Happy Birthday Our Norah

11th December is a very special day. Its Norahs birthday

Had she still been with us she would’ve been 98.

‘Vintage Norah’ is for her and quite simply because of her…my Nan.

newborderThe items you come across in the shop have mostly belonged to her with  additional items from other loved ones within our family.

This is what it is all about…

Vintage Norah….a lifetime of gathering.

In the beginning around 1918 in the suburbs of Birmingham, England, a little girl came into the world. Her father was a cooper, her mother helped out and raised the family.

When Norah was six, her mother died and in diaries left by Norah which were found later, she recalls her mothers funeral with great detail. A sadness she carried with her through out her life.

Norah loved to rummage, to find a bargain and over the years she was able to ‘store’ many, many, many things!!!!

She had a soft spot for hats….we came across nearly 230! Bags, gloves, oh my it goes on!!
Many of her ‘gatherings’ have been spread around to help with fundraising and even for others to earn a ‘bob or two’.

Some of her jewellery have been recrafted into new pieces. You will find them among the listings here. (She sure knows how to keep me busy!)

For me, a grand daughter, she has given me a chance to enjoy ‘being a little girl again’ sorting through all of what you see here in the shop…it is an ongoing process.

All what you see have a story to tell, like all vintage, but on this occasion I know where and who they came from.

Please enjoy as much as I enjoy bringing this all together.

(Nan, 93 years to gather,another 93 to sort out!!!!) x

Update 2016: Since the opening of Vintage Norah, you will be glad to know her items are spreading worldwide…yep she is everywhere, right down to New Zealand. Some items have gone to museums, TV studios, galleries or revivals.
Some have been the finishing touch for a wedding oufit,a birthday gift and even a ‘must have a go with these’ gift!!!(Hair grips.) xxx ~VINTAGE NORAH on Etsy

Fresh face and ready for Spring!
Fresh face and ready for Spring!

Norah loved Christmas Time. Special for her because of her own strong faith and special for us , as small grandchildren, having the presents in a black bin liner…more on that HERE along with a few more memories.

One of the many things she enjoyed ( apart from singing really LOUD and wearing a hat ) was writing her poems.

Many keep turning up, even now. I’ve mentioned before about keeping one of them in my purse and thank fully, just a couple of days before she passed, I knealt beside her and we read it together. It was one of those moments  you know you will keep tucked away.

Her poems , often reflected her faith and here I would like to share with you , a beautiful poem she wrote called ‘Step inside’.


With much love Nan from me



Vintage Norah at Christmas.

Christmas memories..




It tends to be a time when many of us start to reflect on the past and instill new hope for the future. This couldn’t be more appropriate for our family right now.

The warm magical moments of my own childhood are now being reflected through my own young son who is just at an age to grasp it all….’Farmer Christmas is on his way and Mommy will have to move her car, so he has somewhere to park!’  Through the eyes of a child….wonderful isn’t it?


xmas tree

Norah loved Christmas. You know how it is…we set a romantic traditional Christmas scene…the snow…the Tree…the luxurious and carefully wrapped presents…The big black bin liner…!!!! You didn’t have one of those? !!!!

You always knew when you had received the gifts from Nan (Norah) because they would be wrapped up ready for you in a bin liner!

I have a feeling she was of the original ‘recycle wrapping’ era! Over the years we had gifts in  wallpaper with string,newspaper and I recall having a present in xmas paper from the previous year….I know this because under the label ‘To Louis, love Nan’ was my writing on the paper ‘To Nan,Merry Christmas Love Louise.’



This for many years was just one part of Christmas. There are no black bin liners full of gifts but as requested by her, there is a Christmas Bauble which hangs on the trees within the family so she will always be a part of it.

So, for  Norah & Doug and our Gertie & Jim, the magic and the love continues to warm our hearts. We know you are always with us.

Love & Christmas sparkle to you all…..Vintage Norah. xxx