Sunday, 23 March 2014
Lou Lou's Vintage Fair, Bath
Yesterday I went with my friends Jodi and Andrea to a vintage fair in Bath, run by Lou Lou's Vintage Fair. It was held at the Pavilion, so jolly close to the train station.
I wasn't shopping with anything specific in mind, though I did have a couple of birthdays that I was thinking about - when the right thing turns up, I'll know it! It gave me a good reason to rummage through gift-worthy things.
Now, is this just a problem I have as a plus-size person, or does this affect a lot more people? I really hate it when there's no approximate guide size on clothes. I don't care if it's XS-S-M etc, 10-12-14 etc or specific hip/waist/bust measurements (frankly, I'll live with any one of those three), but some sort of approximate guide would really help me decide whether to hoik a garment off the rack and take a closer look at it. I suppose when someone's very petite, they might not mind wearing the odd item a little bit loose, but I find looking through racks of clothes and holding up item after item only to find none of them fits jolly dispiriting, and I quickly stop looking at garments on those stalls, no matter how attractive the stock. There was one stall with really stunning stuff, but I could not face all that disappointment, so I just didn't bother with it.
There was a lot of later stuff on show, but as far as clothes went, not much pre-50s that I could see. If you like brooches, it was heaven. There was one stall making stuff from vandalised old books, which I hate, hate, hate! How can people claim to love vintage and then treat real vintage items so shabbily? Jodi got a beautiful repro dress - she wanted something sturdy to wear on a trip to the US.
Anyway, I didn't get any clothes. What I did get was a new pair of china earrings. I have a little china pot in the kitchen, for holding rings, clip-on earrings etc while cooking. One morning this week I managed to knock a box of coffee onto the pot, which flipped up, and catapulted my porcelain earrings onto the tile floor. And as if that weren't bad enough, I didn't have my specs on and trod on one. Even if the fall hadn't damaged them, being ground underfoot did the job. I felt quite sad about that, especially as I try to take good care of my things, so was pleased to pick up another pair for a fiver. They've got a couple of little 'nibbles', but nothing drastic.
Judy's Vintage Fair is coming to Bath Guildhall on the 31st May. However, the fair I'm looking forward to is BathVA Vintage Fashion Fair on the 4th of May, as part of Bath Fashion Week. That one will be at Green Park Station, and the quality at last year's was excellent, with plenty of options pre-1950s. I shall save my pennies for that (and hope people put approximate sizes on things!).