Posts Tagged ‘vintage shopping’

Chesterfield is around 150 miles north of London. A scenic two hour train ride. We spent a day and night there on our way back south to London from Bakewell.

The town center has a large flea market every Thursday. There you can find all kinds of objects to buy: hardware, silver, books, clothing, jewelry. I was partial to the silver as I have a thing for spoons!

While perusing the market in the rain, I spotted a little shop across the square with a big sign – Ooo La La Vintage Clothing. You bet I hopped right on over.


Sara Bennett from Ooo La La in Chesterfield, England.

Proprietor Sara Bennett has collected and nicely displayed quality vintage clothing and accessories, mostly 30s to 60s. I was impressed with the array of  Italian mohair and Danish “Sarah Lund” sweaters. Hers is the only vintage shop in town but she says vintage is a growing local interest. (Once a year the market hosts a 1940s festival where everyone turns out in vintage of the era and enjoys live music, dancing, and classic cars.)

Sara’s customers lean toward the 50s, which makes me think of Vintage Life magazine a UK based publication. Sara tells me she follows VL on Facebook. I think VL needs to follow Ooo La La.

Thank you, Sara. Nice to have met you!



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Stylist Tyese Cooper. Photo courtesy of Tyese Cooper.

Tyese Cooper and I have crossed paths several times at local fashion shows. Stylish and friendly, I always enjoy seeing her.

Tyese runs her company Tais Elyse out of Oakland and stays busy working as a fashion designer, stylist, and personal shopper.

Speaking of shopping, now through August 7th Tyese is hitting the shops and markets in Paris and London buying up unique goodies for us back home. While she’s still on the road, she’ll post her finds and we can purchase in (almost) real-time. Tyese is doing all the work so we get to kick back and lounge in the fog.  

Click here for the scoop.

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