Monday, 13 December 2010

Christmas soon

We are all well into the run up to Christmas I guess - if you haven't yet found something for a loved one there's always the accessories section where you might find a suitable gift at a reasonable price.  But if you are still after something special for yourself over the festive period what about this beautiful 1950s sea green cocktail dress.  Bound to make you feel special.

We hope you have not been too put out by the bad weather - it has been hard in places although not too bad here in Wiltshire.  It does make for a nice seasonal feel and lets face it we all hope it snows on Christmas day don't we?  We have a busy week or so ahead of us here at Martha's Closet but then we shall have a break for Christmas and then start thinking about those New Year sales!

Have fun

Graham and Ann

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Postage and things

Here at Martha's Closet we try very hard to keep costs down for you and us.  Where we can post an item out as a packet (sometimes a small t-shirt for example) we do and we refund you postage.  Where we note you have 2 orders to go out we combine them for you and refund any postage.  We know you appreciate this because you tell us - thank you.  If you really just want that special delivery asap just drop us a line and we'll send it out immediately - no need to spend £7.50 on special delivery if it not really necessary.

Ann's been shopping this month and we are busy putting on new stock - I guess party time is coming around again soon so keep on looking at just in - you never know...

We have had a good response to putting sizes on to the main description - saves you time and avoids disappointment!

What about some handbags for you or for Christmas pressies?  Take a look at this selection below:
Vintage Accessories

Happy browsing

Tuesday, 19 October 2010


Gosh how time passes. Here we are into Autumn already and just a few weeks until the evenings get dark and we baton down the hatches for Winter.  But do not despair - its a beautiful time of year and vintage winter wear can be just as stunning as any time.  Take at look at this coat just put on today
60s Nabre Wool Coat
Lots more stock arriving over the next week or so for you so do take a look when you can.

Finally we are putting a facebook page together.  No reason other than to get some more feedback on what works and what doesn't.  Will keep you updated.

Of course there's still a lot of interest in ball gowns at this time of the year - I love this one:
80s Pure Silk Embellished Evening Gown

Happy browsing


Thursday, 19 August 2010

LOOK magazine has us pegged as one of 'The hottest online retail stops'...

Hot off the press - our vintage clothes made LOOK's DPS feature on Fashion Websites To Bookmark!
Showing our fabulous 50's cotton print day dress, 60's paisley print and 70's green leather skirt, we certainly stood out as colourful.

"....Martha's Closet is the website for second - hand style.." look.

Well we knew that - and so do all of our customers.

Thanks LOOK

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

August News - Great for Gifts

Hi to all,
Hope you're all enjoying the summer, the early hot weather is now giving way to a typical August with its classic touch of rain, however our dresses are still going like hot cakes at the moment and if you're a print fanatic then you'll love what we've got in the 80's section. These  Summer dresses  are true favourites and as the weather turns away from summer keep your eyes open for separates to team them up with.
You've been emailing us with requests as usual and a very popular one seems to be the Gift Voucher, so we've added that option for you, please do give us feedback on this.
Our 'just in ' page is still the one that recieves the most hits and if you're looking for the classic black dress with a whole lot of style then look no further - we got just the item. Frank Usher Black Silk Flock Evening Dress
As always - get in touch to tell us what you think, you can email direct if you wish at:

All the best
Martha's Closet

Saturday, 17 July 2010

July News

Hi to all,
We have some fantastic news, we were very positively reviewed in the Observer Magazine last weekend. in their cover story - under Best For Vintage .............." The site's reputation for reasonable prices, honest descriptions and prompt delivery means stock flies out of the door as soon as it goes on the site".... commented The Observer, who then went on to pick their 'love' of the week as our Enzo Vincelli 1970's dress.
Our July newsletter has carried the story and if you are not on our emailing list to receive priority Martha's Closet news then get on there quick. You can send us an email at and ask to be part of our priority email shots, which means you'll receive information on the Just In section along with our hottest vintage clothing happenings.
In our latest newsletter we have picked out our 80s Gina Bacconi Cocktail Dress and Bolero - Fabulous crisp and shiny 100% polyester dress that shouts the 80s. Fully lined, it is a black fabric with varying sized white polka dots.
To view the latest Martha's Closet newsletter click here

Keep your eyes open for our blogs and emails.  And keep a special eye out for new clothes on our site

All the best
Martha's Closet

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Anyone for tennis?

Hi All
been busy lately sorting summer stock and trying to spread the word about Martha's Closet.  Couple of decent shopping trips by Ann so plenty to do - but whether or not you follow football or tennis you can't help but get distracted - although tennis on the tennis on the radio I still struggle with.  Got Ann a retro DAB radio for her birthday recently.  Looks great, sounds great - wish we were selling them!

