If you’ve visited the Christmas Markets with their gluhwein and bratwurst you’ll have noticed that they now spill far and wide across the city centre.
Even I hadn’t discovered the Victorian Christmas Markets, hidden away, as they are at the bottom of Deansgate.
But we’ve been missing a treat.
Alongside a craft beer bar and cider tent are the kind of goodies that get every vintage (and craft) lover excited.
In my brief after work browse, I spotted a whole host of vintage goodies, alongside the usual stands featuring festive gifts, plants and treats.
Dragging myself away from buying yet another hat or cape (I dread the look I’ll get when I one of either home), I thankfully distracted myself with vintage board games, toys and books, as well as a huge pile of vinyl. All, given the general, *ahem* grumblings about the Christmas markets and the cost of a sausage, very reasonably priced.
Now it must be said, this Victorian warehouse filled with treats, isn’t on the scale of the main markets, it’s infinitely smaller and more select, but as it’s run by those behind the Castlefield Artisan market, you’ll possibly see some familiar faces.
I was thrilled to spot the Joyful Nester, whose crafted bags, phone covers and make up purses feature some of the most gorgeous vintage fabric.
And before I could leave, I spotted Jon Turner. Whose handcrafted pieces and stunning artwork (let alone his top hat and velvet smoking jacket) caught my attention. A dapper gent, his surreal artworks are delightful and I can see me investing in one or two of the originals, let alone the cards and prints.
The Victorian Market finishes on Sunday 22 December, so before it disappears, head down and enjoy the relative peace and space away from the scrum that are the usual stalls and snap up a bargain.