Sunday consisted of a near vintage overload!
Two vintage fairs, both with excellent reputations were making their débuts in new locations on Sunday.
Judy’s Affordable Vintage fair held court at the Victoria Warehouse Hotel and Stockport’s one and only Vintage Village pitched up at the Old Granada Studio’s on Water Street.
We went to both.
Judy’s new home is located near to Old Trafford Football Ground in a huge old warehouse that has been converted into a stunning hotel environment. With trams and buses nearby, public transport is available. If you go by car, as we did be aware there’s minimal parking at the venue, and lots of double yellow lines on the roads around it. We ended up parking in a pub car park a few minutes walk away.
The hotel itself is rather impressive, with evocative smells as you walk in and beautiful surrounds, it doesn’t really feel like you are in a building on the Manchester and Salford border.
This version of Judy’s vintage fair was billed as “The Social”, there was tea and cake, and a bar if you needed something stronger. Although when we were there this wasn’t being taken advantage of- we think visitors were perhaps not fully aware of the Social concept and perhaps areas for these activities could be more clearly marked.
An authentically seated mini cinema was showing Mary Poppins as we were there- with the promise of more films to come.
The vintage itself was a good mix of local traders and others who had come from all over the country- one stand we were particularly taken with was Retro Bazaar from Milton Keynes so it was really good to see some “new” old stock. Not a great photo below but it was great to see the lighting rigged up. Inclination to buy something that actually works is a perfect selling point for this sort of functional vintage.
I’m unsure how regularly Judy’s are planning to put on fairs here but I’m pleased they finally seem to have found a home back in the North West.
Jumping in the car and heading further into the city centre and to Old Granada studios took all of ten minutes. Lots more parking to choose from here although it can be on the expensive side, but obviously as this is the city centre there is a vast number of public transport options too.
With lots of familiar faces it almost felt like a home from home- it did have a smattering of traders we hadn’t seen before which is always welcome and lots of food vendor choice- we went for the hot dogs.
There was much more furniture and homeware’s at VV compared to Judy’s which was mainly clothing. This version of Vintage Village was completely outside along the route up to the old Coronation Street set, so full of history and atmosphere… With the promise of moving inside after summer this looks to be the perfect setting (pun intended) for Vintage Village outside of its native Stockport.
Vintage Village will now be here the last Sunday of each month as well as the second Sunday every month in Stockport.
Did you visit either of these fairs this weekend? What were your thoughts?