The day came at last- Colchester's Secret Vintage Fair was a veritable feast of vintage fashion, kitchenalia, trinkets, arts prints and cream teas.
There were so many stalls (too many to name individually). One stall that stood out for me and I loved was Carnivals Vintage. Upcycling unloved vintage china to give it a new lease of life; by day the owner makes parts for radiotherapy machines but in her spare time she creates and sells some amazing pin up china tea sets and record cake stands. We love a bit of vinyl upcycling (as you will see come the Upcycled shop and the forthcoming stalls) and Carnivals Vintage certainly does this well.
There was a huge range of vintage clothes from such traders as Easy Tiger and the ever reliable Revolver (the bricks and mortar base is in Colchester town centre and is one of our regular haunts), but that wasn't all, vintage accessories, home wares, art, kitchenalia and more were at every turn.
The location was successfully reflected the feel of the event, on its 85th anniversary of opening the Belle Vue Social Club evoked perfect vintage style.
I can't let the post pass without mentioning the hostess of the event- Lucy from Lullabelle's Treasures. She tirelessly worked to arrange an enjoyable and successful event; she also runs her own vintage business, and she had some of her wares on display - framed original vintage adverts and prints.
One of the lovely things about vintage fairs is being able to see a variety of vintage styled individuals in one place, and in this case those wanting to have a vintage style makeover by Bombshell Boutique Makeovers. I decided (in the interest of blogging of course) to book an appointment and Amanda did me an amazing 1940's victory rolls up do- which withstood the subsequent trials of an afternoon on the beach.
Coming up next a post on Bombshell Boutique Makeovers including some of her tips on vintage hair styling. We have a week off this week so expect sporadic posts from the shop and new listings- but we have a lot in the pipeline and all orders are going out as usual.