Alice Roberton dips her toes into the seaside vintage scene
I headed to the coast, sunhat (optimistically) at the ready, for the first Crikey! It’s Vintage to be held in the Devon seaside town of Exmouth. Whilst event organiser Shelley Barns and I contemplated a swim we discussed how Devon is emerging as a bit of a hot-spot for vintage. ‘I have a very loyal following now for my vintage events and hope to add more to the calendar for 2013,’ said Shelley.
The Josie-Mary stand added a lovely splash of colour with its seaside-themed games and puzzles and little crochet animals. Owner Joe Currey also runs Make Do & Mend and was holding crochet and knitting workshops throughout the day.
I met Katy Gooding who owns What Katy Did in nearby Budleigh Salterton. Katy turned her life-long passion for scouring flea markets, junk shops, antiques fairs and rummage sales into a business last year by opening her first shop.
Two people enjoying the day were friends Clare Dumbleton-Taylor and Willow Hilson. Willow (left), who runs vintage and retro clothing shop Relevance by Lady Lace in Exeter, told me how she recently supplied a satchel to H&A for a shoot, so keep an eye out for that in our September issue!
Andrew Mottram travelled down from Bristol to attend the fair with his new business Malby Maps. Inspired by the work of his ancestor, 19th century globe maker Thomas Malby, Andrew is giving vintage maps a new lease of life. He has produced a great range of framed maps, upcycled cards, wrapping paper, gifts and these regionally themed doorstops and paperweights.
There were some great little treasures at this fair and I resisted the temptation to buy this sage bread bin; it’s just like the one my Mum had in her kitchen when I was growing up. After delicious fish and chips on the beach I headed home hoping to take H&A to the seaside again soon.
H&A had planned to attend the annual Retro Festival in August but sadly this event is no longer going ahead.
Here is a message from organiser Sadie Boon ‘It is with deep sadness that this year's Retro Festival will not be going ahead due to the venue at White Waltham Airfields cancelling because of extreme adverse weather conditions.’
However, we're looking forward to several fairs in September, so do please come along and say hello!
Saturday 8th September, 10-4pm
Buttercross Vintage Market, The Parish Rooms, Somerton, Somerset
Saturday 22nd September, 10-3pm
The Vintage Bazaar, The Victoria Rooms, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire