i met up with rosie, nick and steve from sunday school productions last week whilst they were filming a promotional video for boscanova. i got there early and decided to nip down the road on my newly-found micro scooter to the recently opened bournemouth vintage emporium. i have been following their progress on facebook and had high expectations knowing nicki grainger from what alice found was involved.
set in enchanting premises in pokesdown, a stone's throw from the boscombe's vintage quarter, the emporium opened its doors this spring. with more than 50 selected traders showcasing genuine vintage items and tea rooms based on victorian parlours, the concept store brings under the same roof a collective of eclectic vintage and antiques stalls. a hint to what could potentially be a fruitful future for a new era of sophisticated vintage superstores.
the emporium, by providing staff, secure premises and marketing services, allows sellers to focus on the quality of their goods whilst limiting overheads and the pressure of running their own shop; and allows customers to browse an ever-changing marketplace.
the forged gates and the open space layout definitely seduced me, but what set it apart from similar stores in the area is the quality of the products on display and the efforts put in the atmosphere and decor that make you forget about the ticking clock and enjoy a trip back in time.
open monday to friday 10 till 6, and 10 till 4 on sunday.