Sunday, 17 October 2010

A vintage tour across the north

Normally you'd be hard pushed to find anything outside of the Southern borders but lately it seems like there's been quite a boom in vintage fairs and markets 'up north.

Liverpool has always been a city that's fashion forward, you'd be hard pushed not to stumble across an independent boutique, or vintage shop whilst pursing the streets of the city. So it comes as no surprise that the city is also home to not just one major vintage fair, but now several.

After stumbling across this plethora of fairs it only seems right to spend my autumn/winter doing a bit of vintage shopping, and these fairs seem to be the pick of the bunch for a bit of variation throughout the season.

Liverpool's big vintage fair launched earlier this year, a fair with a difference you'll find not just stalls in abundance but also vintage fashion shows. The next fair will be at the stunning surroundings of the Met quarter on the 30th, with a Manchester branch of the fair raiding the print works next month.

Vintage fashion fairs appear to have snuck up on me out of the blue, a north west based touring vintage fair which will be hitting Chester through to Liverpool this autumn & winter. A tad more for the entry price, but it's not just vintage fashion but also antiques and textiles throughout the fair.

Handbags and gladrags is another newcomer to Liverpool, launched by vintage shop Snooky Ookums the fair features both vintage attire and designers in the stylish settings of Kingdom cocktail bar. With a cupcake and cocktail room, plus free entry and two fairs next month on the 6th and 27th.

Pillbox vintage fairs are one of the busiest in the city, with regular fairs on the second and last Sunday of the month alongside vintage shopping nights the first Thursday of the month. So if you manage to miss one, you can easily pick another to pop along to.

What more an excuse does a lady need to do a spot of vintage Christmas shopping this season!

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