On Sunday 22nd April I found myself at a loose end. What better way to spend it than visiting one of the best Fairs in London with my best gals?
Invisible Eavie, Thoroughly Modern Millie and I danced our way to St Stephens Church in Hampstead for Pop Up Vintage Fairs London. We were greeted by Maxine at the door and made our way in to the fair which was in full swing.
Before we could begin exploring we bumped in to Lucy from Lucy Alexander and editor of The Vintage Ragmag, a free magazine showcasing some of the best vintage specialists around. Lucy has recently returned from New York where she has been searching for original vintage pieces to sell in her shop and on-line at the Asos market place.
On leaving Lucy’s stall who should we spy opposite? The lovely ladies from A Room in My House and The Vintage Tea Party and Gift Fair showcasing some of their wonderful vintage treasures.
We managed to drag ourselves away and as we walked down the aisle not knowing where to look, we spotted a lovely new stall with lace, vintage stamps, original necklaces and wooden brooches. Pin up girls, cameras, potion bottles and keys were just some of the accessories on offer from Ladybird Likes. We purchased a moustache on a stick and a moustache necklace for mini Betsy who has just turned 12. Perfect.
We spotted Daisy, a Pop Up regular and birthday girl, having her hair done by the girls from Beauty Calls. We said hi to other vendors and looked through lots of pretty dresses, bags, gloves and shoes. It was great to see regulars like Retro from Scratch. We spied a wonderful book made from an old scrabble board and know who we will be buying this for next Christmas.
Someone we have missed over the last couple of months is Zoe from Snaffle Vintage and The Vintage Traders Association. It was great to see her lovely red bob and gorgeous smile. She is also one of our greatest fans.
We made our way to the tea room and met up with Daisy and Salina from Vintage Tea Time. Invisible Eavie and Thoroughly Modern Millie opted for the chocolate cake and I chose a delicious banana loaf. Yum!
Lovely company in a wonderful setting.
Where else in London can you find a Lady and the Tramp skirt alongside a vintage two piece swim suit? A fur stole, a moustache on a stick and a china plate with nudes, whilst being serenaded by The Wayward Sisters?
How lucky are Betsy and I that we get to work alongside such creative and interesting people? Usually we experience this fair from behind the scenes. It’s well organised, friendly and welcoming. However today was all about being a visitor and Pop Up Vintage Fairs London did not disappoint.