First of all a big welcome to Vix, Helga, Misfits and Curtise - four of the most fabulous and inspirational Vintage fashionistas on the net ! glad to have you here.
Last Saturday I went to a Vintage Fair in a rather swanky hotel in Shrewsbury - my nearest large town. I went on a 'fact finding' mission if you like, I have loads of vintage stuff still to sell, I've been carting it around with me for what seems like forever, selling a little here and there on Ebay, but wondering if a Vintage Fair may be a better option. The clothes I have stay with me though !
First off I was surprised to see how cheap it was to get in, only 50p. Up a very elegant wooden winding staircase and straight into the room where the tables were. It was very atmospheric, lots of lovely ladies all 'done up to the nines' in 40's style fashions, hairstyles and make up. It was worth going for the entertainment value alone especially as there was wartime music being played from a small stage.
The tables were beautifully laid out with goodies of all kinds and loads of rails of vintage clothes, thing was, it was all soooo expensive ! I wasn't tempted to buy, but then again I am not one who spends easily and am used to buying from charity shops and boot sales and this definately was a step or two 'up'
So was it for me ? I have to say 'no'. Although a pleasurable experience, I don't 'do' standing/sitting still for very long, so even though I loved checking out all the gorgeous stuff, having to take X- ££'s for rent and fees etc., before making a profit wouldn't suit me at all - I really am a cheapskate aren't I ? I will be a regular visitor to other fairs though, and thanks to the lovely Vix for pointing me in the direction of this one.
So I then thought I would look into the possibility of renting a cabinet at a local antique centre, and there was one that fitted the bill in the beautiful Ironbridge Gorge, - 10 minutes from where I live.
Cabinets (small) can be rented for only £40 a month ! so I went down to discuss it, and long story short, I was told to take my tat and never darken their doorstep again ! well not exactly, they wrapped it up a bit better than that, but they are after the 'high end' of the market, not a general mish-mash of bits and pieces that I have left to sell. The glass cabinets had crystals and strategically placed lights all twinkling on Moorcroft Pottery, I'm sure you get the idea.
So looks like I'll have to keep on slogging away on Ebay, stuff sells, but oh so slowly.
So that's my report on Vintage Fairs peeps ...........
Frugal Wean, Weans Frugal World, for the 8.30 news ...........
take care peeps .............