Alice Roberton visits the perfect event for a spot of inspirational retro shopping
It didn’t take much persuasion for me to visit Homes & Antiques' London agent James Hulme at The Vintage Home Show recently; an event that offers up an inspirational riot of colourful and quirky buys that make you want to live the vintage dream. With around 30 traders offering everything from old jukeboxes and Ercol sideboards to vintage posters and stylish lighting, this show has it all.
I met auctioneer, TV presenter and H&A fan Christina Trevanion who was filming for an antiques programme due to be aired on BBC1 next spring. Organiser Keeley Harris and Christina led me to this powder-blue and white maid-saver on sale at Vivs Vintage which they had both been eyeing up.
I stopped shoppers Claire Hart, who works as a designer at Sanderson, and flatmate Asha Ladwa who are busy creating an eclectic shabby-chic/vintage look in their flat. ‘These retro Timney Fowler plates (probably circa 1990s) and the 1960s boudoir stool will add brilliantly to the look,’ they said.
Other urban homemakers were Rebecca Steel, Sarah Elson and Jackie Russell who live in Chiswick and regularly read H&A for inspiration. They told me how they love all the best bits from every era and are addicted to scouring local car boot sales, charity shops and vintage fairs at the weekend.
I was fascinated to spot Kim Allsopp of Festival 51 selling this Peggy Wickham framed print called 'Foals'. I have one from the same series on my wall at home and have never seen another original. Peggy Wickham was the daughter of the early 1900s illustrator Mabel Lucie Attwell, famed for her adorable pictures of rosy-cheeked infants in many children’s classics such as Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and The Water Babies.
Sue Langley bought this wonderful 1950s melamine top coffee table from Steve Cooling of Boomerang Vintage & Retro for her 1950s-60s inspired home. ‘I plan to keep my record player on it,’ she said.
If you’re looking for some inspiration for making your own vintage home then look no further: all you need is a copy of Kate Beavis’ new book ‘Style Your Modern Vintage Home’. Containing an in-depth guide to sourcing, getting the look and creating an authentic feel, it is a must-have for vintage homemakers. And if it’s business inspiration you’re after then take a look at Vintage Academy, a new venture set up by Kate and Keeley aimed at those with an interest in making vintage their business. The first event will take place in London on November 16th (venue TBC).
Do come and visit H&A at a fair near you to buy great homewares, textiles, magazines and subscriptions. Here’s where we’ll be throughout October.
Saturday 12th October, 10am-4pm - Stockton-on-Tees Chic Vintique Fair, Parish Gardens Marquees, Stockton-on-Tees
Saturday 12th October, 10am-4pm - Antiques & Vintage Fair, Bourne Hall, Spring St, Ewell Village, Epsom, Surrey
Monday 14th October, 10am-4pm - Vintage at The Village Hall, The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Blandford Forum, Dorset
Saturday 19th October, 9am-3pm - The Vintage Bazaar, The Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Frome, Somerset
Sunday 20th October, 10am-4pm - Leamington Spa Vintage Fair, The Royal Pump Rooms, The Parade, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Thursday 31st October - Sunday 3rd November - Antiques For Everyone, Halls 17-19, NEC Birmingham, West Midlands