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Hinckley Vintage Fair, All Over for Another Year


I love all things Vintage. I'm not sure where this comes from, whether it's the memories much of it evokes or just the sheer beauty of it all. I always find myself drawn to the old and often worn pieces. And don't get me started on wood. Wooden boxes, crates, trunks, and drawers all catch my eye. This is closely followed by leather satchels and then china teacups and saucers. I love it all.


So when my friend Kirsty mentioned that she needed a hand with the fair she had organised it was a no brainer. A chance to spend the day with my good friend and be able to shop amongst so much loveliness was an excellent way to spend a Sunday. It was even worth foregoing my Sunday lie in and I don't give those up for just anything.

(I bought a fantastic old teddy bear from this stall for my Christmas scene this week - This is Honey Picked Vintage, a great local business for vintage pieces)


While I was there I thought I'd also do what I do best, take photos. I shared what I could while I had the time on the day to entice people to come along. But I also thought I'd come back home and take a little more time preparing and sorting the photos from the day to include in both a blog post and an album on my Facebook page. Anyone there on the day is welcome to have any of these photos for their own uses so feel free to tag and share away.

(The vintage Christmas ornaments I've been seeing so much of lately really remind me of my childhood)


(I had an ice cream from here and I have to say the flavour was amazing. I'd highly recommend these guys. And I'll be having another the next event I see them at. Morton's Vintage Hire)

(I thought this was such a beautiful piece and a great craft idea too.)

Something I found really quite interesting was this young boy. I saw him engaging with the items on a stall and wondered what he was finding amusing. When I saw him leaving I asked if he'd enjoyed himself, assuming he'd been dragged along somewhat unwillingly. He surprised me with his response. He loved it. So I asked what about it he enjoyed. He loves the history that goes with these vintage pieces and he bought several vinyl records to play on his record player. How nice to see that things like this can still matter to the next generation.


As always the event was very well attended and feedback was all positive from what I heard while working on the door. Its a bit of a shame its only held once a year. I'll let you in on a little secret though, I've been doing a little encouraging with the organisers to see if they'd add a second event. Too many of such an event would make it less special, of course, but waiting a full year for the next one just seems like such a long time.

(I absolutely love vintage dresses like these. Its just a shame that they don't suit, nor do they fit, women with large chests)

(This is Carole's stall.  Carole is one of the organisers and the owner of Vintage Treasures on Queen's Road in Hinckley - she often helps me by lending me props for my photo shoots so I was glad to be able to help her on this day)

(These are just 2 of the rooms at the Meeting Centre that were filled with stalls - this venue provides a great space for an event like this with so many rooms to visit)


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