Have fun, so long for now


Monday, 17 May 2010

A new beginning

A weeks a long time in politics indeed!  Hope you all managed to keep up with events whatever your shade of colour or not.  We've put a few summery items on lately such as this one Retro Dresses but we also have a beautiful 30's Dress just waiting for someone - a real treasure. 
Take a look every day if you can at our just in page you never know what you might find.
Happy browsing.

Graham and Ann

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

It's Daring Alright

Some exciting stuff just added this week including the
 70s Daring Wallis Halterneck Culottes  Would you like to see more items like this?

We are adding items just about every day now - so you will need to keep visiting the site to avoid disappointment.  We still have a few classics for you though such as this Magnificent 30s Black Chiffon and Gold Lace Dress

And don't forget to check the special offers page - we are updating this more regularly now as new stock hits the site.

Happy browsing


Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Summer Dresses

Well Summer has arrived here in Wiltshire at least.  Great news -  we have 20 or so new summer dresses we are getting ready to go on the site - I have to admit they look fab - almost too good to let go...but I guess we'll have to.  We may put them all on in one go or possibly as we get them ready - might be too painful to let them all go at once.  Anyway I hope you are enjoying the weather wherever you are and lets hope its the start of a long hot Summer.

But you can still check out some 60s summer day dresses in case you can't wait.


Tuesday, 30 March 2010


A lot of new items have gone live ready for Summer and what do we get?  Rain Rain and more Rain! Oh well lets not be put off - take a look at whats just in at Martha's Closet:

On the other hand if you still want to pick up a bargain for next Winter (or this Spring?) check out the Winter coats in the sale at:

In future we want to change how this Blog works - we want to make it newsworthy and worthwhile reading rather than just an advert for what has gone on the site recently or is coming.  Any thoughts and suggestions welcome.  This would be a good place to start a conversation on anything you want to talk about relevant to Martha's Closet - got something you want to share - share it with us!

Look forward to your comments and suggestions.


Friday, 12 March 2010

Schools lottery

Good news on the schools front is that daughter no1 will now be going  to the same school as her brother - she got in as part of the clearing process.  Can't say it hasn't been distracting for us - but she's in and thats great  - but what a ridiculous process that places such low importance on sibling relationships!

Lots of lovely stock coming on soon ready for Summer - we also need to move out some of the Winter stock so watch the site for exciting news coming soon.

Have a good one


Friday, 5 March 2010

Spring is here - its official!

Weather centre said that the start of Spring was now 1st March.  OK so thats some 20 days earlier than I had thought but who's complaining - felt like Spring yesterday.

Lots of lovely items put on the site this week and you can still catch some of them on the just in page:

Summer stock will be coming on soon so stick with us - and have a good weekend!


Sunday, 28 February 2010

Goodbye to February

Well as February fades and March begins we look forward to Spring and all the opportunities that warmer times and longer evenings bring.  We'll still keep hold of the heavy coats for a while longer but watch out for our Spring sale coming soon.  Roll on warmer times - the Winter has gone on too long!
All the best

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

More Stock Coming

Excited about the new stock we picked up at the weekend from various places.  Need to check it all out, categorise it and get it ready to go on the site.  Some of it should trickle on in the next day or so - keep on watching justin to check it out:

Thursday, 18 February 2010

The Whole Tooth

I can't believe they actually give 2.30 appointments at the dentists but at just such a time there I was waiting in the waiting room for my dentist to take a sneek preview of what we actually had plannned for Monday.  Because I knew I had no treatment today I took my daughter along.  Dentist is alarmed by what he sees and says there's no time to waste - it has to be now.  Well I can tell you now it was pretty painful and not nice.  An extracted wisdom tooth is not something you want your children to see you go through.  Would she be permanently scarred - too traumatised to talk about it?  I got home and stumbled to a darkened room, medical swabs hanging from my mouth.  "So how was Daddy at the dentist?" asked Mum to daughter.  "Oh he was fine"!!

New stock just gone on:

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Half Term

Half term with the kids brings its own challenges.  Only our third week at Martha's Closet and desperate to get the stock up to speed - child number one asked what an inventory list was! The weather has not helped and I think a trip to the cinema looms. Showed the kids the website but I guess thay are too young to get excited about it - give it a few years....

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Away for the Weekend

Trip up to Coventry to see family - kids get to see Gran - Ann takes a trip to view a selection of clothes we've only seen as pictures thus far.  Turns out to be a wonderful little collection - mostly 60's, a few 40's and 50's but fab condition and a stunning ball dress to boot. Can't wait to get back and get them on the site. 

Thursday, 11 February 2010

We have moved!

Good bye to Whitstable and hello to the West Country.  Lorraine has passed over the reins at Martha's Closet to Ann and Graham.  Its been hard work getting up to speed and cataloguing all the new stock we have lined up but we are getting there.  We are a long way from Whitstable but Lorraine continues to give us valuable guidance from afar.  Had lots of lovely welcomes from existing customers - we hope to keep you with us and keep you up to date with whats going on here at Martha's Closet. 

Bye for now
Ann and Graham