25 November 2011

Pokesdown Late Night Shopping

Genuine community spirit - that's how I'd describe the vibe at Pokesdown's festive celebration yesterday evening. The town, one mile to the east of Bournemouth, held a late night vintage shopping event coinciding with the arrival of their first Christmas tree with lights. The turn out was fantastic, everyone's enthusiasm even more so.

Event organiser Emma Ekkes and her new scooter
Zoe, owner of the 'Love from Hetty & Dave' boutique, told me, "It's amazing we haven't done something like this before." Her words were echoed by all the other shopkeepers, salespersons and Pokesdown lovers on the night. Not once did I see a disappointed face, and nearly everyone who attended came away with something special, whether it was a Christmas gift for a loved one or a treat for themselves.

Independent traders fayre at the Tattoo Parlour Cafe
As for me, I came away with yet another bow tie from Clobber - this time a big, purple, velvet one. I love it so much, I've been wearing it today. I also received complimentary Transformers badges from newly opened shop Kaotichandbag as a thank you for promoting their business. (See the Kaotichandbag video interview here)

Zoe Larkin of 'Love from Hetty & Dave'
Overall, I believe the event was a huge success for Pokesdown and its businesses (especially evident when one shop owner is shouting, "Look at the figure on my till!"). I'm really looking forward to the next event, whenever that might be, and there's no doubt that the people of Pokesdown are too. They truly are a wonderful collective.

Having fun on Emma's scooter, Caroline Read of the Tattoo Parlour Cafe
(What do you make of the vintage-esque photo edits? You can do the same with Picnik photo software [via Picasa]. You'll find all my photos from the night on Facebook.)

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