Bartie’s Boutique is Today!!

Just in case you haven’t heard Bartie’s Boutique is today! Open from 10am-4pm, St Pauls, Chapel Road, Worthing.

40 stalls of wonderfull-ness! Hand crafted Christmas gifts for all, made with love by local makers and designers!

Avoid the hustle and bustle of central Brighton and come to Worthing instead!
£1.50 parking all day nearby too!



Meet The Chintzy Teacup at Barties!

Please introduce yourself and what you create:

My name is Clare and I am the Chintzy Teacup Company which makes vintage teacup candles. The crockery is sourced from around Sussex and then I hand dye and scent each individual candle. Each candle is wrapped in undyed tissue paper and then housed in a beautiful gold box. I sell them for £8 each.


Are you looking forward to selling at Bartie’s and do you have some lovely festive gifts ready for everyone to buy?

My candles make perfect gifts. I have lots of vintage cups that are highly decorative this season and when combined with a beautiful wax colour they look very Christmassy! Think gold leaf patterned tea cups with red candles scented with gardenia and rose though to delicate vintage Japanese bone china with a fresh bluebell scented ivory candle. There will be something to suit all tastes!


What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I enjoy all aspects from sourcing the teacups through to the alchemy of matching a crockery design with the perfect coloured dye.

Are you selling at any other markets over the festive period?

Yes I sold at The Brighton Garden Centre Christmas market on 1 December and am selling at the Big Brighton Christmas Fair at the Sallis Benney Theatre on the 8th December.


Describe christmas in 5 words or less:

Family, Stilton , lights , smiles, imagination

How can we find out more about you?

I will be developing my Etsy presence in the new year.


Find out more in our event here.


The Fairy Tale Fair at Bartie’s Boutique

Just one week to go until our collaboration with Bartie’s Boutique next Saturday the 7th December! Join us for nearly 40 stalls of local designers & makers selling their wonderful wares- not to be missed!




A great opportunity to get your Christmas gifts unique and handmade this year, and avoid the stress and hustle and bustle of the high street chains.

Here are the sellers that will be joining us as part of the 10 stalls representing The Fairy Tale fair. Look out for their blogs on here over the next few days too!

Polka Dot Cloud

Polka Dot Cloud

Cat-a-Cake Creations

Cat-a-Cake Creations

Georgie Arts

Georgie Arts

The Silver Hut

The Silver Hut

Jelly Roos

Jelly Roos

The Chintzy Teacup

The Chintzy Teacup




Crowns from Ashes

Crowns from Ashes

Love from Lilla

Love from Lilla

Stitching in the Kitchen

Stitching in the Kitchen

Also in case you haven’t heard Saturday the 7th December is Small Business Saturday! So Whatever you do on 7 December 2013, make sure you come and see us to support Small Business Saturday #SmallBizSatUK.

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Say Hello to Say hello to Freyelli by Ellie Hipkin

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make…

I am a local textile artist, and I hand paint onto silk. I paint original artwork taking much of my inspiration from the wild flowers that grow on the beaches around Brighton and the south coast. From this inspiration I also hand paint clothing, scarves, cushions and bags.

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How long have you been making your craft items?

For about 18 months, I started painting again on maternity leave after having my daughter. I worked as a fashion designer in London for 12 years working with some of the biggest high street names. Because of my design background textile, print and embroidery is a strong theme throughout my work.

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Do you have a best seller? If so what is it? And do you have some special festive items planned to sell?

My original paintings and cushions are my best sellers. So for Christmas I have been busy painting more cushions ready for the up and coming fairs. I have also added mini original paintings to make buying  original painting more affordable and perfect for a Christmas present.

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Painting onto silk is a very organic experience and once you start adding the dyes it reacts differently every time, making each piece unique.

Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

Mainly the Makers Boutique fair, I occasionally take part in the Brighton Craft fair. In the past I have been part of the Dragon Fly House open house also.

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

I am taking time off next year to have baby number 2, due on the 2nd of Feb, but I will keep painting when I can!

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Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less!:

Children, excitement, family, great food!

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Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

Say a Festive Hello To…Show Me Shiny Things

Today we are pleased to welcome back fliss of Show Me Shiny Things, who you can find in our workshop room, surrounded by lots of lovely beads!! Find out more…

Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….

