21 November 2011

Pop Up Vintage Fair

Yesterday my husband and I went to the Pop Up Vintage fair in Islington.   I’ve managed to get him almost as excited about utility china as I am and we were both really looking forward to it.  We even managed to wake up early on Sunday morning which never happens!

We were the last two people to get the discount filled goodie bags upon arrival.  My husband and I have the worst luck, I mean the worst.  Just since August our wedding was ruined by a hurricane, UKBA made a mistake in my visa, my former super stole some money, and I’ve come second for more jobs than I can count.  When we have small bits of luck like the discount bags it gets us really excited.  We quickly flipped through the discounts and pulled a few of the best ones aside.

The stalls were set up really nicely and it was fun seeing all people who were in full on 1940’s attire.  I loved the singing.  I disappointed with the size though.  For some reason we both expected it to be larger.  I was also disappointed that out of about 40 stalls maybe five had housewares and none of them had utility china.  I almost bought some retro plastic egg cups, but the price was too rich for my blood.  I did see a WWII ration card which was really cool, but I would have nothing to do with it. 

I’m really not into wearing vintage clothing.  Being on the overweight side makes it really hard to find anything that would fit me and it gets really depressing when trying to find something.  I also feel like some people are really able to take old pieces and incorporate them with new pieces and make them look amazing, whereas I looked frumpy in my wedding dress despite the fancy hair and makeup person doing an amazing job.  What I need is a super stylish friend to go shopping with!

Did you go?  What did you think?  Is anyone headed to the Joy of Vintage Fair in Watford this weekend?  Do you think I’ll find more homewares there?

Just in case anyone was wondering, we passed our discount bags to someone else. 


  1. I'm sorry about the bad luck, but I am sure you will find some good stuff, soon! I sometimes encounter some lulls when I am out hunting for vintage stuff, it can be so disappointing! I have been to my fair share of sales that are just duds! This weekend I went to probably 10 different rummage sales and an Estate sale and only picked up stuff from a couple different places. I did find some really neat things when I did though, so I think you just have to keep going and NEVER give up! :)

  2. I'm sorry to hear about your run of bad luck. Fingers crossed things start to look up.

    With regards to utility china I really suggest day trips out to seaside towns for a poke around their charity shops. The less well of sea side towns seem to be where the prices are lower and I never fail to take home a piece of utility china.

    Could you ring fair organisers in advance and ask if there will be homewares?

  3. Thanks for the advise! My poor husband is going to be driving me all over the place! I did call and am happy to report that I should have some better luck this weekend!