A wee while ago I did a quick post to promote a local event that was kicking off in, well, my locality. Antique vs Vintage had invited me along as a guest to their inaugural day. There was the promise of free entry and a goody bag. And, of course, oodles of old stuff. I was there like a shot.
Anything that brings an appreciation of all things pre owned closer to my door and saves me going into the throng on London catches my attention. I am pleased to say that this set up had caught it and shall, in all probability, keep it. The organisers remind me, well, of me. Enthusiastic about aged things at reasonable prices.
Now - antiques fairs are all very well and good. And you can nab some bargains. But there also tends to be a fair amount of, what I would consider, to be overpriced fillers. Which can put people who are new, off. No one wants to get done over and if you don't know what you are looking at, or have a rough guesstimate of what something is worth, then it is all too easy to be had. Which is rubbish.
What I found at Antiques vs Vintage there was a nice blend of I'll-need-a-bank-loan items and Oooh-yes-I'll-have-that-for-a-fiver items. The atmosphere was friendly, for the most part, especially in the lower halls where the Vintage stall holders were stationed. Music tinkling from the speakers, people chatting and exclaiming at a rooted for find. And glass jars of sweets as you came in. Proper, old fashioned sweets. Very clever popping them at the front.
Now. For me personally, I dress how I dress for the style. Not for the authenticity of pre-owned cloth. I am just not a stickler for it. If I see a frock I like, I think I can make it suit me, my curls and red lippy and the price is right - then I shall grab it. Be it 1930's actual or 1980's mock. Because of this attitude, I am unashamed to say that I am not top-notch at dating pieces. To me, it was a room full of lovely garments of all shapes and sizes, with prices to match.
I bought a 1950's beaded cardigan jacket (I am sure there is a proper name for such an item - I know not of it) for £20. I have seen them in London for £40+. Perfect condition and fitted. Woo hoooo! I was made up. I also purchased a lovely sample dress from Sadie Boon Vintage - who I have known upon the world wide web for over a year - but had never met. Bubbly, friendly and with decently priced items, I spent a lot of time at her stall. In fact, I wore said dress the very next day.
Courtesy of Frankly My Dear
Also in attendance was a lady I have wanted to meet for a long while - Hen of HenHouse. I wanted to ask her so many questions about patch working and her glorious cottage - I invariably asked none. There is always next time.
There was lots of lovelies to be had at this event, which is a synch to get to from outlying areas, including London. A nice amble from Ewell West station and you are there. Hats, bags, jewellery, kitchenalia, linen, clothing, picture frames, watches. All under one, very round, roof
I also heard comments from folk, as they milled about, commenting that they "don't get vintage" and had obviously there for the antique side of things and had come down to mooch because the vintage bit was - well - there. Which seems a shame. Maybe an idea would be to mix the stalls instead of having an "upstairs vs downstairs" connotation.
However, this is a fledgling event for this area. And I cannot fault the passion that the organisers have behind their idea. I am hopeful that, in time, it may really get into it's stride.
All in all, I enjoyed myself enough here to warrant my return and I wish them all the luck in the world, as I believe this type of event has legs. I just hope they have chance to stretch them.
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