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30 August 2012

posted 30 Aug 2012 10:08 by TinTrunk .   [ updated 30 Aug 2012 12:24 ]

Oh my, have I got some catching up to do!

Due to some disastrous personal circumstances involving hugely protracted building work and the necessity to drop everything at regular intervals in order to shift furniture, clear debris, paint skirting boards and assemble complicated flat-pack furniture I've not been able to keep up with VV duties as much as I would like.  I'm getting my excuses in early!

Subliminal message: nominate us!

But I can't let our last event pass without some record of yet another fantastic and memorable day.  The Vintage Village Fab Gear Fair was devoted to all things Mod, Sixties, Northern Soul and scootery.  We put the word out amongst local scooter clubs inviting them to attend with their lovely machines, compiled an impeccable playlist to suit and lined up a specialist Northern Soul DJ.

Well, not everything goes to plan - the DJ cancelled because he was needed at work, and then the playlist wouldn't play loud enough so we had to hastily load up the CD player in the Produce Hall which has speakers onto the Market Place.  Unfortunately a stray CD was left in there resulting in an unwelcome blast of Westlife during the lunchtime rush (sorry Westlife fans, no offence!)

Subliminal message: nominate us!

However, we were delighted to see a healthy turnout of fabulous scooters and their proud (and super stylish) owners, as well as lots and lots of visitors busily hoovering up the spectacular vintage bargains to be had.  Take a look at this month's Visitors' Gallery to see what some lucky Vintage Villagers took home.

Special thanks to Salford Knights SC, Manchester Lyons SC, the Vesperados SC and some scooterists from Wigan (affliation unknown) who turned up for the fair without knowing about the theme beforehand!

Our stall holders made a special sartorial effort and everyone looked particularly groovy - see the evidence here and in our extensive Facebook album.  Thanks to Frankie Cooksey for exercising her considerable photographic skills for us on the day too - Frankie, the job is yours for as long as you want it!

Subliminal message: have you nominated us yet?

Our Finder of the Fair was the talented and delightful Samantha Young, the north west regional editor of Pretty Nostalgic magazine.  Samantha really threw herself into the mission and presented a truly epic selection of Finds of the Fair this month.

We mustn't forget that it was Come Dine With Me TV celebrity Al of Stuart Thornley Cake Design's birthday too!  Alan and I clubbed together to get him a suitably vintage memoir of the famous 1930s racing driver Prince Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh of Siam (you've all heard of him, haven't you?!) because Al loves his motorsport.  Fortunately, it looked like he was pleased with it.

Out in the blogosphere, we found a few lovely articles to share:

★  Vintage Beginnings posted a splendid report about her day at the fair, and then followed it up with a report about her enviable haul.

★  Nomad Seeks Home (aka stall holder Random Quirks and Toast Rack) took some wonderful photographs around the fair.

★  Vintage Madeira Cakes is equally adept with a camera, as her blog amply demonstrates!

If you're wondering what those super subtle subliminal messages I've been sneaking in are about, please let me explain.  Vintage Manchester, the go-to site for all the latest vintage happenings and ventures in Greater Mancunia, is hosting the Best of 2012 Awards to be held at Matt and Phreds on 17th October this year.  This is your chance to show some appreciation for the hard-working folk who are helping to create a thriving vintage scene in our region. 

Not that we're trying to manipulate you or anything - perish the thought! - but if you enjoy our Vintage Village fair we'd really appreciate it if you spare a minute or two to nominate us for the Best Vintage Fair or Market.  Ta ever so!

Now we're busily preparing for our Second Birthday Bash! fair on Sunday 9th September.  It's hard to believe that we've been going for two whole years, and we'd love to see as many of you as possible on the day to help us celebrate surviving this long!

We're not expecting presents or cards though - it's you that deserves a treat for supporting us.  We're going to be doling out a few gifts to visitors with our newly invented Random Gift Give-Away system.  Wear your best vintage party outfit and we'll see you there!





Michelle Chummy's Vintage Classics.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.
Michelle of Chummy's Vintage Classics, a welcome new addition to the fair.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.


Samuel.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.
Samuel Sutton shows off his prize Lambretta.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.


Photo by Ellie Hill-Bruce.
Nice rides!  Photo by Ellie Hill-Bruce.


Rebecca Lulu's Parade.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.
Not many people can carry off deep tangerine, but Rebecca of Lulu's Parade does it with panache.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.


Photo by Ellie Hill-Bruce.
Just look at that scooter!  Photo by Ellie Hill-Bruce.


Salford Knights S.C.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.
The Salford Knights SC.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.


Al of Stuart Thornley Cake.  Photo by Diane Zakaria.
Al of Stuart Thornley Cake Design the moment before finding out what lay beneath that gift wrap.  Photo by Diane Zakaria.


Catherine and Sue Lace & Liquor.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.
Catherine and Sue, daughter and mother superteam behind Lace & Liquor Vintage.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.



17 July 2012

posted 17 Jul 2012 11:45 by TinTrunk .   [ updated 17 Jul 2012 11:47 ]

If you didn't manage to come along to our Yanks in Stockport Fair on Sunday 8th July, I'm so sorry to have to tell you that you missed a corker!

Inspired by the scenes shot around Stockport Market for the Richard Gere wartime film Yanks in July 1978, we were keen to offer a little bit of the 1940s experience in addition to our regular offering of top quality vintage goods (in awesome quantities!)

To this end, we enlisted the help of WW2 Events and the North West section of the Military Vehicle Trust, as well as UK Homefront, renowned 1940s singer and entertainer Mr Paul Harper and Stockport Air Raid Shelters.

In addition, the Screen Stockport team generously provided the technology and expertise to assist Stockport Market in presenting the film Yanks in a little pop-up cinema we set up in the nearby Produce Hall, which proved quite a draw in itself.

We were also incredibly grateful to Vintage Village stalwarts Bill and Michelle Bridges for volunteering to man the front entrance for us, and to Ellie Hill-Bruce who did the same later on, as well as taking some rather excellent photos for us.  Speaking of photos, we were lucky enough to attract aspiring young photographer Frankie Cooksey, who has generously allowed us to use some of her very professional-looking shots taken on the day.

Whilst we're thanking people, we must pause to salute Mark Walker who put in so much time and effort to help us pull the event together.  He also lent Alan his pristine original ARP uniform for the day, and turned up himself resplendent in a full 1940s British soldier's kit.  Not to mention the other marvellous re-enactors who attended in authentic dress and uniforms, including a couple who reportedly came all the way from Nottingham!

The gods must have been smiling upon us because in the midst of this most sodden and miserable of British summers the rain held off for most of the day and attendance was the best we've ever had, ever!

We had no idea how many - if any! - 1940s military vehicles would turn up and were hugely thrilled to see an impressive array of jeeps and a huge great big truck, which looked most picturesque assembled in the market place, and certainly attracted a lot of attention (as did their handsome drivers!)

Working literally all day, with only short breaks, was the irrepressible Paul Harper whose atmospheric old-time songs and patter charmed everyone and even lured a few onto their feet for a dance or two.  We are in awe of this man's stamina!  And here we should mention with regret that 1940s singer Katie Spitfire, who was booked for the day, was too ill to attend.  Get well soon, Katie!

Sandra Day, of UK Homefront, gave a fascinating demonstration of the history of washing with some very rare and expensive original soaps, and was also captured by Mari-zu Okereke as a subject for his Victorian wet plate collodion photography.  If we all cross our fingers and wish very hard we might be able to persuade Mari-zu to return, but he has explained that the nature of his work is much slower than your standard point'n'shoot type digital photography, and he prefers to spend at least a couple of hours with each subject, getting to know them and working together with them to produce his compelling and very personal portraits.  In the hustle and bustle of the Vintage Village fair he didn't have that luxury, but he still managed to shoot several beautiful plates (see below).

