Though abnormally restrained when it comes to high street or designer shops, Vintage is my Kryptonite! I seriously go weak at the knees. The thrill of finding something that is handmade, a ‘one off’, but more importantly that has it’s own story- beats the feeling of purchasing conveyor belt clothing any day! Yesterday (Saturday) was no different. I mentioned the Vintage vs Antique fair in ‘Hometown Glory’, so if you missed it this time- you missed out!
I spent the morning scouring the rails of two out of my three favourite suppliers, in fact, I was so busy chatting about their upcoming photo shoot*, I nearly missed it. There, tucked in the middle of the rail- was colour so vibrant- it looked out of place amongst the vintage browns, oranges and dark glistening sequins. I grabbed with gusto, what turned out to be a strapless tulle dress, and ran to the ladies, so quickly I tripped under it’s weight (the shame!) Almost as heavy as a wedding dress (without a train).. I guessed the dress may be in the region of £150.. well out of my budget for the day, but that wasn’t going to stop me trying it on…
Four ladies.. ‘in the ladies’.. had the amusement of watching me get 6 layers of tulle, a petticoat and some netting to behave nicely, as I gingerly stepped into the dress. ‘You’ll need somewhere to wear that now.. lovely’, one piped up. ‘Oh I’m only looking..’ I replied, explaining I was saving, was being good, and mainly came to chat to sellers. ‘It’s only £30..’ another shrieked as she jumped away from the hand dryer to do up my zip, before I had time to insist I was alright (I hope she washed and dried her hands properly!)
Cinderella-esque in its style, definitely not a colour I would normally go for, I was informed the dress had a story.. starting off purple.. made in 6 stages.. (it’s a whole other post! ) I was not going to give up all that material at only £30!!! Cash in hand (literally- nobody uses card machines at the fair be warned!) I ignored the glares of the sluggards who had chosen their beds over bargains.. and skipped out with something old, something new.. previously borrowed.. and oh sooo blue!!
*I will bring you pictures and have giveaways!