My Top 5 Days Out in North East England | Vintage Franglais

Today marks the final of our Top 5 guest posts. I hope you've enjoyed them! It's over to Tess from Vintage Franglais....

Vintage Franglais offer an eclectic mix of items sourced from France and Britain, some in good condition, some well-loved and some needing some care and attention and a new home!  All items offered for sale are items that I would love to keep and have in my own home, some may even come from home, or have been found in boot sales, auctions or even charity shops, rescued and offered for sale.  I don’t like to upcycle items as it can be a very personal taste, the most they get is a clean and dust!  As they are items with some history, they may show signs of wear or have minor flaws, I think this adds to their interest.
Many of my items have been photographed on site in our Grade II listed outbuildings by myself, I have aimed to show them in a natural, interesting setting.  On high days and holidays (and when not raining!) I open my Vintage in the Garden from my shed at home! Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for opening information!

You will also find me in The Vintage Emporium, where you see a small selection of items also from France and check out the other items in my Etsy shop.

“My Granny had one of those!” Some Vintage highlights around The North East

Do you love having a rummage around vintage and retro shops, excited to see what you will find! How many times have you said that you knew someone who had something like that!  
When I moved to The North East I didn’t realise how many fantastic vintage, retro and antiques shops and centres there were, as well as the various fairs held in and around the North East.  I wanted to share just one or two of my particular favourites.

The Vintage Emporium, Hexham

You can’t visit Hexham without popping to The Vintage Emporium @thevintageemporiumhexham where you will find an eclectic mix of retro and vintage goodies all contained in Wardhaughs of Hexham  
There are about 6 dealers here ranging from Nostalgic home wares, Retro clothing and jewelry, French Vintage and retro gramophones and tweed jackets! Not forgetting a lovely little Vintage Tea Room – Beas Teas, serving all sorts of cakes on vintage china! While there, take a look at the retro radios and light fittings too! Hexham also has an Antique Centre with antiques and vintage over 3 floors! 

Vintage at The Tower, Corbridge 

From Hexham, take a leisurely drive to Corbridge –a lovely little town with a range of independent shops and a couple of antique and vintage shops too! Take a look at Vintage at the Tower @VintageAtTheTower, just along from the church.    
You can’t miss it – Gayle and Alfred who run the shop, put some tempting vintage items outside to draw you in…..just see how much they can display to great effect and Gayles fab handmade retro lamp shades too! Have a chat with Alfred; full of fabulous stories and tales about his furniture! While in Corbridge you must also visit Re (behind the garage!) and the Antique centre next door. 

McCartneys Yard, Gateshead

Down to Gateshead and you will find McCartneys Yard  a wonderful place to rummage for salvage, reclaimed and vintage items - you never know what are you going to leave with! I have been known to leave with anything from Belfast sink for the garden to an old wooden box!

Recycle your Furniture, Ouseburn

Over in Ouseburn you will find Recycle your Furniture under the bridge – a great selection of retro furniture to have a browse over.

Fern Avenue Antique Centre, Jesmond

Jesmond has an interesting mix of independent shops, including Fern Avenue Antiques – a centre with a variety of antiques and collectables.

Thanks you so much Tess - I really enjoyed reading this post. I can't wait to pop into some of these recommended spots! 

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