I had a mild case of the expat blues just before the weekend so The Mister decided to surprise me with a man-planned day out to cheer me up. Knowing my obsession with all things vintage (vintage jewelry, dresses, houses (especially falling-down houses), maps, etc.) he did a little internet surfing and found the Primrose Hill Vintage Fashion Fair at the Cecil Sharp House.
This isn’t necessarily the largest vintage fair in London, but it is very well-curated. No plowing through piles of musty 1980s shoes and moth-eaten jumpers to find the one treasure at the bottom of the pile. I managed to find a bespoke 1940’s party dress (perfect for the Gin Palace!) and a gorgeous leather handbag for a song and mourned my inability to stuff my big feet into a pair of tiny, fabulous designer shoes. I also had a painful epiphany…some of the things I used to wear are now considered vintage. Ouch.
This vintage fair comes to the Cecil Sharp house again on 11 November and 2 December. If you can’t catch them here, you can try and catch them on the 3rd Saturday of every month at Spitalfields Market . If you are fortunate enough to have any money left over after paying for your vintage treasures, make sure you stop in to the downstairs cafe.
The Nice Green Cafe offers simple, comfort food and a cozy atmosphere all for a very reasonable price. We chose a table tucked into the corner, adjacent to the dance studios (lunch and a show!). I felt like I was sitting in my Nana’s kitchen on a rainy, Sunday afternoon.
We enjoyed a bowl of homemade vegetable soup, bread and tea, while the ladies next to us enjoyed coffees and gargantuan slices of cake. Delicious. This was a great introduction to the myriad of vintage options in London. I can’t wait to explore the options around Spitalfields, Brick Lane and Clerkenwell. If you have a favorite vintage haunt, please let me know!
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For up-to-date information about vintage happenings in London, check out The Vintage Guide To London.
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