Entry: £1.50 on the door or in advance via the website
Place: Wesley Chapel, Harrogate
Rating: 10 out of 10!
Harrogate Vintage Fair, run by Yorkshire Vintage Fairs, is a new one for me. I’ve not experienced vintage fashion and style at a fair in a long while, due to there being so many kilo sales around instead.
So, yeah, I fancied a day out in Harrogate so I could see some great clothes without having to rummage for hours!
I got the train there (just over 30 minutes from Leeds, costing £8.10). As I walked through a wet town centre and towards the chapel, I could hear swing music playing. I tried to resist the charity shops, but I did pop into a few on the way…just to get out of the April showers, of course!
The fair started at 10.00, and I got there at 12.45. There was a queue of about half a dozen people, but it moved fairly quickly.
What was it like?
After walking through the cafe area, there were lots of stalls packed in. There was a steady number of people coming in and out while I was there. It was a good atmosphere, and I suspect people were grateful to be out of the North Yorkshire rain!
Inside, there were live performances by Dani G (The Vintage Diva) throughout the day. Her songs covered hits such as Walk On By, Say A Little Prayer (more Dionne than Aretha) and Son Of A Preacher Man. It was a great innovation for the fair, and the Vintage Diva is a real talent!
Apart from the live sets, there was music playing from the 1950s and 1960s.
All eras of clothing were represented, from an elaborate black Victorian cape to blouses from the 1980s. A lot of it was womenswear, but there was a significant amount of tweedy menswear too. There was even a stall with vintage kids’ clothing.
Vinyl, handbags and designer shoes were also available. A couple of stallholders had some very tempting vintage patterns from the 40s to the 60s. Even though I have quite a few already, I couldn’t resist having a little look!
Up the stairs (or up via lift) was where the balcony was. This floor contained mostly crockery and jewellery, though there were some cool clothes and a couple of film posters as well. There was plenty of seating in the stalls, where people were able to people-watch from above and rest their feet for a while.
I noticed a lot of dogs in attendance, particularly a brown sausage puppy – aww!!! A few babies turned up too, but it was uncertain how interested they were in the clothes.
Something else I noticed was the number of guys in vintage clobber – mostly from the 30s and 40s, including a sailor! It was great to see.
As I was leaving, the rain had stopped and the swing dancing was in full…swing!
Did you buy anything?
No patterns to add to my collection, but…I did pick up this AMAZING Welsh wool waistcoat for the bargainous price of £10! The label said it was a size 20, and it looked WAY too big for me. But I tried it on anyway and it fit like a glove!
Will I come again?
Oh yeah! It was great to be at my first vintage fair for a while, and I ended up staying for about 2 ½ hours!
The next one scheduled will be at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on 12th and 13th May – check out more details here.