Sunday, 18 December 2011

Andy's First Vintage Fair

.... and probably his last, but at least he showed willing and gave it a try! It was something completely different for him, but we wanted to do something together so we ventured to the Prestwich Vintage Fair. It's quite close to home so on a freezing winter's day, it was a good choice.

The event was orgainsed by pretty Fiona of Rose & Lee Vintage Living They specialise in shabby chic, vintage and antique furniture, home wares and luxurious gifts. They are featured in lots of high profile publications ... including Vogue! Wow!
Fiona of Rose & Lee Vintage Living
I have got to know some lovely people since becoming more involved in the vintage scene. Some of them were here today plus we had the bonus of meeting some new vintage and 'crafty' friends.
Jonty of Expressions Clothing
Jonty and Bob of Expressions Clothing, were a really great couple. They have their own brand of vintage inspired clothing for men and women. I fell in love with their 1940s dresses which are made from genuine 1940s patterns in beautiful floral fabric. Made to fit modern sizes too.

What to buy?
Jennifer Gilmour of Stitch Me Lane Fabrics
Jen is from Tennesee and has settled in Bolton! She had some absolutely beautiful handmade rings made out of vintage buttons. I loved them! They'll definitely be on my next gift list ...
Jen is also creator of The Cultured Pearl
A couple of Jen's handmade Christmas cards
One of the talented ladies from Manchester Craft Mafia
Friends of the Forties
I really enjoyed chatting with Stella and her daughter from Friends of the Forties. Their website displays an amazing array of everything .... and I mean everything to do with the 40s era. Definitely worth checking out! They have a range of vintage vehicles too which go to events around the country. They would make a great backdrop for a photo shoot, something I'd love to try for my next makeovers.
So cute! Kara Derwin & Charlotte Johnson of Deer Vintage Clothing
I met Kara and Charlotte (above) of Deer Vintage Clothing at my last vintage excursion. I bought a fab brown leather belt and gloves off them which, they were pleased to see, I was wearing today.
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Victoria of Vibrant Vintage looking all festive
Victoria of Vibrant Vintage looked really busy on her stall but I did catch a moment to chat with her. She's such a darling. I'm looking forward to attending her next Vintage Fair early next year.
Jewellery and other treasures from Vibrant Vintage
Kathryn Taylor of House 49
It was nice to meet another friendly face in Kathryn of House 49. This yound lady is a photographer, aspiring blogger, lover of vintage treasures and owner of a scrumptiously smelly soaps and scrubs business.
Scrumptiously Smelly Organic Soaps & Scrubs from House 49
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It was a really cool day but the hunger pangs were hitting hard so we headed for home. Just around the corner from us is Astley Hall. Cafe Ambio at Astley Hall is where we decided to eat and chill a little in the festive atmosphere.
Cafe Ambio, Astley Hall
Roast beef on the menu for us
Astley Hall, Chorley
Poor Andy waiting patiently for his roast beef dinner
I'm happy with a G&T dahling ... chinchin!


  1. What a extensive and detailed blog post! It was lovely meeting you- you you and and both have a wonderful Christmas!

  2. Thank you Sue! I hope I got all the details right! I met most people but could have hung around all day and met more. It's such a nice atmosphere :))

  3. Ooh this looks lovely! Did think about coming, but other half needed assistance with his family's Xmas shopping (ie me to choose presents for him!) so we did that instead. Glad you had fun and met one of my lovely friends, which is Jen :)

  4. Ah! Jen said she was a good friend of yours ... small world :))

  5. Hi Alison, It was great meeting you yesterday.Love the blog,the photos of our stall look really good, thanks for that.Hope you both have a wonderful xmas and all the best for the New Year.Do keep in touch,you never know, you could one day be wearing one of our 1940s dresses,Best wishes Jonty and Bob Expressions Clothing.

  6. Thank you! All the best to you too. I'll be in touch about a dress very soon :)

  7. I want to go to a vintage fair! Looks like a cool event.

    Mabel Time