Finds of the Fair 11th October 2015

1960s dress, £70.00 from Bijou & Vintage:

The first thing I spotted was this immaculate 1960s dress on Bijou Vintage.  An iconic confection in pale pink.  Very Christine Keeler.

1960s glass topped coffee table, £60.00 from Boomerang Vintage & Retro:

I have a love for coffee tables, always tempted!!  I love the bold geometric graphic on this shiny treasure from Boomerang.  I resisted buying this today – hopefully someone else grabbed it for £60.00.

1970s maxi dress, £?? from Garbo Antiques:

Maggie at Garbo Antiques has a great eye for fashion and period style.  Her shop in 20th Century Stores is full of amazing original clothes and really reasonably priced.  She somehow finds the time to stock up with new fabulousness for the Vintage Village too.  How about this long 1970s dress with matching floaty cape?

Virgin Mary, £12.00 from Diana Black Vintage:

Diana Black Vintage has great style.  I love this carved wooden Virgin Mary from her display.  Distressed in the nicest way – I'm drawn to religious statues and this one is beautiful.  And only £12.00.  Bargain.

Plaid woollen jackets, £?? from Out of the Past:

As soon as I saw Chris and Rosie Hall's stall Out of the Past I wanted to splash out on so many things for Alex (OK, and myself).  Checked jackets, tweed overcoats and loads of 1950s and 60s shirts.  We finally settled on these for our autumn look.  Nice eh?

Hello, I'm Alison – one half of Snygg, selling our vintage ceramics, lamps and fabrics in Stockport's 20th Century Stores. 

Alex and I have been fans of Vintage Village for several years, firstly as customers and then – when our buying habits got slightly out of hand – as stall holders and so I'm thrilled to be asked to be Finder of the Fair this month. 

My passion for vintage and period objects, clothes and fabrics comes in handy in my other line of work as a theatre designer.  I work regularly for The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster and am currently busy designing their Christmas show 'Beauty and the Beast'.  I also tread the cobbles at Corrie in the costume department.

I started early so got to see everyone's lovely wares before they all got snapped up by lucky customers.

1980s musical giant Papa Smurf, £32.00 from RetroFunky:

RetroFunky had a Smurf … that played records.  Amazing – who knew?  Only £32.00 too.  How cute.

1970s lucite/resin paperweight, £?? from Vintage Things Forever:

This Lucite paperweight reminded me of all the hours I spent making 'gifts' for my family with my Plasticraft set.  Gorgeous.

Abstract painting, £?? from Sally Hallam:

Sally Hallam was a new trader at Vintage Village and had two interesting original artworks by Sylvia Harris.  She had done lots of research on the artist too – I liked this one best.

1960s jacket, £?? from Kinky Melon’s Retro Boutique:

I’ve recently come out about my love of Crimplene.  I tried this jacket on but didn't buy it … regrettably.  Hopefully it will be on Vicky and Jon's stall Kinky Melon’s Retro Boutique next month.  Sigh.

1960s wrought iron and tiled coffee table, £59.00 from Make Do and Mend:

Last but not least … oh yes, another coffee table.  Make Do and Mend had this stylish black and white beauty for a mere £59.00.  Classy.

What a great day. Another fab fair – it's always such a pleasure to catch up with all the traders and share our tales of things we nearly bought.  And great customers too.  I love the Vintage Village vibe.