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Need we say more? Thank you to everyone who made the Silly Sale silly, funny, daft and hilarious. And big thanks to our lovely friends at Peagreen for the perfect space and the constant refreshments.

The Silly Sale 2011

Provenance: Lomography - Celebrate the Analogue

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It all started with the Lomo Kompact Automat in the early 1990s. This small Russian camera offered vibrant colour, deep saturation and beautiful blurs, prompting a fanatical following in Vienna and leading two Austrian students to St Petersburg to set up the worldwide distribution for Lomo cameras.

Lomography is now a global organisation dedicated to experimental and creative visual expression (organising exhibitions, events and collaborations). In an age of digital cameras, the followers of Lomography (blimey,it sounds like some weird cult) are dedicated to the unique imagery and style of analogue photography.

They have 10 Golden Rules:

  1. Take your camera everywhere you go
  2. Use it any time ? day and night
  3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it
  4. Try the shot from the hip
  5. Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible
  6. Don't think (William Firebrace)
  7. Be fast
  8. You don't have to know beforehand what you captured on film
  9. Afterwards either
  10. Don't worry about any rules

And an ever growing range of cameras including: Diana - 1960s cult classic, lo-fi image and lots of cool features
Mini Diana - little sister of Diana, switch from full to half frame
Edelweiss - gorgeous, all white, all plastic Diana
Oktomat - 8 cute little frames
Holga - medium format, seriously lovely
Fisheye - the World's only 35mm camera with built in fisheye lens

Lomography Rules

Fab Dad's Day

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Don't forget your dad. Father's Day is 19 June. Super nice clothes and shoes if you?re feeling really generous. Brilliant books, barbecue and DR Harris if you?re feeling pretty generous. And a hilarious Lazy Oaf card if maybe he forgot your pocket money this week.

Father's Day Gift Ideas


Provenance: Edwin Jeans

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Edwin is one of those iconic denim brands. Established in Japan in 1947 as the Tsunemi KK Company, it was originally an importer of used denim from the States. Influenced by the fit, wash and quality of American denim, and disappointed by homegrown attempts at its manufacture, denim afficionado Mr Tsunemi set about creating his own brand (playing boggle with the letters in the word DENIM and coming up with EDWIN) and revitalising the industry in Japan.

By 1961 he had created his first pair of Edwins. By 1963 Edwin had produced the world?s heaviest ringspun (this is a weaving technique, ask me later) 16oz denim. These jeans can stand up all by themselves. And they featured the rainbow selvedge which is still in use today. In the 70s Edwin were the first company to develop ?old wash? techniques to mimic the wear on vintage workwear.

In the 80s this was further developed with the advent of ?stone washing? (pay attention, this properly revolutionised the industry worldwide) and in the 90s Edwin created the ?new vintage? concept, using subtle hand techniques to replicate vintage washes from pre 1947. At once both old school and innovative Edwin is the denim man?s denim. Go for ED47 for a straight classic (the clue?s in the name, this is really about Edwin?s heritage), ED55 for a carrot leg and ED71 for a slim fit.

Edwin

Bake Sale

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This month our pop up has popped up all domestic science. It?s part nostalgia, part practical, a little bit cricket teas and a whole lot Marguerite Patten. We'll be selling everything you need to bake, preserve and hostess to your heart?s content; books, china, cookware, cakestands and cutters. And if you can?t quite be bothered to get out the jam thermometer and the baking powder yourself, we?ve requisitioned supplies from the lovely ladies at Winchester Country Market (www.winchestercountrymarket.co.uk, Badger Farm Community Centre, Fridays 8.30-11am). The lightest Victoria sponges and the jammiest raspberry jams will be here until 29 June.

Bake Sale

Cavallini

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Our favourite San Francisco stationery people, Cavallini, have embraced all things typographic and cartographic in their newest delivery; tins of notecards, boxes of printed tape and wrapping paper/posters using all sorts of fantastic old type and maps. If you?re keen to smarten up your correspondence and your gift giving hurry along to the shop or hurry along virtually and buy online.

Cavallini

Provenance: Branksome China

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There's crockery and then there's Branksome - capable of holding any tea party to attention with it's beautifully delicate, timeless and colourful designs. For us, the fact that it's produced by a small, independent British business with a long history here in Hampshire just adds to the appeal. It's the sort of crockery to covet and collect piece by lovely piece.

The company was founded in 1945 by Ernest Baggaley, a gifted potter who recognised that 'to be a good china-man I had to create and make my own style using my own technique.' Indeed, at the heart of Branksome is Baggeley's special porcelain recipe which remains unchanged today. Fine and light, yet stronger than earthernware and bone china, water can be boiled in it they claim. Lucy has even followed a lady round the factory clunking mugs together to prove their durability.

In it's heyday, Branksome was the tableware brand to own. Liberty constantly sold out, and the factory with it's 100-strong workforce was at full capacity. Just two years later though the out-of-control company fell on it's knees. Luckily Ernest managed to salvage some stock, move in to the old cinema in Fordinbridge it occupies today and continue to operate on a small scale.

In 2007, Branksome was once again under threat from developers wanting to get their clutches on the old cinema. This time, Philip and Charlie Johnson from a family with pottery in their blood came to the rescue, convinced that Branksome had a future. Happily for us they were right, and Branksome continues today, remaining true to Ernest's original recipe and our favourite 1950s design. Shop our collection.

Branksome

dum dum da dum

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Still haven't decided what to wear on Friday? Not sure what to give the happy couple? Need to take some snaps in case the paparazzi aren't up to the job? Think you might need glamorous shoes for the reception but comfy pumps for the disco? Does Kate need help with the decorations? Just pop in or hop on to The Hambledon website and we can furnish you with all wedding wherewithal.

Dum dum da dum

Our Indoor Garden

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You could make a trip to Homebase for dreary gardening gloves and a Flymo or you could make a trip to The Hambledon. For the next 4 weeks our pop-up shop has popped up all horticultural. We?re selling vintage garden paraphernalia (think wire benches, metal etageres, painted bistro tables, zinc buckets) with permanent botanicals, organic seeds from the lovely Thomas Etty Esq, practical wooden tools and gardening books and not a hover mower in sight.

Garden