Yesterday, Durham’s Mariott Hotel was filled with colourful clothing and crockery, in celebration of everything vintage. Event organisers Britain Does Vintage, hold regular vintage fairs all over the UK in historical and stunning venues, in the endeavour to showcase some of our country’s most charming local and independent businesses. Their success has led to a multitude of fantastic awards and Britain Does Vintage now undoubtably put on the ultimate ‘vintage experience’. Durham Does Vintage was just that, offering an enormous variety of quality and affordable homeware, accessories and clothing, as well as fascinating knowledge. See for yourself…
Miss Maude Makes | www.missmaudemakes.co.uk
With those famous cat eye sunglasses, floral frocks and Cath Kidston-esque head ties, this beautiful stall is heaven for the 1950’s housewife! Miss Maude Makes uses her love of sewing to make vintage inspired clothing for the modern woman, with her own twist. The fabric, sewing and presentation of her work is to such a high standard and every single piece is completely gorgeous.
Twopennylane | www.twopennylane.com
One stall I kept returning to was Twopennylane, vintage jewellery which aims to ‘capture the child within everyone’. In other words, ‘jewellery for people cleverly disguised as responsible adults’! Cat’s collection of quirky, handmade accessories undoubtably includes something for everyone – I think mine had to be the Gin & Tonic on a chain! From Dorothy’s red shoes to intricate pocket watches, everything was stunning and I couldn’t stop taking photos… So there will be a full blog post going up on Two Penny Lane within the next week! Look out for that if you’d like to know more; Cat’s jewellery is definitely something to consider as stocking fillers this Christmas.
Twisted Magpie | www.facebook.com/twistedmagpie
I had a fantastic time trying on old American bomber jackets on at Twisted Magpie, who offered a very generous 10% off already very affordable price tags! Nicola Etheringon offers a truly lovely variety of accessories and clothing for both girls and guys. And, who can beat £10 for vintage Levi shorts?! Follow the link to her Facebook page to find out more.
Suzy Loves Milo Boutique | www.suzylovesmiloboutique.co.uk
The bold colour and prints on this unique stall was completely alluring and believe it or not, all of these items are hand sourced from vintage suppliers in Japan, South Korea, Europe and the USA. Suzy Loves Milo has something fun for everyone and I was even quite taken by the very eccentric ‘shirt of the day’! You can view their incredible variety of vintage items by following SuzyLovesMiloBoutique on Depop, here.
Vintagera | www.vintagera.co.uk
If you’re a fan of a statement sparkle piece, then the incredible costume jewellery, sold by Pauline Shaw and Alan Lewis at Vintagera, is definitely a website to visit. With nearly every colour and style under the sun, these guys have an accessory for every occasion.
Rosie Hearts Vintage | www.facebook.com/rosieheartsvintage
Another clothing stand offering beautiful vintage clothing and other knick knacks, was Rosie Hearts Vintage. All of Rosie’s colourful garments were beautifully presented and can be bought directly from her Facebook page, above.
Gingerwick | www.gingerwick.co.uk
This stall was completely fascinating and I probably could have spoken to the stall holders all day. Gingerwick offers a range of vintage inspired items, plus their very own labelled sweet tins which can be personalised either as gifts, for a celebration or charity event. The retro tins are fantastic and would make home on any coffee table! But perhaps what I enjoyed most about this stall, probably because of my interest in journalism, was the enormity of vintage magazines, handbooks, old play scripts, adverts and ephemera. Gingerwick specialise in all sorts of magazines, pleasing the motor enthusiast to the Tatler reader, with pristine editions dating between 1930 and 1970. Cool or what.
End Brown and Sons Vintage
Lastly, End Brown and Sons Vintage stall dazzled with fairy lights, which showed off an array of quirky and individual homeware items. From old car badges, to cupcake’s to put on your christmas tree, these guys offer decor to suit any individuals taste for interior design!
Finally, in amongst the plethora of beautiful vintage stalls, was the welcoming sight of an incredible multitude of cakes, including that quintessential British favourite – afternoon tea. Served in dainty vintage china, it was lovely to enjoy a cup of tea and sit and watch the hustle and bustle of the fair; the day was undoubtably, once again, a fantastic success. I’d just like to say a huge thank you to @BritDoesVintage for inviting me down to the event, I can’t wait until next time!