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

Thursday, 3 September 2015

A taste of La Belle France for Dead Men's Spex

Hi there
Well the summer holidays are over and we had a lovely trip to Paris. It was Deadman junior's idea to go there and we hit the tourist trail to 'do' all the classic Parisien sights along with thousands of others. Deadman spent the whole time singing 'chansons d'amour' and shrugging in his best Gallic style. We climbed a daunting bank of steep steps to reach the Sacre Coeur - the Catholic cathedral which commands great views over the city. It it is the only hot church I've ever been in, this was due to the large crowds; it was shuffling room only, and the banks of votive candles glittering in the gloom. (Sorry, I couldn't resist a bit of alliteration!)

Jesus embraces all in the Sacre Coeur
We also went to some more unusual places including Deyrolle the taxidermist shop which does attract tourists but thankfully not in the same volumes as the Eiffel Tower!  We also visited the Marche St Pierre a fantastic fabric shop at the foot of the Sacre Coeur which has four floors of fabric, a must for all home sewers.  Deadman junior however, was more attracted to the beautiful sweet shops and developed a taste for macaroons.
Cool sign; can we have one please?
An optician's window display next to Deyrolle, 
However, we were probably the only tourists on the look out for optician's shops - Deadman lost count at 25 in one day. There were some very attractive window displays including the one above which has real butterflies in with the designer frames.

Hope you all had a good summer.

TTFN Mrs Deadman

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Summer time with Dead Men's Spex

Hi there

Well, Little Vintage Lover Fair in Heydon went well. As usual, the weather excelled itself and we had a beautiful summery day. The event was very well supported; there was a constant flow of people and long queues for the coffee van. We saw quite a few familiar faces and had a good (if rather warm) day.We took some copies of Vintage Explorer with us and Zoe and Margaret gave those out at the door. We have just started to advertise Dead Men’s Spex, in there, it is a lovely magazine, well worth a look.

Looking for bargains
Mr and Mrs Dead Man

Vintage china

Dead Man Junior and I left Dead Man to stand the stall on his own and sneaked onto the village green for a few minutes. It was a beautifully idyllic scene with people picnicking and relaxing in the grass. I soon had to return to the stall and Dead Man Junior followed later on once he had taken some photos.

TTFN Mrs Deadman

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Dead Men's Spex off to Heydon

Hi There

Yes, first day of the summer holidays and it throws it down with rain, how mean is that?! Well August is racing towards us and with it another little Vintage Lover Fair on Sunday August 2nd  at the beautiful Norfolk village of Heydon. If my memory serves me correctly; which it doesn't always these days, then it will be our fourth time at Heydon. It usually both warm and busy so let's hope the tradition continues!
Little Vintage Lover Fair at Heydon village hall
Dead Men's Spex will be there displaying a wide range of vintage eyewear ; we have some new frames to share with you! We are looking forward to getting out and seeing people and maybe even buying cake. By the way my rhubarb crumble cake was a hit at our open day; one of Dead Man's good ideas.
We will be bringing a selection of these frames to Heydon

Hope to see you soon for a fun day out

TTFN Mrs Deadman

Monday, 13 July 2015

Dead Men's Spex Open weekend

Hi there
We are happy to say that Dead Men's Spex open weekend went well.
Deadman waiting for visitors
We had a good amount of visitors come to Dead Men's Towers to admire our new shoffice and our vintage frames. I wouldn't let them leave until they had sampled my cake and admired the bunting!

outside looking in
Thank-you to everyone who supported us, it was lovely to see you all, we had a fun weekend and the weather was fairly kind; there was only one brief but heavy downpour. 

The United Nations come to Norfolk from Canada, Spain and Buckinghamshire
We are planning to have regular opening hours from September, so watch this space (and the website and Facebook page) for more details.

TTFN Mrs Deadman