One of Mari-zu's subjects was MP for Stockport Ann Coffey, who we were very pleased to welcome for the first time.  Ann spent a good deal of time looking round all the stalls, and it's clear that she has a genuine passion for all kinds of vintage items!  In fact, she posted a very enthusiastic tweet about her visit with a great photo she'd taken of Alan with Paul Harper!

You might not realise it but we like to do our bit for charity now and then (although we don't nlike to talk about it, ahem!)  For this fair, we gave Sara Tilston, manager of the Stockport branch of Cancer Research UK, a free stall on condition that she dressed the part.  Well, Sara looked picture perfect, and happily reported back later that she had managed to raise £159 for her charity with her day's takings.  Hooray!

It was delightful to meet fellow fair promoters Helen and Ben (and young Owen), of Bowman Antique Fairs, who had promised to try to venture up this way on Twitter in the previous week (follow them here).  Both looked spectacular in their 40s outfits, and our only regret is that we didn't have more time to pick their vastly more experienced brains about the finer points of organising events.  We have so much still to learn!

An unexpected surprise was the arrival of a team from McVities with vendor's trays full of cake they wanted to give away to visitors.  We hope you took full advantage of their generosity!

If you hadn't spoiled your appetite with too much cake, you were spoiled for choice with lunch time treats.  Mo's Diner served up retro American delicacies such as meatloaf, spam fritters and corned beef hash topped with a fried egg.  And newcomers to VV, Fire and Slice Artisan Pizza proved such a hit with their freshly prepared, wood-fired gourmet pizzas that they had to stop taking orders for 40 minutes in order to catch up!

I've tried to cram as many photos as I can into this report, but there's plenty more fantastic shots in our Facebook album, courtesy of the combined talents of Ellie Hill-Bruce and Frankie Cooksey, with a few from me as well.

Our visitors were just as busy with their cameras and you can see this month's extra special super bumper edition Visitors' Gallery over here.

Most excitingly, we were privileged to have the singular talents of Chris All Mod Cons as our Finder of the Fair.  Up until recently, Chris stood regularly at The Vintage Village with his exceptional inventory of mid-century homeware, technology (especially telephones!) and furniture.  However, the happy arrival of baby Mod Cons last month has put a temporary hold on his stallie activities, although she graciously allowed him to take up the challenge of Finding at our Yanks fair!  See what treasures Chris thought worthy of his attention in this month's terrific Finds of the Fair.  And look out for the welcome return of All Mod Cons at our 12th August fair.

Out there in blogging land, we've found quite a few wonderful pieces about the Yanks in Stockport fair:

★  Visiting The Vintage Village was one of 35 things The Uphill Struggle listed that she wanted to do before she hit 35.  Our fair was the first accomplished, and fortunately she had a great time!

★  The Lazy Fashionista belied her amusingly modest name by posting a charming article on her day at VV within 24 hours (p.s. you should have bought that jumpsuit!)

★  Chris Mod Cons composed his thoughts about being Finder of the Fair.

★  Jo, Frankie Cooksey's mum, wrote a cheerful and brave account of her visit and the aftermath.  More power to you, Jo!

★  Vintage Manchester presented a very thorough and considered review - now the pressure's on to up our game every month, eek!

★  Ma Bicyclette took up A Thrifty Mrs' recommendation and visited us for the first time.  We're very chuffed to be dubbed "vintage goodness"!

I sincerely hope I've remembered everyone and everything that should be mentioned here!  And huge thanks to everyone again for helping create such a fabulous event.

After such a memorable day, we're aware that there's lots to do and we're cracking on with frantic preparations for our next fair on Sunday 12th August, which will be dedicated to the scooter scene and all things mod/60s/northern soul.  Stay tuned for updates!








Mark and (Capt.) Dave Kirk.  By Sarah Norris.
Allies Mark Walker (left) and Dave Kirk.  Photo by Sarah Norris.


Sandra Day of UK Homefront being photographed by Mari-zu Okereke.  By Ellie Hill-Bruce.
Sandra Day of UK Homefront has her portrait taken by Mari-zu Okereke.  Photo by Ellie Hill-Bruce.


Frankie Cooksey.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.
Frankie Cooksey, who took some splendid photos around the fair.  Photo by Jo Cooksey (we presume!)


Libby from McVities giving out free ginger cake.  By Sarah Norris.
One of the McVities team, Libby, who descended on us and insisted we have some free cake (yes please!)  Photo by Sarah Norris.



Aubrey Worsley.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.
Tickets please!  Aubrey Worsley in attendance at our Yanks in Stockport Fair.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.


Bill and Michelle Bridges.  By Ellie Hill-Bruce.
Bill and Michelle Bridges step in to man the door for us.  Photo by Ellie Hill-Bruce.


Tony and Seth Parsons.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.
Tony and Seth Parsons, the cutest charity collector ever!  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.


Kay Sanders of north west Military Vehicles Trust.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.
Kay Sanders, secretary of the North West Military Vehicle Trust.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.


By Sarah Norris.
A friendly invasion in Stockport market place, courtesy of the Military Vehicle Trust and WW2 Events.  Photo by Ellie Hill-Bruce.


Paul Harper ukeleles.  By Sarah Norris.
The energetic, and very dapper, Mr Paul Harper kept us all entertained all day long!  Photo by Sarah Norris.


Watching Yanks.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.
Ellie Hill-Bruce (left) takes a lunch break and watches Richard Gere in Yanks, in our little pop-up cinema.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.


Photographs by Mari-zu Okereke.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.
Some of Mari-zu Okereke's glass plate photographs taken during the fair.  From left to right, Ann Coffey MP for Stockport, Kay Sanders, Paul Harper, sorry we don't know, Sandra Day.  Photo by Frankie Cooksey.


Sara Tilston of Cancer Research UK.  Photo by Ellie Hill-Bruce.
Sara Tilston, of Cancer Research UK, who raised £159 during our Yanks in Stockport fair.  Photo by Ellie Hill-Bruce.

20 June 2012

posted 20 Jun 2012 08:43 by TinTrunk .   [ updated 20 Jun 2012 09:26 ]

Well, how was the Ossie Rules Fair?

No, seriously, how was it?  I'm ashamed to admit that not one, but two disasters occurred which prevented me from attending for long.  In fact I was gone by 11.00 am because I had to move out of my house ready for building work to start the next day!  (You just don't argue with builders).

The other disaster was the fact that I had no time to take any photographs, and my esteemed colleague Alan failed to take any either, despite being there all day!  You'll just have to take my word that there were some spectacularly dressed people in attendance and I'm so sorry we didn't manage to capture a few of them.

Anyway, let's move on!  I'm hoping you all had a jolly good time, enjoyed lots of top quality vintage and craft browsing, and took home a few lovely things to adorn yourselves and/or your homes/children/pets/pianos.

Judging by this month's truly stupendous Visitors' Gallery, it looks like you did!

There were free Vintage Village badges for the first 100 visitors, including a rather snazzy new green variant, and fresh new copies of the latest Vintagexplorer magazine available from Room at the Top.  You'll never leave The Vintage Village empty-hearted (© Vic Reeves).

I also have reason to be VERY grateful to Emily Bowyer of Olive and Em, who volunteered as our Finder of the Fair at very late notice via a Twitter appeal.  Emily has presented us with a really fabulous personal selection of pieces that caught her eye at The Vintage Village, and I love how she has managed to persuade some of our stallies to pose with their prize items!

We also heard the happy news that regular VV traders All Mod Cons became the proud parents of a baby girl at 4.30 am on the very morning of the fair!  In fact, there's another Vintage Village baby to announce too: Laura of Lost But Never Forgotten (see her blonde loveliness at the top of our current front page) had a little baby girl called Eva on 12th May.

