Thank you and goodbye

A brief, slightly sad post today.

It is with very mixed feelings that Mr E and I have decided to close Retro Bureau. We’ve had a brilliant 18 months hunting out vintage stationery, creating our designs and hitting the road for fairs. The real highlight has been the people we’ve met along the way; talented and occasionally barmy stallholders, our lovely, supportive customers and friends and family who have encouraged us along the way. We’d like to say a massive thank you to all of you – you’ve made this such an enjoyable adventure.

The sale will continue in our shop until the end of January, so don’t forget to use the code HAPPY2014 if you want to order something before we go.

All the best and thanks again, Retro Bureau xx

January sale

Hawthorns
The Christmas lights are packed away and the chocolates have all been eaten. The wind is doing it’s best to blow away everything that hasn’t sunk and so far January is looking decidedly gloomy. So to brighten your week we’re offering 50% off everything in the shop to our lovely blog and facebook followers; just click on the discount code link before you pay and enter HAPPY2014

The offer will last until the end of January, so there’s plenty of time to bag a bargain.

Christmas is coming

Winifred's Daughter baubles
What a lovely Christmassy week we’ve just had. The Wadhurst Arts & Crafts Market on Friday with Jayne from Summerhouse Designs keeping me well and truly entertained. Then Rye Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday. Here’s our stand, front right, next to the beautiful walking sticks, with my back helpfully turned to the camera – sorry about that Alice!

Mr E came along to Rye, so as well as enjoying the company and talents at the fair, I also got to stroll around the town a bit too. The Lion Street Store had a lovely display of vintage baubles in their window and I got to see my first real life Ian McKay sculpture in Rye Art Gallery. Fantastic.

Hope you’re starting to feel festive.

P.S. Bauble pic pinched from Winifred’s Daughter; thanks Shelley!

Great Dixter Christmas cheer

My head is all a spin after a brilliant weekend at the Great Dixter Christmas Fair. A huge thank you to the lovely Shelley of Winifred’s Daughter for a) letting me camp on the end of her table and b) putting together a fantastic display on Friday, which was crammed full of Christmas colour. This was what greeted me when I arrived on Saturday morning:
Shelley's Christmas colour
Retro Bureau corner
Stockings and wings

Lots of people came along and within 30 minutes of opening, our very special thing found a new home. A surprise best seller on our stand were some beautifully detailed Christmas decorations – on the red Christmas tree above – knitted by a 70-something lady in Cranbrook . I had my eye on the stripy Christmas tree, but a small boy beat me to it. Rats. Shelley has more in her shop, plus lots of other Christmas gifts and decorations if you are interested.

Have a good week.

A very special thing

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You’ll have to excuse the rather rubbish photo, but I wanted to share a very special thing that I will be taking to the Great Dixter Christmas Fair at the weekend. It’s a Christmas card by Eyre & Spottiswoode, printers to the King, which was originally sent in 1897. Mounted on a black background, the delicate heather design and scalloped edge really stand out. Find it on our little corner of Winifred’s Daughter’s stand.

fairs and fireworks


In our small corner of the world, this past week has been filled with fireworks and germs. We’re back to rude good health now and just as well as we’ve just been offered a small space at the Great Dixter Christmas Fair on 23rd & 24th November. Hurray!

The lovely Shelley of Winifred’s Daughter has a stand and we’ll be sharing a small corner of it. Expect beautiful crafts, unusual gifts and a warm Christmas glow at one of the nicest fairs around. See you there.

A festive start to the week

Christmas cards
A quick post to let you know that our Christmas cards are now in the shop. Hurray.

This year, as well as the four festive designs, we will also be listing some jumbo Christmas tags using the same images at £2.00 for a pack of four. They’ll add the perfect touch of vintage style to your Christmas presents.

The gift tags make great place cards too as we have them printed on lovely card stock and each design has plenty of space for you to write the names of your guests. If you want to make unusual place settings, a recent search for craft projects for your vintage cards, turned up this idea that I really like:

Just add good company, food, drink and pretty lights and you’re all set.

We need to take some pictures of the tags which do justice to their lovely rounded corners. I’ll let you know when they’re up.