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Hopkinson Vintage Antiques and Art Centre in Nottingham do vintage clothing, accessories and homeware like no other. Beautifully filled to the brim with four floors to explore, each visit you are guaranteed to find something you will fall in love with.

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However, on a quest for somewhere new to enjoy lunch, me and Lauren of The Original Blonde Journalist, decided to take a bite at their Tea Bar. Which is situated at the entrance to Hopkinson’s vintage haven (we managed to eat before exploring, you should be proud of us).

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The interior of Hopkinson’s is just beautiful. Quaint with mis-matched vintage chairs and cutlery. It is very relaxed, very charming and very vintage.  The menu is simplistic, a brunch (beans on toast will set you back £3), lunch and swift bite place. It includes pita bread pizzas, light bites (Antipasti Platter or cakes, depending on whether you are feeling savoury or sweet), jacket potatoes, soups, sandwiches/toasties and afternoon tea (always a good shout in my opinion).

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We were greeted by a cheery and lovely floral dressed waitress. Who quickly took our order and chatted away merrily to other customers. Service was slow but the atmosphere was so nice it did not matter to me and Lauren. If you are hoping for a swift service though you may have to opt for fast food, in Nottingham that is never an issue.

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I ordered a mozeralla, chicken and pesto toastie and diet coke and Lauren a ham and cheddar (it was not) sandwich and sprite.  Lauren was very disappointed on discovering her order was wrong and instead of her beloved cheddar she was greeted with large slices of mozzarella. She spent a solid minute convincing me that it ‘tastes like egg’ before I eventually sampled and unfortunately had to agree – it was bad.

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Overall, the Hopkinson Tea Bar was a disappointment and it truly saddens me to say so. It was nice but nothing spectacular considering the inflated price. The ingredients seemed cheaply sourced, even the granary bread failed to impress. Sorry Hopkinson but I shall only be returning for your non-edible and vintage items, which you do oh so perfectly.

Where do you head for your lunch and vintage?

Stephanie xox

 

Incorporating Vintage Into Your Daily Style

A dedication to vintage clothing takes a considerable amount of time and effort but it’s certainly worth it.

You must prepare yourself mentally to trawl endlessly through vintage, thrift and charity shops for your prized pieces. People who snub charity shops for vintage clothing are the worst and these are often where hidden gems are to be found!

Firstly, it’s always good to have an idea of what you’re looking for before venturing out.  If new to these types of shops they can tend to be a bit overwhelming, leading to frustration and alternative purchases. Oops.

However, when you do begin rampantly purchasing be sure to not overdo it when it comes to getting dressed! It is better to incorporate these unique pieces than swamp yourself in them. Avoid copying styles, be inspired and make them ’you’. You want to compliment your own style, not try and force it upon yourself!

Always keep an eye out for classic pieces and designer brands, charity shops tend to be thwart with them so be keen and persist. If in doubt, ask the shop assistant or quickly Google the brand.

When browsing double check your items. As vintage clothing is ‘pre-loved’ there are often pieces that are slightly damaged and even those beyond your tender and loving repair, if that is the case then be strong and leave them on the hanger.

Don’t just think of clothing but also the use of accessories. If it is classic, go wild with statement pieces and if it is not, then leave your retro outfit to simply do the talking.

The best thing about vintage clothing and shopping? No one else has it and it is fun! You’ll soon collect a variety of one-of-a-kind pieces, often for a fraction of the cost of the high street!

Do you enjoy shopping for vintage items? What is your favourite piece?

Stephanie xox