I hope you'll join us in sending great big congratulations to both sets of proud stallie parents!

Returning to the fair, we are fortunate that some people were paying attention!  Check this marvellous clutch of blog articles:

★  Tanja of She sailed the sea was a first-time visitor, and I think she liked what she saw!  A wonderful report, with wonderful photos (and a favourable mention for Oooh Betty!).

★ Councillor Iain Roberts - leader of Stockport's Portas Pilot bid - found time to call round and posted a lovely little piece, with some great pictures too.  We might be asking if we can use those, Cllr. Roberts!

★ Emma of Oooh Betty! made a welcome return with her partner in vintage'n'craft Jayne to The Village Vintage as a trader.  And apparently had her "best fair yet for both enjoyment and success."  Hooray!  (We hope the littlest is over his tonsilitis now, Emma).

Fi & Me is a big fan of Oooh Betty! too.  Read about her latest fave purchase (called Lucy) from those talented Oooh Betty! ladies.

In other news (literally) we were given a brief mention on the front page of The Stockport Times recently, and, thanks to VV friend Old Fashioned Susie we're in this month's Company magazine!

And you may have noticed that rather scribbly logo that's been lurking in our sidebar on the left for a while - 'heart' your local market.  That's the logo of National Market Day, and we're getting involved!

Come along to Stockport Market on Saturday 23rd June, where the inaugural Food and Craft Fayre will be launched and we'll be bringing along some of our finest Vintage Village traders, as well as that unruly mob from Room at the Top Vintage Goods.  Our chums The Teenage Market will be there too.  Ignore the weather forecast and support your local market!

Now we're frantically finalising preparations for the next Vintage Village . . .


on Sunday 8th July.  If you've seen the heart-warming film Yanks, starring a young and pretty Richard Gere, you'll know exactly what it's about - if not, get reading that link directly above. 

Dress code: 1940s wartime, folks!  (And strictly NO Nazis, end of).

We're especially excited to welcome Mari-zu Okereke, who will be taking portrait photographs using the highly unpredictable and delicate Victorian process of wet plate photography.  If you are lucky enough to get a chance to sit for him, you will take home a unique, one-off photographic portrait on glass by a very talented and sensitive photographer.  At £45 for a framed photograph, that's an incredible bargain.  Since this is a slow process, Mari-zu will not be able to take many portraits during the course of the fair - please have patience, and if this trial run is a success we may be able to persuade him to return!

There's lots more details about all we have in store for you on the event page which is being updated daily, and you can RSVP us on our Facebook event page too (please do, we like it!)


P.S. if you're wondering about the rather excellent photographs we've featured here, they were taken by regular VV visitor Lynsay Cooper at last month's VV Goes Continental Fair.  They arrived too late to be featured after that fair so we're delighted to have the chance to use them here and make up for our sorry lack of snaps this month.

Look out for Lynsay at next month's Yanks in Stockport Fair on Sunday 8th July, where she will preside over her new Pyewacket stall.  Yes, we've lured her over to the trader's side!!


by Lynsay Cooper
That's what we like to see - happy visitors!  Photograph by Lynsay Cooper.


by Lynsay Cooper
This really shows off the fantastic construction of the Covered Market Hall - Button Fairies' stall at the front here.  Photograph by Lynsay Cooper.


by Lynsay Cooper
A garment from Village Vintage Clothing demands closer inspection.  Photograph by Lynsay Cooper.


by Lynsay Cooper
There's lots to admire on Harwood-Brown Emporium's stall.  Photograph by Lynsay Cooper.


New badges for June
Did you get a free badge?  We're rather pleased with the new green version.



28 May 2012

posted 27 May 2012 22:22 by TinTrunk .   [ updated 1 Jun 2012 09:27 ]

Let's hope you've all had time to recover now from another superb Vintage Village fair!  The Vintage Village Goes Continental Fair on Sunday 13th was bathed in sunshine and a cheery crowd turned up to enjoy some top quality vintage browsing.

As per usual, our visitors are some of the keenest-eyed and most accomplished vintage hounds around, as this month's Visitors' Gallery attests.  Just take a look at what delights they found!

And talking of finding, our Finder of the Fair was the equally accomplished Suzy Prince, co-founder/editor of the arty-cultural periodical Nude Magazine, and recent import to these parts from that there London.

Suzy embarked on a year of buying only secondhand goods - her Secondhand Safari - at the beginning of this month and had chosen The Vintage Village as one of her first ports of call in this endeavour.  We were naturally thrilled that she would consider Finding duties on our behalf, and we're happy to announce that she's made a truly fantastic job of it.  Enjoy Suzy's Finds of the Fair here.

By way of a happy coincidence, as I was meeting Suzy for the first time during the fair, Samantha Young of brand new Pretty Nostalgic magazine turned up.  Both Samantha and Suzy had written pieces for its first issue!  In fact Samantha has now been appointed regional editor for our neck of the woods and we are shortly to be stocking this fine new publication at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.  See our photo of this momentous meeting on the right ...

You can see lots more photos of the VV Goes Continental Fair in our Facebook album of the day.

The Stockport Express chose two of the best pictures - of Mr 1940s himself, Bill Bridges and the divine Annabel of It's a Wind-Up! Vintage 78 DJs for their featurette on the fair last week too!

There was a little flurry of blog action in the wake of TVVGCF and here's the ones we managed to find (sorry if we missed any, let us know!):

★  Super Finder Suzy on her experiences as a Finder.

★  Some beautiful photos taken by Magpie88 at the fair.

★  Manchester's doyenne of vintage (and former Finder!) Old Fashioned Susie has her husband to thank for this touching treasure.

★  More fabulous photographs from The Balmy Haystack.

★  Late addition!: Samantha of Pretty Nostalgic magazine has posted a great account of her day at The Vintage Village.  Read on!

We couldn't let this one pass even though it's not entirely fair-related: if you've ever wondered what kind of homes some of our traders live in, you have a treat in store!

The essential website for local vintage enthusiasts, Vintage Manchester, runs an occasional series called Vintage Inside & Out, and this month featured regular VV trader Emma of Oooh Betty!'s stylish abode.  Nip over here right now for a fantastic interview with Emma and equally fantastic photos by Tom Wright Photography.

Oooh Betty! will be returning to The Vintage Village next month, by the way.  Of which, more details coming up soon . . .

NEWS JUST IN: Yasmin Evans, proprietor of Vintage Heaven and a rising star in radio broadcasting has landed herself a weekend breakfast slot on BBC 1Xtra starting in September!  Huge congratulations to Yasmin!  Looks like we might be losing her as a VV trader if she's working those Sunday mornings at the BBC, darn it, but we'll struggle on somehow!

MORE NEWS JUST IN: We hope you've all heard about Stockport winning through to become one of the first 12 Portas Pilot towns in the country, hooray!  Last Saturday, when the news was announced, saw the media descend on Stockport market place and you might have seen us pop up on Sky News and Granada News.  Exciting times!  Let's see what happens next . . .

But right now we're getting awfully excited about the next thrilling Vintage Village event, The Ossie Rules Fair on Sunday 10th June!






BRG Collectables
Barry of BRG Collectables has some hat-related competition from a customer.  Photo by Alan Lowe.


Ellie
Ellie leafs through some fascinating old photographs from Eclecta Books.  Photo by Sarah Norris.



Rebecca Higgins
Rebecca of Tea for Two Vintage beams through the bunting.


Samantha Jones and Suzy Prince
Samantha, regional editor of the newly launched Pretty Nostalgic magazine, meets our Finder of the Fair Suzy Prince.  Photo by Sarah Norris.


Michelle
Michelle browses the rail at Populuxe's unit at Room at the Top.  Photo by Sarah Norris.


Georgina Jones
The Bathing Beauty herself, George, catches some rays.  Photo by Sarah Norris.



