Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Hep Cats Holiday

One of the best things about summertime in the UK is all the amazing events that are on! The first and one of the best was last weekend in Western-Super-Mare for Hep Cats Holiday run by Robert and Claire Austen.  It is a great weekend for dancing, as they carefully select bands and DJs to cover all tastes.  Even more importantly, it is relaxed and friendly, and you get fed too! The next one is in March - do come if you can!

A flat tire and a flat SPARE (ugh!) barely punctured (ah-hem) the weekend that was hot and happy. We had lots of friends to dance with, lots of lovely shopping, and for us of course, lots of lovely customers. The people we have met through selling have become really good friends (who are prepared to help change tires/loan their tools/admit defeat when the tire beats them/man the stall while I go buy new tires/offer alcoholic refreshments and hugs when I get back).

Finally the stall was ready and the car was fixed and we could relax. People thought I was a bit nuts putting my Marquee up indoors...until it was all set up with fairy lights and flowers.



To the right is me with the twins, Karen and Susanne, all wearing Heyday.

Below; the girls, myself, Susanne (brunette babe) and Jenny (blonde bombshell). You will often find Jenny helping out on my stall and Susanne does too for big events. We all love dressing vintage style and we have a ball shopping with each other. The photo on the left could be an ad for Remix shoes!



Sunday night is Tiki night, and many people get into the theme of it in a big way - there were even a team of pirates headed up by the scarey Pirate Jack and First Mate Emma (The Black Bottom is a old swing dance, and also the name of Pirate Jacks Ship!). Great socks guys.



Funnily enough, the first dance I got with Jack was to "A fool such as Ayre". No kidding!
Jack and Emma sell Aris Allen shoes at Emma's Apothecary in the UK and can be found at lots of the same events I do too.
I was a bit slack and settled on a hawaiian shirt as we had to drive home that night. I did add in my tiny tweeter hairclip on top of my flowers. The photo only just shows him but he is cute.  You can see them better in the etsy shop. My gosh I have a lot of hair.



I snapped a couple of happy Heyday customers on their way out dancing; Gary Boon (who taught that weekend) in his new Navy trousers and the lovely Claire in her stylish brown Mary dress:

  

So now we are on rest and recovery mode. It was a lot of dancing and goofing about in one weekend and we  thoroughly recommend it!  Thanks for a great weekend Robert and Claire.

Shona x

10 comments:

  1. Glad it was fun, your stall looks great but I too would have thought what is that crazy chick up to now?!! Looks fab though!

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  2. Looked like such a fun time ...even with the flat tire! You and your gals look so cute. Makes me wish I had a few vintage girlfiends to shop with!

    MaryDeluxe

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  3. Major envy. Hey, I saw Gertie (in person) in a pair of your pants -- I mean, pants you'd made. They looked fantastic! Cheers!

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  4. Oh Mary - we would come and shop with you if only we were all closer!
    Pete - Gorgeous Gertie in my trousers in NYC - I'm famous!

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  5. It was a good weekend to be sure! Can't wait for the March one. And all the others inbetween!

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  6. Excellent stuff, Shona! It looked brilliant.Is that the Travel Ink airtream acting as a top back drop for you lovely ladies?
    x

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  7. yes it is - Jenny got her cherry tattoo there

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  8. That looks fab! I keep wanting to go to one of the Hep Cat weekenders, but haven't managed to get around to actually having enough money to book it yet!

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  9. What a fun weekend you had! I am envious that you've got a group of friends who love vintage as much as you do!

    Just a note on "the Black Bottom" - I found this fabulous video on YouTube from the 1920's. Black Bottom dance step lessons! It was posted by MotorThings. Check it out...

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  10. There's nothing wrong with an indoor marquee... and with fairy lights! Too lovely!
    Best, Dxx

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