Alice Roberton reports on a colourful fair that, despite being on possibly the coldest day of the year so far, is full of warm smiles and great vintage buys
Despite impending snow, I layered up with the warmest items from my wardrobe
and headed off to set up shop at Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair on Saturday (4th February).
Located in one of London's finest Victorian structures, Old Spitalfields Market, the fair was packed full of delightful vintage fashion and must-have homewares.
Fuelled by adversity, the atmosphere was buzzing – and everyone looked
fabulous all wrapped up in their faux fur finery. Big hats were the order of the day!
Next to me was Kate Honner from Your Vintage Life, which sells everything you could possibly need to create your very own retro-inspired home. Kate has a great eye for vintage and has lent H&A some lovely items for features in the past (see the Fabulous Fifties piece in our August 2011 issue, for example).
Later on, I had a nice chat with subscriber Rebecca Chambers who runs I Heart Vintage. A woman of impeccable taste, she bought a sweet vintage puzzle to sell in her online shop and a retro letter rack from the H&A stall.
She said that she has a 'buy one to sell and one to keep' policy when she's out and the letter rack is the item that will be moving in with her!
Subscriber Laura Dauny showed me a German vase she had bought to add to her growing collection of brightly coloured pottery. She also told me how she had recently bought a large sofa from eBay and was delighted to discover that it was covered in a vintage Liberty print.
I popped across the market to visit Charlie Wills of Rare & Racy, who had kindly lent me some china for a display at the Bath V&A last weekend – she deals in pretty vintage china and her display was, as ever, eye-catching.
Next door was The Vintageware Store – a new venture set up by Fleur Wainhouse. She runs a little shop in Presteigne in Mid Wales and attends fairs most weekends. Fleur is trying to turn her passion for 'objects' into a career at the same time as bringing up three small children. I loved what she was selling and wished I had had room in the car for a cute child’s desk and chair for my writing mad five-year-old son.
The fair was also a great place for people watching and many were sporting the odd victory roll or two courtesy of the vintage hairdressers giving their time in aid of Sue Ryder. The charity is raising vital funds throughout February with a hair-based initiative. Visit sueryder.org for more information.
My next fair will be the Fashion & Textile Fair in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, on 25th February. I hope to see you there.