I’ve worked with Old Spitalfields Market before when they had me down to judge an awards and they were really lovely people, and an amazing market. So when I got another email from them asking me to come down again I was quite excited!
Old Spitalfields have a different fair every Saturday, and on the first Saturday of the month it is the turn of So Vintage London. They wanted me to come down and they set me a challenge, to find my top 10 items at the fair from a mix of home-wares, mens & womens clothing and accessories available on the market, and for a budget of under £200. The little bit that had me pinching myself to check I wasn’t dreaming was that they actually gave me £200 of market vouchers to spend. After all, what’s the point of picking my top 10 items if I can’t take them home and play with them, that’s like a punishment!
So here I am, 11:30am on a Saturday morning, looking very spring like, and still in last nights hair do, looking excessively pleased with my vouchers.
♥ Dress – Pin Up Parade (in the sale!) ♥ Shoes – Office ♥ Necklace – Tatty Devine ♥
I had about an hour shopping time, before I was booked in to have lunch at Las Iguanas. I asked to sit outside, because Las Iguanas is on the top floor and you get an amazing view out across the market. I ordered tapas, despite having eaten it the night before, I do love tapas! I also ordered a cocktail, but I expected I might be asked to pay for it, because who gives you free booze after all?
Then my drink arrived…
I must have looked confused, because they explained that they were 2-4-1, so I had two lunch time cocktails. I also had sweet potato fries, chorizo in red wine and gambas, and it was all delicious.
And then it turned out I didn’t even have to pay for my cocktails! Feeling mega spoilt, and with a glowing cocktail induced buzz I toddled off to finish my shopping, which went much faster than to start with. It’s amazing how a little drink makes parting with money less stressful.
So, what were my top 10 So Vintage finds? At first I was a little apprehensive about being able to find things. Vintage fairs, particularly in London, can have a reputation for being a little, er over-priced, so I was apprehensive about my £20 per item budget, but in the end it was no trouble at all. The fair has a small, but excellent selection of stalls with lots of choice, and largely very reasonable prices!
No 1. Mounted Vintage Prints from Vintage in Print – I just loved all these prints, most coming in around the £20 mark. I actually bought these 2 from the sale box for £5 each.
No 2. Playing Card design Decanter & Shot Glasses from Mabel on the Table – I am nuts for cocktail paraphernalia and glassware, and the playing card design on these had me at Hello.
No. 3 Flamingo Brooch from Magpie’s Attic – It’s worrying how often I find myself thinking things will go with my hair now that it’s pink. This flamingo just had to join my novelty animal brooch collection!
No. 4 Clip on Earrings from Magpie’s Attic – They’re pink, see above.
No. 5 Vintage Kimono from 5678 Vintage – I do love a kimono, and this vintage version is so heavy and beautiful. I plan to waft around with cocktail in it, and wear it as a lightweight summer jacket.
No.6 1960s Chiffon Scarf from Miss Retro – Bought because I thought the orange would contrast well with my hair. I have a problem. It was only £1 though!
No.7 Vintage Fabric Cocktail Print Cushion from Pink Elephant – I really do have a thing for cocktail paraphernalia. This is such a cool print.
No.8 Mens Duggie Scarf from Black Betty – I wanted to get some menswear in, as men so often think there won’t be anything at vintage fairs for them. Black Betty had this reversible scarf, which I thought was great! It’s also a lot warmer than your regular silky fringed scarf.
No 9. Pineapple Coasters from Spoiled Fox – So kitsch, I love them! Now living happily in my cocktail cabinet.
No.10 1960s Cats Eye Frames from Auntie Aviator – Technically these went over budget, as I will be paying to have them re-glazed with my prescription. But the frames themselves had clear glass in them, so if you just wanted them for the look then they were a good purchase!
All that within budget! Not a bad haul! I even had a couple of pounds left over to treat myself to a cupcake from Betty Lou’s Bakery to make the trip on the tube to awesome weekend Pt.3 a little more bearable.
So Vintage is at Old Spitalfields Market on the 1st Saturday of every month, making it’s next visit the 3rd May. It’s a good one for me to get to from Norwich, being just round the corner from Liverpool Street, and I suggest checking out Old Spitalfields next time you’re around anyway, if you haven’t already, as it’s just a lovely market place.