Monday, 3 May 2010

House of Avalon - Yorks new vintage find!

There is a gorgeous new vintage shop in York called House of Avalon which specialises in vintage wears from 1900 to the 1960s, proper proper vintage they claim, rather then the numberless retro editions. While I would love to keep it to myself I know there's not only a few vintage girlies who follow my blog, but there's also a few of us Yorkshire lasses that tag along too.

Its more then just your "normal" vintage shop, its a "social enterprise". As a not for profit organisation The House of Avalon is a northern charity aiming to provide funds for adults who need help due to learning, health or disability needs. Based along High Petergate [right behind the Minster] it opened it's doors just this past Saturday [1st May], so today I went for a peek inside.

Only three days old, it already feels amazingly established upon the street. To open the door you enter inside into a dressing up room of delights, of rails of dresses of every colour, an array of jewellery, handbags, and even to my delight crocheted gloves, a compact or two and some dressing table accessories. They even keep their bags and tissue paper in a delightfully glam dressing table.

As an added twist they provide a hairdresser intended to allow you to not only dress the part - but have the vintage hair to suit! Through into the back room you enter into a gorgeous little tea room - where teas and coffees are served in vintage cups and saucers, each being unique as the table and chairs you sit upon. The glamour even extends to the glorious little Bespoke cup cakes.

For the furnishing vintage hearts among us - the part that captured my heart is the pile of vintage table clothes, cushion covers and crocheted dressing table sets. When could I ever say no to a crocheted dressing table set? Especially when it was a bargain at only £3 made up of two long "runners" and two circular dollies of the same design all so delicately styled in two contrasting yarns, I think it was the sharp contrast in colours which really caught my eye.
The circler dollie of the same pattern
But I was also tempted by a gorgeous little embroidered "tray cloth" but it's large enough to be used as a table cloth, it's something i'll save for when I have a home of my own, and you can't really say no when it's only £3.

When your next in York it really is worth a look inside, even grab a cuppa while your there. You can also find the House of Avalon upon their website and additionally follow them upon their Facebook!


  1. Oh WOW! Thank you so much for sharing. I will definitely pop in when I'm next in York... it won't be long, I can't stay away! Love that city! x

  2. I love the sound of that place! I might suggest it for our next girlie weekend trip!

  3. Lovely! I'd be interested to make a visit.

    But, as someone born in York I'd like to point out to them it's High Petergate.

    Not Petersgate, call me picky if you like.....

  4. Thank you for your lovely comment...

  5. So sweet of you to share this place!

    I can imagine how lovely and wonderful your future home would be, filled with all your purchases and treasures:)


  6. ooh yay this sounds fab, deffo on my port of call next time im in york

  7. Wow thanks :) I've only really been to the vintage stores in Leeds, so thankyou for telling me about this :) Will definately have to go... xx

  8. sounds like a trip to York is on the cards!

  9. This sounds amazing! I want to go to York so badly for my birthday in August! x

  10. beautiful. thanks for sharing!

    psst. come check out the Pink Lady Giveaway at my blog when you have sometime.

    xo. Persis.