The Clayshed Vintage Festival by Britain Does Vintage!
I escaped the business school today! Calooh callay!
I took a day off from University work (it is the weekend, after all) to go to a big vintage fair being held at Hoults Yard just outside Newcastle city centre. It was organised by Britain Does Vintage, and let me tell you, they did a fantastic job of bringing the retro vibe to The Toon, from the classic cars parked out front, to the 1940s inspired make-up and hair-styling available, to (my favourite part) the many vintage sellers themselves with all their goodies laid out!
It was held in a big, airy space with all the food and drinks stalls outside, and by the time I arrived at around 11am everyone was set-up and selling already. There was so much to look at, I was snapping away with my camera more than I was browsing for myself. Needless to say, I could have spent a lot of money but my conservative student budget stopped me from buying up all the gorgeous Frank Usher dresses and marabou trimmed robes.
These dancers were so fabulous! Had I come to the festival with a friend I would have forced them to join in the dance classes they were holding, but I chose not to lindyhop alone!
This little dolly was tucked away behind the Ginger Nut Vintage stall. Guess she was having a rest after being on her feet all day!
Ginger Nut Vintage had a great selection of vintage that was actually wearable! They definitely stayed true to their motto, which is 'Embrace Vintage, Redefine Current' and their prices were incredibly affordable. You can find their website here to browse their pieces!
I then came across Luxulite, a brand that reminded me of Tatty Devine and fabulous 50s/60s resin kitschiness! I particularly liked their lobster earrings (see below).
You can check out Luxulite's other items here on their insanely succesful Etsy shop!
How pretty are these delicate vintage sandals? Again, I wish I had small dainty feet!
Retro Treasures is a small independent business based in Yorkshire that specialises in vintage homeware and all things upcycled. I particularly liked their vintage glassware and some old Ricard tumblers they had (that I didn't get a photo off, poo!) You can keep up to date with everything they get up to on their Facebook page here.
I didn't manage to get a business card for this stall so if this is you please leave me a comment and I will credit you! How beautiful is the visual merchandising here? And I really wanted that retro bikini...
There was menswear available at the event as well, the best example of which was Out of the Past, that seduced me with a range of paisley scarves and Hawaiian shirts. Ah, to have a man who dressed a little dandier!
I walked past these tutu and had to take a photograph because all I could see was the Belgian flag!!
There was so much delicious food, I liked this airstream, but The Fat Hippo was also there, as was Gin Fizz (which is a fantastic business concept if I've ever heard one!) I bought a packed lunch because #budget, but next time I will definitely make a day of it and buy lunch here as there was such a great variety of stalls.
And to finish off, there was some serious classic car porn courtesy of Northumbria Classics!
I also want to give TwoPennyLane a shout out, even though I didn't get any photographs of her stall. She had a long chat with me and it was great to find out about her business, you can find her website here.
Did you go to the Clayshed Vintage fair? What did you think? More importantly, what did you buy? Let me know... I'll definitely be going back next year though!
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