17 April 2012

posted 17 Apr 2012 05:50 by TinTrunk .

We were up against some stiff competition at our Vintage Village Easter Parade Fair.  Having a commitment to hold our fair on the second Sunday of the month throughout the year sometimes presents a challenge when the date coincides with a seasonal, religious, national or even sporting event (curse you both, Man United and Man City!)

On this occasion, the esoteric calculations of the Christian calendar decreed that our fair fell on Easter Sunday, which meant that a few of our favourite stallies couldn't attend due to family commitments.  Did this bode disaster for our little monthly Village?  We held our breath and waited to see what happened . . .

Fortunately, plenty of people decided to incorporate a visit to The Vintage Village into their plans for the day and some of our traders reported that it was their best day at VV ever!  We're super grateful to everyone who turned out to enjoy a jaunt around Stockport's gem of a Covered Market Hall for their monthly (over) dose of vintage.

And triple bonus points if you wore a hat!

To honour our Easter Sunday date - and the traditional Easter bonnet - we decided to hold a hat competition, with a luscious prize provided by Stuart Thornley Cake Design.  We commissioned a special custom cake, gave him a few pointers regarding subject and theme, and then left him to surprise us.  The resulting cake made us entertain evil thoughts about cancelling the competition and keeping it for ourselves!  See it below.

The parameters favoured a genuine vintage hat, complemented by an authentic vintage ensemble.  Our judging committee were out and about keenly spotting potential contenders, and the decision was a very close-run thing, I can tell you.

The victor was Michelle Bridges, a familiar face at our events, whose beautiful original 1940s beret-style hat in brown satin and velvet carried the day, helped along by her completely authentic 1940s outfit and exquisite brown suede and sheepskin shoes.

You might not be aware of our Finds of the Fair feature - we invite a special guest curator every month to tour the fair and pick out their favourite items seen on the day.

At this event, we were thrilled to welcome back Andrew Roberts, who did sterling work at our February fair last year and indicated that he might be willing to do the job again.  And what a job he did!

We urge you to go and see Andrew's fabulous April Finds of the Fair right now.  That's ok, we'll wait for you . . .

Weren't they a treat?  Even more treats can be found in this month's Visitors' Gallery - a gallery made entirely by the nice people who take the time to share photos of their own finds on Twitter (and one or two stall holders among them it must be said)!

There were free treats on offer on the day too: the last of our special - square! - Vintage Village badges were eagerly snapped up, as were the swanky new copies of Vintagexplorer magazine.

You can see plenty more photos from the Easter Parade Fair in our Facebook album here.  And you can read much better accounts of the fair from some very accomplished bloggers:

★  Emma of Oooh Betty! came along as a visitor rather than a trader this time, and rather enjoyed the experience.

★  Stall holder Catherine of Lace and Liquor Vintage had a rotten start to her day, but ended up enjoying her best VV day yet!

Random Quirks also had a fine old time.

★  Flamingosandumbrellas posted a story about our March fair recently, which was very good, and very complimentary about our traders Sesame and Lilly and Nellie and Elsie, so we'll add it here too!

So it all turned out right in the end - in fact it was a wonderful day - and we needn't have worried after all.

And next up is our Sunday 13th May fair, for which we are going all Continental!

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Stockport's twinning with Béziers in southern France in 1972 AND the 30th anniversary of Stockport's twinning with Heilbronn in southern Germany in 1982, we're going to show our appreciation of all things Continental, with a special emphasis on French fashion and German design.

Lots more details coming very soon!




Stuart Thornley Easter Egg cake.
The Stuart Thornley Cake Design Easter-egg-in-a-bonnet prize cake! 



Jane.
Jane looked divine in her black and white outfit with ostrich capelet and floaty, feathery fascinator.  Photo by Sarah Norris.



Emma of Lost But Never Forgotten.
Emma of Lost But Never Forgotten with a marvellous Easter-themed
customised vintage hat.  Photo by Sarah Norris.



Stuart, Michelle, Bill, Alan.
Our Easter hat competition winner, Michelle, receives her prize.  L-R Stuart Thornley, Michelle, Bill, Alan Lowe.  Photo by Sarah Norris.



Colin.
Colin the hat!  Photo by Sarah Norris.



Vicki.
Vicki would certainly have won if there was a coat competition - hers was amazing!  Her beautiful 1950s sequinned was a prime contender in the hat competition too.  Photo by Sarah Norris.


22 March 2012

posted 22 Mar 2012 02:59 by TinTrunk .   [ updated 22 Mar 2012 03:22 ]

This Spring is shaping up to be a 'vintage' season for vintage, so to speak!

Take our Spring Fair, an offer which many of you did indeed take up, much to our delight.  We're sure the marvellous sunny weather didn't hurt either, because it was nicely busy all day.

Our Visitors' Gallery reveals an array of desirable goodies, and is noticeably heavy on those cheery little aliens, the Grumbi Dolls, and Stuart Thornley's exquisite cupcakes this month.

And speaking of Stuart Thornley Cake Design, I hope everyone saw the Stockport edition of Come Dine With Me on Channel Four recently, featuring Stuart's lovely partner Al as one of the contestants.

I say 'featuring' - what we witnessed was a star in the making!  We all knew he was quite a giggler, but we had no idea how forthright and outspoken he could be!  Now we're wondering what he says about us when we're out of earshot . . . and we'll insist that Stuart does the cooking if we're ever invited round for dinner!

Equally stellar was our Finder this month: the elegant and poised Jayne of Strumpets Bazaar.  Jayne really excelled herself with an exquisite selection of vintage pieces, each one uniquely desirable, and as a whole they are a vivid reflection of her own personal style.  For some highly covetable bits you wish you hadn't missed, excellent photography and insightful comments, go and enjoy Jayne's Finds of the Fair right now!

You can see a few of our photographs of the event on the right, and a whole lot more in our album.

Out in blogging land, we've spotted a clutch of articles about the Spring Fair:

★  Let's all do colouring in went on a "Vintage Pillage" for her first ever visit to The Vintage Village, and came home with a very impressive haul.

★  Crafty stallies Sesame and Lilly presented their own Finds of the Fair, including a fabulous range of tiny vintage seed beads which will no doubt be put to good use in their divine creations.

★  Another favourite regular trader at VV, All Mod Cons, had an excellent day of both selling and buying - this isn't uncommon for our stallies, who are often our best customers too! - and composed a great account of it all.  What we want to know is - do they bring a toaster with them for their breakfast toast?


Now, we claimed up at the very top there that this was a 'vintage' season, and that's because we have another Vintage Village fair this Sunday!  Once more, we are venturing over to sunny Salford for . . .


The Vintage Village at Salford Museum & Art Gallery Pop-up Fair!

When: Sunday 25th March, 10.30 am to 4.00 pm.
Where: Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford M5 4WU.
How much: FREE entry!

You've only just recovered from our bustling and spectacular Spring Fair and now there's another one so soon?  Yes, indeedy.

Gird your loins (and everything else that needs girding) for an intense overload of 100% authentic vintage, set within the beautiful, historic and culture-laden environs of Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

We had such a blast at our first event there last September, and there's definitely something extra special about mooching around museum galleries surrounded by gorgeous, fascinating old things, and being able to buy gorgeous, fascinating old things and take them home too.  (Please note that the actual museum exhibits are not for sale!)

There will be many of your favourite VV traders in attendance, and no less than eight - 8! - new stallies joining us too. 

Please give a hearty welcome to: Atomic Vintage, Cloche, Flatiron, Garrick Books, Heirloom Rose, Nostalgia Vintage & Retro, PeelyPops Limited and The Vintage Revolver.

The museum café, which is under new management since our last event, will be serving freshly prepared sandwiches, soup and cream teas.  There will also be a selection of cakes, fresh coffee and an extensive range of loose-leaf teas.