Hi, I’m Fliss. I live in Hove and I work in mental health services. I’m studying to hopefully be a psychotherapist one day. I like to entertain myself with yoga, skating by the sea, and making jewellery and accessories… it gives me a great excuse to collect lots and lots of shiny things!

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How long have you been making your craft items?

I’ve been making jewellery for just over a year now.  I was inspired to have a go after a friend made me a memory wire bracelet.  It was a great way to make use of my half forgotten collection of beads!

Do you have a best seller? If so what is it? And do you have some special festive items planned to sell?

Necklaces are my best sellers; the silver chain with the little ‘two birds on a branch’ pendant and my newer range of coloured glass pendants on black lace.  For Christmas I’ve been making some special festive earrings and giant pins, with snowflakes, holly and candy cane silver charms. I’m also adding a collection of shiny things for boys, so perfect stocking fillers for everybody!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I love seeing my range of jewellery getting bigger and better, and designing the craft fair displays. It’s great fun to set it up and show lots of people what I’ve been making.

Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

Yes, during this past year I’ve attended a few craft fairs in Brighton & Hove (Brighton Craft Fair, Brighton Craft Alliance), Worthing (Bartie’s Boutique) & London (Brighton Belle’s at Old Spitalfields Market). I’ve also had jewellery on display at the lovely ‘Sunshine Books, Art & Coffee’ cafe on Hove Street since the May Open Houses. This will be my third Fairy Tale Fair, very excited!

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

I’m planning to do some work on photography and online sales in 2014. I want to set up my etsy shop, keep working on my facebook page and I would love to get some items on ‘not on the high street’. As well as continuing to get to craft fairs and markets!

Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less!:

Lots of new shiny things!!

Any other comments you wish to make:

It’s always excellent fun being part of the Fairy Tale Fair, and especially running the jewellery workshop making bracelets with kids. None of this would be possible without Claire’s hard work, so a big thank you! Here’s to a magical fairy tale Christmas fair!!

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Say Hello To…Sweet Dreams Candy Cart

We look forward to welcoming Natalie of Sweet Dreams Candy Cart back who joined us last Christmas. Her cart is beautiful and she will be selling some lovely yummy sweetie treats for kids and big kids!

Remind us about about you and what you create?

Hi My name is Natalie and I run Sweet Dreams Candy Cart, vintage sweet cart hire for weddings & special occasions. Also US style popcorn machine and lockable post box, wishing well hire. Also Sweet Cones and Jars.


Will you be selling some special festive creations?

I will be selling sweet cones, jars, snowman soup,  fabric heart wreaths and xmas candle jars.


Will you be taking part in any other fairs over the Christmas period?

Yes I am booked into Belles Christmas fair at the Brighton Centre, Eastbourne’s lark in the park

You have previously taken part in The Fairy Tale Fair. Did you enjoy the day?

I had a lovely time at the last Fairy Tale Fair, I met some lovely suppliers, crafts persons and customers . There was some wonderful items on sale which make lovely Christmas presents.


What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

I am in the process in buying a Candy Floss machine

Sum up what Christmas is to you in 5 words or less!:

Family get together


Link to your site/ blog/ social accounts:

Our Fair is TODAY!!!

In case you haven’t heard The Fairy Tale Fair is today! Join us from 10.30am at Patcham Methodist Church, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton.

Crafts, jewellery, vintage, face painting, workshops, kids fun, charity RSPCA Brighton raffle, vintage tearoom and more!!

Can’t wait to see lots of you today!

Need help finding us? Find out how here


1 day to go!! Reason 1 to visit: Our Stall Holders!!

Well the big day is almost upon us and just over 24 hours to go until we open our doors to all you lovely lot!

Reason 1 to visit: our super stall holders! You will find over 35 of them nestled in Patcham Methodist Church, Brighton. From jewellery, to greetings cards, prints, to vintage, ceramics to knitted creations, chocolates to soaps, bunting to face painting and much much more!

See our stall holders page for a full list of who will be joining us on the day.

We can’t wait to welcome back Fairy Tale Fair regulars and also so new faces too! They will all help make our 1st Birthday extra special!

Come along tomorrow and meet them all!

