Friday, 29 January 2016

New Displays at Dead Men's Spex

Hi there

Here at Dead Men's Spex we have been making a few purchases, which is always fun; who doesn't like a bit of retail therapy? Dead Man bought two new display cabinets for our Shoffice -they fit in perfectly and now house a selection of Deadman's personal optical collection. These include pinz nez, real tortoiseshell frames and some beautiful dainty Chinese style cases. The move around means that we now have another drawer full of prepared frames ready to sell.

Some of Deadman's collection

We've booked another show for the spring; Peachy Keen Vintage Fair  in Ipswich, we attended one of their events last year and are returning. We are relieved to discover that they are at a new (and hopfully warmer) venue-last year was in a rather chilly old church!! This event is on Sunday 17th April 2016 from 11am to 4pm at The Manor Ballroom, 4 St Margaret's Green Ipswich IP4 2BP.

Hope to see you soon, Mrs Deadman

Monday, 4 January 2016

January 2016- Happy New Year from Dead Men's Spex

Hi there

Happy New Year! I hope 2015 was good for you. Dead man and I were looking back and the highlight of the year for Dead Men's Spex was definitely the "shoffice"- (a combination of a shop, shed and office!) which we had built in our back garden in the Spring. It is full of vintage spectacles and other optical curiosities. We held a successful open day in July and since then we have had a steady stream of customers. We've recently bought a vintage optician's sight test light box to add to our collection on display in the shoffice.

American 1940's optician's sight test box 

Looking forward into 2016 we have some dates for your diaries;

Definite bookings

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March 2016 MK Handmade and Vintage Weekend Extravaganza

To be arranged 

Dead Men's Spex open day. Likely to be May 2016

North Norfolk Railway September 2016

Look forward to seeing you in 2016 either,online, in our shoffice or at a show.

Mrs Deadman

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas from Dead Men's Spex

Merry Christmas

I hope you have a fun time and that Santa brings you whatever you desire... Have a great time.

Season's Greetings
from the Deadman clan

Monday, 14 December 2015

Festive times with Dead Men's Spex

Hi there

We had a good time at Holt Hall and were in a great position; close to the very grand fireplace complete with real fire, lovely!
A real fire..
We were also close to the huge and very imposing Christmas tree and the tea rooms- they did a delicious line in mince pies and great sponge cakes too.

..and a huge Christmas tree

It was nice to meet some new faces and see some familiar ones. Deadman junior did a great Christmas card in the crafts area and enjoyed chatting to the other stall holders. He's following in his Dad's footsteps.. perhaps his next step will be reconditioning frames?!

The Eastern Daily Press photographer was on duty and on Thursday I opened the paper to see some familiar faces smiling sweetly at me.
EDP photos taken from Little Vintage Lover Fair's website 

This is our last show before Christmas and it was nice to get into the festive spirit. We've booked to go to Milton Keynes to the MK Handmade and Vintage Weekend Extravaganza  in March 2016. It is a very large event in a huge indoor area called Middleton Hall in front of John Lewis. We are excited about this as it's our first time at this show. I will be looking forward to returning to my old stomping ground, I watched many a classic 80's film at The Point cinema just across the way!!

I hope that you are enjoying the festive season.

Mrs Deadman 

Friday, 27 November 2015

Dead Men's Spex at Little Vintage Lover Fair's Christmas event at Holt Hall

Hi there
Yes it is almost December. Wow, we are getting ready to go to Holt Hall next weekend Sunday 6th December with Little Vintage Lover Fair.
Holt Hall
We went last year and had a good time, it was very festive with mince pies and children's crafts and a lovely big fire in the entrance hall. We've got some great glasses including some new stock which has just come in. We look forward to seeing you soon and welcoming in the festive season. Deadman has been cultivating his Santa look all year long. Ho ho ho

Mrs Deadman.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Dead Men's Spex Keep Calm and Carry on at The North Norfolk Railway

Hi there

Well we had a great weekend at Holt and the weather gods were incredibly kind to us. I don't know how the organisers of the North Norfolk Railway 1940s event manage it, but every year it is warm and dry.

It was fun to see familiar faces again and we are used to being the most photographed stall - Dead Men's Spex always attract a response whether it be laughter or shudders!

Dead Men's Spex view on the world!
The biggest event of the weekend had to be the shunt; where an engine was derailed as it went to turn round at Holt station. Fortunately it was only a slight derailment as it was going very slowly and was not attached to any carriages. No one was hurt but the fireman and driver were shaken up.  See The Eastern Daily Press  article for more details.

The beleaguered engine 

I heard an ominous clunk but Dead Man was too busy chatting and missed it completely. However, the news soon trickled in from our customers. It caused chaos as it disrupted the running of the other trains, knocked out the electricity in the canteen and knocked down the wall in front of the buffers. However, it was Keep calm and Carry on as you would expect in wartime Britain!

Business as usual - a train leaves Holt for Sheringham after the derailment
Everyone summoned their stiff-upper lips and continued the serious business of enjoying themselves. Luckily we had our sandwiches and flask with us, I was a Girl Guide in my youth, - other people were less fortunate and had to ages wait for their picnics!

Well that's all for now, Mrs Deadman

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Holt- who goes there? Dead Men's Spex

Hi there

Yes it's mid September and today I am mainly pricing glasses for our stall at the North Norfolk Railway 1940s weekend  at Holt. As usual we have great selection of stock which Dead Man has been collecting and preparing. We have loads of 1940s frames including a whole tray of gas mask frames and some lovely original 1940s and 1950s sunglasses.

original vintage sunglasses- new old stock- unworn.
This is in addition to a good array of the much loved NHS 524 Old School glasses, fabulous cats' eyes, gents' frames; including the popular American make Shuron and other goodies.
We are looking forward to a fun weekend and hope to see you there.

TTFN Mrs Deadman