Urban cool on Easter Sunday in Aberdeen: street art and vintage

There are a zillion things to do when  you’re looking for Easter themed activities around here. Egg hunting at every castle estate around the Shire is one of them! If you fancy something a bit different this year – or you’re just not that much into chocolate (is there such a thing?) – here’s a suggestion for an alternative itinerary for a pleasant Easter Sunday in Aberdeen. Once you have polished off plenty of hot cross buns at your Easter brunch, put on your comfy shoes and head into town.

NUART Aberdeen 

The team behind Stavanger’s street art festival NUART has come to Aberdeen this Spring and is adding some much needed colour and art to the granite city. Eleven international artists have worked hard over the past week to create their works of street art and the results look impressive. The drab looking exterior of Aberdeen’s indoor market has been improved greatly with a huge, gorgeous drawing. Numerous other grey walls, old doors and forgotten corners of the city have also been used as canvases by the artists.

Street art in progress by Martin Whatson
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Street art by Alice Pasquini

The festival starts on the 12th of April and continues until Easter Sunday with lots of events including talks, film screenings and creative workshops. On Saturday there is the UK premiere of Saving Banksy at the Belmont cinema. For this Sunday however – and to keep in with the Easter spirit – I recommend the Easter Sunday Street Art Hunt: find six hidden artworks around the city centre by following the hints provided (pick up a paper sheet from Cafe 52 on the Green). You win an Easter Prize if you capture the art on camera and return to Cafe 52 to show it.

If you’ve got kids with you, you could start off early and also take part in Chalk Don’t Chalk, to create your own chalk street art pieces, with professional artists on hand to teach and guide children on their designs (at 11am on the roof garden of St Nicholas shopping centre). For the full programme of events and other info please visit www.nuartaberdeen.co.uk.

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Old Togs New Tricks Vintage Fayre

Then, of course, it wouldn’t be Nina’s Apartment if there wasn’t a bit of vintage thrown into the mix. My favourite local vintage fair is back this spring at Underdog, with lots of quality traders bringing their gorgeous unique wares to this quirky little venue. Whether it is an original floaty seventies dress you want for your summer wardrobe or a sleek mid century design collectable to add to your home, there is plenty to see and buy and rummage through.

Traders include The Closet, Peapod, Vi Vinyl, Louis Little Haven, Very Vintage, RetroriginalUK, The Vintage Collection, Black Cat Vintage, Heather D, Re-Store, Quinneys Antique Jewellery & Marcia Wilkes MUA – Glitter Bar.

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Vintage clothes by The Closet
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Cool retro kitchenalia and glassware by Very Vintage

Being held in a nightclub with low lighting and an industrial interior gives it a great vibe and makes it stand out from any other vintage fair you’ve ever been too. Oh, and there’s a bar, perfect to finish off your Sunday with a tasty craft beer or two, which you’ll definitely deserve after all that walking. Happy Easter!

Old Togs New Tricks Fayre. Underdog, 1 Union Street, Aberdeen. Sunday 16 April, 12-5pm. Entry free

 

Shop vintage in Aberdeen: Old Togs New Tricks Vintage Fayre

The season of vintage fairs is starting to kick off again now the school holidays are finished and I am super pleased to be taking part in my first fair since a big fire ruined the Nina’s Apartment shop back in April this year. On Sunday 4th of September you can find me selling my quirky collection of wares at the Old Togs New Tricks Vintage Fayre in Aberdeen, in industrial cool club Underdog down in the basement of the Brewdog Castlegate pub on Union Street. It is held on Sunday the 4th of September, 12noon to 5pm. Admission free.

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I am proud to be sitting amongst some of the best vintage traders in the area, all of whom dedicate their time sourcing high quality authentic vintage, which is not that easy nowadays. Coming to a fair like this will therefore be a great opportunity to pick up that original retro lamp shade, sixties coffee set, crazy psychedelic seventies dress or just something beautiful that has no other function than to sit on a shelf and gather dust. There will be furniture, home decor, records, clothing, jewellery, ceramics and collectables. Plenty to rummage through and fill your house with, that’s for sure. And if you like your beers better than your handbags, then you can always join in with the beer tasting.

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The first Old Togs New Tricks Fayre held in May 2016 – photo: Underdog

Here’s the impressive line-up of traders:

V1 Vinyl
Nina’s Apartment
Peapod
Quinneys Antique Jewelery
Very Vintage
Curtis & Clementine
Kelly & her collection
Milly & Lucy
Grab Ur Coat UK
Re-Store
The Closet – Vintage
Louis Little Haven
Beard Oils ….

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Photo: Underdog

I have been told there will also be music, food and drinks – a welcome change from the usual pink cupcakes and tea in floral teacups served at many a vintage fair. There! I said it! Please don’t shoot me! I am looking forward to it anyway, I hope you do too.

