Clutter City Norwich

Sunday, March 29, 2009


This weekend I took a nice wander down to Clutter City at the Norwich Arts Centre. It was their first birthday, but sadly I wasn’t one of the first 100 people through the door so didn’t manage to pick up one of the free badges by illustrator Gemma Correll.

I am pretty bereft of cash at the moment so this was merely a browsing exercise. Many of the vendors also sell online so should I want to make a purchase before the next Clutter City date on 30th May I can pop along to their online shop. Despite Clutter City being a year old this was my first visit, I seem to have always managed to be away or busy when it’s been on previously.

Everyone put such effort into decorating their stalls. The main hall (above) was a treasure trove  of stalls crowded with handmade goodies, with brightly coloured balloons floating above. While the brighter, lighter, corridor had a kitschy cute feeling with cupcakes from the Cambridge Cupcake Company and music from a gorgeous retro record player.


Some of my favourite stalls, which are definitely worth checking out in future, were these innovative bags made from recycled ties from Made by Teapot and hair clips made from recycled shopping bags by Smith & Allison. It doesn’t look like Smith & Allisons website is up and running at the moment unfortunately.


I also loved these gorgeous cocktails hats, headpieces and fascinators, some hand knitted by Miss Blue Eyes.


All the vendors at Clutter City are asked to bring a small gift for the charity lucky dip, which is £2 a go, with all proceeds going to EACH. I pulled out some really cute pink and red wrapping with a ladybird stamp.


Which turned out to be an adorable pin cushion from etsy shop My Favourite.


Clutter City was a really great event, and I now really regret not having made it in the past. It’s great to be able to wander round so many fabulous handmade and crafty stalls and actually see the items in the flesh, it’s like a real life Etsy!

I will definitely be paying Clutter City a visit again, and next time I will be taking my pocket money with me to pick up some lovely handmade and local bits and pieces for my wardrobe or my home.

My pin cushion has found a place in my conservatory where I take my photographs for the Retro Chick shop. I always have pins to hand as it can help show off a sleeve, or the fullness of a skirt to best effect and this is a much easier way to keep them to hand than keeping them in the plastic wheel they came in like I did before!


23 Responses
  • Christina Sanders
    March 29, 2009

    wow – looks like so much fun! I love the idea of the £2 lucky dip too!

    Great blog x

    Christina xxx

  • Ashe Mischief
    March 29, 2009

    That tie bag is SO cute! And the little fascinators…swoon!

  • Jess
    March 29, 2009

    Ooooh, it looks cool. I am just going to have to move to Norwich.

    • Retro Chick
      March 29, 2009

      Yes, I think I’ve mentioned what good idea that would be before!

  • Georgie
    March 31, 2009

    That place looks fantastic, I would love to go. I bet there are so many pretty finds.

  • SOS!
    March 31, 2009

    ooh fun! I like the recycled ties..
    xx-LJ from SOS!

  • The Style PA
    April 1, 2009

    It looks like fun. Shame I live too far away to go 🙁

  • eyeliah
    April 2, 2009

    Good for you being able to just browse, so tough to keep the dollars in the pockets sometimes!

  • Couture Carrie
    April 3, 2009

    Fab finds!


  • Kelly
    April 6, 2009

    Thanks for such a lovely review of our market! I’m glad you enjoyed your day!! 🙂

    • Retro Chick
      April 6, 2009

      No problem! It was a great event!

  • Helen Teapot
    April 6, 2009

    What a lovely review of Clutter City. I am one of the stall holders mentioned and I just wanted to let you know that the link you have listed isn’t for my stuff!! I make the recycled tie bags which I put under the sub-heading (I guess) of Bits and Buttons but the trading name I go by is Made by Teapot. It’s probably my own fault for not putting Made by Teapot on the front of my tags! But not to worry. Thanks very much for the mention though! Teapot x

    • Retro Chick
      April 6, 2009

      I’m so sorry Helen! I was a bit confused by the cards I picked up from your stall so I tried googling you! I shall ammend my post, so anyone reading this comment and all confused as it doesn’t say Bits & Buttons, it’s because I’ve edited it!

  • Helen Teapot
    April 6, 2009

    Oh, I almost forgot, I’m working on a website so if you like my stuff please keep an eye on
    Thanks! x

  • Helen
    April 7, 2009

    This looks awesome! I love the look of those toadstools on the first table…By the looks of things I could have spent a fortune!

  • Helen Teapot
    April 7, 2009

    Hi Retro Chick, thanks for ammending your post. It’s great that this confusion came up really as I have been wondering whether I had gone a bit overboard having a brand name and a range name. I think I will drop Bits and Buttons completely and just stick to the made by Teapot name. It’s great to get feedback as it’s so easy to get caught up in what you’re doing and lose sight of how other people perceive things. Thanks again!

    • Retro Chick
      April 7, 2009

      In that case I’m glad to be of help!