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Celia's vintage clothing in Derby Road celebrate thirty years in business
Celia has four part time staff and her younger brother Frank, 45, Nike Air Max 95 Pink And Grey has also been working there for 10 years. It's a bit of a family affair as Celia's mum, Cynthia, 85, still takes a keen interest in business too.
"I've got some customers who wear 1940s right down to their underwear. They just love it! The 1950s pretty cotton dresses are popular too."
While in the basement, the stock is much more refined, with beautiful shawls from the 1920s, intricate 1940s dresses, men's top hats and cabinets full of jewellery. Celia's was opened 30 years ago by Celia Radcliffe, now aged 57. She was disillusioned with a career in nursing, and made the radical decision to open a little antiques unit selling antique clothing and fabrics.
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Today there is a beautiful Horrockses white and yellow dress in stock which, at is the most expensive item, but the stock starts at Celia says the era of the moment is the 1940s.
"It makes me smile because I've done it for so long," says Celia. "People keep thinking it's being re invented all the time but it hasn't."
Celia is picky about what she stocks and she goes to specialist fairs to pick out pieces, Air Max 6 Extreme
"Only things like Galliano and Alexander McQueen, maybe those kind of things will be collected," says Celia. She adds: "I'm a bit mad doing this really. I never thought I'd have a shop, it just happened. I hope I retire before anybody asks me for 1990s fashion!"
She says: "I started off with an old Victorian wooden till and now we've got this barcode till, health and safety rules, insurance, you need a licence for playing music, a licence to buy jewellery it's changed so much.
She says: "I've got to like it, it's got to be in good condition I'm very fussy. I don't buy crates of stuff. Also, it's got to have a certain style about it. You always look for things like Ossie Clarke and Horrockses but they don't turn up very often these days."
In the past few years vintage has become a big trend.
Serendipity was renamed Celia's and proved popular. Before long Celia occupied the whole of the top floor of the antiques centre.
These days, Celia's is full of lovely 1940s brooches, 50s summer dresses, 70s maxi dresses and even 80s puffballs.
What started as a unit, just a few feet square, in The Top Hat Antiques Centre in Derby Road, is now a large shop occupying the whole of the former antiques centre.
"Then we thought, 'why don't we have a go at this?' So we started selling bric a brac, then we bought some shirts, then some linen and it just evolved from there."
CELIA'S is not exactly a hidden treasure but it's definitely a place for people in the know. Upstairs there are rails of weird and wonderful fancy dress costumes, with every theme you can imagine available to hire.
In the 1980s Celia's little unit in Top Hat, which she called Serendipity, sold the must have items of the time. She says: "In those days Victorian nighties were popular, camisoles, collarless shirts.
She then moved up the road for four years, before Celia's returned to its original home in 1999.
Celia's Vintage Clothing in Derby Road is celebrating its 30th year in business. RIAH MATTHEWS spoke to Celia about the changing face of vintage clothing
"I can remember going to see some 70s big collared frilly shirts and thinking, 'I'm not going to buy them!' Then of course 10 years later everyone wanted them. Each decade, as you've gone along, they've wanted the decade before."
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