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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.




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 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.


Do you have a passion for Vintage?

In November 2012 Loveone and Betty Blue Hat produced the first Vintage Shopping Map of Ipswich. The map has a wealth of treasures waiting to be discovered including books, records, homeware, fashion and food.


MapFront MapRear


Loveone has always championed the quirky and eclectic and has dabbled with vintage and retro products for a while now. Most notably by joining forces with I Make Fun Stuff and bringing the Vintage and Craft Markets to our Street and recently to the Town Hall. For the last 18 months Betty Blue Hat Vintage has been in residence upstairs at Loveone, offering a great range of homeware and kitchenalia.


Loveone was involved in a similar project about 3 years earlier with a map to promote independent business in the town. It proved a very successful way of linking the small business community in view of the pressures now facing retail.


The Vintage map came about as it was becoming more and more obvious to Jessica Bradley (Betty Blue Hat) and Loveone’s owner Cathy that there were a number of great little businesses popping up within the town, offering products and services that were either vintage or retro inspired. Many of them are our neighbours on St Peters Street but some you really need to search for…hence the map was born.


 Map out front

Photo thanks to Alex Potter Photography


So we suggest invite a friend and make a day of it (just like Cathy and Jess are doing above!) Start at either end of the town with your map in hand.

There are 3 refreshment stops on the way:

Arlingtons – a café with a french Twist housed in the original Ipswich Museum

Snobs Coffee – an independent pop up in Galleryone of the Town Hall

The Tea Boutique on St Nicholas Street for a traditional afternoon tea.

For the best vintage fashion head to Fairweather Vintage which also offers an In House Tailoring service.

fariweather vintage


Wander down St Peter’s street and you will find some of Loveone’s neighbours including:

Claude Cox – rare and vintage books,

 claude cox


Myrtle and Mint – beautiful florist inspired by English country gardens

murtle and mint


And Mauds Attic  – if you like a good old browse, this really is a treasure trove of delight!


One of Cathy’s favourite stops on the map is Out of Time Records on Fore Street. It has been serving the world with vinyl and cds for 25 years, making it the perfect place to replace or revisit your vinyl memories.


This map has proved as successful as the earlier maps and has been a great way of getting the local business community to pull together.

It will be reprinted very soon with some new editions including a new independent coffee shop and a vintage hairdresser.

The maps are available from all the shops on the map, The Town Hall and the Tourist Information Centre.

We will be walking the map in May to celebrate National Walking Month so watch this space for further reports and news.

Keep walking and keep shopping!




Our House

For today’s Blog, we thought we’d talk about the place that Loveone calls home: 21 St Peter’s Street.

shop front

Loveone lives in a 16th century timber framed building, probably dating from the time of Thomas Wolsey. Like us the building is a bit quirky! It wasn’t purpose built or an empty box for us simply to put our mark to. Instead the floor boards creak, the walls aren’t straight and allegedly we have a ghost living in the cellar! The belief is it started out as a butchers or was part of the Abbey (now St Peter’s Church). We know this because in May 2010, Cathy put her foot through the floor and the builder repairing it found animal bones in the earth under the floor :-/

Over its many years of life – it has pretty much been everything : an antiques shop, bakery, hairdressers, florist – whatever you name it has probably been. But for the last 6 years it has been our lovely home and we couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. Cathy loves that the building has such a sense of History, although she does admit the wonky walls were a bit frustrating when she first moved in and couldn’t get anything to hang to them. However it is a skill she has now well mastered!


So now you know our history, it is time for a quick tour of our House:

The front of the shop is very much our gift zone. Customers can come in and quickly find something to suit any occasion or person.

The middle of the shop is our local artisan area. But sssshhh just to let you into a secret – due to popular demand, it will also soon be where customers can find our new homeware area. We are soooo very excited about the return of homeware to Loveone and will keep you updated on timings.

At the back of the shop, you will find Jenny Wren’s Yarns. They have a wonderful selection of knitting and crochet yarns, plus patterns, needles, buttons and other accessories.

BBH Upstairs is home to Betty Blue Hat. There you will find a vast array of Vintage Furniture, crockery, glassware, lampstands and many other types of retro Homeware. If you can’t find what you are looking for – they will even track it down for you!


So that is our lovely house, but we just want to say a few words about the street. Like us, the other buildings in the street all have a story to tell. Come and have a walk round St Peter’s street and St Nicholas street (in the area known as the Saints)– there are lots of really beautiful old buildings and you will find lots of other interesting independent traders which are artisan led. St Peter’s Street is also home to regular vintage and craft markets which Loveone run in collaboration with I Make Fun Stuff. Promoting the Saints, is something which Cathy and Loveone are very passionate about and so watch this space for further Blogs.



xx p.s. have you checked out the latest edition of Vanilla Magazine? If not, then come in and get your free copy. Inside you will find some extra Loveone Valentines Gifts suggestions!


Could this be love ….?



Well we think so. Love is all around Loveone at the moment: Exciting and unusual range of Valentines Gifts and Cards in stock ✔

Sea of red in the Valentines window ✔

Red Ribbons on the Flying Pugs ✔

If you are stumped for unique Valentines ideas this year, then check out our top 5 present suggestions for Him and Her. We have so much to choose from, Cathy and I have really struggled to agree on what to include!

Top 5 Ideas for Him:


1: House of Ismay Cufflinks – £10, 2: Jellycat ‘Edward’ Bear – sm £12, med £16, 3: Cowshed Bullocks Products from £16, 4: Retro Beer mats – £1, 5: Ham Tea Towel – £9

1: House of Ismay Cufflinks – £10, 2: Jellycat ‘Edward’ Bear – sm £12, med £16, 3: Cowshed Bullocks Products from £16,4: Retro Beer mats – £1, 5: Ham Tea Towel – £9


For that special man in your life, we tried to pick a wide array of gifts: The manly presents such as the unusual cufflinks made from reclaimed paper or the Vintage beer mats. Or have a bit of fun with the lawn mowing pig tea towel. Or if you are looking for something more sensitive and romantic then pick Edward, the cuddly teddy bear or the luxury male grooming products from Cowshed.


Top 5 Ideas for Her:


1: Jellycat Bunny - £14.50, 2: True Grace Handwash & Handcream - £30 for set, 3: Tales From The Earth Jewellery from £15, 4: Cowshed Bath & Shower Gel - £?? for set, 5: Ochre Cashmere Scarf - £40.

1: Jellycat Bunny – £14.50, 2: True Grace Handwash & Handcream – £30 for set, 3: Tales From The EarthJewellery from £15, 4: Cowshed Body Lotion and Body wash – £34 for set, 5: Ochre Cashmere Scarf – £40.


So for your lovely lady or lady-to-be – choose from a luxurious cashmere scarf or the indulgent pampering products from Cowshed or True Grace. Or go for our exquisite heart shaped jewellery by Tales From The Earth – we have heart earrings, bracelets or necklaces with handmade charms. Or win her over with a cuddly Bunny (available in different sizes and colours) which we will even gift wrap for FREE (as per the photo) up to Valentines Day.



These are just our favourites. We have many other valentines gifts in store.


We also have an amazing selection of handdrawn and handpainted cards. For that secret admirer make your card stand out from the rest! Plus as we pride ourselves on being a ‘one-stop-shop’, we even have a selection of giftwrap. We think the ‘practically perfect in everyway’ will melt hearts!



In case you didn’t know we hold a ‘wish list’. Therefore if you’ve seen a gift you really fancy for yourself, write it in our book or drop us an email: and then point your partner in our direction!


xx p.s 50% off Azuni Jewellery until Valentines Day. Hurry while stocks last.



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