On Saturday the Vintage Fair returned to Bristol’s Passenger Shed, a stone’s throw from Temple Meads train station. By the time I turned up at 1pm the queue was already snaking around the building and up towards the station, so I joined the end of the queue, pulled my coat around my neck and crossed my fingers that it would be worth the wait.
Last time I went to this particular fair it took place at a church in Portland Square – a much smaller venue – so Beautiful Plumage and I were delighted to find that the Passenger Shed could pack in double the amount of stalls, selling everything from 50s prom dresses to art deco furniture and the obligatory tea and cupcakes.
My only grumble is that with only one well-dressed person on the door, it took about 20 minutes before we were able to pay our £2 entry fee and make our way into the fair.
Despite the vast size, the venue was buzzing in every corner, with vintage make-overs, Lindy Hopping couples and lots of shoppers. I was on a strict budget so did my best to avoid the 50s prom dresses, including a yellow one covered in sunflowers, that I’m kicking myself I didn’t at least try on.
Fortunately for me there were a few stalls with sale rails, where I found this turquoise and white polka dot dress. I also found this red and white chevron tunic dress – so out of my usual comfort zone (which according to BP is ‘folksy, flowers and nautical’) – but I love it!
The fair will return in April so I’m going to save my pennies and come back to hunt for that sunflower dress! Did any of you make it to the fair and did you find any bargains?
Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…
- Gimme Shelter! Vintage Fair. I’ve spent the day selling my vintage wares with Beautiful Plumage at The Lanes. The bowling alley-cum-vintage clothing shop-cum-bar is a wicked venue and although the weather wasn’t great, we earned enough to start our Christmas shopping funds!
- Wardrobe mistress. This week Amy came over to help me sort through my mess of a wardrobe and I manged to part with 12 items of clothing, which may not sound like a lot, but for a hoarder like me it’s pretty impressive! There is still another wardrobe and a rail of clothes to wade through, but I already feel a lot happier and less stressed in the mornings, plus I’ve discovered several dresses I’f forgotten I own : )
- This week I also posted about my pretty new crockery and shared a secret that could get me struck out of the fashion blogging community, and even, according to my in-laws, booted out of Britain. Hint, it involves hot beverages…
What’s been rocking your world this week? How did you spend the wet weekend? Let me know by commenting below…
Beauty, vintage and a ‘pop up’ shop rolled into one – what’s not to love? This weekend Inma and Lou, aka Pop Up Parlour will be at Cox and Baloney’s Vintage Boutique on Cheltenham Road to offer vintage makeovers – from victory rolls to the perfect red lip. The duo can normally be found working their magic on hen parties, brides and at corporate events but this Saturday see’s the launch of their first ever Saturday Salon. The pop up salon will be there from 11am till 6pm and you can contact the duo or the boutique for prices. For future Saturday Salon locations, check out their Facebook page.
On Sunday Gimme Shelter!‘s vintage fair returns to The Lanes – and Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion will be there, too! I’m joining forces with Beautiful Plumage and Annie by Amy to sell my vintage wares, and we’re not alone – some of Bristol’s best vintage traders will be there selling jewellery, clothes and homewares from the 1930s through to the 1980s. Entry is free and the action kicks off at 11am, check out the Facebook event page for more info. See you there?
Friday – Sunday
It’s not strictly fashion, but this weekend the North Bristol Art Trail takes place across, well, North Bristol, kicking off with a preview evening tomorrow night. Artists and designers will be opening their homes and studios to the public in this annual free event, and there are over 100 artists involved across Redland, Cotham, Montpelier, Bishopston, Westbury Park and Henleaze. Disciplines featured include screen printing, textiles, ceramics and photography – check out the trail map to find your nearest participating locations.
Have I missed any other local events? What are you up to this weekend?
Another day, another glorious dollop of sunshine! I’m currently getting ready for my trip to London/France, but before I go, I wanted to do an outfit post to show of my latest find, and my new ‘do!
