22 May 2012

A Vintage Fair: Full of clothes, hats and lots of sparkles

This blog is way way overdue and I can only apologise that I haven't blogged in over two weeks! I have been up to my eyes in yummy cake mix and I had an unplanned stay at Hotel de Grandma with Jasper my cat, which is sadly lacking in the Internet department. It's a bit like Fawlty Towers, but without the moody Mr Fawlty and with a cuddly grandma that wants to feed you all the time, not that I'm complaining. 

On Sunday the 6th of May, Mummy Second Hand Rose and I went to a Vintage fair in my local town. There was an array of amazing stalls with things for sale ranging from suitcases to gorgeous clothes and little nick nacks to jewellery. As a Vintage magpie it was total heaven, what can I say I just love a bit of nostalgia.

 There were four big rooms full of items, we felt like we had gone through a wardrobe to a vintage fuelled Narnia, oh if it only existed. We went upstairs first which was full of a range of stalls selling clothes, magazines and even some swallows to put on the wall, that really appealed to my 60's sitting room loving taste. 
Here are a list of some of the amazing stalls that I came across at the fair. But be warned, after reading this post you may get a call from your bank manager asking why an obscene amount of money has gone out of your account and been spent on clothes and homeware, not that's ever happened to me.

Lynda Ryan

The lovely Lynda had a stall full of absolutely gorgeous hats that really caught my eye. I was desperate to stand and try them all on along with all the satin gloves that she was selling. Lynda sells ladies vintage clothes and accessories ranging from the 1930's to the 1950's, you can contact her at laryan@btinternet.com. She even had some original stockings that I was tempted to buy, but I knew as soon as I put them on I would rip them. Cleverly putting stocking on without ripping them is not my forte.

Home Sweet Homestyle

Home Sweet Homestyle's stall was literally a magpie's dream. Marilyn Monroe was definitely right when she said that diamond's are a girl's best friend and I will happily settle for some gorgeous vintage jewellery. From 80's glitzy necklaces to big stud earrings the stall was absolutely full of jewellery, Elizabeth Taylor would have been proud. Not only that the stall also had a range of old sewing books, vintage magazines, suitcases and boxes. 

In the treasure trove I found an original Avon Lady bag. A lot of you maybe too young to know what I'm talking about and think of Reese Witherspoon with her gleaming smile saying 'Hello tomorrow', but before the Hollywood smile and TV adverts, Avon used to be sold door to door by Avon women dressed impeccably, carrying a bag of demo products. A bit like a double glazing salesman but with less catches and more glamour. So I snapped the case up and spent a good ten minutes trying to decide which earrings to buy.

 This was a hard decision and I could have easily snapped them all up, but in the end I decided on a pair of light blue big triangle ones with a silver border. I managed to do a deal and got both down from £25 to £22, just call me Del Girl. I suggest you check out their website here where you can find sparklers ranging from jewellery to furniture and even some great items for Christmas! There's nothing like being prepared. Avon calling!

Funky Junk
If you are like me and absolutely adore vintage homeware then this would have been the stall for you. It was completely full of original cocktail glasses and Babycham glasses to the very first plastic containers. I adored this stall and wanted to take it all home with me, but sadly I don't have a house the size of the Jolie/Pitt mansion. They had some amazing old tins and absolutely amazing kettles and teacups. There were so many bits and bobs including old saucepans and bowls, that made me want to turn into Nigella just so I could use them. If you are interested in any of these treasures you can contact the lovely Patrick at patricktracey@rocketmail.com.
I will let the pictures speak for themselves, but all I can say after seeing them you will definitely be looking on rightmove.co.uk for a bigger house.

U Old Bag
Love old suitcases and treasure chests? Adore vintage magazines? Then this is the shop for you! U Old Bag sell accessories and homeware made from vintage and found objects. They have been upcycled with decoupage made from vintage magazine photos and original sewing patterns. The one off pieces of art are absolutely stunning and it was so hard to even choose a favourite, let alone choose which one to buy. If I had it my way I would be buying them all, birthday fairy I hope you're reading this! You can check them out here U Old Bag and indulge in their Etsy shop U Old Bag Etsy Store, save some for me!


