Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Vintage Northumberland, a visit to RE in Corbridge

Andrew and I have some time off work together this week as it's my birthday tomorrow, so we decided to make the most of it and headed to Corbridge for a spot of vintage shopping.

Corbridge is an old village in Northumberland about 25 minutes drive from where we live, we'd driven through a couple of times on our way to nearby Hexham but we'd never stopped other than once to walk the dog by the river, so we decided to see what the shops had to offer.

It's no secret that Andrew and I are lovers of all things vintage, we can frequently be found at flea markets and vintage fairs, and make upcycled jewellery and homewares out of things we find. When I asked around at work for things to do in Corbridge, I was told "go to RE, you'll love it!" And so we did.

On our walk across the bridge to Corbridge, we spotted this cute little gallery and popped inside for a nose around.

But it was the hidden gem of RE that we were most excited for.

I must apologise in advance for the pic-heavy post, there was SO MUCH to see in here, it was sensory overload!

RE has a website so, where possible, I'll link items for you to purchase. But I can not stress enough, how wonderful it is to walk around in here and soak up the atmosphere. 

The way the stock is merchandised is absolutely exquisite, there was so much more that I didn't photograph (like French beauty products and FRENCH STATIONARY - I mean, come on.)

If you're ever within an hour or two's drive of Corbridge, you must make the effort to give RE a visit and a good hour of your time, you won't regret it.

Assorted matches - not available online

Blooms - not available online

I'm not entirely sure what this wicker person is supposed to be (although it was half price so I'm guessing at one point he / she had a head!) but it was too cool / kinda macabre not to get a quick snap of.

Visual relief map of the World - not available online

Assorted candlesticks - not available online

Fruit tart candles (can we just think about this for a second? Those are CANDLES.)

Chandelier light - not available online

Bone china (geddit?) skeleton plates

Old glass cake stands

French stripe fabric // French stripe deckchairs

The Curious Bartender book - not available online

Coloured pressed glasses

Pink American Milk glass cake stand

Phew! We ended up buying a bone-shaped cookie cutter for doggy baking, and I bought Andrew a vintage flour scoop for his birthday (he loves vintage kitchenalia) but we had to resist buying so much more! We'll definitely be re-visiting RE post-payday.

We had a wander around Corbridge and poked around some other vintage shops, particularly good ones include:

Vintage at the Tower
Corbridge Antiques (just next door to RE)
Retriques (upstairs in Corbridge Antiques)

We also stopped for lunch at Tea and Tipple which was nice, we both had the vegetable soup (which was delicious!) and I had my favourite Fentiman's Rose Lemonade.

Hope you've enjoyed this post, let me know if you have any recommendations for vintage shops in the North East!



  1. What a fantastic post, thanks. I now feel a visit to Corbridge coming on!

    1. Thanks for the kind words Josie! It's a fab little village!

  2. Always love finding another blog based in the North East :) I moved to Newcastle 10 months ago so still busy exploring the area, I haven't been to Corbridge but my friend is up this weekend and we're actually heading there on Saturday to go to RE and hopefully find lots of nice food! x

    1. Ahhh how exciting! Hope you enjoy it, there were a couple of great looking bakeries and a fab little delicatessen with loads of local produce, have fun!


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