If you’ve read my previous post, you would know that I was really looking forward to The Vintage Fair that came to Birmingham last Saturday. I’ve never been to any of their events before so I was really intrigued to see what was going to be on offer. I’ve been vintage shopping before but this seemed like a place where there would be a massive variety of things to buy, so on Saturday a friend and I made our way to The Custard Factory in Digbeth where the fair was being held.
I thought I would try to look the part of vintage shopper, although all I really did was wear a headband from Topshop because it has a lovely old style feel to it.
My vintage chic!
As soon as we got inside, it was clear that browsing all the stalls was going to take a long time. Not just because there were so many, but because the fair had attracted a huge amount of shoppers, so you really had to wait patiently to really get a close look at a few of the pieces. It wasn’t too much of a problem though.
The first thing we started looking at was the vintage jewellery and I mean real vintage pieces. There were a lot of lovely brooches and bracelets to look at.
I think this is what the kids call bling
One thing you realise when shopping vintage is that it’s quite hard to find the right size. Often, a lot of dresses were too big, so you really need to go through everything to find something perfect for you.
The other thing you realise when going to an event like this is that you need to take a lot of cash with you if you’re planning on making some really good purchases. I’ve been drooling over vintage faux fur coats ever since I tried one on in Brighton last summer. I’ve regretted not buying one ever since but I didn’t want to blow the entire amount I had taken with me on one thing.
Coats I couldn't even afford to try on!
Shopping can make a girl slightly peckish, so after looking around for a bit, we decided to grab some cupcakes from the tea shop run by Vintage Glamour Days. The decor in the little shop was very cute and you really felt like you had stepped back in time.
My tasty cupcakes
After visiting the tea room, we decided to carry on looking round the fair. And as you can tell, there was a lot to see.
A vintage nautical look
A Mulberry wallet!
I have Docs like that :)
I did of course make a couple of purchases. I got this skirt from the Dirty Pretty stall.
The skirt was £15 and the girl on the stall put it in this amazing bag made from recycled Indian newspapers, so I felt like I got a freebie, although it would be useless in the rain! You can check out www.theindiashop.co.uk for the bag and other items.
Now that's what I call recycling
I also got two pieces of jewellery. A necklace from Trilbies & Tassels boutique for £8 and a teacup ring from The Prettiest Things for only £2!
"Love" my necklace
It reminds me of the teacup Chloe got me for Christmas :)
I would say that it’s definitely worth checking out the Vintage Fair if it comes to a city near you. It’s a great day out with friends and there are so many bargains and designer goodies to find.
Very happy shopper :)
It was a bit too cold to do a proper outfit post. There was no way my coat was coming off while it was drizzling!
Did you go to the Vintage Fair? Do you own any vintage items?
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