Monday, 10 October 2011

All the fun of the Vintage fair....


It was Vintage fair time again in Norwich yesterday. I visited this event earlier in the year so I was pleased to be able to attend again. (If you missed that visit then you can catch up by reading it here) It was certainly busy. The age range walking through the doors was vast. Teens rocking their eighties indie jumpers, well dressed uber glam ladies and everything inbetween.

What I do like about this fair is the range of prices, there are bargains to be had. Some will be obvious, some you will have to root out.....



Last time I was at the fair the thing that made me a little sad was a big rail of reworked vintage. What caused my eyebrows to raise this time was one dress.....A pretty, cute little floral number...nestled amongst a rail of vintage dresses.

The dress in question was the Tesco label - Florence and Fred. If it had been on a rail with other second hand modern clothes, labeled something like ' The vintage style modern rail' I would still have been suprised that I'd paid £2 to attend a vintage fair to see a rail like this but I've no issue with creating a vintage look with modern clothes I just feel it was perhaps in the wrong place.

The stall the dress was on was really reasonably priced, and although the Tesco dress didn't have a price on it, I'm confident they weren't asking a lot for it. So whilst there's no rip off pricing going on here, what do we think of a modern label being at a vintage fair?

Hand on heart I'm no vintage snob. I love a bit of supermarket chic - I even wrote about getting a vintage look using modern clothes from my wardrobe. Many of the clothes in that post came from a supermarket. You can read the post here. One of my most loved dresses is a £9 dress from Asda, however I just can't help but be surprised to see it at a vintage fair...

There were some absolute gems though, I adored Miss Kitty Hats stall. The fascinators were swoon worthy to say the least. If you follow me on twitter you will know that I occasionally tweet about wanting to be Paloma Faith - just for one day....well I thought of Paloma straight away when I saw this fascinator complete with colourful little bird.



so much prettiness..

Also catching my eye was a faux fur animal print coat. I *NEED* a coat like this. I really, really do.....



There was a really good stall from the charity BREAK, which had some nice homewares and a good selection of dresses. I bought a fabulous electric blue 1980's maxi dress which I intend to make very 40's/50's  hollywood glam with wavy hair and a whole lot of red lipstick. Picture to follow... (I'm a tease, I know)


There were some very fine looking cakes available but the afternoon tea area was so so busy that we decided to give it a miss rather than wait to pounce on a table when it became free. Everyone seemed to be chowing down happily though and the tea and conversation was flowing merrily.




Refreshments were required though. So we headed to a pub. Where else?

Whiskey sour anyone?

Whilst this was being made a lady at the bar commented that she used to drink this cocktail in the 1960's. So a very vintage drink of choice. Vintage and delicious.
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