And parked right outside will be Ginger's Comfort Emporium offering their deliciously decadent ice-creams for adults only!

All this, and it's FREE entry. 

So who will be setting up their stalls this Sunday?  Here's our current tally at the time of writing (there may be a few late additions):

All Our Yesterdays - vintage homeware, collectables, toys, tins and much more.

NEW!  Atomic Vintage - vintage men's and women's clothing and accessories 60s-80s.

Black Cat Vintage - vintage homeware and clothing 50s-80s.

Bonarags - vintage women's clothing, accessories, collectables.

NEW!  Cloche - vintage clothing and other stuff!

Dabberdecades - vintage clothing and accessories, including labels such as Biba, Quant, Clobber, Lee Bender, Kathy McGowan - plus homeware and glass 50s-70s.

Donald & Miss June - vintage radios!

NEW!  Flatiron - vintage clothing, homeware and collectables, mainly 50s.

NEW!  Garrick Books - antiquarian and collectable books.

Grandma's Attic - vintage clothes, mainly 60s, bric a brac.

NEW!  Heirloom Rose - vintage clothing and accessories 40s-80s.

History's Attic - vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery 40s-80s.

Itchycoo Vintage - women's vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery 40s-80s, vintage homeware, glassware, curiosities.

J'Adore Vintage - vintage women's clothing, jewellery, accessories 40s-80s.

Laurette's Vintage Fashion - vintage women's wedding fashions and accessories 50s-80s.

Lottie Lula Vintage - women's clothing, accessories, jewellery, 20s-80s, some homeware.

Mama J's Vintage Goods - vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery, homeware, collectables.

NEW!  Nostalgia Vintage & Retro - vintage women's clothing and accessories, 70s-80s.

One of a Kind Vintage - vintage clothing and accessories 50s-80s.

Parrot in the Pantry - vintage homewares 20s-80s, cushions, bunting, framed vintage items, shabby chic, decorations.

NEW!  PeelyPops Limited - vintage women's clothing, accessories and jewellery, linens 20s-80s.

Retrocedric Vintage Furniture - vintage retro and industrial furniture and homeware.

Sheila's Store - masses of vintage jewellery!

The Side Room - vintage clothing, jewellery, accessories, table linen and lots more.

Suzy Loves Milo - vintage clothing, accessories 80s, homeware 40s-70s.

Tea for Two Vintage - vintage homeware, tea sets, vintage clothing for men and women 60s-70s, accessories, bric a brac.

Twisted Vintage UK - vintage women's clothing, accessories and homeware.

Vanessa's Vintage - vintage clothing and homeware 1900s-70s.

Vibrant Vintage by Victoria Claire - vintage women's clothing, accessories and jewellery 30s-80s.

Village Vintage Clothing - vintage men's and women's clothing and accessories.

NEW!  The Vintage Revolver - vintage men's and women's clothing and accessories.

Wax Delerium - rare used vinyl, cameras and books.


Bill and Michelle Bridges
The ever-charming Bridges!  Photo by Sarah Norris.



Jayne Horder - Finder
Our Finder this month was the immaculately turned-out Jayne of Strumpets Bazaar.  See her Finds of the Fair.  Photo by Helen Davies.



Vintage on the Bay
We LOVE this candid shot by Helen Davies, taken at our Spring Fair.



Dabberdecades
Dabberdecades will be attending our Salford Museum Pop-up Fair this Sunday!  Photo by Sarah Norris.



Louella and pal
Louella and burlesque star Mia Merlode add a touch of glamour to our Spring Fair.  Photo by Helen Davies.


8 March 2012

posted 8 Mar 2012 07:15 by TinTrunk .   [ updated 8 Mar 2012 07:16 ]

I've got waaay too much to do today, so this will be a super brisk sprint through some of the exciting news about this Sunday's Spring Fair!

Here's the facts:

★  We're completely, utterly and fully booked up, so Stockport's venerable Covered Market Hall - and Room at the Top Vintage Goods - will be bursting at the seams with goodies for you!

★  There's at least ten new stall holders making their Vintage Village debut this Sunday.  Please give a hearty welcome to Beau Boutique Vintage, Bennett's Vintage Home, Itchycoo Vintage, J'Adore Vintage, La Modernista Vintage Emporium, Maggie May Vintage, Miss Ellie's Emporium of Vintage Delights, Petticoats & Curls, Round Robin and Sheila's Store.

★  The divine Jayne of Strumpets Bazaar will be our Finder of the Fair!  Although she can't attend as a stall holder until July, she just can't stay away from The Vintage Village - and we're over the moon that she's volunteered for this tough and demanding job.

We know it's hungry and thirsty work browsing all that vintage goodness, so Kandoo Coffee will be doling out fragrant cups of luxury, espresso-based beverages and Babushkas Mobile Kitchen have a surprise or two as well . . .

Babushkas Mobile Kitchen Spring Fair Menu

Breakfast Porrige with Sultanas, Seeds and Cinnamon
Cult Berlin Favourite the Currywurst as seen in The Guardian
Gourmet Bratwurst and Onions Sandwiches
Grilled Halloumi Sandwiches with Home Made Salsa



And for dessert, you are spoiled for choice (as ever!) at Stuart Thornley Cake Design's stall.  Just take a look . . .

Stuart Thornley Cake Design Menu for The Spring Fair

New Cupcake Specials: Earl Grey, Lavender, Irish Cream, Irish Coffee - plus all your usual favourite flavours
Carrot Walnut Cake Slice
Banana Bread
Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies
Leprechaun Sheep
Rice Crispy Pots of Gold
Fish Supper Cakes
Cake Pops, Mini Cake Pop Bags, Mini Cupcake Boxes, Cake Push Ups, Brownies, Flapjacks



For up-to-the-minute news from all our social-media active stall holders - there's quite a few of them! - follow us on Twitter where we're busily retweeting their updates, and visit our Facebook page, where we're diligently 'sharing' their latest reports.

Cancel ALL other plans!  You simply must visit The Vintage Village at Stockport Market Hall Spring Fair this Sunday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm!

Here's our traditional list of some of the traders who will be eagerly awaiting you on the day:

Absolutely Allsorts - vintage clothing, accessories, textiles and trims.

All Mod Cons - vintage mid-century homeware, telephones, collectables, ladies' accessories 50s-70s.

All Our Yesterdays - vintage homeware, collectables, toys, tins and much more.

Bathing Beauty - micro producer of handmade beauty and bath products.

NEW!  Beau Boutique Vintage - vintage clothing and accessories 40s-80s.

NEW!  Bennett's Vintage Home - homeware and fabrics 60s-70s, handmade bags and accessories from vintage fabrics.

Black Cat Vintage - vintage homeware and clothing 50s-80s.

Bonarags - vintage women's clothing, accessories, collectables.

BRG Collectables - vintage collectables.

Button Fairies - jewellery handmade using vintage buttons.  All proceeds go to charity.

Cyprys Antiques and Collectables
- vintage clothing, kitchenalia and collectables.

Dabberdecades - vintage clothing and accessories, including labels such as Biba, Quant, Clobber, Lee Bender, Kathy McGowan - plus homeware and glass 50s-70s.

Donald & Miss June
- vintage clothing and homeware 40s-80s.

Eclecta Books - antique, collectable books, magazines and paper ephemera.  Find him up at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.

Fiona Barber - vintage china, ornaments, women's and men's clothing and accessories, jewellery 60s-80s, collectable vinyl, books, magazines.

Garbo's Antiques
- clothing, accessories and jewellery 30s-80s.

Grumbi Doll - handmade felt Grumbi Dolls.

Handmade By Me - ceramics including buttons, jewellery, oil burners, cards.

Harwood-Brown Emporium
- kitchen and household homeware, rocking chairs, custom and unique small pieces of furniture.

