Mooshy La La

Bringing Bohemian Glamour from Decadent Decades Past!

“How would you like to know where I buy all the magical treasures for Mooshy La La?”

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There’s not a day goes by without me being asked; “Where do you buy all your stock from?”  … My answer;  “Well! I’d have to shoot you if I told you that!”!!!  Hahahaha!!!!   Seriously though, it is an interesting question……..

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……If you have been to ‘Mooshy La La’ you will know that my shop has a distinctive ‘look’ and anyone who knows me personally will know that, that  ‘look’ has been created by me!

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The distinctive ‘Look’ of Mooshy La La’s Attique,

My fixation for ‘Glitz & Glam’ started at a very young age, my Mother & Father were avid fans of old movies, so as a child Sunday afternoons were spent lazily watching old black & white Buzby Berkley movies on TV … I adored them!!!

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My fascination for these old movies would continue… It was always the ‘Old’ films I loved, mainly the 30’s, 40’s & early 50’s starring Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Dorothy Lamour.

I swooned to Fred & Ginger facing the music, …dreamed with Bing for a ‘White Christmas’, ….laughed at Lucy & Bea in ‘Mame’…

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……….   But don’t ask me what any of the storylines were about!!!! … The pleasure was purely visionary & auditory for me! My eyes were on the magnificent Art Deco apartments & Joan’s shoulder pads! Bette’s tilt hats, & Ginger’s boa!

The sound of Bing’s crooning & Judy’s melodic tones! These sensory experiences preformed my passion for creating a fantasy…

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My very first job encompassed this fantasy, I was a window dresser in a fashion boutique in the mid-70’s! So without me going all autobiographical on you, I’ll cut out 40 years & let’s just say I’ve gone full circle & ended up here in Mooshy La La’s Attique!

Getting back to… ‘Where do I get my stock from?’

Well, as you may have guessed I’ve always been a bit of a collector with an inane urge to create… so when I’m in a little junk shop in Camden passage and see a dented & tarnished cocktail shaker …

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…… this is what I really see…..

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It’s all down to imagination! I buy what I like! I buy only the things that stir something in me! I do not buy just to make a profit!If I did that Mooshy La La would end up looking like a junk shop! So when someone buys from my shop they are buying a little bit of my personal taste & knowledge!

I class my shop as a specialist shop, & when I get someone wandering in looking for a specific item that I do not sell I will always  send them in the direction of a local business that may (to the best of my knowledge) stock this specific item, it’s called “Link economy” I strongly believe that as small independents it’s in our own interest to support each other! Remember in the film Miracle on 34th street when Kris Kringle sends Macy’s shoppers to Gimbels! Who benefits? Of course the customer – & if this gesture is reciprocated the retailer!!! Common sense!!!!

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Macy’s & Gimbles join to link sale

Some people have no idea the amount of time effort & expense that goes into sourcing genuine vintage clothing, some actually think, like a charity shop, people come in and just GIVE me stuff !!! I wish!!! Some people think I buy in bulk by the Kilo, I don’t! My stock is hand picked!

I have many people & places I buy from, antique dealers, auctions, antique & vintage fairs, markets, I have people ring me – email me – call in to see me, I travel far & near, sometimes before the crack of dawn sometimes well into the night… And all this takes time! My time! It also takes many years of experience of knowing what to look for & recognize, sometimes I will come across something I just have a gut feeling is special, it maybe something I have never seen or held before but I know it’s special, so I research & research & finally discover I was right – wellmost of the time!!!!

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Alterations & repairs before items can reach the shop floor

Sometimes I will find something in dire need of repair, so I will sit & sew beads & sequins & seams! Sometimes, something will need a specialist clean. All these things happen before they are actually brought into the shop and all these things take time, money, knowledge & most of all passion!

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Vintage & Antiques are not everyone’s cup of tea, some just see “second hand” and will only tolerate “New”… I had someone come into a shop I worked in a few years ago, where we had on display, the most beautiful, intricately carved Jacobean oak 4 poster bed and with a scowl and a look of disgust she bleated “Eeeew!  Someone cudda died in tha!!!” …Well Yes!!! I would think many would have died in it!……. many would have been born in it!…….& many would have been created in it!!!! She had no concept at all of the history & beauty & rarity of this magnificent piece to her it was no more than a piece of junk, and no doubt whatsoever, her choice would have been a flat pack from IKEA all shiny & new!   Fine by me, each to their own!