Amanda- Maygreen Fairies

Amanda- Maygreen Fairies

George- Polka Dot Cloud

George- Polka Dot Cloud

Ali & Jam Hello DODO`

Ali & Jam Hello DODO`

cheska- Mooshpie

cheska- Mooshpie

Calico & Cotton

Calico & Cotton

Ilona Drew This

Ilona Drew This

Irene Dobson

Irene Dobson

Natasha- Jelly Roos

Natasha- Jelly Roos

Karen Rao Felt Artist

Karen Rao Felt Artist

Let them eat CAKE!! 5 days to go!!

Mayflower events and their super yummy cakes will be joining us once again to help celebrate our 1st Birthday! Just 5 days to go until our fair now and here is one of the top 5 reasons to visit…


At each fair they have almost, if not completely, sell out as their yummy cakes and treats are always so popular, and look so pretty too.


They will be running our vintage tearoom, serving tea, coffee, cake and other delicatable delights on beautiful vintage china. So you can sit and relax in between browsing the stalls and taking part in the craft workshops!

Mayflower Events specialises in organising, styling and catering for tea parties and supplying beautiful vintage crockery, vintage china, cakes and catering for weddings, engagement parties, hen parties, stag parties, birthday parties and christenings in Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

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See photos of their yummy cakes at our previous fairs…

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mmmm…find out more about Mayflower Events here.

Say Hello To…Cat a Cake Creations

Today we say hello to Claire of Cat-a-Cake Creations, who is also our fair organsier! Claire creates whimsical themed laser cut jewellery, greeting cards and accessories which fit perfectly with the fairs theme…

“Visitors to our fair seem to stay for hours, looking at the wonderful crafts, eating yummy cake, listening to our vintage singers, helping their children take part in a workshop, getting their faces painted and much more- it really was a magical day!”– Claire

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Remind us a bit about you and what you do/ make….

As well as organising this fair and working full time at a design studio, I also regularly sell at craft markets across Sussex. I sell a range of whimsical & animal themed laser cut jewellery, greetings cards, pocket mirrors, badges, cotton bags and more! All of my work is hand designed by myself. I started designing the laser cut jewellery just over a year ago and since then it has had great feedback and features!

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Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?

My ‘Buddy the Cat’ necklace is always popular. He is based on my own pet Buddy the cat, who is a big fluffy black cat who likes lots of cuddles! The best thing about having him as a necklace is he can be any colour I want him to be! Other than Buddy then my earrings are always popular- at two pairs for £8 they are very good value and come in various cute animals, colours and all have silver plated findings and come in a little pouch to keep them warm! During the summer my ice cream necklaces from my new Carousel collection have also been popular- The Fairy Tale Fair will be my last fair of the summer months so get one quick before they melt!

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What do you enjoy most about your craft?

I enjoy translating a design that starts in my head, to a sketch, then to a visual, then to a piece of jewellery, then selling it, seeing peoples reactions and hearing their feedback on it is always good. It’s a great feeling to see someone wearing a piece of your jewellery- its nice to know that it is appreciated. I recently sold an item from my Etsy shop to a lady in America, so Dot the Dalmatian necklace was wrapped up and sent off to sunny Florida- alright for some! I think Etsy is great to get your work known further afield and its a great feeling knowing a little item you had an idea about is now sitting as a lovely necklace in a house half way around the world! Dot the dalmatian will also be available at the fair!

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Do you take part in other craft events and exhibitions?

Yes, lots! As well as The Fairy Tale Fair I also take part in Brighton Craftaganza, Makers Boutique and two Artists Open Houses as part of Brighton Festival in May and December each year.

Excitingly my jewellery was also part of the catwalk collection at High Street Fashion Week in London in April this year which got great feedback and lots of features on fashion blogs. I also managed to speak to Charlotte Church at Brighton fashion week, and she wore my silver bird earrings for the event, which she was photographed in the Daily Mail the next day.

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I also have lots of events booked for Autumn and Christmas already- including Belle’s Vintage wedding fair- which will be my first wedding fair which I am very much looking forward to, Pop Up Vintage in Hassocks- again this will be my first vintage fair so looking forward to that too, and starting to book up for Christmas fairs too! Better get my festive hat on!

What items and summer creations will you be selling at The Fairy Tale Fair?