Hotch Potch Vintage - women's and men's vintage clothing, hats, accessories, costume jewellery, books 30s-80s.

NEW!  Itchycoo Vintage - women's vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery 40s-80s, vintge homeware, glassware, curiosities.

NEW!  J'Adore Vintage
- vintage women's clothing, jewellery, accessories 40s-80s.

Kitsch Republic - vintage 60s-80s, handmade brooches, cushions, recycled clothing.

Lace & Liquor Vintage - vintage women's clothing and accessories, jewellery, homeware 60s-80s.

NEW!  La Modernista Vintage Emporium
- ladies' and gents' vintage clothing.

Lost But Never Forgotten - vintage women's clothing, accessories, jewellery, homeware.

Lottie Lula Vintage - women's clothing, accessories, jewellery, 20s-80s, some homeware.

NEW!  Maggie May Vintage - vintage clothing, textiles, buttons, homeware, ethnic and costume jewellery and ornaments.

Madam Mod Makes - vintage inspired jewellery, northern soul/mod culture, refashioned vintage jewellery, vintage knitting and crochet patterns.

Mama J's Vintage Goods - vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery, homeware, collectables.

Marge's Vintage Homewares - vintage homeware, kitchenalia, linens, collectables 30s-60s.

NEW!  Miss Ellie's Emporium of Vintage Delights
- vintage accessories, homeware, collectables 40s-60s.

Mossley Modelmaker
- amazingly detailed handmade architectural models of houses and business premises, often using recycled materials.

Nellie & Elsie - handmade gifts and accessories with a vintage theme.

Nell's Vintage
- women's vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery 40s-80s, homeware, haberdashery.

Norwegian Wood
- mid-century marvels in glass, ceramic and wood.

One of a Kind Vintage - vintage clothing and accessories 50s-80s.

Oooh Betty!
- vintage ceramics, teasets 50s-70s, collectables, toys, haberdashery, handmade bunting, cushions, wall hangings, pin cushions using vintage fabric.

Papino - cushions made from vintage fabrics and trimmings, items for home and children, handmade greetings cards.

Parrot in the Pantry - vintage homewares 20s-80s, cushions, bunting, framed vintage items, shabby chic, decorations.

NEW!  Petticoats & Curls - women's vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery 50s-80s, handmade homeware.

Pink Flamingo Vintage Boutique - women's vintage fashions.

Populuxe - vintage homeware, clothing, jewellery, collectables.  Also in Room at the Top Vintage Goods.

Retrodec - vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery, collectables.

Roobymade - handmade vintage inspired accessories, jewellery and homeware.


Donald and Miss June aka Radio Mental, in attendance at this Sunday's Spring Fair.  Photo by Sarah Norris.



Sesame and Lilly know how to put on a good show!  See them this Sunday at our Spring Fair!  Photo by Kat Lowe.



Treat yourself to Bathing Beauty's luscious concoctions at this Sunday's Spring Fair.  Photo by Kat Lowe.



Oooh Betty!
Oooh Betty! have lots of lovely 'new' pieces for you at this Sunday's Spring Fair (blogged here). 



STCakeDesign
Paddy the Leprechaun Sheep, as crafted by Stuart Thornley Cake Design, available at this Sunday's Spring Fair.



NEW!  Round Robin - women's vintage clothing and homeware 1960s.

Ruby Blue - 60s-70s homeware.

Sesame and Lilly - vintage homeware and textiles, handmade cushions from vintage fabric and greetings cards.

NEW!  Sheila's Store - masses of vintage jewellery 40s-80s!

The Side Room - vintage clothing, jewellery, accessories, table linen and lots more.

Stuart Thornley Cake Design - see above for this month's Specials.

Suzy Loves Milo - handmade jewellery, accessories, clothing, homeware made using new and upcycycled materials, vintage clothing, accessories 80s, homeware 40s-70s.

Tea For Two Vintage - vintage homeware, tea sets, vintage clothing for men and women 60s-70s, accessories, bric a brac.

Time For Tea and Cake
- vintage homeware, kitchenalia, collectables.

TinTrunk - vintage goods for ladies and gentlemen.  Find them at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.

Tweed Queen - handbags, accessories, baby clothes and vintage-style clothes in today's sizes.

Twisted Vintage UK - vintage women's clothing, accessories and homeware.

Village Vintage Clothing - vintage men's and women's clothing and accessories.  At Room at the Top Vintage Goods.

Vintage Belle - vintage women's clothing, accessories and jewellery.

Vintage on the Bay - vintage homeware, china, kitchenalia.

Vintage Retro Kitsch - vintage homeware, gifts, handmade corsages, cushion covers.

Vintage Vantage
- vintage textiles, notions and bric a brac.


28 February 2012

posted 28 Feb 2012 09:39 by TinTrunk .   [ updated 28 Feb 2012 10:32 ]

As we prepare to bid a less than fond farewell to a miserable February, I've realised with a shock how appallingly late my February Be My Valentine Fair news is.  There's absolutely no excuse for this - well, actually there's lots, but I won't bore you with them!

Good job it was such a marvellously memorable fair and probably our best attended yet.  Keen visitors were snapping up some delicious pieces from the moment the doors opened, as well as swooping up the free new issues of the Vintage Directory and Vintagexplorer magazine tantalisingly dotted on every stall.

If you doubt our claim about the deliciousness of the pieces our visitors were snapping up, you can see copious proof of it in our biggest Visitors' Gallery EVER!

There's plenty more photos of the fair in our Facebook album too.

We turned exuberant cartwheels of joy at the fact that A Thrifty Mrs was our Finder this month.  Hurry on over to her Finds of the Fair to see exactly what she decided was worthy of her attention.  You're in for a real treat!

It was an absolute delight to see a whole huggin of our former Finders of the Fair turn out too.  We caught up with Thomas Barratt, who is busily preparing the new Teenage Market coming to Stockport Market Hall on 1st April (save the date!), as well as Anne Louise Kershaw, Old Fashioned Susie, Helen Munn and Neil Richards.  See!  These stylish and discerning folks don't just come to The Vintage Village because we make them do it!

As if all that wasn't exciting enough, our cheeks are positively burning with the responses online after the event.  A lot of people found some very nice things to say about their day at The Vintage Village:

★  Anne Louise Kershaw composed a fantastic article for Body Confidential, garnished with her own excellent photographs, which you just have to read!  I was hoping to pick a choice quote for you, but the piece is packed with so many of them I'll just have to urge you to savour it whole.

★  Sesame and Lilly - proprietors of one of the best dressed stalls we've ever seen, like ever! - brought home a few lovely pieces.

★  Not only did A Thrifty Mrs send her fabulous Finds to us in double quick time, she also managed to blog about the day too.  Cast your eyes over those beautiful photographs!

★  Mid-century homeware specialists and VV stalwarts All Mod Cons gave us a great stallholder's eye view of their day at the fair.

★ Vintage doyenne Old Fashioned Susie was gift shopping for Valentine's Day - for her mum!

★  New VV stallholder, the uber-talented retro fashion designer Collette Costello, found her fellow stallies most helpful (that's what we like to hear!)

★  And last but not least, we find it hard to believe that the accomplished vintage trader - and impeccable dresser - Strumpet's Bazaar had an attack of nerves before her Vintage Village debut last October, but apparently she did!


And Strumpet's Bazaar is a news item herself because she has agreed to be our Finder for the forthcoming Spring Fair on Sunday 11th March!  We're beside ourselves with joy!

As you can imagine, the tension is building as we prepare for the March fair in less than two weeks' time.  There's an incredible roster of traders lined up already - and more being added every day - and it promises to be another unmissable event.

Here's our Facebook Spring Fair event page with all the details - don't forget to click that "Join" button!  If you're not keen on Facebook - we understand, honest - you can find out more here.

