Tin Pan Alley Flea Market

March 26, 2012

Over the weekend you might have dropped by the Tin Pan Alley Fleamarket in the old Country and Eastern building on Redwell Street.

The yellow building on the corner opposite Cinema City has been empty for some time, and it was great to see it bought back to life. The venue was transformed pn Saturday night and Sunday afternoon and Vintage Norwich popped along to both days to take in the different atmospheres.

On Saturday night all 4 floors were transformed into a rock ‘n’ roll flea market with live bands, a bar and free snuff on the ground floor, while the other floors contained vintage treasures sold in dim rooms lit by fairy lights and standard lamps.The ground floor was packed with people enjoying ales from Grain Brewery, enjoying them so much they actually ran out!

The transformation on the Sunday was amazing as the downstairs space became a tea room with tea in vintage china and huge displays of beautiful flowers.

The building felt relaxed and calm as the light and airy rooms filled with Sunday afternoon shoppers. There were also a fair few people who just wanted to take a look at the inside of the building that has been empty for some time. It’s a gorgeous space, and it’s dilapidated atmosphere gave a great contrast to the treasures on sale on the stalls. If you looked closely you could still see scraps of wallpaper clinging to the bare plaster walls and wonky floors lent a sense of adventure to a trip round the building to those that had already sampled the ales!

Tin Pan Alley intend to repeat the experience if possible in other empty buildings, so keep your eye on our events calendar if you didn’t make this one!

You can see our photos from the night market and the Sunday market on Facebook.



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Gemma is one of the UK’s top vintage lifestyle bloggers at Retro Chick. She has lived in Norwich since she graduated university and feels passionately that Norwich has a great deal to offer anyone who’s interested in vintage or alternative cultures, if only they know where to find it.

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