I only get my hair cut about twice a year, so I always like to experiment a bit, and this time I decided to embrace my inner redhead, what d’ya think? I don’t know about you, but on the morning of the day I’m due to go to the hairdressers, I always think my hair is great and that I shouldn’t change it. That must just be pre-haircut jitters though, as I’m always pleased with the end result!
The cream dress is one I bought at the Bristol Vintage Fair at Portland Square last year. Today seemed like the ideal day to wear it, and I’ve paired it with this fantastic wicker picnic basket I found at Bristol Flea Market a couple of weeks ago. I managed to get it for a fiver, but as half of one of the leather straps is missing, and the buckles are extremely rusty, I might have to use this as a storage solution rather than it’s intended use!
*Edit* There were a few more photos to come, but since WordPress/The Internet and this particular blog post don’t seem to be playing nicely today, this is your lot. Definitely going to take a leaf out of @Hayles‘ book and make the effort to start writing my posts in Notepad first in future!
Vintage cream dress and wicker picnic basket
My new hair!
Anyone for a picnic?
Here are a few more photos from the Bristol Flea Market at Ashton Gate. As I mentioned in last week’s RTW post, S and I were there as stallholders, not buyers, though a gorgeous picnic basket did manage to make it’s way home with me…
Bristol Flea Market isn’t the first time I’ve sold my wares, as it were, but it is the first time this year, and I hope it will become a more regular fixture. I’m thinking about adding an online shop to this blog and I’d love to know what you think – I’m always eager to see what bloggers like Steffy’s Pro’s and Con’s are selling, but I’ve never bought vintage online before. Do you buy the majority of your clothes online? And have you ever bought clothes from fellow bloggers? I’d love to know your thoughts, so let me know by commenting below…
Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…
- The House Bunnies. No, that’s not the sequel to the disastrous 2008 romcom starring Anna Faris, it’s the ‘awww’ factor in today’s RTW post. Meet Grace Kelly, left, and Bonnie Tyler, our house guests for the next few days. Grace and Bonnie belong to my brother-in-law and his girlfriend but the’ve been staying with us since Wednesday. They are so cute but so cheeky, they have a look of permanent mischief on their faces whenever we let them out of their hutch!
- Fashion Says Stitched. I loved seeing the final collections from soon-to-be graduate fashion students on Friday. It’s always exciting to see new talent and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for UWE’s finest. I’ll put up some photos and links to the students’ work later this week.
- John Williams. You may not recognise the name, but this is the man behind the film scores for Jaws, Superman, Harry Potter and Star Wars to name but a few. Last night I went to see the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra play a selection of his well-known compositions at the Colston Hall, and it was a truly magica evening. Unfortunatly I couldn’t stay out late as I had to get up very early this morning…
- … for the Bristol Flea Market, above. This time I wasn’t hunting for vintage bargains, I was selling them! My love of vintage clothing is starting to outgrow the house, so I thought it was time to sell some of the pieces I don’t wear anymore, along with S from Beautiful Plumage.
What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…
Looking for a fashionable fix this weekend? Read on…
First up, catch the future of British fashion on Friday night at Fashion says stitched. The University of the West of England‘s brightest final year fashion and textiles students are presenting their graduate collections at The Trinity Centre tomorrow night. Tickets cost £10, or £8 if you’re a student, and the evening includes a catwalk show, along with an exhibition of textiles, fashion illustration, photography and styling. Click here for more info.
On Saturday, you should get yourself down to Folk House on Park Street for their annual flea market. Entry to the event is free, and promises a mix of vintage clothing, homewares, books and bric-a-brac. This is the centre’s fourth flea market and is a great way to support local, independent traders. Park Street also boasts loads of fantastic independent boutiques and charity shops, so you’ll be spoilt for choice once you leave Folk House, plus you can even get a free lunch if you pop down the road to College Green!
If you like vintage then you’re in luck, as the monthly Bristol Flea Market is back this Sunday. Held at the Ashton Gate Stadium, this event promises over a hundred stalls selling vintage clothes, fabric and homewares. I picked up a gorgeous Paisley scarf back in November, so I can’t wait to see what gems are on offer this weekend. Doors open at 9am and entry is £3 – I think there are discounts for students, but I’m not a 100% on this, so it may be worth ringing ahead if you want to find out!