PLUS we are returning to Salford Museum & Art Gallery on Sunday 25th March!

Two Vintage Villages in one month?  It's more than an ordinary mortal can bear!




Tom of Tom Bean's Vintage Telephones surveys his rapidly depleting stock (suffice it to say his car was much lighter on the way home!)  Photo by Sarah Norris.



Regular visitor Tracey sporting a very splendid coat.  Photo by Sarah Norris.



Riam Fox Bateman browses the furniture at Room at the Top in a vintage Swedish army jacket.  Photo by Sarah Norris.



Lynsey loves green (and red! and polka dots!)   Photo by Sarah Norris.



A trio of very stylish - and thrifty - ladies enjoy their packed lunches inside Stockport Market Hall.  Photo by Kat Lowe.


9 February 2012

posted 9 Feb 2012 05:39 by TinTrunk .   [ updated 10 Feb 2012 00:01 ]

We're all shivering in the Arctic cold, but we have some wonderful news to warm you up - and lots of it too!

For our Be My Valentine Fair on Sunday 12th February we have tons of treats in store for you, courtesy of our ever wonderful stallies.

You might be romantically inclined and looking for a treat for your sweetheart, or you might pooh-pooh the whole Valentine shebang.  Not to worry, whatever your inclination there will be plenty of authentic vintage treasures, beautifully hand-crafted items, and delicious edible goodies available this Sunday. 

Clap your peepers on this round-up of news from our esteemed traders:

★  Garbo Antiques will be bringing some fabulous vintage show girl costumes and some old theatrical fancy dress items.  They have clown costumes, Victorian outfits and carnival costumes just perfect for school dressing up boxes, burlesques dancers, carnival or theatre groups - or just weird and wacky outfits for those who dare to wear them.  All going at super bargain prices!

★  Bathing Beauty is back!!  Hooray!!  The big news is that BB and Stuart Thornley Cake Design are collaborating to bring you an exclusive Valentine Special Treat: one Bath Melt and two Cake Pops for £5!

★  Mama J's Vintage Goods makes a welcome return this month, with some lovely goodies and has not forgotten her gorgeous gentlemen customers.  Come and check out some stylish cufflinks, tie clips and silk scarves, and a beautiful pair of handmade vintage Clarks shoes.

★  Rachel's Boutique has the perfect gift for your lovely lady friend: gorgeous handmade suede and leather make-up bags, clutch bags and heart shaped beaded felt brooches.

★  Handmade By Me has been very busy creating some romantic ceramic love hearts for men and women, and lots more of her wonderful brooches, pins, rings, buttons and decorations.

★  Laurette's Vintage Fashion are heading in an exciting new direction!  They will be bringing their collection of vintage bridal wear - most appropriate! - for our Be My Valentine Fair.  They have bridal gowns, veils, headdresses, bridesmaids' dresses, Mother of the Bride outfits, hats, bags, shoes, gloves and jewellery to make a special day even more special.

★  Making her debut at The Vintage Village is the fabulous Colette Costello, who will be presenting her current fashion range of vintage inspired ladies' wear AND will be selling sample stock including dresses, skirts, handbags and purses at very reduced prices!

★  Oooh Betty! have blogged about what they have in store for this Sunday's Vintage Village, and you can see some very enticing previews right here →

★  Donald and Miss June have gone nuts for vintage radios.  So nuts they've named their new sideline Radio Mental!  See their extensive selection of wireless wonders this Sunday.

★  Village Vintage Clothing is having a Spring clear out!  They will be offering a humungous Bag Sale - fill up a Vintage Village carrier bag from the marked rails and pay only £15 per bagful! 


You'll need feeding to keep you going through all that energetic vintage browsing, and we've got you covered there too.

From the fabulous Babushkas Mobile Kitchen:

Babushkas Mobile Kitchen Menu For The Be My Valentine Fair

Greek Butter Bean and Dill Stew with Feta and Crusty Bread
Hungarian Bratwurst Sausage Stew with Crusty Bread
Grilled Halloumi Cheese Sandwiches with Home Made Salsa
A Selection of Homemade Cakes


And just look what Stuart Thornley Cake Design has in store:

Stuart Thornley Cake Design Menu for The Be My Valentine Fair

New Cupcake Specials for February: Turkish Delight, Tiramisu, Raspberry White Chocolate and Very Cherry
Plus All Your Regular Cupcake Favourites
Mini Cupcake Boxes
Cake Pops and Mini Cake Pops
Cake Jars
Cake Push Ups
Cupid Rice Crispy Treat
'Fish Supper' Cake Tray
Simply Baked 3 for 2: Brownies, Flapjack, Rocky Road, Remembrance Cake, Lemon Shortbread, Gluten-free Chocolate Macaroons, Low Fat Gluten-free Carrot Cake



As if all this wasn't exciting enough, we have a very special Finder lined up for our Finds of the Fair this Sunday - A Thrifty Mrs!

Not only is A Thrifty Mrs' blog essential reading - go and catch up right now if you've not followed her before - but this wise, witty, stylish and perceptive lady wrote one of our all-time favourite reviews back in March last year.  We've been eager to secure her Finding services for quite some time and can't believe our luck.  Get set for a supreme selection of desirable Finds next week!

We've had some very welcome media attention too.  Not only were some of our snaps from last month's fair featured in the latest issue of Stockport Express, but we've been interviewed by Imagine FM 104.9.  Little snippets of our blatherings will be broadcast this Sunday at 8, 9, 10 and 11am.  Eek!

We're also in the latest issue of the very excellent Vintagexplorer magazine and were hoping to distribute some copies to our visitors at this Sunday's fair.  Unfortunately one of the two boxes dispatched from the printers was full of holiday brochures!  Urgent efforts are being made to secure another boxful of this fine publication in time, but if all else fails, we will have a very limited number to give out - for FREE - at this Sunday's Be My Valentine Fair.  Get there early!

UPDATE!: see our little piece in Vintagexplorer.

And on to our traditional list of some of the fantastic traders waiting for your custom this Sunday (it's never a definitive list while there's still late bookings rushing in!)  There's 14 new stallies this month too, as well as many of your regular favourites.

See you this Sunday, and don't forget to wrap up nice and warm!


Absolutely Allsorts
- vintage clothing, accessories, textiles and trims.

All Mod Cons - vintage mid-century homeware, telephones, collectables, ladies' accessories 50s-70s.  Lots more 'mid-century cool' items this month!

All Our Yesterdays - vintage homeware, collectables, toys, tins and much more.

Bathing Beauty - micro producer of handmade beauty and bath products.  See the news above for their exclusive Valentine Special collaboration with Stuart Thornley Cake Design.

Black Cat Vintage - vintage homeware and clothing 50s-80s.

Bonarags - vintage women's clothing, accessories, collectables.

BRG Collectables - vintage collectables.

NEW!  Bumble Bee Vintage - vintage women's clothing 60s-80s, men's bags 70s.

Button Fairies
- jewellery handmade using vintage buttons.  All proceeds go to charity.

NEW!  Colette Costello
- handmade vintage style women's clothing, bags and purses.  With a special sample sale on the day!

Cyprys Antiques and Collectables - vintage clothing, kitchenalia and collectables.

NEW!  Dabberdecades - vintage clothing and accessories, including labels such as Biba, Quant, Clobber, Lee Bender, Kathy McGowan - plus homeware and glass 50s-70s.

NEW!  Delirium - rare used vinyl, cameras and books.

Donald and Miss June Vintage
- vintage clothing and homeware 40s-80s, and lots of vintage radios!

Eclecta Books - antique, collectable books, magazines and paper ephemera.  Also in Room at the Top Vintage Goods.

Fiona Barber - vintage china, ornaments, women's and men's clothing and accessories, jewellery 60s-80s.

