A short train journey away from the delightful hub-bub of London lies the relatively sleepy town of Dorking. Not only does it have antique and charity shops in abundance, it also the home of Shrewd Vintage.
Situated a short, 15 minute amble from either Dorking or Dorking Deepden station it houses a vast array of frocks, flatcaps and fancies.
Fancies in the form of brooches, hats, ties, shoes, bags and earrings.
The owner, Sonja, has bestowed upon me the honor of an interview for you all to have a ganders at.
She is a lovely-jubbly lady who has, on occasion, made me spend more than I intended on said fancies. Oh...but they are so pretty!
How and when did you get into the Vintage Trade?
My daughter found a job lot of 6000 ( 2000 which went straight into the bin...) pairs of second hand shoes and we decided to clean them up and sell them on eBay, that did not really work. So I rented a shop in Dorking for a few months, bought some old tables which we painted in various colours and with the help of glass shelves and bricks we displayed the shoes and managed to sell most of them. And the vintage bit just sort of developed from there.
What is your favourite find that you could not bear to sell?
A beautiful satin, reversible kimono from the 50s, just so sexy!!!
Do you trade any "vintage" events?
No, tried Goodwood's Revival but it is so much work dragging everything out of the shop and then back in again.
Do you have a personal favourite era of fashion? If so, what makes it so special to you?
Probably the 20s they were so naughty and decadent!
What is the best thing about running Shrewd?
Finding all these beautiful clothes and hearing the stories behind them.
And now follow some more pictures. Because there are too many fancies in this shop for there not to be as many in this post as possible.
There is plenty of menswear too, if you have a chap to buy for. Or to spend the money of.
If I had any organisational skills, or indeed the room, this is what my imaginary walk in wardrobe might look like.
And if I had more money in my bank account, this delightful summer wicker bag might be gracefully hiding all my toot. Alas - it is still in store. Somebody - please - give it a new home!
To get the Shrewd direct from London, it is just under an hour direct from Victoria or Waterloo. So - why not make a day of it? Once you are done ooing and aahhing over the stock in Shrewd, you can try your luck in those charity shops I mentioned. Don't forget to invite me! I am just up the road!
7, South Street, RH4 2DY Dorking, Surrey
01306 889 099