Croeso to Wales the land of Dragons and Dreams!
I am literally blown away by the Welsh people and the valleys. This is not my first time to this wonderland, it is more likely my fifth or sixth, however, each time I find another aspect to this hospital land.
My time in Aberystwyth was one of seaside frolics and fantasy aboard the Rheidol narrow gauge steam railway, the journey of which winds its way up to Devils Bridge Waterfalls. Along with the abundant sightings of the populous Red Kite it really was perfection.
To add to my overall entrancement was the hunt for a treasure trove of vintage and antiques, of which I found in the name of Coastal Vintage. It is signposted at the top of the high street and only a couple of minutes walk away to Bridge Street.
It is rather like a Tardis this shop, as once you step inside, the expanse opens and one room leads on to another. I could have easily closed the door and been happy as Larry to sift through the well laid out sections, for the entire day. The very friendly and helpful expert on hand was Caroline Berry, who is passionate about vintage clothing and items from the 1940s and 1950s and said that for her it is an addiction collecting and selling items from these eras. Gerwyn Jones doesn’t specialise in any particular area but has a passion for majolica and Staffordshire pottery. There are ten concessionary’s in total and the items being sold range from Georgian China to good quality vintage/retro clothing and kitsch 1950s wares.
Being very well stocked it covers several rooms on the ground floor and first floor, however it didn’t take long for me to ‘home in’ on some Art Deco treats. I soon spotted a rarity namely a Bakelite peppermint green butter dish, I admire the streamline design, whether or not I actually put butter in it, is neither here nor there, it is a thing of beauty to any Art Deco fan! Also it was only priced at five pounds.
I was also tempted by a decorative 1930s glass container adorned with a hand painted crinoline lady. It now sits perfectly on the cocktail trolley awaiting cherries or olives ready for the next G & T or cocktail soirée.
My advice is, if you are in the area pop into Coastal Vintage and see for yourself the eclectic mixture of goodies waiting for you: 23 Bridge Street, Aberystwyth. SY23 1PZ. Tel: 01970 358100