Saturday 26th January saw us spending a lovely morning mooching around the vintage fashion fair which takes place six times a year at The Maltings in Farnham, Surrey.
This fabulous shopping event is packed over two floors with fantastic stalls and traders selling great quality vintage pieces ranging from 1900’s to 1980’s
There’s vintage for everyone here including accessories, shoes and textiles, and all budgets are catered for, right through to high end vintage designer pieces. We really enjoyed visiting all the stalls, meeting the traders (some we’d even met before) and coming across some real vintage gems, including a men’s woollen swimsuit from the 1920’s with the label still attached! An amazing dead stock treasure.
The event is run by the lovely Nicola and Marilyn, and is currently in its third year at the Maltings. Nicola also trades at the event as Pret a Vintage and she has some stunning pieces!
Now Lara can spot a true 1940’s piece a mile off whereas my vintage radar can sometimes be a bit off, so its always useful to get chatting to the stall holders who can really help you find what you’re looking for, and nobody knows their stock better than they do! They can travel far and wide to pick up the most amazing stock from around the world. It also helps for future shopping experiences if you’re looking for authentic pieces from a particular era.
That said, it can be fun mixing up eras. Fashion is very cyclical and you can often find great pieces from the 70’s and 80’s that really compliment 30’s and 40’s styles so well. So if you’re not sure of what you’re looking for or you’re new to vintage and want to experiment to find your vintage happy place, then vintage fashion fairs like this are perfect.
Just remember to have your hands free to really look through the stock and if you fall in love with something, keep hold of it!
Nothing haunts us like the vintage we didn’t buy!
you never know what treasures you might find. As for us, well we’ll show you what we bought…..
Future dates for this fashion fair are:
16 March, 27 April, 15 June, 28 September, 9 November
Vintage Fashion Fair, Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, GU9 7QR
Opening times: 10am to 4pm
Admission £2 (under 16s FREE)
Until next time!
The VT’s xx