I will be selling pieces from my new Carousel collection- including ice creams, doughnuts, seagulls, cake, teddy bears, carousel horses and more- all hand designed and laser cut locally. As well as my usual favorites- Buddy the cat, Nigel the sausage dog, my earrings in various animals, badges, pocket mirrors and more! Lots of little bits for kids and nice gifts for presents or just a treat for yourself!

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You took part in the last Fairy Tale Fair, did you enjoy it?

Yes I took part, and organised it!  It was great to see it all come together on the day and see the happy faces of the children and customers who visited! It takes a lot of work to get the crowd in we did- thousands of flyers through doors, adverts, lots of posts on this blog, keeping up with social accounts, sending emails, contacting press and much more- but I think it is all worth it in the end. Visitors seem to stay for hours, looking at the wonderful crafts, eating yummy cake, listening to our vintage singers, helping their children take part in a workshop, getting their faces painted and much more- it really was a magical day! I hope this Summer fair that marks our first Birthday will be just as magical, we have so much to offer and come such a long way in a year, so please don’t miss it!

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

I hope to continue to organise The Fairy Tale Fair, and help it grow. I have plans to make it bigger and expand, but I’d always like to keep its local roots as it has a real community feel! I’d also like to organise more events, such as charity events, weddings and other fairs/ markets across Sussex.

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I’d also like to continue to develop my design career and one day aim to have my own greeting card range and exhibit at a big trade show in London. I also have a keen interest in Children’s books. For my final project when I was at university I created a book of nursery rhymes- I’d like to continue to develop this and one day write my own children’s book too! Oh and I’d like to own a cute little cake and craft shop in Brighton by the seaside- everything would sparkle and be lovely!

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Any other comments you wish to make:

I am really looking forward to this Saturday the 10th August, and hope lots of you can visit our lovely fair on the day. We are open from 10.30am, and you can see full location details here. It’s a great day out for all the family and there really is something for everyone.

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Bring out the Bunting!

We love our bunting here at The Fairy Tale Fair! We can’t wait to show off the beautiful bunting by bunting boutique, which will decorate our fair once again!

Bunting Boutique's bunting at our spring fair

Bunting Boutique’s bunting at our spring fair

Here are a few words from Sue, owner of Bunting Boutique:

“Down on the Sunny South Coast, tucked away on a side street a mere stones-throw from the beach resides Bunting Boutique, makers of the most exquisite handmade one-off pieces of bunting.

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In our Aladdins cave of a studio, surrounded by a myriad of fabrics, tools, nic-nacs and trinkets, we lovingly construct strand upon strand of bunting, the colour and fabric of every single piece carefully considered, every stitch laboured over.

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Our vintage ranges are little works of art in their own right, and with materials sourced from all four corners of the globe (well, Sussex anyway!) you can guarantee that every bundle is totally unique.

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By incorporating things like a crocheted doily, a gorgeous trim detail, or an area of hand embroidery, every piece has it’s own story, it’s own history, and we hope, a wonderful future!

If you’re looking for something specific, something more personal perhaps, then please click here to read more about the many bespoke services we can provide.

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We can hand embroider letters onto linen to create words or phrases of your choice, or we can design and make Bunting to your specification.

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You can choose the patterns, fabric and colour scheme of your choice to guarantee it fits perfectly wherever it ends up hanging.

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If you have a special piece of vintage linen which is sentimental to you and would like to see it transformed into a lovely garland, we will gladly help you to realise this. So head over to our Bespoke page for more details.

Bunting in action at our Spring fair

Bunting in action at our Spring fair

It’s no secret we really love what we do, and we love to create items that you’ll find inspiring and enhance and transform your home, bedroom, wedding venue, caravan or garden into a magical space.”

Find out more about Bunting Boutique here.

One Week to Go!!!

Well time is flying quicker than the fairies and our fair is now just one week away!

This time next week our fair will be in full swing with over 35 craft, jewellery and vintage stalls, our craft workshop room (polymer clay jewellery making, sweetie butterflies, make a felted animal or gift a felt soap, beaded jewellery making and more), vintage tearoom, RSPCA charity raffle, face painting and much more!

So make sure you don’t miss out! We’ve plenty to keep the kids entertained so bring the whole family along. There is free parking and buses 5 and 5A Patcham stop just a minute away (ask for Patcham Clock Tower stop).

Hope to see you there!

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Anyone for Face painting!?

