While vintage shops are popping up all across the country, sometimes the pricing can alienate us mere mortals. While stalls at festivals might be common, there's certainly room for a proper all-dayer. Courtesy of The Vintage Fair, that's exactly what you can indulge in.
The fair happens every few months in both Sheffield and Manchester, with the next event in Sheffield taking place this Saturday! Promising plenty of stalls full of fashion, homewares, and various trinkets, Genuine vintage pieces from the 1940s onwards are accompanied by well selected retro pieces too. And it's all accompanied by a chic little tea party. The perfect excuse to spend the whole day to indulge.
Find out more from the Vintage Fair's website
Marks & Spencer has firmly established itself as one of the most British brands on our high street, and their clothing ranges continue to go from strength to strength. Celebrating its 125th year, the store has come up trumps with an archive range of looks.
Taking inspiration from their fashion history, the 125 range takes inspiration from the forties right through to the eighties, each piece with impressive flair. With modern fabrics and craft, these dresses provide fantastic vintage looks for up to date body shapes, and all at M&S prices.
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Yes, we have another site on the go, although we're keeping Switched On Art fairly low-key for now.
The idea of Switched On Art is to feature anything interesting art-related, new art, new prints, related merchandise, gallery showing, books – you know the kind of thing. It'll be updated as when we find items worth featuring and will be written by real people for real people. None of that art snobbery here. There will also be an emphasis on new and affordable artwork too, as opposed to the highly-priced gallery works – art we can all afford or aspire to, in other words.
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Switched On Art website
If you are in east London tonight, you may be interesting in spending your evening at the V&A Museum of Childhood who are celebrating 'the decade that taste forgot': the seventies. In an event that is aimed at adults, rather than kids, they'll be taking tours around the museum highlighting popular toys of the decade (pictured here is a weeble from the museum's collection), as well as offering the chance to play some classic board games or make a scoubidou keyring amongst many other activities. There will also be a bar to help you regress.
This evening is being run as part of 'First Thursdays' which offers late night art openings around east London, on, strangely enough, the first Thursday of each month. This evening runs from 6pm until 9pm and is free.
Find out more from the Museum of Childhood website
It's been mentioned on this site before but the Affordable Vintage Fashion Fairis back on its travels again. London dwellers will be delighted to hear that this time they've expanded their route to include a stop-off in the capital. The fair is very much aimed at the budget conscious and includes over 40 stalls of vintage fashion dating from the 1940s up to the 1980s.
The London fair is taking place at the Fym Fyg bar on Cambridge Heath Road on 4th April. As part of the event, Lady Luck Rules OK are hosting a 'Pop-Up Tea Shoppe' where each tea table will be styled around a particular decade. In addition, there will be a Kilo stall where clothes can be bought by weight, rather than per item. It all sounds great value for a £2 entry fee.
Jumble sales and car boots can turn up some vintage gems, once in a while, but only if you’re willing to invest some rather dull hours. Jumble and Pearls are providing something of an antedote to trudging round village halls with their monthly shopping event.
Featuring a range of clothing that’s vintage, designer and high street stuff, shopping is soundtracked by lounge DJs all day. There’s also a chance to socialise while you shop with cocktails and cuppas on offer.
Jumble and Pearls is on Saturday 4th April at Albert and Pearl, 181 Upper Street, Islington, N1 from noon until 5 pm. Entry is absolutely free. It’s also on every Saturday of the month from then on.
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