Sunday I attended Lou Lou's Vintage Fair held at the Albert Hall (no not that one in London);this one is in Nottingham City Centre next to the Playhouse (the smaller of the two theatres in the city).
Now I love brooches. I have a few inexpensive costume jewellery brooches that my mum wore on her dresses or coat when I was a child, but rarely wear myself.
Possibly that's why I started a board on Pinterest just for Brooches - old and new,
I took it as a good sign for the story, that in my first ten minutes at the fair I got a lovely Art Deco brooch and a postcard of the poster for the New Pullman Express, The Southern Belle, which travelled from London to Brighton in the early 20th Century- this was one of my initial research areas for the idea.
It's unsettling to see clothes and household items that were so familiar when I was growing up, but equally disturbing when the clothes from the 1970's were now considered vintage- though perhaps it's not so bad if you call them retro instead!
There was a wonderful selection of cakes on sale to go with tea in proper cups- no plastic there...
I found a few items of 1920's clothes on one of the rails, a black coat with a high velvet collar, and a couple of dressing gowns with beautiful red/plum silk linings. Even though they were aged (and on a coat hanger) they still exuded that suggestion of elegance. Sadly they had to stay on the rail...
It was a fun and relaxing few hours and has certainly reignited my interest in collecting brooches.
From a research point of view vintage fairs are especially useful for 1930's-1950's household items, clothing and jewellery.
(Etsy seems to be another useful place to look.)
Also there will be true aficionados attending; they dress up with the clothing, hairstyles and jewellery of their chosen decade.
When I stopped for coffee and cake I shared a table with two ladies, one dressed 1940's and the other 1950's. I felt quite overdressed in jeans and a jacket!
Have you been to a vintage fair or similar event and did you enjoy it?
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