Having been tipped off by fellow fab blogger LandGirl 1980 and happening for once to have a free Saturday, we prepared to descend on the Vintage vs Antiques Fair in Ewell in Surrey.
It was half an hour on the train out of London Waterloo so easily do-able. The fair was held in a groovy 1970's futuristic building which looked like a flying saucer, but the Munchkin was more taken with this Vauxhall in the car park. Who would have thought it of Vauxhall?!
The Fair was spread over two floors, upstairs being for antiques and homey things and downstairs being for fashion. No guesses that I headed straight down for the fashion.
We had a jolly time chatting with Sadie from FleaMarketChic (that is her beautifully styled stall in the top photo) and we did indeed bump into that LandGirl who looked fabulous in her rosey print dress and red lippy. I have to say that on the whole, the Fair was a disappointment for me. When I think of vintage, I want 1940s and 1950s and it really was apparent at this Fair that so many people now think of vintage as 1980s (often pretending to be 1940s). Each to their own, but it's not vintage to me (especially when I can remember what I consider to be the fashion faux pas of the '80s!) It's official, I am old!
I could count the 1940s dress on a couple of fingers and there was not an awful lot more from the '50s. True, there was the odd lovely piece, take this little number for example.
Anyway, all was not lost. I bought a cute pinny and some vintage 1930's magazines and other than that, the pennies went on having my very first 1940's "do". Behold my barnet, mid-transformation. Mr HH found far too much pleasure in taking snap after snap of me during the backcombing session...
But gradually, a roll began to emerge. Yay, victory indeed!
I could get used to this pampering. Pass the champers, dahling!
And there I was, a mere fifteen minutes later, all perfectly coiffed, vintage style!
(My dress was enjoying its first outing after I discovered it at a very wet and muddy Shepton Mallet Flea Market last Sunday. £20, a wash and a mend later, and it just goes to show that you can still find original, truly vintage pieces at reasonable prices in not necessarily the most obvious places!)