We were in search of an Art Deco mantlepiece, lighting inspiration, and as always, vintage guitars and dresses. Read on to find out if we found treasure...
It's a very eclectic mix. Individual sellers come and go, and for a while there wasn't much clothing at all. Now, there are two decent vintage clothing and accessory stalls, 'Annabelle's Antiques', and 'Vintage Past and Present'. The former has stunning antique and old vintage gowns priced at a couple of hundred pounds. The latter stocks a wide range of bags, jewellery and more, catering for a more down-to-earth price range. I did spend ages looking at a collection of Deco brooches before tearing myself away and getting distracted looking at lampshades and tea sets. My husband was preoccupied at any stalls selling guitars, and if I ever lost sight of him I just had to follow the sound of music until I tracked him down.
Fabulous '20s hat, £85
Edwardian evening coat. I could have sworn it was modern when I saw it at first, shows how bad I am at dating the older stuff!
Above and below: some stunning 1930s frocks.
A lovely, very Clarice Cliff style tea set. The whole lot for £50!
I love these Deco chairs, but the price tag is out of my league!
The only purchase I made in the end - a sweet and glitzy little evening bag for £15 from Vintage Past & Present.
Despite just buying the little bag pictured above, we did find a lot of inspiration, and had a very helpful chat in the stove showroom about meeting safety regulations for putting wooden mantlepieces around woodburning stoves. The only downside to such a massive industrial building is that on such a cold day, it's just as cold as being outside! I couldn't feel my toes after a while, but our visit to the fire showroom restored them.
So what did this fabulous Grade II listed building used to be? Well, it was a pumping station for...sewerage! You've got to admire the Victorians' relentless crusade for good sanitation, dressing up even the buildings with jobs far from glamorous to look important and almost stately.
The Pumping Station is open everyday 9:30am-5:30pm. Well worth a visit if you're in Cardiff!