When Gayle from Vintage at the Tower in Corbridge invited me to trade at ‘Digging Vintage’ in Hexham I did wonder if I qualified to be selling my woolly wares as ‘vintage’. I had a think about this and decided that yes, seeing as many of the bodices for my jumpers and sweatercoats came from vintage jumpers, bought from a vintage clothing wholesaler, then yes, I did qualify. Many of the buttons on my garments are vintage too and if nothing else, I could be called ‘vintage’!
I am also keen to try new markets and customer bases for my upcycled clothing and soft furnishings, and wondered what the vintage crowd would make of the Woolly Pedlar. Hexham is only half an hour away for me, so it wasn’t a particularly early start, and by 9.30 I had the van unloaded, and the stall set up, with plenty of time for coffee and a piece of carrot cake to fortify me.
Doors opened at 10, and thanks to Gayle’s excellent promotion and advertising, it was soon bustling. This was in stark contrast to an event I did last week when hardly a soul turned up! It was lovely to see some of my customers coming back to find me, as the word had spread thank to my Facebook and Twitter feeds.
I was very happy to see this cashmere and lambswool cardigan going to a lovely lady, who was very happy with her purchase.
I did get a quick whizz round in between serving customers and thought there was a very high standard of vintage wares, from home based items to jewellery and clothing. I was very tempted by this glorious Singer sewing machine – my mum had one just the same and it was fabulous.
I did make one purchase – I couldn’t resist this vintage frock – think Rizzo from Grease!
Gayle tells me she’ll be looking to organise another Vintage Fair in October – she can count me in! Thanks to Gayle for all her hard work. It was a fabulous event. 🙂