A few weeks ago I entered a little competition over on Twitter, run by Pop-Up Vintage. To enter, all you had to do was tweet them a photo of your best vintage find to be in the running to win £50 worth of vouchers to spend at their vintage fair at Old Spitalfields Market. I decided to go with my oh-so perfect for Autumn orange checked dress, which seemed to be a good choice as I only ruddy won!!
So off I went, with my best friend Chloe that weekend to Old Spitalfields with £50 worth of vintage vouchers, to see how long I could make them last. I am no stranger to Spitalfields, so I felt right at home rummaging through the rails of vintage delights, eating yummy treats and chatting to the lovely stall holders (who gave us some great tips for setting up our own stall – it’s happening people!). So what did I wear for such an occasion? Vintage of course!!
This modtastic denim skirt in monochrome dogtooth print I bought from Beyond Retro on a recent trip to Brighton. This isn’t the first time I’ve worn it vintage shopping around East London. As it’s getting colder here in London, I decided to wear it with my vintage velvet shirt (remember my best Wednesday Addams impression?) which I bought from Rokit. My Victorian style black boots I got in a charity shop many years ago. The coat is the only new thing, but it does have a very 60’s feel to it. I fell in love with this coat in TKMaxx and knew I just had to have it! It’s by a brand called Covent Garden, who offer a range of sweet swinging coats and jackets. They don’t have a lot online but you’ll be sure to find plenty instore.
This lovely young lady is Katherine, and she runs BIAC (Bird In A Cave), making the cutest co-ord sets in bright and colourful prints. She learnt the tricks of the trade from her Grandmother, who was a seamstress for Hardy Amies, a fashion designer who worked for the Royal Family! So she knows her way around a sewing machine and gave Chloe some great tips for making her own garments. Be sure to keep an eye on this one over on Facebook and Twitter. There’s been talk of some sparkle to come this weekend!
Here’s some more from the market, and also a sneak peek of what I spent my vouchers on.
There’s Chloe playing the sexy secretary 😉
Now for what I spent my vouchers on. Out first stop was at a stall called Bambi Boo (how cute are their playing card tags?!). Their not online just yet as they’re just started out and want to see how it works out at a couple of vintage fairs first. It was their £5 rail which caught our attention. I treated Chloe to a long floral shirt and bought myself a yellow and black striped sleeveless shirt. It was the front zip detail that really caught my eye. The tweedy looking shorts (£4) and tartan dress (£10) were from 2 lovely young Irish ladies, who didn’t seem to be an actual business, just 2 friends who needed to clear out their wardrobe and find some new loving homes for their clothes. One of them said the tartan dress reminded her of Home & Away. I instantly understood what she meant (check out the school uniforms!). My item of the day came from The Mad Journal. This beautiful green and yellow floral midi dress in chiffon (£22) is so gorgeous and very flattering. Yellow seemed to be my colour that day! I just about had some money leftover to buy a scrumptious spinach and feta pancake.
So there you have it, my winning trip to Pop-Up Vintage’s Fair in Spitalfields. They have 3 more fairs coming to London in December, all before Christmas; 7th @ Alexandra Palace, 14th @ St Stephen’s Hampstead and 20th back @ Spitalfields. Me and Chloe have applied to set up our own stall for the 20th, so fingers crossed we get approved. I’ll keep you all updated over on Twitter!
Are you planning on going to any of these fairs? Or maybe you know about some others you’d like to share?
Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend! 🙂