One of my favourite purchases this year (and by no coincidence, one of my favourite outfit posts) was this fabulous canary-yellow vintage skirt. I was bitten by the vintage bug and I’ve been seeking out vintage sales ever since so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned so far…
1) Vintage shopping can be a tall shoppers heaven. The added length of yester-year’s dresses/skirts makes them perfect for those of us who are long and leggy. (Waist-height can still be tricky but it’s amazing what you can find if you’re prepared to rummage through the rails.) It’s also the perfect way to nail throw-back fashions like the current 70’s trends.
2) It’s about more than just the clothes. It’s a costume-jewellery paradise (I’ve never seen so many sparkly things in one place) and perfect if you’re looking for a one-off piece of furniture.
3) It pays to think about your underwear in advance of your shopping expedition. Most vintage sales have make-shift changing booths so make sure you’re covered just in case. At the last vintage sale I went to one of the booths was no more than a wicker screen…
4) There is always cake. I don’t know why but every vintage sale I’ve attended has had a cute little tea-and-cake cafe running in the corner. Which suits me just fine. The added bonus is that you can usually buy the seat you’re sitting on if it takes your fancy.
5) Do your research beforehand. Most vintage sales are one-off or annual events so it helps to follow vintage stores online to see where they’ll be showcasing their wares next. I’ve included some links below to get you started!
One of my earliest memories is of Cinderella. When I was little my Grandma would often mind me while my Mum and Dad were at work, and sometimes – if I was lucky – I’d get to spend the weekend there too. It was the weekends I looked forward to the most. My grandma knew my favourite movie was Walt Disney’s Cinderella, but she’d only rent it from the VHS shop as a special treat for the weekend. My love for the film has stayed with me (and yes I’ve seen the live action remake and it’s wonderful).
When I pulled this outfit together I couldn’t help feeling it was pulling more from the ‘Drizella’ colour palette than Cinderella’s. Then when we were shooting this post the BEST thing happened.
This path is one of my favourite routes to walk and it’s usually fairly deserted. However, I’d forgotten about the Easter Hols. We were soon passed by a family of 8 (including a muddy and excitable dog). There were two little girls (about the age I was when I discovered Cinderella) with their Dad at the back of the procession…
“Go on just ask her.”
“No don’t Dad”
“Just ask, she won’t mind.”
“Don’t it’s embarrassing.“
“Excuse me, the girls would like to know if you’re Cinderella?”
I should have been cooler about it. I really should have been. But that family totally made my week.
The weather forecast for the north-west this weekend is grey and more grey… in other words perfect weather for shopping!
Take your pick from TWO great sales… or maybe just go to both? (It’s pay-day after all!)
The Lowry Outlet Mall is hosting a Sample Sale (in conjunction with the Manchester Fashion Network) featuring this impressive range of retailers:
When? Saturday 29th June 10am – 7pm & Sunday 30th June 11am – 5pm
Where? The Lowry Outlet Mall at Salford Quays
Meanwhile over in Liverpool… The Vintage Fashion Fair is in town. I’ve been to the Manchester one before and it’s well worth a visit. They promise:
“At the fair you will find Thousands of Original Vintage Fashions & Accessories,Traditional & Antique Textiles,Glass & Mid Century Homewares, Jewellery and lots more Plus Live music form the superb three girl harmony group The Sequin Sisters,also a Vintage Style yummy cafe,and a Vintage DJ playing all the hits of the 50‘s 60’s & 70’s“
When? Saturday 29th June 2013, General admission from 10am Where? St Georges Hall, Liverpool, L1 1JJ Admission? £4 Adults & £3 Students/OAP with ID