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Vintage Fashion Fair in London

jatman | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Hi Everyone!  I just became aware of something in London that sounds really interesting if you are into vintage fashion or if you look to vintage things for inspiration.  There is a Vintage Fashion Fair on May 20th – here is the website:


the description states that there will be several booths selling ‘everything from vintage buttons, braids and trimmings to 18th C. costume, high fashion from the 30’s to the 60’s and costume for stage, film and TV.’

Sounds good to me!  I only wish I could go.  If anyone does go – would you let the rest of us know how it is so we can be jealous?

Thank you!




  1. JanF | | #1

    Wish I could go - but I do go sometimes to ones held in manchester - and recently started to be held at Chester - will try to post info for anyone living up this end of the country - do jewelry and accessories as well - good stall for vintage Kimonos
    Just need to slim for the clothes...and save for the jewelry!!
    Which is why ive basically stopped buying vintage clothing and gone into collecting vintage bags - look good on my hall wall(that takes some saying after a drink!)but I have to say ebay is a lot cheaper!!

    1. jatman | | #2

      Hi JanF!  I've noticed that in the second hand stores here - clothes are either REALLY small or REALLY big!  Middle of the road is hard to find.  How many handbags do you have?  And do you have them all displayed?  What a cool idea!


      1. JanF | | #3

        Hi - I think at the moment its got to be getting along for 40 - I just had an empty hall wall - which is a narrow hall anyway and doesn't get too much light - so I attached a series of hooks - plastic, white from B&Q -flat to the surface at the back - so I just loop the handles over.
        In fact it might just be over 40 when I think of it -cos I don't display them all at the mo - (clutch ones a little more difficult to hang)- not enough hooks and haven't got around to buying a new set. Also I keep buying thinking they'd be pressies for my daughters or nieces etc. - but I don't always pass them on!!! 'cos I only buy what appeals to me personally!
        In fact ebay has not been too good for my bank balance - but it is always somewhere my daughters know they can look for pressies for me from!
        I did used to collect actual antique clothing - but although I can drool over the expert stitching and decoration and copy some ideas for new stuff - it was becoming a bit of a nuisance. I don't see any point in collecting and not showing - to me useless in a drawer - and I never had enough space to display - so I bit the bullet and got rid of most of it and started on the bags.
        I don't collect designer stuff - to me just expensive name tags and everyone has them - or a cheap copy - and I never did see the point of buying someone's adverts. If I was going to buy I would get the real stuff - which obviously I cant afford!!
        hence old interesting stuff - some small bags which are silver (I think the most expensive was about £40 - hubby bought me that!)and lots of early 1900 stuff. I usually set myself a limit of £20 and have long gaps in between spending sprees - unless I happen to be looking and spot something!
        I wonder what other people on this site collect - to do with stitching/fashion/etc?
        The web site of the textile fairs I sometimes visit = http://www.annzieroldfairs.co.uk - but lots of fairs around the country now.
        Ill have to try to attach a pic of my wall for people to see what I mean about the display - its always a talking point for people at the door - even the delivery blokes from Tesco!
        Speak again - Jan
        oh flip - just counted - its actually 58!! forgot to tell u though that i do actually use lots of them - if i'm on a night out - want to be a bit different - or poss show off?? i transfer my lippy etc. and off i go - always a talking point!Edited 5/12/2007 12:17 pm ET by JanF

        Edited 5/12/2007 12:27 pm ET by JanF

        1. jatman | | #4

          Very cool!  I would love to see a picture of them!  Can't say that I collect anything really - does fabric count?  Kidding!  I don't really have that much fabric.  I would love to purchase some really nice vintage clothing but only if I can wear it - I agree - not much use if I can't DO something with it.  I'd love to have an antique kimono to hang on a wall.  I do have a beautiful piece of antique Belgian lace that is framed but that is about it.  I would also know what people here collect.

          Well, enjoy your beautiful bags....if only they could talk!


          And thank you for the link!



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