Garbo's Antiques
- clothing, accessories and jewellery 30s-80s.  See the news above for details of their mega costume sale!

NEW!  Grandma's Attic - vintage clothes, mainly 60s, bric a brac.

Handmade By Me
- ceramics including buttons, jewellery, oil burners, cards.  Special Valentine treats available too, details above.

NEW!  Harwood-Brown Emporium
- kitchen and household homeware, rocking chairs, custom and unique small pieces of furniture.

Kitsch Republic - vintage 60s-80s, handmade brooches, cushions, recycled clothing.

Lace and Liquour Vintage - vintage women's clothing and accessories, jewellery, homeware 60s-80s.

Laurette's Vintage Fashion - vintage women's wedding fashions and accessories 50s-80s.

Lost But Never Forgotten - vintage women's clothing, accessories, jewellery, homewares.

NEW!  McBaxter - men's and women's vintage clothing, homeware, cameras, magazines.

Madam Mod Makes - vintage inspired jewellery, northern soul/mod culture, refashioned vintage jewellery, vintage knitting and crochet patterns.

Mama J's Vintage Goods - vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery, homeware, collectables.  See the news above for her new stock.

NEW!  Marge's Vintage Homeware - vintage homeware, kitchenalia, collectables 30s-60s.

Mossley Modelmaker
- amazingly detailed handmade architectural models of houses and business premises, often using recycled materials.

NEW!  New Aged
- vintage clothing, accessories, homeware 20s-80s, handmade cards.

One of a Kind Vintage - vintage clothing and accessories 50s-80s.

One Vintage Lady
- vintage homeware, accessories, handmade tea cosies, upcycled cake stands, crocheted hats, scarves.

NEW!  Ooh La La Vintage
- vintage women's clothing, accessories, handmade jewellery.

Oooh Betty! - vintage ceramics, teasets 50s-70s, handmade bunting, cushions, wall hangings, pin cushions using vintage fabric.

Parrot in the Pantry - vintage homewares 20s-80s, cushions, bunting, framed vintage items, shabby chic, decorations.

Populuxe - vintage homeware, clothing, jewellery, collectables.  Also in Room at the Top Vintage Goods.

Rachel's Boutique - vintage clothing, accessories, homeware, collectables, handmade bags and accessories.  More details in the news above.

Retrodec - vintage hats, clocks, jewellery, glassware, pictures.

Rose & Lee Vintage Living
- vintage homeware, china, jewellery, women's clothing and accessories 30s-50s.

NEW!  Ruby Blue - vintage homeware and clothing.

Sesame and Lilly - vintage homeware and textiles, handmade cushions from vintage fabric and greetings cards.

The Side Room - vintage clothing, jewellery, accessories, table linen and lots more.



Garbo's Antiques
Form an orderly queue for Garbo Antiques' sparklingly spectacular vintage costumes!



Oooh Betty!
A few of the goodies Oooh Betty! will be bringing along to this Sunday's Vintage Village Fair.  Click on the pic to read their blog.



Oooh Betty!
Even more of Oooh Betty's recent finds, available at this Sunday's Vintage Village.  Click on the pic to read their blog.



Donald and Miss June
Donald and Miss June are going Radio Mental!



Handmade by Me
That's put the cat among the pigeons!  Some of Handmade By Me's divine ceramic brooches.



Stuart Thornley
Limited edition Cupid Valentine Sheep from Stuart Thornley Cake Design.  How can you resist?




Vintagexplorer
Get there early to secure your free copy of Vintagexplorer!



Songbeads
- jewellery made using hand crafted beads and textiles from all over the world.

Stuart Thornley Cake Design
- cake supremo, artiste of icing sugar.  Details of this month's specials above.

Tea for Two Vintage
- vintage homeware, tea sets, vintage clothing for men and women 60s-70s, accessories, bric a brac.

That Girl Sue - vintage stamps mounted on canvas, greetings cards.

Time For Tea and Cake - vintage homeware, kitchenalia, collectables.

TinTrunk - vintage goods for ladies and gentlemen.  Find them at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.

Tom Bean's Vintage Telephones - restored vintage telephones and assorted vintage electronic items, and possibly some greetings cards made from vintage magazines.

NEW!  Tweed Queen - handbags, accessories, baby clothes and vintage-style clothes in today's sizes.

Twisted Vintage - vintage women's clothing, accessories and homeware.

NEW!  Vanessa's Vintage - vintage clothing and homeware 1900s-70s.

Vibrant Vintage by Victoria Claire
- vintage women's clothing, accessories and jewellery 30s-80s.

Village Vintage Clothing - vintage men's and women's clothing and accessories.  They're having a mega BAG SALE!  Also at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.

NEW!  Vintage Belle
- vintage clothing and accessories.

Vintage Heaven - vintage clothing, accessories, homeware.

Vintage Vantage - vintage textiles, notions and bric a brac.

The Wonder of Woollies
- hand dyed and spun wool yarns, hand knitted hats, hand turned wooden items.


16 January 2012

posted 16 Jan 2012 11:35 by TinTrunk .

We are SO lucky!

No, really, we are and here's the evidence: we had such a great Happy New 2012 Fair on Sunday 8th, with lots of enthusiastic and cheery visitors all keen to find themselves a January bargain or two.  Despite there being a rather important local football match on the same day, so we were later told.

We had the most super stupendous Finder this month, who happened to be a big pal of last month's super stupendous Finder.  More on this just a bit further on . . .

Aaand, we won a prize!  Late last year North West Advertising offered a free day's promotion using their custom-built, cycle-powered, lean green ad machine in a competition on Twitter.  Have a guess who won it!

So the day before the fair, Jack of NWA - straight outta, er, Heaton Moor - spent a full day circulating around central Stockport spreading the word about our forthcoming fair.  He was energetic, he was charming, he was polite, and he diligently distributed a huge stack of our flyers for us.

Not only that, but at 6 foot five, with a banner trailer nearly as tall, Jack was very hard to miss!

Don't hesitate to contact North West Advertising if you want eco-friendly and very effective promo work with a personal touch for your enterprise.  But don't hang about because they're already very busy.  Tell them we sent you!

On to our Finds of the Fair for January, which is a real treat this month, specially hand-picked by a genuine, high-flying top digital designer bod!  As mentioned above, Neil is actually a good friend of Helen, our Finder for December, and we discovered him because he owned up to being the obsessive camera collector Helen mentioned in her Finds, on that forum for the terminally chatty, Twitter. 

Needless to say, we eagerly sought to recruit him as a Finder and were overjoyed when he agreed, with only a day or two to go before the fair.  Go and gasp in awe at Neil's fabulous selections over here.

We were overwhelmed with fabulous photos for our Visitors' Gallery this month too, possibly the most we've ever had!  This is one Visitors' Gallery you just have to see.  Our visitors - and not a few of our stall holders - are supremely accomplished vintage bargain hunters!

Time is galloping on, and we're now deep into preparations for next month's Be My Valentine Fair on Sunday 12th February.

Perfectly poised two days before Valentine's Day, this event will provide the perfect opportunity for finding that unique romantic treat for your dearest heart.

We're also thrilled to announce that we will be returning to Salford Museum & Art Gallery for our second pop-up Vintage Village fair after the storming success of our first visit last September.

Same beautiful venue, same FREE entry as last time!  Save the date - Sunday 25th March.




Got no names, sorry, but here's two divine ladies dressed for the January chill, in front of All Mod Cons' stall.  Photo by Alan Lowe.

Jack Faux of North West Advertising
Jack of North West Advertising gives our prize!  Photo by Sarah Norris.


Kelly Brown
The unsinkable Kelly Brown (some of you might get that reference!)  Photo by Sarah Norris.


Helen Munn and Neil Richards
Last month's Finder Helen with this month's Finder Neil.  Result!  Photo by Alan Lowe.




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