On Sunday, I was invited along to Judy’s Vintage Fair in Bath. According to the website, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair runs in 30 UK cities and at 6 major UK festivals. It is the first time that they have visited Bath though. Bath seems to be having so many vintage events going on at the moment. As well as the local vintage shops and markets, there is also a new flea market which I keep meaning to pop along to. I am planning a vintage and second hand guide to Bath very soon - but I digress!
I really like the concept of shopping for vintage clothing at a fair. I don’t have much time for shopping hence why I usually do it on the internet, but with vintage, it can be very difficult to ascertain the fit, quality and condition of a piece of clothing. A vintage fair saves loads of time and allows me access to loads of clothes at the same making the likelihood of finding something that fits and that I like much higher. It also allows me to dart backwards and forwards between stalls comparing items, all part of my completely indecisive, decision making process.
As the fairs name suggests, there was quite a bit of affordable vintage. I noticed quite a few £10 rails, unfortunately nothing on these rails took my fancy but there was also a good selection of lovely dresses from the sixties and seventies at around the £20 mark. As always it was the more expensive stuff that caught my eye though.
I was pretty much in my element with so many beautiful floral prints, lace dresses and glamorous accessories. I particularly love the fifties dresses .
There was also trinkets galore which make great Christmas pressies. I managed to pick up a few brooches for the runner up goody bags for next weeks outfit competition.
If you like bright colours, then this was the perfect stall, I found my self lusting over the yellow tops.
I would have loved to get my hair and make up done, retro style but as I just had to go home to do the ironing afterwards, it seemed a little extravagant.
This was my favourite stall, It had so many lovely pieces that I could have bought, if I had brought more cash with me and a really friendly stallholder who I spent ages chatting to. I guess I will never learn, I always need more cash than I think I will (perhaps it is some subconcious frugality going on though).
I finally decided to buy this dress. I love the delicate lace top and chiffon skirt. I think that is Mr Style Eyes work Christmas party outfit sorted, I might even attempt some DIY retro hair and make up.
One of my favourite parts of the fair was seeing all of the amazing outfits that people wore. Unfortunately, I was far too shy to go and ask if I could take photos of them.
Overall this is the best vintage event that I have been to in Bath so far, I really hope they will be coming back again next year.
Do you ever go to vintage fairs? which would you recommend?
With warmest wishes