Acorn and Will

Acorn and Will take you right back to the 60's with their plastic swan brooches and flower brooches. All of their brooches and rings are made of plastic in bright colours and fantastic shapes ranging from owls to deer. They also sell badges with vintage pictures on, button hair slides, little birds and deer to decorate cakes with and some oh so gorgeous vintage fabric cushions. Let's just say I was in HEAVEN. Once I earn some money or I summon up the willpower to stop buying clothes from Asos I will be going to Acorn and Will and expanding my brooch collection with some of their gems. The best thing is that all items are under £10, I'll meet you there!

Suzie Sharp

The Suzie Sharp stall was full of fabulous finds and some absolutely gorgeous material. You could buy beautifully wrapped up bundles of material along with some super cute buttons. Cards were available to buy, along with some vintage gloves and some cases that were to die for.  If you love the items on the stall, you can find more about Suzie Sharp here. We had been looking for some china all day, but until we went to the Suzie Sharp stall we hadn't found anything that we really liked. Our lucked change when we saw this green and gold flowery plate set that was in pristine condition. We snapped it up for £15 and couldn't wait to get it home to have some delicious cakes on, any excuse for some serious cake eating.

We had a great time at the fair and saw some spectacular things that just made me want to go on Location, Location, Location. I urge you all to check out the stalls I went to and go to a fair near you. 
Even if its just to oogle at the clothes and smell the books, yes I do get immense pleasure out of smelling old books, that's just me.

Second Hand Rose


  1. I love vintage fairs and this one sounds awesome!
    Claudia xxx

  2. U Old Bag store is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing :)

    Marie x

  3. Oh my darling, once again another fantastic post from yourself! :) I found this so interesting, and am incredibly jealous! I LOVE fairs like this- it's like a little adventure back in time! Cannot be beaten.

    Thank you for sharing this and I'm so glad you had a good time!

    Also, look how many followers you have now! You go, lady!!! I LOVE YOU Xx

  4. Sounds like you had a incredible time!!!!! seems perfect :)

    Nafisah xo


  5. Wow! What an absolute treat this fair looks to have been! We have our local one this weekend so I'm hoping it's half as good as this. Love the pictures; well done remembering to snap away for us all x

  6. You do the best posts!! Love reading about all these events you go to and the amazing things you find. The bags are my favourite!!
    xxx http://lucylocketinyourpocket.blogspot.co.uk

  7. I so wish I could have gone with you!

  8. Wow what a lovely blog ... thank you so much for your lovely comment on mine ... i love all your vintage things you spotted at the fair espec the little bags with the animals on ive followed you :)


  9. I would die of happiness if I got to visit this place!

    Missing Amsie Blog

  10. I'd love to have been to all these places with you! You have such a good eye for things!
    I love your posts so much, I look forward to them :)

    Love, Elizabeth xx


  11. Such lovely things! I love vintage fairs...I went to a fab one in Chiswick last year and picked up some beauties! I love the look of the funky junk! x

  12. how nice , ı love antiques and vintage stuff, I already amde a post about vintage fairs in london and berlin a time ago :)
    I'll be happy if you check out my blog too=)

  13. Wow, those are all fab! It seems I'm on a Treasure Island filled with vintage goodies! Great post, as always!

  14. this is an awesome post! i loved reading about ur day out and some of the stuff looks amazing! i love the blue triangle earrings and the green and gold plate.

  15. Lovely post and lovely blog! Now following you.
    I love vintage and am really getting into it lately, I wish there were events like this where I live!

  16. Lynda's hats DO look fantastic! I have a way with stockings as well - I am always buying new pairs.

  17. The vintage fair sounds like great fun! Just read your dating post on Emily's blog, loved it! Following you now :)

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

  18. Great post!
    A feast of lovely treasure..
    Maria x

  19. OMG what a FAB post!!! i am big vintage lover too!!!Love that yellow car :)
    Just discovred your blog and love it its def differnt which is great!! i am now following u, would love if you could check out mine please?


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