The lovely people at The Vintage Fair very kindly asked me to do some guest posts for them on My Make Do and Mend Year on their blog, so when I heard that the Fair would be in Bristol, I couldn’t really resist the urge to go and check it out! I was most excited,and contemplated having a stall there to sell some of my Upcycled goodies from Shouty Cat Makes, but then the lovely hubby announced he was going to have to work the morning, so that kind of scuppered my plans. I was most down heartened at the prospect of not being able to even go and have a look around, when ny mother in law came up trumps and offerred to look after the Smalls for a couple of hours, so that Cinderella could go to the ball!
So on Saturday, the SatNav and I braved the wilds of Bristol, and finally managed to negotiate our way to The Passenger Shed, next to Temple Meads station. This is The Vintage Fair’s largest venue to date, and they certainly filled it!
There was still a queue to get in when I arrived at 1pm…
The hall was crammed with stalls selling Vintage clothes and homewares, here are some of my favourite bits
The Vintage Hair Lounge were doing ’40s inspired make overs
There was an old fashioned sweet stall (available to hire out for your wedding-SO wish I’d known about this when we got married)
Mrs Stokes was there with her Secret Tea Party
and there was even a Rock and Roll band, The Roadhouse Roosters, who had some brave souls up on their feet and jiving
I also met the lovely Gina from The Vintage Fair-she is the one who gently ‘prompts’ me when they need their monthly update. So nice to be able to put a name to a face, and doesn’t she look amazing, all vintaged up (she is the far more stylish one on the left of the picture!)
I wasn’t really feeling in the ‘zone’ at first, and was almost a little over-awed at the vast array of vintage loveliness (does anyone else find this? If I go to somewhere like John Lewis, I get kind of paralysed by the sheer amount of stuff on offer, and become incapable of making any kind of decisions, especially regarding home furnishings..), but worry not, I eased myself in with a couple of small £1 purchases: a book called Glorious Things to Do-not really very ‘vintage’ but I am a bit of a sucker for books like this with things to make in; and some sewing needles in a gorgeously kitsch heart shaped case.
Then I kind of found my mojo a bit, and ended up with 2 snuggly jumpers,
and a fab ’80’s style coat.
The coat needs a new zip, so I managed to haggle them down to £5. Now I just need to learn how to put a new zip in….
A fab day out. Would thoroughly recommend it to anyone with a soft spot for a bit of vintage. The Vintage Fair is doing so well, that they seem to be announcing new venues and dates every week, so keep your eyes peeled, and check out their website, they could be coming to a town near you!