Vintage outings: A trip to Thorpeness Emporium and café

I love visiting new places particularly when they’re as quirky as Thorpeness, a small seaside village in Suffolk.  The place was once a small fishing village but in the early 20th century a rich barrister called Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie developed it into a private holiday village.  It’s interesting to wander around the village and marvel at the unusual buildings, the strangest of which is the House in the Clouds, which is a tall house converted from a water tower in the 1920s.

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In the centre of the village opposite the lake is Thorpeness Emporium, a treasure trove of vintage goodies which includes a café for a much-needed rest after shopping.  The building is light and welcoming and easy to browse the different stall holders’ offerings.

I had fun taking in all of the items and was tempted by a few things, particularly some spotty Aynsley teacups and saucers and some lovely 1950s white and blue plates.  However, as we already have quite a lot of shop stock and I can’t add to my personal stash at the moment, I was restrained and took photos of the pretty things instead!

Here are a few of the things I spotted around the emporium.

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These multi-coloured spotty tea sets caught my eye immediately.  I was surprised to see that they were Aynsley as I wouldn’t have expected to have seen a polka-dot Aynsley pattern.  The china was also slightly heavier than typical Aynsley pieces.

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There were lots of nice collections of cutlery on this shelf and it was a good way of displaying the items in an accessible way for customers.

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Vintage tins are a big favourite of mine at the moment and this tiny Reeves “Greyhound’ Pastels tin stood out for its bold graphics and vivid colour combination.

Thorpeness vintage emporium 6One of the sections had lots of vintage china tea cups including these pretty Duchess tea sets.  I really like the soft shading of the pink roses.

Thorpeness vintage emporium 7Another vintage tin! This one is a Mackintosh’s Toffee Tin, with a wintery silver and blue theme.  I really wanted to take this home!

We finished off our trip with a visit to the café for coffee and cake before braving the increasingly wintery weather!  Do you have a favourite vintage or antiques emporium that you like to visit?  I’d love to hear some recommendations as it’s always nice to know where to go for a vintage fix!

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