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There’s not many places nowadays where you can get a decent drink and cake, where your surrounded in beautiful decor and you can just basically switch off from the busy hustle and bustle of everyday life. Especially in a busy place like York, the latter is the hardest to find, with so many chain cafes popping up it’s getting harder to find a place with a bit of character. Don’t get me wrong I do love a good Starbucks, but sometimes you just want something a little bit different! Wandering down the Shambles the other day, I found the answer to all my needs –The Flax and Twine Cafe – It’s one of those places that you want to keep as a secret from the rest of the world but at the same time shout about it from the rooftops!

From the moment you walk in you know you are in for something special and are treated to a real feast for the eyes! You quite literally dont know where to look! Every surface is filled with quirky trinkets, and vintage finds – with everything from cupcake cases to beautiful lampshades and ribbons. The lovely  cafe upstairs offers lots of treats – and if your lucky enough you can get a seat by the window to watch the world go by. For the creative types they also offer crafty workshops – the next one being make your own vintage purse, more details on their website.

I look forward to my next visit – I know I won’t be staying away for long!


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So very sad to hear the news that The House Of Avalon vintage shop is to close at the end of the month. Easily one of my favourite vintage shops – set out over two rooms one full of beautiful vintage clothing and accessories and the other a quirky little tea room complete with ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ on play. It will be such a loss to York , as it’s so much nicer to have a cup of tea sitting in there, surrounded by vintage memorabilia.

I’ve bought some of my very favourite vintage pieces from there, including a beautiful pink prom style dress from the fashion show they put on before Christmas and my cropped floral jacket that I bought on the opening day.

Such a shame to see the shop disappear.

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I’m really excited to see York Does Vintage returning to town for a Christmas special on the 3rd December! The event, run by Now and the Events was a great day out last time with something for absolutely everyone and this time around there’ll be the added benefit of being able to get some serious Christmas shopping done! Held at St Williams College (situated behind York Minster) with its amazing old beams and rich history, where could be more perfect for a vintage event.

I’m looking forward to seeing the Christmas tearoom, as last time there were some yummy cupcakes and beautiful china cups and saucers, bring on the mince pies! I also don’t want to miss out on the hair and beauty girls that will be there too, hopefully I can get some tips for Christmas and New Years Parties!!

There is a lot more going on including vintage stalls, bunting workshops and even live singers and all of this will cost just £1 (or 50p if you are a student)! What makes the whole day even better is that 15% of all money taken on the door goes to help the Alzheimer’s Society. Vintage clothes, christmas cupcakes and helping charity? Count me in!

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The House of Avalon, York

The House of Avalon jacket The House of Avalon jacket fabric

The House of Avalon jacket button The House of Avalon

A new vintage shop!!

A new vintage shop ‘The House Of Avalon’ opened in York last month, not only does it contain a roomful of beautiful vintage garments and accessories but the back room also contains a little coffee shop! (Complete with cupcakes!)
They stock an impressive amount of beautiful dresses and garments, all reasonably priced and all of excellent quality. They also offer hairstyle and make up advice to complete your vintage look.
Another great thing about the House of Avalon is that it is a social enterprise project by The Avalon Group, which is a northern based charity working with adults who need support to live the life they choose, including people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and older adults.

I bought a little cropped jacket with three quarter length sleeves, pale blue in colour with flocked white flowers. The buttons are pearl effect with little sparkly gems encrusted in the middle of them. It was all wrapped up beautifully in tissue and raffia.

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