Islington Pop Up Vintage Fair

This Sunday my boyfriend took me to The Pop Up Vintage Fair at Islington Assembly Rooms. It has to be the best one I’ve been too. The rooms were beautiful and completely made to be filled with vintage treasures and there was a really cute pop up tea room. AND they had an amazing live band called The Spinettes who sang 1950s tunes in gorgeous rockabilly dresses.  I picked up two lovely vintage rings and when I wore one of them today I got loads of nice comments. I also bought a fab 1930s advertising print by Jaeger which will go with my expanding collection of vintage adverts (more on this at a later date).

The fair was run by Pop Up Vintage Fairs London who run loads of similar events with stallholders selling vintage fashion, jewellery, homewares and prints. The next one is at Spitalfields market on the 17th November. If you like what you see, I’ll see you there!

 

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Fair fever: Guildford Boileroom

As promised, I’m posting pictures of my stand at the Guildford Boileroom Artisan Boutique fair. I was really nervous beforehand but shouldn’t have been- I had a great time and met some lovely people. I was sorely tempted to buy things from the other stalls but had to restrain myself-  I would have gone into negative money for the day with all the lovely things there! For my first foray into selling, it was a success and I’m really looking forward to going to the Boileroom Christmas fair later in the year.

Here is my stand all set up and ready to go (apologies for the dingy photos, it was quite dark and the weather outside was so gloomy, which didn’t help).  I remembered to take float money, reading material and a chair but if there’s one thing I’d remember for next time, it’s take some additional lighting or muscle in on the spaces by the windows!

Small and simple as you can see

This is by far my favourite item: the mini teaset. It was unsold so still up for grabs! The gorgeous floral handheld mirror was the first to go.

A small selection of my vintage books- dating back to 1900!

Up close and personal- the vintage enamel bread bin, teacups and kitchen canisters

Stay tuned for more news on my vintage stall adventures: I’m hoping there will be much more to come. In the meantime, look out for more ‘Home trend’ posts this week and a tutorial on reupholstering an old sewing stool- one of my favourite projects to date!

Guildford Boileroom Artisan Fair

Exciting news!
I’m setting up shop for the first time ever at the Guildford Boileroom Artisan Boutique fair. I’m really looking forward to seeing what it’s like. I’ll be selling a mixture of antique, collectable and upcycled homewares including teasets, vintage mirrors, frames and cushions. No spoilers yet but I’ll post photos after if it all goes well. I’m really throwing myself into the deep end with this but if you don’t try it, you never know if it’s any good do you? It could be my calling!

The fair will stock vintage clothes, homewares and accessories. So if you’re in the area, stop by!

Awesome August thrifty finds

Don’t you just love it when you find something great when you weren’t even looking for it? I’ve been scanning the (many) charity shops in my town for mismatched teacups to make into beautiful candle gifts (as seen here) to no avail. I usually see them all the time but, sod’s law, when I want to buy a couple, I can’t find one anywhere! I’m not too upset though as, in the last shop I visited, I bagged a load of different things.

These vintage red kitchen scales were the first to catch my eye. Very industrial and they’ve seen a fair bit of use but they’re so solid and sturdy and I love the idea that they have been (and will continue to be) passed down generations. They cost me £20 which is loads cheaper than the reproduction models you can buy.

I also nabbed an authentic retro tin sign (only £4) to go with the scales. Together with my beloved amaretto tin from Milan, they’ll make for a lovely red-themed kitchen when I get my own place. For the time being they’re occupying a corner of my bedroom and the scales have even become storage for my hair nik naks, clips and bands.


Other bits that i picked up include a lovely mercury glass tealight holder (£2!) , some adorable floral boxes (also £2) and a circa 1900 map of China (£5).

I love the feeling of getting something that is good-quality for a fraction of the cost that you’d buy it new or even from a vintage shop. You can get some really great stuff from charity shops, you just have to be prepared to trawl through some not-so-great stuff to find it. My biggest tip is to be patient. Sometimes you won’t find anything at all but other times you’ll leave with bulging bags.

What’s your greatest charity shop find?

Vintage value at Judy’s

Last Saturday on what felt like the coldest day in years I headed to trendy London spot, Spitalfields market. Why? To visit Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in search of its promised “knock-off-your-socks-stock”. I wasn’t disappointed.

Judy’s proved a treasure trove of bargain vintage fashion, retro home furnishings and cutesy nik –naks.

Amongst the offerings were old-school atlases and utilitarian chairs…

 

Glamourous Vogue prints and adorable tea sets…

 

My favourite, these transport signs,  were a steal at only £25 each. They’re such hot property at the moment that they retail for hundreds on the high-street.

Judy’s vintage fair was set up with the intention to make vintage affordable and we have a lot to thank the lovely lady for! The fairs have proved so popular that they have now been in over 30 cities! To find your nearest fair, visit the website by clicking here!