I just love rummaging around in antiques shops and vintage fairs, so I was over the moon when I spotted a large vintage fair in Bristol last weekend. I spent almost 3 hours there having a good look at everything. I also made a few purchases.
Shopping vintage is always a great way to pick up something individual, something that no one else has. A fab vintage pair of boots for example, will make a great addition to your wardrobe. Fashions come round again and again ensuring you’ll pick up something that’s on-trend yet unique and yummy, if you know what to look for.
This season ‘forever pieces’ is a big trend. Invest in items which transcend the seasons, and work with lots of outfits such as a jacket. Where better to find that than at a vintage shop or fair?
Before you hit the stalls it’s a good idea to make a list of some of the things you might be looking for; it’s so easy to be overwhelmed by the wonderful hotchpotch of sparkle, pattern and chatter! For example; I went along hoping to find a little snakeskin hand bag for next season, some jewellery that would also work in the summer, but that looked a bit individual and, of course, I was keeping my eye out for items that might work for some of my clients!
To see if there’s going to be any in your area follow this link to Blind Lemon Vintage’s website: www.blindlemonvintage.co.uk they also link to other vintage fairs. If you can’t bare all that hunting on foot, why not take a look from the comfort of your home. Some of the stallholders who were there have websites so here are a couple to make life a little easier for you:
www.samayalingvintage.com - For great quality vintage designer items
www.sheenaholland.com - For unique headresses handmade from vintage jewellery
Some other Websites worth visiting:
www.myvintage.co.uk – A good selection of vintage pieces and a great place to buy new, retro t-shirts
www.stardustonline.co.uk – Great choice of accessories
www.candysays.co.uk - Vintage clothing and accessories
www.marthascloset.co.uk – Browse through the decades to find what you’re looking for, they also sell vintage fabrics and trims
So, there’s no excuse; get rummaging!