York Festival of vintage


On Saturday I had a completely wonderful day in one of my favourite cities in the country, York. My reason for travelling up to York was for the Festival of Vintage a brilliant event organized by Keeley Harris the lady behind the Discover Vintage fairs and the Vintage Emporium shop in York.
What can I say? Not only did the event have some completely amazing stalls offering something for everyone (in particular lots of wonderful mid century dresses) but there was also a collectors corner, music, cars, hair and make up, talks and fashion shows.
My outfit for the day was a lovely two pieces 1950s Liberty of London airforce blue grosgrain suit and 1940s Lotus suede platform shoes.

Here are just a few of the purchases I made. 

An amazing Jonathan Logan Suit. I think I might need to alter the skirt a bit as the line isn’t quite slim enough for me and do something about the fading on the arm, but love it nonetheless. (apologies for the weird angle of the picture my cupboard door decided that was the prefect moment to spring open)

A lovely little Lucite purse and rhinestone beaded bag

 A fab lucite “confetti” bangle

(These four bits were all from one of my favouirte sellers who I seem to buy from every time she is at the big vintage fair at Leeds town hall)

A totally fab 50s Blanes Dress which is a perfect fit and still has its original integral net underskirt
And here is me with the lovely Becca @bookishbecca on twitter whom I had never met before Saturday and the Lovely Naomi of Vintage secret who was talking at the event (and rather an excellent job of it she did too!)
There will also be another festival of vintage happening in September at Epsom Racecourse in Surrey, details here!

A vintage guide to…York

It’s vintage guide time again!
My place of choice this week is York. Off I popped this weekend to the wonderful York  with two of my housemates and a lovely day was had.
First off I have to highly recommend the charity shops in York, not only are there loads of them but a few have specialist vintage and retro sections. The best road to visit is Goodramgate where there are about 7 charity shops on the one road! My favourite was the Sue Ryder shop (head upstairs).
York’s charity shops are best for: Retro goodies particularly shoes!
My next recommendation is the lovely York Antiques centre in the Shambles. The market is predominated by vintage and antique jewellery at pretty reasonable prices. Downstairs is a lovely little vintage clothing area where there was a wonderful selection of vintage clothing from the 30s through to the 80s. There was a sensational full length buttercup yellow ballgown for just £40! Whilst there I picked up two fantastic pieces. A wonderful 30s chenille jacket (I’m not telling the price because it was too good for words!) and a lovely pair of green leather Dents gloves.
York antiques market is best for: Reasonable priced vintage from any era and jewellery!

Then it’s off to the vintage shops, there are quite a few dotted around York but I have just picked my two favourites.

First off is House of Avalon. This beautiful little shop has an equally wonderful café out the back. The stock here is predominantly 40s and 50s. There was a wonderful selection of vintage evening dresses when I visited.
I also just have to say how much I appreciate the ethos behind the shop:
The idea for the House of Avalon was born in 2008 as part of Avalon’s vision to create employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities within a Social Enterprise. We know there are limited ways in which people with learning disabilities can gain meaningful employment and the House of Avalon helps address this nationwide problem.”
House of Avalon is best for: Mid century evening dresses.
And secondly is the wonderful vintage emporium. Owned by Keeley Harris who runs the discover vintage fairs this shop is wonderful. It is an absolutely beautiful shop with a lovely mix of homewares and also clothing. There are a huge amount of wedding dresses here, and I particularly loved the selection of 40s and 50s suits, if one had fitted me I would have definitely been buying.
What I also really liked abut the shop was that it had an excellent selection of Mens vintage too. There were so many beautiful quality suits!

(Pictures from the Vintage Emporium website)

Vintage emporium is best for: Suits for men and women. 40s and 50s day dresses and Wedding dresses (Keeley also runs the Vintage wedding fair hence the selection of amazing wedding dresses!)