A week or so ago, I’d arranged a big catch-up of brunch and a jaunt around a vintage fair with Nuraan. You can read all about our brunch at The Henry Root here.
I’d managed to win 2 free tickets to Frock Me’s vintage fair at Chelsea Town Hall though Etsy seller Kathy from 5678 Vintage. I’d never been to a Frock Me vintage fair before, and was excited to be in Chelsea as it’s not somewhere I venture to often. Before I get into the fair, here’s what I wore.
I picked up this vintage tartan dress from Beyond Retro. It’s made from a light, silky material which will be lovely in the summer. Its pinafore shape also makes it perfect for Winter as it can be layered over t-shirts, jumpers and shirts. I decided to go for a navy cashmere turtle neck jumper, as it was super cold outside. This jumper I picked up from a Pop-Up Vintage Market at Spitalfields for just £10! Aquascutum cashmere! For a tenner! The outfit was completed with my trusty white brogues. I love these shoes so much as they’re something a little different to wearing my usual black boots/shoes. They also stand out more when wearing dark coloured tights.
Now, back to this vintage fair.
The location for this fair was very fancy indeed! Chandeliers hanging from the high ceiling and intricate paintings up on the ornate walls. This extravagant setting was reflected in the prices of items from the various stalls. The first that we stopped at didn’t seem to have anything under £100. I recognised a lot of the sellers from other more affordable vintage markets and I don’t remember their prices being so extortionate, but I suppose when your customers that day mainly live in Chelsea, why not rack up the prices. If you’re looking for a bargain, you’ll need to go deeper. You’ll get your heart broken a few times by pieces that suit your figure but not your bank balance.
The stalls did tend to get cheaper the further in you traveled. There were plenty of rooms and hallways around the sides all crammed with beautiful vintage clothing and accessories. We eventually found a rail hanging items that were all £10 each, so we raided it! I bought myself a sweet tartan kilt and a hand knitted dark green cardi. Nuraan nabbed herself a beautiful tweedy looking dress by Jaeger, again, for just £10! Vintage hunting does pay off in the end when you find truly wonderful pieces at amazing prices.
Although this fair isn’t quite as affordable as others around London, I’d still go back as you never know what you might find!