Vintage clothing items are a must have in any fashionistas wardrobe and finding good quality authentic vintage pieces can be a difficult task. The popularity of vintage clothing has risen significantly in the last few years and the market is becoming saturated by vintage and retro pieces. The question we have all been asking is where can we buy original, unique and authentic vintage clothing from?
Vintage clothing can be found in a whole host of places including well-known auction site EBay, online boutiques, independent vintage shops, charity shops and vintage fairs. One of the most popular and sociable vintage fashion events includes regional vintage fairs or markets.
Vintage fairs have been popping up around the country and many of you will probably have been to your local vintage fair and checked out the gorgeous fashion and homeware items on offer. If you haven’t ventured to one of these fabulous vintage fairs, then I do recommend a visit as you never know what you may find. Take a look at my top UK vintage fairs for some of the best vintage events for your fashion calendar.
Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair
Dubbed the UK’s leading vintage fair, this event has so much to offer every vintage fashion lover. There are whole host of vintage events in many different cities and towns including London, Leeds, Edinburgh, Bristol and Reading. These vintage fairs offer beautiful unique pieces from vintage fashion, shabby chic furniture and kitsch homeware. Judy’s Affordable Vintage fairs also offer vintage kilo sales so your purchases are priced by weight. A kilo of clothing costs only £15 and this can equate to approx. 4-5 items of vintage clothing, a total bargain. Check out www.judysvintagefair.co.uk for your nearest vintage fair.
Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Another popular vintage fair is The Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair, this event was named ‘a treasure trove of inspiration’ by Glamour Magazine and has featured in several fashion publications. Located in The Old Finsbury Town Hall, London this event is popular with people nationwide. This fairs provides the whole experience with an on site vintage salon and chic tearooms for plenty of quintessential tea and cake. Check out www.clerkenwellvintagefashionfair.co.uk
Discover Vintage Fair
For those of you in the Midlands and the North of England, you may have heard of these fabulous vintage fairs. Discover Vintage Fairs was founded in 2009 and has been providing beautiful, unique vintage events which offer a whole host of products and services including vintage home shows, vintage wedding fairs and vintage festivals celebrating the best in vintage. Discover Vintage has also collaborated with Your Vintage Life to bring a special vintage academy for aspiring vintage sellers. Check out www.discovervintage.co.uk for up to date information on events.
Miss Ivy Events
This relatively new vintage fashion fair has seen popularity blossom and with fairs based in the beautiful south west, it creates the perfect opportunity to take a vintage shopping trip and do some sight seeing. These vintage fairs are uniquely filled with lots of interesting sellers, vintage cars, entertainment, beauty and hair treatments. Take a look at www.missivyevents.co.uk for more information on these awesome events.
Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair
This fabulous vintage event started in Sheffield in 2008 and now spans the UK, winning ‘Best Vintage Fair in 2013, 2014 & 2015. Sellers offer vintage items spanning the 1920’s – 1990’s. Events feature well-known vintage sellers and offer lots of lovely vintage treats including beauty parlours, vintage refreshments and tons of vintage fashion to feast your eyes on. Check out www.thevintagefair.com to check out your nearest vintage event.
Do you have a favourite local vintage or antique event that you’d love to share, leave a comment below for inspiration.
Words by: Natasha Henson