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Photo: Underdog


Old Togs New Tricks – Vintage Fayre

Sunday 4th of September 12noon-5pm
Underdog, Brewdog Castlegate – Union Street Aberdeen
Entry free

Sparkles, fur and lots of fun at the vintage ladies night


The very first ladies night organised by Nina’s Apartment in Lethenty Mill was a great success! Over 35 lovely ladies made a fantastic effort to stick to the dress-code “sparkly vintage” and arrived in the most spectacular outfits – including hats and fascinators, glitter dresses, posh satin gloves, high heels….and a LOT of fur. Necessary, as it was only just above zero degrees Celsius. The cocktails and jazz band soon warmed us all up though. Sparkling Vintage – Ladies Night really was a great start of the festive season.

Here are some pictures to prove it!

Nina’s Apartment is open every Saturday from 11am to 4pm.


Nina having a giggle

Nice hair do!

Good effort, ladies!

Handmade goodie bags (upcycled magazine pages stitched together!)

Barbara, our bar manager for the night wearing the hottest hat she could get her hands on

Bags by Black Butterfly

Coasters and lavender hearts by Mydecorideas

Canapes

Barbara, Diane and Nina looking Christmassy

Jazz singer Cindy Douglas and band

The most spectacular vintage outfits of the night!

Vintage jewellery by Peapod

A very sunny summer bazaar

Hundreds of people flocked to Nina’s Apartment’s summer bazaar on Saturday 15th of June, for some quality vintage shopping, yummy BBQ, fresh lemonade or having silly photos taken in the photo booth. The sun was out, which made the day even more special. Thank you to all who came and enjoyed themselves! Here’s to a great summer!
Photos taken by photographer Kelly Compton.

Vintage summer bazaar at Nina’s Apartment Saturday 15th of June, 11am-4pm



It is time for another one of those crazy fairs at my shop!

This time with a summery theme, since we are halfway through June after all. Expect to find lots of great vintage and revamped furniture, retro fashion and accessories (BIG sunglasses and fine suitcases) and plenty of collectable items too.

To tie in with the summer theme we’ve got a BBQ and lemonade stall set up (and some sneaky wee cocktails!) and outdoor seating – with umbrellas to prevent you from sunburn (or getting wet ;-). Plenty of picnic hampers for sale too for those of you loving the outdoors.

Dress by Bobosemporium

A vintage photo booth is set up for those of you wanting your picture taken in great vintage outfits and with props in front of a real classic Morris Minor. All for free of course.

For the kids there is a face painter in a vintage caravan, traditional Dutch ‘blikgooien’ plus some toys and a sandpit with buckets and spades for the very little ones too.

What else does one need on a Saturday? Come along, it’s gonna be fun. From 11am to 4pm, free parking on site.

Traders taking part in this event are:

Nina’s Apartment  – that’s me! vintage furniture and homeware

The Closetvintage clothing and accessories

Peapodvintage furniture, homeware and fashion

RockingStitchhandmade textile crafts

Fimbly bunting and baby accessories

Bobosemporiumvintage clothing 


Gary Robertson upholstery – furniture

Re-Storevintage homeware

Dee-Licious Finds vintage toys and finds

Mydecorideas upcycled furniture and homeware

Retro Racks – vintage clothing

All clothing and accessories Bobosemporium

All clothing and accessories Bobosemporium

A great day for a Vintage Fair in Aberdeenshire. Photo report

On Saturday 2nd of February I held the first vintage fair in and around my shop at Lethenty Mill, and the first of its kind in the Inverurie area. Still snowing in the morning I feared people would maybe rather stay warm indoors…but it was packed! It was a wonderful event, thanks to the help of my fellow traders, and thanks to the support of all you lovely customers who came to visit – from as far as Elgin, Fraserburgh and Aberdeen – getting inspired, drinking hot cups of tea or purchasing one or more items. It is very encouraging to receive so much positive feedback and to see people enjoy the things that I’ve created. Here’s to many more successful events in the future!

Nina’s Apartment will now be open every Saturday from 10am to 2pm and by appointment.

My debut as a business…Nina’s Apartment at Inchmarlo golf club Christmas fair

It felt like I was finally officially launching my business in ‘real life’ yesterday, at the Christmas Fair in Inchmarlo. I had my table all set up, my products displayed, my labels and packaging organised…how exciting! It’s all very well running an online shop and blog from behind the safety of your computer screen, but physically speaking to customers and seeing what they pick up, look at, like and buy (or don’t!) really is a different ball game…and so useful!

I learned a lot in three hours. I am however pleased to say that my lovingly hand crafted patchwork cushions went down very well and so did my Christmas decorations and vintage items. I’ll definitely do more fairs next year!

In the meantime I had to update my web shop as I sold quite a bit! If you would like to buy anything, please order in the next few weeks – my baby’s coming soon! www.ninasapartment.com

Here’s me, proud owner of my stall!