That’s your weekend sorted. Have I missed anything? Let me know about other exciting Bristol events by commenting below…
Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last
seven eight days…
- A four day weekend? Yes please! I figured I might as well wait until today to post this week’s RTW, so I could include the Easter weekend. Last night I went to a house warming party in Newbury, ate delicious homemade chocolate cake, drank vodka and caught up with friends I haven’t seen since Christmas…
- …and those extra two days gave me a chance to finish painting our first DIY project – the shelves! Here is one side, filled with all our books, which, yes, are colour-coded : )
- Chocolate (and dessert). I’ve never ‘done’ Lent before, but I decided to give up dessert this year, and it wasn’t easy! I love sweet food, and have been known to plan whole meals around what’s on the dessert menu. Needless to say I was delighted to tuck into an Easter egg on Sunday morning, and a slice of cake and apple pie last night.
- Vintage dresses and DIY. On Saturday I took some time out from fixing up our bathroom to have a bit of fun and shoot the vintage dresses I bought at Vintage Sunday last weekend. Take a look here.
What’s been rocking your world this week? Let mHow did you spend your Easter? Let me know by commenting below….
Happy Easter! Word has it that Easter Bank Holiday weekends are traditionally about two things: DIY and chocolate. My weekend has been filled with the former, and I’ve had quite enough of curtains, u-bends and B&Q, so I though I’d take a few shots of the dresses I bought at Vintage Sunday last week*.
This gorgeous white and navy dress is from Ears & Whiskers. It fits like a glove and I thought it only right to pair it with some dainty navy heels that used to belong to Grandma Ship-Shape. I fell head over heels for it but little did I know that another market stall would present something of a quandary.
At reoundreloved, I discovered a beautiful navy pleated skirt dress, with white trim. I’d already spent most of the money I came with, and I had to be talked out of trying it on and walking away. I think I managed to stay away for about four minutes before I came back to try the dress on, hoping it wouldn’t fit, or that I wouldn’t like it. No such luck! Kate and Bronia of refoundreloved were kind enough to listen to my plea and let me have the dress for £22 instead of £28. Thank you girls – you made my day and I can’t wait to wear this dress!
- Navy dress as before, brown leather brogues from River Island
*Clearly I’m far too clumsy to dress like this to paint shelves. My normal uniform is a pair of paint-covered Topshop jeans, circa 2004, and an old t-shirt, both of which are far better suited to knocking over cans of primer and getting covered in sawdust…
recession's stall at Vintage Sunday, Green Park Station
On Sunday I took a trip to Bath for Vintage Sunday, the icing on the cake of Bath in Fashion, an annual event dedicated to celebrating the city’s fashion pedigree. Bath is just a 10 minute train ride from Bristol, yet I rarely find the time to go there, despite the gorgeous architecture, wealth of shops and a a fair few decent pubs and restaurants too.
Vintage Sunday was held at Green Park Station, under the stunning glass roof, which was lit up by the spring sunshine (remember that?). Market stalls were plenty, along with a jazz band to provide some ambiant music, and a secret tea party, held upstairs, above the hubbub of the market. Perhaps it’s that Vintage Sunday provided sellers that I don’t normally see in Bristol, accept for the fantastic recession, who were trading out of a bright blue vintage car, above, but I felt invigorated walking around all the stalls. There was so much to soak up, from scraps of silk fabric and wicker picnic baskets, to antique lace dresses and costume jewellery.
I had to restrain myself as there was so much I wanted to buy, but (and this is a tip for shopping at markets) I came with a limited amount of cash, so I wouldn’t be tempted to buy more than I could afford. I also attempted to haggle, which isn’t something I normally feel comfortable with at vintage fairs, but it paid of and I walked away with two beautiful dresses, and this old tapestry, below.
I’ve got to do some more DIY now (today we took our bathroom apart to investigate a leaking u-bend – a very rock and roll way to start the Easter weekend) but I’ll be posting some pictures of the beautiful dresses over the weekend, so stay tuned!