So if you are one of the many who does actually like & appreciate  the array of treasures in Mooshy La La, and the way it’s laid out & displayed and the atmosphere I have created, think of me as your personal shopper giving you a professional personal service … as now you know what has gone into sourcing & collecting each individual piece!

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“So!” … You ask me … “Where DO you buy all your stock from?”

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“Well! I’d have to shoot you if I told you that!”!!!

Sue Gannon-Kendrick (owner Mooshy La La)

 (For a look inside Mooshy La La & Contact information please click onto MOOSHY LA LA – )

One comment on ““How would you like to know where I buy all the magical treasures for Mooshy La La?”

  1. Michelle Briscoe
    May 2, 2018

    Great little Bio Sue. I relate to so much of it, especially the old movies!
    Im still hoping that one day i will have the vintage tea room equivalent of Mooshy, i need it!!
    Best xx

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Available from my Etsy store www.Etsy.com/shop/MooshyLaLa Beautiful tapestry purse with an Art Nouveau (Dutch scene) style frame, The Jemco frame is jointed and expands for easy access. Silver link handle. Very good condition. No problems with the JEMCO frame or oval clasp - stamped with JEMCO logo. Circa: 1920s Markings: Frame is marked "Jemco" 10" x 10" No lining Good Vintage Condition
Put this date in your diary SATURDAY JUNE 1st @ MooshyLaLa 322 Smithdown Rd Liverpool (by Penny Lane) By popular demand, our next event will be on Saturday 1st of June, with lots of new lines plus some amazing offers!!! As well as the obligatory prosecco flowing as usual As usual, @susiegreenhaugh will be at hand with her amazing styling tips and ideas 🤩 We will be joined by @easme_b_ as well as @_.crystal_moon._ with their latest designs🥰 I will be doing some fantastic reductions on clothing accessories and jewellery so I guarantee this event will be well worth a visit
⚠️new in my Etsy shop!!! Etsy.com/uk/shop/MooshyLaLa You can also find this on MooshyLaLa.com click the ‘shop here’ button!!!! 😘 ‘Marissa’ is a striking maxi dress created by a local designer 'Paulette Shaw' from here in Liverpool, England (birthplace of ‘The Beatles’) c.1972 This maxi dress is fully lined and made in a heavy black crepe. The yoke and puff sleeves are made from a vibrant zigzag rainbow sequin fabric. Long back zip fastened #70sfashion #biba #londonlook #carnabystreet
New arrival in .... Etsy.com/uk/shop/MooshyLaLa You can also find this on MooshyLaLa.com click the ‘shop here’ button!!!! 😘 ‘Felicity’ is a stunning honey coloured silky jersey vintage maxi dress, designed for Frank Usher (London) made in England. c.1970. #mooshylala #seventiesfashion #frankusher #biba #ossieclark #theaporter #zandrarhodes #thelondonlook #portobello #studio54 #carnabystreet
Bye bye 👋 my beautiful BIBA ‘Bolan’ jacket I finally decided to part with it (it was in my own vintage collection) I felt it was time to let it continue its vintage journey and let someone else enjoy!!!!! It was snapped up on my Etsy account as soon as I listed it and tomorrow will head down to London where it started its journey in 1973 at the famous BIBA store 😘❤️🧡💙💚💛💜 #marcbolan #biba #vintagecollections
By popular demand, our next event will be on Saturday 1st of June, with lots of new lines plus some amazing offers!!! As well as the obligatory prosecco flowing as usual 😉🥂 @susiegreenhaugh will again be at hand with her amazing styling tips and ideas 🤩 We will be joined by @easme_b_ as well as @_.crystal_moon._ with their latest designs🥰 I will be doing some fantastic reductions on clothing accessories and jewellery so I guarantee this event will be well worth a visit 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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