups from the region. It was financed by a Grants for the Arts from Arts Council England, in support of the Cultural Olympiad.

Contact for details on organising an event for you.

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. Lincolnshire is steeped in history, has a gritty Northern charm and is the hometown of Miss Pigeon Vintage, among a lot of other places to buy your vintage.


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

Miss Pigeon Vintage

Serious about sustainable style since 2014, Miss Pigeon Vintage can help you to choose your new-to-you sustainable clothes.

Mainly clothing and homewares.

Café INDIEpendent, 169 High Street, Scunthorpe.
Howe Lane, Goxhill, North Lincolnshire.
ISWAS, Abbeygate, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire.

All of the above have varying opening times, please contact Miss Pigeon Vintage for accurate and up-to-date information.



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.

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

Café INDIEpendent, 169 High Street, Scunthorpe.

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


Birds Nest Records

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

Vinyl records!

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

Next date: 29th September .


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

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

Wilton Road, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire

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


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

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.

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

Monday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm


Reloved Retro Stool

Recycling is at the heart of everything that Miss Pigeon Vintage does. I’m a big believer in reusing something until it’s beyond repair and then it should be repurposed if possible.

We do loads of upcycling here at Miss Pigeon Vintage HQ and I want to try and look back at some of the projects we’ve done over the years. You may have read about the chairs we fixed up in preparation for sale. You can see them again, here.

It’s become second nature to spot potential in old furniture and find ways to revive and reuse hand-downs, skip-raids and house clearance items.

This little raggedy Anne was one of the latter. A cute 1960’s foot stool with Dansette legs had been made by the previous owner in the 1960s. There were a few scuffs and marks, the fabric was fusty I felt it didn’t compliment the slender tapered legs, that are known for being mid-century classics.

As soon as I got this one home, I knew precisely which piece of fabric I’d be hunting down from my ever growing stash of vintage and retro materials.

This blue, purple and green bit of gorgeousness was part of a stash I bought during a trip to Horncastle, a few summers ago. It’s a pair of curtains that don’t fit anywhere in our house and the curtain tabs are very worn.


How I did it

I stripped the fabric carefully to make sure I could use the original as a template for the new.

It seemed, once bare, this cutey revealed the naivety of her make up. The family we bought it from had explained that their Dad was an amateur carpenter, often taking furniture to pieces to reuse elsewhere in the house. It seemed, he was having a go at upholstery, too!

The two foam sections were glued together with some sort of expanding glue, meaning I didn’t have to worry about them shifting when recovering. The foam was in great condition and still felt spongey enough to reuse. The sections weren’t stuck to the wooden base though, so I used some leftover carpet spray glue to hold them in place so they didn’t shift while working.

Laying the original fabric cover on top of the new fabric meant I could easily get the perfect shape, knowing that it fitted well before. I got plenty of seam allowance for overlapping the corners and folding in the unsightly edges underneath.

I decided to put the old cover back on, after a quick hoover  and hand wash. It was in ok condition to provide some padding and keep the edge of the stool smooth and rounded. I turned it over, to make sure the raised pattern wouldn’t push through over time.

I stapled the old cover with an industrial staple gun and then flattened to prevent bumps, using one of  my little boy’s toy hammers!

I added another layer of padding with some old wadding I had kicking about in a craft box. There was just enough to cover and it was so light and easy to use now there was the extra layer protecting from the rough old sponge.

The wadding really made it feel more professional than just covering the stool in a fabric. It means that wear and tear will be less likely and the stool is more comfortable. It protects the new fabric from the old one, too.

I wasn’t happy with these corners or overlap at all, but with the way the stool had been originally made, it was tricky to ensure a good clean edge from all angles, without having to overlap onto the leg brackets.

Once all those staples had been flattened out with Stan’s toy hammer, I polished the legs up and screwed them back on. We were over the moon with how it turned out and felt a bit attached to it immediately.

The stool drew a lot of attention at that weekend’s fair, but eventually made it’s way to my shop, Meanwhile… where it only lasted two days, before being snapped up by a very happy customer who added it to her bohemian style living room.

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