Monday, 4 November 2013

Swing Dance At The Stamford Vintage Fair

'Vintage Marvells'

The Stamford Vintage Fair took place place last Saturday and there were some lovely stalls as well as some great swing dancing on the stage. Visitors and friends of the fair entered the reception room and were greeted by rails of vintage fashion and a gramophone playing Lili Marlene and The Victory Polka before stepping into the wonderful Blue Room which was full of colourful stalls.

'Sew Born Again'

Large gilt framed mirrors and the soft reflected light created a wonderfully atmospheric and calming setting for the vibrant displays, a kind of blue is definitely a good backdrop for vintage. 

'Antoinette & Fred's Vintage'

Bags, hats and accessories are always popular at our fairs and it is always nice to see Fred and Antoinette who always join us when the fair visits Stamford and Market Harborough.


Country Shades In The Ballroom

Large double doors in the Blue Room lead into the Ballroom, stalls were lined all around the room and formed an aisle down the centre. The tables were full of all sorts of original vintage wares, some lovely vintage inspired handmade items and rails of clothes, I spotted someone walking away with a lovely 1930s display cabinet.

Pretty Homewares

There is a stage at the end of the Ballroom which we usually use for stalls but on this occasion we did things a little differently. We met Nat and Chris at the Vintage Open Day at the Derngate Theatre in Northampton in September when they were had a stall selling some lovely accessories and 40s inspired hats. We really enjoyed the Lindy Hop class they gave and hoped that they would be able to join us at some point.

Nat & Chris Swing Dancing At The Stamford Fair - Fab!

It was lovely that they were able to come along on Saturday, everyone loved their swing dancing and they received a great round of applause. There is a short clip which you can view on the fair's Facebook page, VintageInTheShires. Nat and Chris will be joining us again soon - hooray!

Many Thanks To Nat & Chris

The late afternoon performance really livened things up - fabulous (see the clip to hear the applause).


Vintage Prints & Pinks

We decided to take a few things along to the fair, the 1930s prints are the last of a batch we picked up during the summer, the ones with dogs are very popular.

Vintage Pearls

Costume jewellery is always popular at our fairs and there are usually two or three stalls specialising in original necklaces, brooches and accessories such as gloves. 

Vintage Brooches

Other stalls specialise in items such as ceramics, textiles or kitchenalia, Graham brought along a collection of tea and coffee ware from the 50s-70s including some Midwinter pieces and will be joining us again when we return to Market Harborough in December.


Vintage Coffee Time

Hats complete any vintage outfit and there usually quite a few to be found on the stalls, many are original whilst others are made using traditional patterns from the 30s and 40s.

Hats Off To The Dancers!

I liked this chenille door curtain from the 1930s, they have brilliant colours and are a great way to keep out the chill of winter in authentic style.

30s Chenille

It is 'all go' at home as we are preparing for the Olney Vintage Fair on Saturday when we are looking forward to returning to St Peter & St Paul's Church Hall. The doors open at 11am!

Saturday 9th November

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