Saturday, 18 June 2016

Dead Men's Spex Open Weekend July 16th and 17th 2016

Hi There
Well, you wouldn't believe it but it is nearly Mid Summer and our thoughts are turning to having nice times outside in the garden. So, following last year's successful open weekend we've decided to do it again.
Last year's selection of homemade cakes- rhubarb crumble, lemon drizzle
and flap jack.

We'll be opening our shoffice in our garden in rural Norfolk on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July from 12 noon to 5 pm both days. We'll have our usual great selection of vintage glasses on display. Along with the obligatory chat we'll also be serving homemade cakes and tea and coffee. If you're lucky you might even get to share some of Deadman's new tipple; calendula tea. I haven't decided which cakes to make yet; I'm open to suggestions...

Important decisions at last year's open day ....

If you fancy an afternoon out, why don't you come and join in the fun? If you live further afield you could even combine it with a weekend at the seaside, we're only half an hour from the coast! We'd love to see you. 

Well I'd better go 
Mrs Deadman

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Little Vintage Lover Fair a great success!

Hi there

We had a great day on Sunday at Manington Hall in Norfolk, just up the road from  Dead Men's towers, with Little Vintage Lover Fair. The weather was spectacular to match the scenery; Zoe has the knack of picking beautiful days. We had a lovely day and met some new people amid the familiar faces. 
Dead Man in his new shirt with Dead Man Junior
We had initially planned to have an indoor pitch but when we arrived it was such a lovely morning that we opted to put our Dead Men's Spex stall outside on the lawn, it was definitely the right decision.
Mannington Hall from the bridge over the moat 
I had a wander round with my camera and was quite impressed with the results; the subject matter definitely helps..!

Mannington Hall and moat
A side view of the moat 
This was the first time Little Vintage Lover Fair had been to Mannington Hall and I hope we can go back again.

Hope to see you soon, TTFN Mrs DeadMan
Mannington Hall and Gardens

Monday, 25 April 2016

Dead Men's Spex at Mannington Hall with Little Vintage Lover Fair

Hi there

We will be out and about again, this time in Norfolk. On Sunday 8th May we are going with Little Vintage Lover Fair to the beautiful Mannington Hall near Aylsham. This is the first time that Little Vintage Lover Fair has been there and it is on V.E day so 1940's dress is encouraged. Mannington Hall is a medieval moated country house owned by Lord and Lady Walpole. We went there a few years ago with a multi period fair and it is a lovely place.
Mannington Hall

The gardens are open to the public in the spring and summer and Little Vintage Lover Fair is part of one of their open days. Dead Men's Spex will be undercover, next to the tea rooms - The Greedy Goose, uh oh I can feel the temptation already. If you are looking for a nice day out why not come along on May 8th? Mannington Hall is well worth a visit and  you'll have the chance to find some vintage goodies. We'll be pleased to see you and will be selling our usual varied selection of genuine vintage spectacles. Deadman likes to have people to chat to, he can get a bit bored of me...

Mrs Deadman

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Dead Men's Spex have a good day at Peachy Keen Vintage Fair

Hi there

We had a good day in Ipswich at Peachy Keen Vintage Fair, it was in the Manor Ballroom which we managed to find without getting lost; always a bonus. We sold quite a few pairs of our vintage specs and met some new customers and stall holders and caught up with some old friends. It always nice to go to shows and meet people. We will be out and about again later this year; watch this space for further details.

Peachy Keen Vintage Fair April 2016 - taken from their Facebook page 

Hope to see you soon

Mrs Deadman 

Monday, 11 April 2016

Dead Men's Spex at Peachy Keen Ipswich

Hi there
I hope you all had a good Easter.The Easter bunny brought lots of choccie to Dead Men's towers. Dead Men's Spex are off to Ipswich soon to a Peachy Keen Vintage Fair on Sunday 17th April from 11am to 4pm.

Our stall last year at Peachy Keen

We are looking forward to returning and have some great glasses to sell. This year it's at The Manor Ballroom, 4 St Margaret's Green Ipswich IP4 2BP which is a new venue. We've had some great new frames in recently which we will bring along to add to our usual varied selection.
Fabulous new styles

And some more...

Hope to see you soon

Mrs Deadman

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Handmade and Vintage Extravaganza "The show with Specs Appeal"

Hi there
Well our weekend in Milton Keynes at the Handmade and Vintage Extravaganza was a big success! The organisers Jacqui and Andy made us very welcome; we were mentioned in their advertising for Milton Keynes shopping centre. The local newspaper- The Citizen - called it "The show with specs appeal." We enjoyed ourselves and sold a respectable amount of specs. If you'd like to see some more photos of the event including the advert, have a look at Jacqui Lewis's Facebook page.

Dead Man in position
Middleton Hall is a lovely venue; very spacious and airy and close to a wide range of coffee outlets! We met a whole lot of new people; customers and other stall holders, and there was the usual gamut of varied expressions from amused through to revolted after people read our sign! We were also delighted that quite a few of our regulars came to see us. Thanks to everyone who came to see and buy and special thanks to Jackie (yes another one!) who put us onto the fair.We also discovered The Pudding Parlour - who make the most delicious chocolate brownies ever! We are going back in November for another great event.

See you soon
Mrs Deadman

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Dead Men's Spex ventures west to M.K. - Milton Keynes!

Hi there

Well it's mid February and we will soon be making our first public appearance of the year in two weeks' time on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March 2016 at the MK Handmade and Vintage Weekend Extravaganza. We booked a stall in December and are looking forward to it. The whole event looks very busy and has a wide variety of stalls.

Stalls from above

Lots  of interesting items... Photos from the MK Handmade and Vintage website

We will be taking our usual range of great vintage frames and some of Dead Man's crafts such as his spexlaces ; necklaces made from original vintage frames, and some lovely old testing lenses which clean up beautifully and are great for crafts.

Spexlaces- spectacle necklaces- unglazed but can be glazed for a lady of a certain age...

We have a new display case; well it is actually lovingly reconditioned - this is Dead Man we are talking about! This case  holds a good selection of frames. Dead Man has commissioned his friend Steve Appleton a local artist to decorate it for him.

The image for inside the lid designed by Steve Appleton

We will also be giving out copies of Vintage Explorer Magazine, look out for our advert in there.

We hope to see you there; it will be Mothers' Day on the Sunday March 6th and a great place to take your mum. Mine will be having a great time - playing with Dead Man Junior all weekend! (Thanks Mum!)

Mrs Deadman