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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Springing into Vintage

Saturday March 15th at the Castle Hall in Bridgnorth I went to my first fair of 2014, and to my first ever vintage fair. Hosted by My Vintage Events the Bridgnorth Spring Fair featured a cake-filled vintage tea room and live music from the Miss Fortunes. The stalls were a nice mix of vintage clothing and kitchenware, jewellery and handmade items. 

The Miss Fortunes sing live as the vintage fair gets into full swing

The Lucky Ladybird stall
In preparation for the fair I'd created a few display items including this pin board decoupaged with vintage cake adverts to display my vintage style 'slice of cake' brooches and bag charms. I also added my knitted daffodil bunting to the table for some spring flair.

A few of the items on the stall were brand new and put together especially for the event. Because cherries always seem to crop up whenever vintage is mentioned (The Miss Fortunes were wearing vintage cherry earrings and there was quite a lot of cherry patterned fabric on display) I was inspired to create a cherry cupcake purse.

Cherry cupcake coin purse from the Lucky Ladybird, now available through the online shop

Once I started making these cherry cupcakes I fell a little bit in love with them and was plotting to keep at least one for myself, but they all sold at the fair. The stall was very busy and I left with very few cupcakes at all!

One of the best things about the vintage fair was that I met so many other lovely makers. Directly behind me were Emma Charlotte Makes and Kitschy-Koo Designs and to my left was Sandija's Treasure Boutique. Not only were their handmade items beautiful but it was lovely to talk to other makers about local fairs and the trials and tribulations of craft selling. I can't wait to see them again at future events. 

Vintage fairs might not seem like the most obvious places to sell handmade items, but my experience at the Spring Fair has taught me that the vintage crowd is warm and welcoming and that lots of people go along hoping to find something quirky and unusual. The live music was especially good for creating a fun atmosphere, and the vintage-style tea room was a big hit too. My next vintage event is just around the corner, so please come along is you're in the area. It's on the 6th of April at Linden House in Wolverhampton, details are on the Facebook page

Happy spring everyone, and stay lucky

LL xx

1 comment:

  1. Your stall looks so inviting. Love the cup cake purses.
    Jacqui x