Saturday, 20 April 2013

Vouchers and the vintage fair

This morning I was so excited to get up and go to the vintage fair at Old Spitalfields Market. I had picked my outfit, mentally, the night before. Charged my camera and packed some change for lunch. I did not arrive at the fair till 1:30pm despite getting up at 10am. I had to wake my boyfriend up and wait for him to get ready, I am sure he takes more time to get ready than I do. We were on the move.

Once I had arrived I called @pop_up_vintage to collect my vouchers and begin shopping. I met the lovely ladies who gave me the vouchers, had a chat and they took a few pictures on several photographic devises. I felt like a celeb. I was so pleased I had won.

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My vouchers 

With the excitement of winning and the vouchers in my hand I was eager to find something to buy. I was thinking in my head that the vintage fair was slightly like a carboot sale, in that if you see something buy it as soon as you see it as it will be gone. Off we go!

However I held back for a good few hours and wandered around in circles examining each and every stall about five times before deciding what to buy and most of the items were still available. 

I looked at dresses, vintage bread bins, cups, plates, spoons, shoes, handbags, purses, satchels and coats. This vintage fair has a lot to offer and lots of friendly stall holders. However, most of the stall holders don't like you taking pictures and have signs saying no photographs allowed, which is a shame as I love taking pictures and like to share what I have seen. But I snuck in a few like the ones below. Looking at the image below is making me think I should have bought one of these purses now. They are beautiful. 

There was a stall that had lots and lots of rings in Tupperware. I tried on about 30 to 40 rings, I picked 2 and even got several stuck on my fingers. Which I removed with hand sanitize. I spent a good 30 minutes examining this stall, but in the end put the rings back as I wasn't sure that I really wanted them. Unfortunately the seller would not allow a picture of his stall. So here is a photo of a card stall that had amazing cards. 

More lovely vintage items, I had my eye on this yellow bread bin but decided against it and held out to see the rest of the fair first. 

After wandering around, we stopped for lunch and the selection of food they had available was amazing, from street food to fancy restaurants. I decided on Lebanese food 

and my boyfriend choosing a very spicy Caribbean mutton curry. 

 Watching him eat this was very amusing, as he was slightly uncomfortable not being used to eating spicy food.

The stall where I chose my meal 

Both our meals were delicious nod I recommend you try the places out.

After lunch we hit the stalls again and this time I was out to use these wonderful vouchers I had won. I went to a stall called Frilly Chantilly, which sold a variety of things from vintage clothing to Kath Kidston esq iPad cases. 

The woman on this stall was very friendly and helpful. I picked a few items to try on and wandered off to try the items on in a makeshift changing rooms, the organisers had set up in the middle of the fair. This is thought was a brilliant idea, having been wrapped in a sheet trying on a dress in a stall a few minutes previously.

I bought a light yellow play suit with a floral pattern and a rose patterned dress, with rosé buttons from Frilly Chantilly. I am so pleased with these items as I used my vouchers to pay for them. The lady on the stall wasn't sure what they were but was happy to accept them.

I saw these and thought of Louise, from Sprinkle of Glitter, as she bought animal bags like this from eBay here is her YouTube video about them. 

Lots of delicious cupcakes 

at this stall with two chatty chaps

On one of my laps round I walked past a stall called Kate Rowland Illustration.

 She had fantastic designs engraved onto wood which were available either as brooches or earrings. I spotted a large selection of Twin Peaks items, but the item that caught my eye was a Daria brooch.

 I purchased it as I only recently discovered Daria. I intend to wear this on my coat this summer.

The last view of the fair.

After the fair, we went for a walk to regents canal and then took the train home. This was a wonderful day out and was made even better with the vouchers I had won.

Please check out the vintage fairs held by pop up vintage and the stalls I bought from.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Winning a competition

So today I found out I had won a competition I had entered a few days previously, for Pop Up Vintage Fairs London. I am not too sure how I discovered this event, but I did and noticed they were running a competition on their Twitter and I entered. 

