Wowsers, what a wonderful weekend!
It was the Festival of Vintage at York Racecourse and it was brilliant. We bought Earlybird weekend passes and we definitely needed the two days to see everything, it was almost vintage overload!
Organised by Keeley who has may vintage strings to her bow, including The Vintage Home Show, Discover Vintage Fairs, The Vintage Wedding Fair and her own vintage shop the Vintage Emporium in York. She really excelled herself with this event and I must to say I was really impressed. The facilities were fantastic- I didn’t really know what to expect with it being on a racecourse but it really worked- you didn’t want for anything.
There was a wide variety of stalls and entertainment. Dance lessons, singers, classic cars, fashion shows and vintage inspired craft workshops. The shopping was the main event for me personally though and I wasn’t disappointed. Stalls ranged from vintage ceramics, amazing clothing, and beautiful deadstock lucite handbags, to sewing paraphernalia with a handful of vintage repro thrown in for good measure such as Dorothy May Lingere , 20th Century Foxy and Miss Bamboo (who we interviewed here).
There was also some craft and handmade stalls in the mix too but these were a minimum (it definitely wasn’t a craft fair- I don’t go to a vintage fair and want to be overwhelmed by craft, but that’s me).
Now onto what I bought. As always I’m on a budget and I’m tight on space (house on the market/loads of stuff in storage already etc) so despite easily wanting to buy something from every stall- I could have spent a small fortune let me tell you…
First up was my last purchase, which has been on my virtual vintage shopping list for a while, a fur trimmed coat. It had to be under £40 and had to be in immaculate condition, I got this for £32 and its just perfect, fits like a dream and is in outstanding condition- chuffed doesn’t cover it.
I’ve looked on the Vintage Fashion Guild’s label resource but I cant find anything relating to this label… Seigal Made in England- any thoughts? It is 1950-1960’s I can tell that much…
With my next purchases I bring some personal news, if you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter you may already know that I’m pregnant. After the difficulties last year we are thrilled to have made it a third of the way through after having my operation at the end of January. So now I’m planning a whole new wardrobe, any excuse eh?
I think only the blue top above is an actual vintage maternity top, the other is more of a painters smock/apron but as they both fasten at the back I can just wear a white vest underneath and adjust as needed. The red one was £4 and the blue one was £10.
Just two more things- I told you I restrained myself! A vintage maternity pattern for £4 and a metre of blue lace for £1 to complete another sewing project I’ve yet to share with you.
This is turning into rather a long post but just thought I’d share a photograph of my two fabulous friends Laura and Kate and myself after we’d been to the Vintage Beauty Parlour ran by the adorable and talented Bethany who made many a lady into a vintage vixen that weekend- I’m surprised they were still standing by Sunday afternoon.
I’m afraid I was just too excited to take an outfit picture on the first day- it totally slipped my mind. Its fairs to say a lot of my regular stuff isn’t fitting me now so I really had to think about it too. Ah well- I’ll just have to wear it again so you can see.
This is the top part of my outfit on the second day- you can see my hair stayed in position too, after a great nights sleep in Ace Boutique Hostel- highly recommend the private rooms.
Dress was my mums 1980’s does 1940’s, cardigan Dorothy Perkins, belt from a different dress and broach from a lady on Facebook who makes a whole manner of tiki accessories.
I managed to meet a couple of Twitter chums whilst I was there, but also managed to miss others despite being in the same place at the same time! Doh.
Did you go to York at the weekend or any other vintage event? Do share your blog links below so I can have a nosy at what you bought!
Bye for now x