At this time of year there is always a sort of compilation of the year…so I thought, why not a compilation of all my favourite vintage finds of 2012. There may be a fair long list but thought you might like to take a peek at these websites!
1. Best Vintage Fair – Discover Vintage
I haven’t actually attended this one BUT I am going to and it is on my “must do” list for next year but I frequently check out the website and love what they have to offer. This eclectic vintage fair first began with founder Keely Harris’ lifelong love affair with all things vintage. Discover Vintage held exhibitions across the North of England in 2009 and has now branched out across the UK. Fill your wardrobe with vintage finds, decorate your home from furniture and home accessories, accessorize your vintage wedding, watch a fashion show, receive expert vintage expert advice on retailing vintage fashion, attend vintage talks on your favourite vintage subjects. There really is something for every vintage lover at Discover Vintage, to find out where the next fair is being held check out www.discovervintage.co.uk.
2. Best Vintage Tea Parties & Crockery Hire – Calamitea Jane’s Tea Parties
Ok, a friend of mine but having tasted the cakes and sipped the tea at Karen’s fairs that I have exhibited at, I can tell you first hand that they are wonderful. Even so much that Karen will hopefully be hosting a tea party at our wedding! With, of course, the added extra of cocktails in teapots! Yes, cocktails in teapots 😉 Not only that, Karen also provides venue styling, prop hiring and crockery hire and workshops! www.calamiteajanesteaparties.co.uk
3. Best Vintage Magazine – Vintage Explorer
Vintage Explorer Magazine covers the best of the vintage scene and is read by both men and women. From covering the latest exhibitions and events taking place across the country, a round up of all the latest news in vintage land to everday lifestyle and fashion. In the latest issue look to Mantiques Gift Guide, sourcing the best of the best vintage gift ideas for the man in your life and how to host the best vintage style party this festive season. Subscriptions are available from £21 per year from the website together with all their back issues www.vintageexplorer.co.uk.
4. Best Vintage Inspired Lingerie & Nightwear – Ayten Gasson
This delectable brand is made entirely in the UK, ethical and the collection is utterly divine pieces made of 100% silk and Nottingham Lace trimmed lingerie and nightwear inspired by a bygone era. Buying part of the collection is a different process from other online boutiques, what you as a customer gets is a personal and exclusive shopping experience. What you want is important to Ayten and that’s why before designing her most recent collection she asked her customers what THEY would like to see available, they wanted “Signature styles, such as the open backed kimono, skirted knicker and the most recognised – the silk teddy” and that’s what they got and more! www.aytengasson.com
5. Best Website for Vintage Fashion and Crafts – Etsy
For craft and vintage lovers, Etsy requires no introduction but for those of you who have yet to discover the eclectic Etsy it is time you paid the website a visit. This is a site that I have been on frequently yet re-discovered recently and have since become obsessed! You can buy and sell an array of vintage and vintage inspired goodies – from homewares, weddings, clothing for men, women and children to art and general vintage supplies you really will find what you are after or indeed something entirely unique and creative than you first anticipated www.etsy.com.
6. Best DIY Vintage Classes – Make Do & Mend
Based in Chelmsford, Essex, Make Do & Mend is a craft shop for creative folk who wanted to learn new skills and meet like minded people in a friendly environment and was a concept dreamed up by Hannah Elgie who wanted to establish a venue “for people to be creative together and learn from each other…for a new generation to the ways of the old generations”. Take your pick from knitting classes, high heel shoe making, upholster a footstool, make your own lampshade, fabric printing or even attend a vintage pamper party for your hen party and have a selection of vintage tea party goodies, cocktails in teapots… This is a place really worth a visit, www.makedomend.com.
As I say, I do have plenty more to add but I am also very keen to hear what you all think you favourite vintage finds of 2012 are…
Have a lovely day xxx