|What I wore - Dress: 1940s number brought from Stroud Subscription Rooms jumble sale circa 1980s, Shoes: Miss L Fire 'Roxy'|
Now I hate it when I go to a vintage fair and the actual clothing present is outweighed by the amount of 1980s and even 90s tat that some sellers are purporting to be 'vintage', but I'm happy to state that the BathVA fair was far removed from that sort of event. I was pleased to see that the numerous stalls were selling 'proper' vintage clothes; by that I mean pre-1980s with quality 1940s, 50s and 60s items very much in evidence. It was looking like I wasn't going to have a wasted journey...
So what did I buy? Well I set out to find a 1950s cardie as I've only got one left and I found the perfect angora one on the Cock-a-Doodle Vintage stall. The photo doesn't do it justice as its a bright pea green colour; I also brought a vibrant green patterned cotton jacket. I really love these as they're great to wear with jeans and an ideal cover up for Spring's hopefully warmer temperatures!
Many of the stalls had glorious 1950s dresses and circle skirts - some with fabulous novelty prints or large rose blooms; however none were in my size - a drawback to vintage shopping! However, I did find some embroidered shoes that fitted...
...and also a crimplene 70s jacket with seriously winged collars:
In addition to the vintage on offer were new vintage-style jeans from Lady K Loves. I've hankered for a pair of such jeans for a while, but have been put off from buying any online as I've found that I have to try on numerous to find a perfect fit. No such problems with Lady K Loves as I was given excellent advice on which style to buy for my measurements and I soon found the idea pair for my curves!
To round off an enjoyable morning's shopping I also brought these engraved 50s specs, which I'll get fitted with some prescription lenses.
So all in all, I can honestly say that this was one of the best vintage clothing fairs that I've been to for a long time, not only for the range and quality of clothing on offer but also for the friendly and knowledgeable stallholders. I'm always happy to buy off someone who clearly loves selling vintage clothes and knows their subject, and its great if they can also give you a little bit of background info about what you've brought. For example, the ladies I brought the yellow shoes from told me that these had been part of a collection that they had purchased from a lady who had once been an actress. I wonder if my shoes had once tread the boards in The Mikado?