I saw the advert for the competition on their facebook 

I got home this evening to find that I had WON! Best feeling in the world. I have never won anything on a Twitter competition before, saying that I don't think I have ever entered a competition. It is great fun. I just need to tweet them when I arrive tomorrow and I get my vouchers. Pretty simple competition if you ask me. 

I have never been to a vintage fair before and was in two minds about going tomorrow, but now that I have won the vouchers I am going. Not too sure what to expect or what I will find, but I will take some photos and update you with what I have found/discovered. 

Tuesday, 16 April 2013


Having not blogged for over a month now, I thought I would get back into the swing of things by writing about my carboot sale adventure I had today. Hopefully there will be more to follow this summer from across London.

I had initially intended to go to 2 carboots in one day, but as I spent at least 2 hours at the first one, walking around in circles, I left no time to go to the other. My intentions were to go to Capital Carboot in Pimlico - which was the one I went to and to go to Battersea Boot, but didn't make it. I intend to go there soon, as I believe it to be one of London's best boots but Capital Carboot isn't doing too bad. I have been there twice in the last 3 weeks. My first visit there I was slightly disappointed as there went many sellers and I didn't buy anything. I nearly bought a Zara bucket bag for £10, but decided I didn't need another handbag, why did I listen to my boyfriend? So I continued to walk around the boot and then decided I wanted the bag, but by that time it was too late and some other girl had purchased a really good bargain. Shucks I knew I should have bought it.

Anyway! This is the part everyone wants to see - the what I bought section. I did a quick lap to see what was out there and then did a further 2 or 3 laps investigating each stall. The carboot starts around 11:30am and you have to pay an entrance fee of £1 or if you are me you follow capital carboot on your Facebook and Twitter and get in for free! I turned up around 1:45pm, when I guess most of the good stuff had gone, but I still managed to find some goodies


My boyfriend came with me, but he doesn't understand why I enjoy carboot sales so much. He just tells me, which he did during the course of our time there, why do you like to look at and buy other people's junk. He really doesn't understand carboot sales. I think that is the hole point of them. Not knowing what you may find and how much it will be. It's not like going to Primark or any other high street store. He walked around with me for the first lap and saw the golf mouse...

The first item I bought was a £1 present for my boyfriends dad for Christmas. Each year they get each other actual presents and then in the evening of Christmas Day they share presents which they have bought for £1 or less. Each person gets everyone 1 gift, there is usually about 10 of us, but if you are my boyfriends mum she usually buys about 4 gifts each for everyone. It is a bit of fun and you don't know what you are going to get. I heave decided this year that I will not buy anything from a pound shop. This item was a steal at 50p. It had never been opened or used.

Once I had completed my first lap with my boyfriend he decided he had had enough and it was time for a cup of tea. Thank goodness they served tea and there was plenty of room to take a seat. He was happy with his 50p tea, compared to the price he had to pay at the ideal home show - £2.50

Out on my own I saw this box of bath bombs and thought it might be from Lush, but wasn't sure so I just asked about the price of it and the lady said £3, but with my fantastic negotiating power, I got the box for £2. The sellers reasoning for this was that it was nearly the end of the day and if no one else had bought it till now then no one would.

Soon as I got in I researched the packaging on the Internet and discovered it was from Lush, which is what i had initially thought. I went through their website to find out how much the products were worth. Turns out that it was nearly £11.50 give or take a few pence. One happy boot buyer. I shall use these over the course of the month, but they smell so nice I don't really want to use them.

Next item was another pound present purchase but for my boyfriends uncle. A small glass for a whopping 5p. I paid 10p and the seller said am I sure I don't want another glass, but I politely declined and asked for my change. This was my bargain of the day, as well as my Lush box.

Then I stumbled upon these 2 Soap and Glory products in the bottom of a box. They had never been used or opened. Another bargain for £1. I said I will give you £1 for both of these not really asking the price or negotiating properly I was just happy to find these un-used. There were quite a few beauty items that had been used that were for sale. I think the seller thought I was strange but I skipped off with my items.

The last item I bought was a spider plant for my boyfriend, to say thank you for coming and getting up early...ish. This was 50p originally £1 but again I slashed the price with my negotiating tack ticks and it was time to go home.

The full haul 

Here are some photographs of the day