Review of Saddleworth Vintage Jubilee Fair

On Sunday June 3rd Saddleworth was swinging to the sound of Big Band tunes at their Jubilee Vintage Fair,
with a venue bedecked in red, white and blue bunting specially for the occasion.

Stalls on offer ranged from vintage and reproduction clothing, jewellery, bric a brac, homeware and cakes.
There was even a chance to enjoy a vintage makeover and photoshoot courtesy of Lipgloss & Lenses.
The event showcased a hotbed of homegrown talent, as hat designers, illustrators, jewellery makers and more proudly showed their wares in a riot of colour and style. The North West vintage scene is certainly thriving.

All Stallholders were passionate vintage enthusiasts, Rae Lewis of the upcoming ‘Vintage 10 and 6‘ has big plans to hold themed events in Manchester’s Northern Quarter at Nexus Art Cafe. Watch this space for details! Their stall was a feast of expertly sourced one off pieces alongside handmade accessories. And the Vanity Project by Limb dresses are great for those looking for repro in modern sizes.

Realicoul and Caroline Royal are two very different jewellery designers both using buttons and upcycled materials to striking effect. We also admired the temptingly edible jewellery on show by Candy & Lace which included clay versions of childhood favourites like flumps and jammy dodgers, yum yum!

Design duo Felt Mountain produced the cutest of printed cushions and homeware. Most exciting was the range of self published manuals and books on living the vintage lifestyle. And Tracy Foster had her hats on display which harked back to an older time.

Chatting to the ladies from Grandma’s attic, it was fascinating to hear how much women’s sizes have changed in each decade, even down to shoe size. My modern size 8’s are practically clown shoes in comparison!

Customer Michaela Morton came hunting for vintage with a handbag that made passers by stop and stare; an Enid Collins original box bag. This eyecatching piece is literally fashioned from a painted and embellished wooden box. Highly sought after by savvy collectors, even in mint condition they can usually be found for under £50. Michaela was proudly sporting a ‘Glitterbugs’ design, an embellished butterfly and insect motif that was one of the companies most popular themes, others included animals, birds and flowers.

Enid Collins studied fashion design at the university of Texas and married a sculptor, Fred. After the Second World War they intended to become ranchers, but this lifestyle proved tough. In the late 1940’s, Enid began to design handbags as a way of making more money, no doubt influenced by her surroundings as she used leather, canvas and brass. However, a large order for her bags from Neiman Marcus the department store, encouraged her to open a factory and pursue bag making as a business.

In the mid 50’s, she started to focus more on the wooden box designs. Her box-bags became must-haves!  If you plan to collect Enid Collins a surefire way to tell if it’s authentic will be the initials ‘EC’ or Collins of Texas in the right hand corner and an inside mirror (or spot where a mirror should be).

Attending the Saddleworth Vintage Fair in vintage dress meant free admission, not that we need an excuse, and many ventured out in the pouring rain in their finest gladrags. What’s a vintage fair without tea and cake stalls? And that’s exactly where we headed after a satisfying hunt through decades of style.

Thanks to Beth Kenny for contributing this article and reviewing the fair for us!


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