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Betty Blue Hat

Following on from Monday’s post, we thought we’d do a close up on one of the shops featured on the Vintage Walking Map: Betty Blue Hat.

The shop is no 9 on the map and is located upstairs here at Loveone.

Jess Bradley, owner of Betty Blue Hat has been instrumental alongside Cathy in bringing the Vintage Map to Ipswich. She is even the talented lady who drew and designed it! So today we thought we’d interview Jess and get her to tell us a bit more about Betty Blue Hat.

 

 Upstairs Loveone

 

How would you describe Betty Blue Hat?

Seller of all manner of vintage and retro furniture and homeware.

 

sideboard

 

How did Betty Blue Hat come about?

I’ve always had a fascination with 1950s/60s homeware and design, and had collected pieces for myself for over 15 years. The time came when it seemed only natural to try and turn my passion into a business. I started with a few local vintage markets to test the water, and after about 12 months an opportunity came along to join Cathy at Loveone…which I jumped at! It meant I could grow the business and I’ve been upstairs for 18 months now.

 

Storage stool

 

How do you search for items/ what’s your selection criteria?

I search many different places, carboots and junk shops are my favourite but I do go to auctions and am lucky enough to have people approach me via the shop.

I think I have refined what I am looking for over the last 18 months of being at Loveone. I am getting to know my customer and learning what sells and what doesn’t! There is a lot of vintage out there, and the hardest part is learning what not to buy! But the main criteria I go by when I source items for the shop is that I have to love it myself.

 70s smoke grey glassware

 

What would be your ultimate vintage find?

That’s a tough one…but I would say any ceramic piece by Stig Lindberg.

 Stig Lindberg vases

 

What’s your favourite piece in the shop currently and why?

I think it has to be the framed artwork I’m making from illustrative tiles from a vintage child’s game…it’s nice to be doing something a bit different, I’m usually working on furniture so this makes a nice change.

 

Vintage game artwork

 

Thanks so much to Jess for being today’s interviewee!

 

Betty Blue Hat is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.

You can also find them online at www.bettybluehat.co.uk where even more vintage gems can be found, especially larger furniture items. The website also includes details of upcoming markets which Betty Blue Hat will be attending. Plus details of Betty Blue Hat’s vintage china and glass hire – perfect for creating that memorable event.

Or if you are looking for something vintage in particular then give Betty Blue Hat a call on 07766 306990 and they will do their best to find it for you.

xx

A Blogging We Will Go …..

Hello, we are so excited here at Loveone to be starting February with a new Blog.

 

For those of you who haven’t visited us yet – we pride ourselves on being the smallest department store in Ipswich. Located in St Peter’s Street, we sell a wide range of gifts from jewellery, candles, toys, prints, cushions, cards to bath products.

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We primarily stock products which are designed and made in Britain. We are the only shop in town to stock recognisable British brands such as; Jellycat, Cowshed, Ham and True Grace. But we also offer products from the many talented designers and makers which the region has to offer, such as Jess Broad (Hello Pushkin) and Victoria Hall (Cluck Cluck). Loveone’s owner Cathy Frost, is regularly up in London searching out new designers or meeting with local Suffolk talent to ensure stock is kept fresh .

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Residing within Loveone we also have:

Betty Blue Hat – sellers of all manner of retro and vintage homeware (upstairs)

Jenny Wren Yarns – the place to stop for anything knitting or crochet related (downstairs back)

 

We are deceptively larger than we look from the outside!

 

The aim is to use the Blog to keep you updated with the latest shop news, such as new products, designers and gift ideas. But also to update you on local issues and projects which Cathy and Loveone are passionate about, such as the St Peter’s Street markets which are organised jointly with ‘I Make Fun Stuff’, showcasing artists at Gallery one and doing our bit to support the high street to name but a few! We have so many things we want to talk about … you may not be able to get us to stop :-)

 

BTW – only 14 days until Valentines Day and we have just got the most amazing new jewellery in:

 

Tales of the Earth

 

 

Perfect for that special someone, along with many other unique Valentines gifts and cards to choose from.

 

Thanks for reading. We look forward to having you along for our blogging adventure xx

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