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.

The stall Jewels By Design London was interesting, selling vintage and antique jewellery. They also rework items and in the top right picture above you can see a selection of suffragette brooches. Now I've heard of these but never actually seen one, so to see a tray of them was amazing. Designer Louise has recreated some beautiful pieces from broken jewels that may otherwise sit in a box somewhere never seeing the light of day ever again.

''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)

Fairs are brilliant way to shop for something that you probably just won't find on the high street.....yet.... They're a great way for designers to get their designs out there. Jewellery designs by Pip Jolley are going to be stocked in Selfridges from January 2012, which is just a bit exciting! Another stall Hatastic  recycles/upcycles items to create items such as  hats, fascinators and brooches , so these fairs also give consumers a chance to support up and coming talent.

Pip Jolley

There was also a good selection of home wares and prints and general bits and pieces, so there was plenty to browse over and plenty of interesting things other than rails of clothes.

The Retro Lady
This stall was Jean's, who is slowly selling what she has been collecting for years! Buying items from the owners just adds that bit of history. I was thrilled to buy some stacking hunting cups from Jean. I don't intend to go hunting, I do intend to use them though, perfect for popping in your handbag to have a wee nip of something on these cold winter days.
Browsing the stalls I suddenly saw a familiar face - fellow fashion blogger Sharon of My Style I've never met Sharon before but I do read her blog, I still never really know how to introduce myself - do I say I'm Missy Vintage or Kerry?..... I think I tend to go for the two! It was lovely to meet Sharon, do pop and have a look at the blog which covers thrift and pre loved fashions from designers, the high street and vintage.

Sharon of blog My Style
And so back to the pop up tea room..............after lots of browsing, shopping and chatting I was in much need of refreshments, I heard there was mulled wine but that had sold out by the time I got there! Bearing in mind it was still only about 2pm (ish) the cakes had almost been devoured by the hungry fair goers! This is a VERY popular tea room!!

 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?!

Vintage Teatime
Three Salina's?!
Sadly there is in fact only one Salina, but as you can see she not only bakes and serves she also does the behind the scene stuff too like clearing plates and washing up - but she does it with such glamour! Proving just how small the world is, Salina is wearing a fascinator designed by Norwich based online boutique Sugar and Hatter.

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.


  1. That looks a great fair - will definitely go in 2012. Gin drizzle cake sounds the most amazing thing ever and cannot wait to get my hands on some.

    I met Pip Jolley on Monday night - she is just as fabulous as her designs.

  2. This is a great post Kerry. Thank you so much. You have really captured the atmosphere with your photography and the write up is making us blush! Would love to have you return to London soon for another visit. Thank you. PS: I can only comment as "Anon" but it's me ... Maxine! xxx

  3. Beautiful photos missy...puts mine to shame! x

  4. Hi Kerry!! What a wonderful post, like Maxine said your photos really did the event justice and Salina's cakes are totally gorgeous, lol!! It was so nice to meet you, thanks for the feature and wishing you a very merry Christmas and a thrifty 2012!! xxx

  5. It looks delightful. Wonderful photography too.

  6. Ah! I think I remember you looking at my stall there. What a lovely blog - lovely to read about some of the stalls you don't always get a chance to go and see when your trading there. :)


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