We are pleased to announce Carol, of Sparkles Face Painting, will be joining us once again for The Fairy Tale Fair. At each of our fairs she has impressed children and parents alike with her amazing, detailed, colourful face painting full of sparkle.


We hear so many great comments about her face painting- often ‘the best face painting we’ve ever seen’! She usually has a que all day so arrive with plenty of time, take a ticket, then have a browse of the craft stalls while you wait!




Carol really helps bring the fairy tales to life and makes the day extra magical! It’s not just for kids either, many of the stall holders and parents also get involved!




Find out more on her website:

All photos are from our Spring fair and taken by

Say Hello to…Retro Violet

Today we welcome Emily, of Retro Violet, who makes the most beautiful vintage inspired jewellery. This is her first Fairy Tale Fair and we look forward to welcoming her!

“I’m really looking forward to the Fairytale Fair – I’ve heard so many good things about it from lots of diverse sources. It sounds like something different with craft workshops so everyone can get involved.”– Emily, Retro Violet

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Tell us a bit about you and what you do/ make….

At University I studied Fine Art then went into Photography and Digital Design. I’m fascinated by the world in miniature and I’ve always wondered how I could turn my photos into jewellery. This gave me the idea to turn my digital collages into jewellery. I am keen to create something unique and make it affordable for everyone. I love images from different eras and digitally layer old postcards, textures and other ephemera to make my designs. I also have a penchant for France and all things French so this creeps in too!

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How would you describe your style?

My style is best described as modern vintage inspired, I guess!

How long have you been making your craft items?

I had the idea for Retro Violet in 2010 but only really started selling in Spring 2012.

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Do you have a best seller? If so what is it?

I would say my best seller is the lovely little dove brooch.

What do you enjoy most about your craft?

Most of all I enjoy the design stage – it’s fun coming up with new ideas. I also love doing the stalls: meeting interesting and talented people and soaking up the atmosphere.

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Do you take part in other craft events (fairs, open houses, markets etc…)?

Yes. Pop Up Vintage, Hassocks / Vintage and Very Nice, Chichester / Big Brighton Fringe Fair / Johnny Loves June Vintage Fair, Shoreham-by-Sea / Floral Fringe Fair, Knepp Castle. I’m always looking for new fairs to try out.

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What are your plans/ ambitions for the future? Or have you already achieved them?

I would love to expand my range to include textiles and cards. I’m a very creative person and would love to have more time to put into the business (currently I juggle it around a full-time job). I’ve also been taking part in the Etsy Mentor Month (the Brighton Sellers Team are fabulous!) This will hopefully boost my online sales – it’s been very worthwhile and have a brilliant mentor.

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Any other comments you wish to make:

I’m really looking forward to the Fairytale Fair – I’ve heard so many good things about it from lots of diverse sources. It sounds like something different with craft workshops so everyone can get involved. I already have some cute things for little ones but I’m excited to create some fairy inspired items too.

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The Lyons Teashops Lithographs: Art in a Time of Austerity

Towner, Eastbourne | 13 Jul – 22 Sep 13

We have a special post today about a lovely exhibition at the Towner Eastbourne, the contemporary art museum for South East England.

Towner’s summer exhibition presents the complete set of Lyons Teashops Lithographs – commissioned by catering giant J. Lyons & Co. in the post-war years, to combat a wartime decline in the interiors of their famous teashops. The exhibition features some of the most popular British artists of the day, including John Piper, Edward Bawden, David Gentleman, John Minton, William Scott, Duncan Grant, John Nash and L.S. Lowry. Step back in time to experience a Great British institution at a time when great art overcame austerity! Click here for more information.

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Image: Barnett Freedman, People, 1947
They will also be holding a special event this Saturday evening…

Corner House Club Night

Saturday 20 July 8.30pm – midnight

A Towner and Melting Vinyl vintage club night inspired by the Lyons tearooms of the 1940s and ‘50s – with entry to the Lyons exhibition. In association with Brighton’s Catalyst Club, and featuring The Wind Ups spinning tunes on vintage gramophone turntables. Get crafty with needlework, enjoy spoof theatre Briefs Encountered, step into the dress-up Corner House photobooth and swing and jive the night away to the finest sounds of the ‘40s and ‘50s! Dress in your wartime finest.


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