Twitter is an amazing social media. I've been tweeting with Maxine, the face behind Pop Up Vintage Fairs in London for quite some time now and I was so looking forward to visiting her fair and meeting her in person. I love a good mooch around a vintage fair, you just never know what you are going to see and find and I wasn't dissapointed. I had a fabulous day and Maxine was delightful, I've never seen a fair organiser so interactive with the the stallholders and the visitors before.
Christmas spirit was alive and well, the fair was held in St Stephen's Church in Hampstead. It's a beautiful building with stunning stained glass windows. I overheard several visitors commenting on what a lovely location it was for a fair, with one chap remarking that it's fantastic for a church to hold events like this. I couldn't agree more.
After saying hello and having a hug with Maxine I was whisked over to meet Salina who owns vintageteatime.co.uk and provides a pop up tea room at the fairs. I'd also been tweeting with Salina quite a lot too over the months so it was lovely to meet her in 'real life'. The pop up tea room was stocked with gorgeous looking cakes that would make even those without a sweet tooth want to dive in and the table was full of pretty vintage china. It all looked a feast for the eyes and the tummy. I decided to go and have a browse around the fair and then come back for tea,cake and take photographs of the splendour of the tea room......... more on that later.............
To keep the shoppers/browsers humming down the aisles, we were treated to Christmas carols and a rather fab performance by The Three Belles who seemed to be very well received and certainly added some Christmas glam to the event.
In my opinion the range of stalls makes this fair suitable for a variety of budgets. I wondered how London prices would compare to Norwich and they actually compared really well. The quality of the items I looked at was really good too and catered to a range of decades, the choice of accessories was impressive, especially if you like your sparkle. The chaps weren't left out either - which is a bonus as sometimes they can get a bit over looked in the vintage world.
''I sell antique and vintage jewellery but also design and rework broken pieces into stylish recycled one off pieces. I make a lot of headbands/tiaras and also do a range called 'Love Is..' which are from old 1930's pearls with vintage charms'' - Louise of JBD London
|These hairbands are made up of various pieces, the gorgeous purple flower is a 50's brooch whilst the pearls on the band are from the 30's.|
(Louise also takes on commission work so if you have something you'd like reworked then drop her a line)
|The Retro Lady|
|Sharon of blog My Style|
Tea rooms are always well received at fairs but this was something else! Fortunately I did manage to get a slice of scrummy gin drizzle cake.Yes you did read correctly - GIN!! Mmmmmm, move over lemon,there's a new drizzle in town! Salina makes all the cakes herself and they taste as good as they look. Cake with gin........ I'm not really sure it could get any better than that?!
Salina very sweetly gave me some gifts on the day including a cute jug crammed with sweeties and some of her grans home made rum! Which I an confirm was delicious and I am going to ask Father Christmas this year for a rum making grandma. Because I want one, simple as that.
Here's a picture of myself, Maxine and Salina - the three chatter boxes of twitter!
Just to add, on entering the fair I was given the free vintage magazine - The Vintage Rag Mag which you can also read online for free so that's worth book marking and won't cost a penny. If you are in London when these fairs are on, then it's well worth popping in. Head for the cakes first (You can also ask for take out!) You can keep tabs on the fair dates and locations be following the Pop Up Vintage Fairs facebook page or on twitter.