If you’re a lover of all things yesteryear, then one of the best places to find genuine vintage items for your home is a vintage fair.
Vintage events are becoming ever more popular, so you’re sure to find one near you. Here in Staffordshire and Derbyshire, we’re lucky to have several events throughout the year, which are run by local small business The Vintage Suitcase.
Owners Gemma and James pride themselves on organising vintage fairs that are ‘just like they used to be’. At each event, you’ll find a great mix of handpicked vintage traders, offering a range true vintage and reproduction clothing, as well as quality homewares, curios, and collectibles.
With live music, a tea room and even a hall dedicated to handmade delights, there really is something for everyone at a Vintage Suitcase event. You can even pick up a new skill at a Simply Staffordshire craft workshop, or get yourself a finger curl in the pop up hair salon!
Beloved and I were invited to bop along to this year’s Summer of Vintage Festival at Uttoxeter Racecourse to check out all the latest vintage offerings. In addition to two halls brimming with clothes and jewellery, there were catwalk shows, talks and a Burlesque cabaret.
But I was there for the homewares.
The trip down Memory Lane was a bonus.
It’s just what happens when you reach a certain age.
This year, I noticed a few traders dealing in vintage cameras, which make wonderfully quirky accessories for the photography enthusiast.
Meanwhile, in among the vintage porcelain and cutlery, glassware, mid-century sideboards, knitted cushions, and yes… vintage suitcases, there were some deliciously tempting finds.
A velvet top hat that almost came home with me was really hard to leave behind, as was a beautiful, traditional coat stand.
As for this beauty… How I passed her up, I do not know.
Because every PA’s office needs a vintage typewriter, after all.
But I managed to resist.
Mainly because I am on an accessories ban.
So I must choose my battles wisely.
But seriously, who could resist a pink Louis chair with Flamingos?
Who except Beloved, of course.
Something about “Flamingos would hit the ban list quicker than pineapples.”
Now pink flamingos might seem a bit out of keeping with the theme of the day but it just goes to show how old and new can collide. The upcycling trend certainly doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, so this is one way of introducing vintage pieces into your home, even if your style is very modern.
Inspiration is everywhere!
One glance around OneandSeventy reveals a fairly contemporary style. However, Beloved and I do have unusually retro plans for the dining room that involve a pair of these…
I mulled over our plans with one of the lovely ladies at Jordan’s Vintage Home with Shabalicious Designs, who explained that the flamingo chair, like all their designs, was a one-off. The company sources preloved furniture, which they then professionally make over according to the client’s individual requirements.
I cannot WAIT until we have the pennies to add to our existing Louis dining chairs!
Maybe minus the flamingos.
The Summer of Vintage Festival was a thoroughly enjoyable day out and I can highly recommend it. The next event is at The Dome in Buxton on 16th October and after that, The Vintage Suitcase team returns to Uttoxeter Racecourse for a Very Vintage Christmas, which takes place on 5th and 6th December.
I’m looking forward to it already.
If you’d like to know more, drop by The Vintage Suitcase’s Facebook Page, where you’ll find more information about upcoming events.
A hui hou,