Weekends were made for vintage shopping and the thought of tucking into cream teas in between stalls is enough to convince anyone to sniff out summer’s best vintage fairs. Some head here for the fashion, others kitting out their lair the finest homewares of years gone by. All of them however, are united in a love of all things kitsch. Here are three of the very best ones this summer.
Firle Vintage Summer Fair
Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th August 2016 – 10am-5.30pm
The picturesque South Downs, in the quintessentially British countryside of Sussex, provides the perfect backdrop for a summer vintage fair.
The 13th and 14th August sees the return of the Firle Vintage Summer Fair, an event that is as quaint as its surroundings. A lifestyle section offers antique and vintage homewares inspired by all things country, and fashionistas will find French linens and vintage designer styles.
The children will be entertained with traditional fair ground rides, storytelling, icecream from Vintage Scoops, wild flower crafts and puppet shows. Even the fellas are catered for, thanks to the range of vintage and classic cars to keep them happy while you shop the stalls.
The weekend has a festival feel, thanks to a line up of traditional swing jazz bands, dancing and solo artists, plus artisan beers, a champagne bar and sweet and savoury treats served by the gorgeous Firle Park pond. The best bit about the whole thing? You can glamp in one of the fair’s luxury tipis and do it all again the next day.
Edinburgh Affordable Vintage Fair
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th August 2016 – 11am – 4pm
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the world’s largest arts fair and this year’s sees Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair join in the fun. Over 30 stalls will set up shop at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall, featuring vintage fashion, accessories, homewares and collectables from the 1920s onwards.
If you’re heading to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival, it only makes sense to combine a little retail therapy in there too.
The Vintage Carnival
Saturday 3rd September
The Vintage Carnival may squeeze itself into a single day, but it doesn’t half cram a lot in. The marketplace fills the inside and outdoor Grandstand of Nottingham Racecourse, selling everything from vintage clothing to collectables and crafts. The event also features everything from a rock ‘n’ roll tent, a funfair with old fashioned amusements and vintage rides, crafts workshops, dance and hula classes, and an outdoor Pavilion Stage with a line-up of singers and solo acts throughout the day. Pre-80s classic cars will cater to the auto enthusiasts, and there’ll be vintage beauty courtesy of Chez Titine Salon and Boney Jack Barbers.
Food is served from vintage vehicles on a foodie forecourt and liquid refreshment comes courtesy of cocktail and real ales from various quirky bars. Of course, no vintage fair is complete without cake and you’ll have a choice of full-on gluttony with a traditional afternoon tea or sweet nibbles of ‘cake tapas’.
A best-dressed competition promises prizes for the day’s snappiest dressers, so go all out with your outfit!
Are you heading to a vintage fair this summer? Say ‘hi’ if you see The Beauty Artist there!