Monday, 19 September 2011

We don't just sell clothes...

Here at Urban Village, we don't just sell clothes, oh no, you can kit your whole life out in vintage goodies if your quick off the mark! I'm about to move house, so naturally I'm drawn to all things pretty to furnish it with, so when I saw these little beauties I just had to tell you about them! How can anyone resist this little 70's owl cushion - look at his big eyes and beautiful pastel plumage? And we also have a veritable smorgasbord of retro crocheted blankets in all the colours under the sun. For some reason these always remind me of holidays and camper vans, and these would be just perfect for keeping you cosy when you're out and about in your VW! Don't forget to keep an eye out in the shop and on the website for all our houseware items - from lamps to tea-cosies, you won't want to miss them!
Right, back to my paint swatches - magnolia or ivory blush anyone?

Ruth Urban Village

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Good News

If you pop in and see us at our Urban Village store in Birmingham,

you will see that we will be making big changes to our shop over the next few weeks.

Vintage shopping will just get better.

More news to follow...

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Kids Vintage

As a vintage loving mama, it has occurred to me that perhaps it's not just my wardrobe that has been made significantly better by the introduction of vintage clothing. My dear daughter could also rock the retro look, and be fabulously cute at the same time. The only problem? Vintage clothing for babies and children is harder to find than hen's teeth! Apart from the occasional gem in the charity shop (recent finds - 2 unworn 1970s pointy collar shirts with embroidered bunnies on... score!) the babies of Birmingham are suffering a real lack of quality clothing. Well fear no more dear readers, because Urban Village has a lovely selection of vintage childrens wear just waiting for a new home, to be lovingly worn and dribbled on by your little people. And the even better news? There's lots of it in our sale shop, so you can pick up the perfect 70's print dress at a snip! Check out the lovely little selection I found in the store room this week; in case it's not clear the cream cape in the background has little embroidered bunnies on...I sense a theme developing...

Ruth, Urban Village.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Twinkle Twinkle...

Twinkle Twinkle...

Usually I'm the first person moaning about Christmas coming too early, tinsel in October, cards in the shops before Halloween etc, but today I seem to be surrounded by sequins, which is the nearest you can get to wearing the Christmas tree in my opinion (unless Granny has had too many sherries on Christmas day and takes a tumble, but that's another story...) There are rails full of glitter and sparkle in the shop and in the stock room, all ready for their new adventures at numerous December parties. Not wanting to keep all this festive cheer to ourselves, we'll also be listing a few things on ebay in the next few weeks, so if you can't come in to the Urban Village shop for your glitz fix, keep an eye out for the online sequin bonanza (you won't miss them, believe me!) coming up as we get nearer to Christmas!

Thursday, 8 September 2011


Check out this totally amazing want blue handknit? You want a knitted pink pig? You want a 3d blue bowtie round it's neck? You got it! Still not about a squeaker in it's tummy so you can annouce your arrival with a little piggy oink? Oh go on then....

Ruth Urban village.

Getting a bit chillier

Now that things are starting to get a bit chillier (hasn't Autumn snuck up quickly this year?) it's time to pack away the summer wardrobe and start thinking about winter woollies. Ok, maybe it's not quite time to crack out the hat and scarf just yet, but here at Urban Village our new season stock is coming in, and looking great! To me, the 1970s colour pallete is just perfect for this time of year. All those orangey cords and brown velvets, brightened up with lovely reds and golds, really hit the mark, as well as covering up those pasty British limbs until May rolls around again! (Or is that just me...)
Now if it's one thing we do well over here at UV, it's stylish 60s and 70's clothing, so I've pulled together a few of my favourite things coming up on our website and ebay shop in the next few weeks. I'm particularly fond of the whole New York preppy style as it is so versatile - shopping, office, pub? This is perfect for all 3.
Layers of textures and toning colours pull the whole look together - think fine knits, velvet, cord and leather with the odd silk scarf or suede shoe to finish. What's your Autumn must have? I'm on the hunt for the perfect tweedy A-line skirt to wear with thick tights and little cardigans...if you see one, let me know ;-)

Ruth Urban village.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Super VW Van For Sale



With regret we are putting up for sale our beloved van.


MOT till June 2012. Tax till Dec 2011. 92,500 km (approx 57,000 miles)

Registered in Germany in 1979 – hence W Reg. Purchased by us in September 2003, from Germany where it had been maintained and garaged by the German Fire Service. It is one of 112 manufactured and used as auxiliary vehicles.

This van is totally original. We have all the original German paperwork and details of the history and fitting out of the van.

The van drives great and has been serviced regularly, has recently been fitted with a new starter motor and electronic ignition.

Recently re-sprayed in original colour to maintain condition, (pictures available of pre spray) and has been fitted with all new window rubbers.

Has been wax oiled annually since purchase, absolutely solid everywhere.

The interior has original seats, cushions have been replaced with new foam and vinyl. There are two three point seatbelts in the rear along with two lap straps – ideal for families. The front seats have been replaced with a single and bench VW seat. Can seat 7/8.

The original cupboards were removed to aid visibility, but the van still has a lot of storage space, without compromising the number of seats. The floor is steel checkplate, hardwearing and easy to clean.

The van has an insulated body and an EBERSP√ĄCHER heater (which we haven’t used). The heater cables need replacing; we have them they just need fitting.

CD player/radio fitted and spot lights fitted in rear.

We also have a 3 bow roof rack available.

Please call: 0790 420 7003

Friday, 2 September 2011

Mods Make Sun Newspaper

Mods make the sun newspaper this week.

Check out the link below...