Monday, 24 September 2012

Fair's Fair


Would you buy a used frock from this woman? 


 Or even from this man?



Loads of people did!



 Jon managed a quick break from the selling to take some pictures. 


The community centre was packed out from the moment it opened until closing time and despite the terrible weather over 800 people came through the doors including some old mates, ex-work colleagues and school friends. 


We're worn out from all the smiling. Gilbert's still packed with stock but it's raining so hard it's not even worth considering attempting to empty him just yet.


After a couple more of these and we could be in India sooner than you think!


 The entertainment wasn't half bad but I'm glad we weren't too near the stage, I could hardly hear my gorgeous pal, Vintage Laura when I skivved off to visit her (and made a sneaky purchase whilst I was at it!)


Thanks to my old school pal, Kate, for recording the band! 

Shubette of London Go-Go suit (£11.90, Second to None), Wolf choker (50p, car boot sale), Braided headband (the dressing-up box)

Not a Victory Roll, net petticoat or hint of red lipstick in sight, I'll never be mainstream vintage, but my outfit got lots of love, I posed for heaps of photos and made a whole host of fabulous new friends.

I'm linking to Patti's Visible Monday!

See you soon!

83 comments:

  1. I would have bought a frock from you, gorgeous ;) Those hats especially on the table looks amazing ! :) Fabulous!

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  2. wow your stall looked amazing and the whole fair bustling. I'd love to visit a vintage fair but I've not seen any near me at all!

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  3. Looks like a great crowd. Your stall looks fantastic. Loads of great fur! Did you sell your Diana Ross Mirror?
    Good for you. I would so love to be heading for India again too.

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  4. I would definitely have bought a frock from you. You look fabulous and I'm sure your stock was similarly amazing.

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  5. Vix your stall looks fab, as do you lovely, I would LOVE to buy a dress off you, woman! I can so relate, I feel like a clown in red lipstick and my hair is far to wild for Victory rolls!!! Looks like you had a great turn out!

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  6. I would buy at LEAST one frock off you - possibly more:)

    Looks like a great day out - I like a victory roll or two now and then, but like you, I'm no fan of "conforming" when it comes to vintage. I just like wearing stuff because I think its rad.

    I love your outfit - especially the fringed waist coat! Such a fun outfit:)

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  7. Love the idea that it's all going towards your travels. Definitely a girl after my own heart! x

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  8. Well I don't know about the man with half a leg missing, he seems like a dodgy sort, pirate-ish even ;) lol. But the woman looks lovely, so yes I would probably buy a frock from her, even if she doesn't have a victory roll :)
    V
    xxx

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  9. Ooh I dunno, they look like a dodgy pair to me!

    What an amazing turnout, you'll be on a beach in no time. Did Diana Ross go or is she coming back home to your boudoir?

    x

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  10. Wow 800 people that is amazing ;-) Glad you made money to, i know what you mean about all the smiling these fairs are a great social event but my God your knackered afterwards not just from smiling but standing up all day to ;-) You looked gorgeous to and im not surprised you had loads of photo's took of yourself. dee xx

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  11. Wow the vintage fair was AMAZING!!!!
    I even don't have to tell you that from you and Jon I would buy everything included you both!!
    I'm glad that it was so great and that all that people come to vist!
    I'm sure that the beautiful suit you wore was the secret of its success!
    I'm almost died when I saw the floral fringed top with pants along with my favourite velvet boots of yours!!
    You are super super gorgeous!!!

    Lots of Love

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  12. What a great event ! And I would probably buy to much from you !

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  13. Well I KNEW you would do well! You were made to do this, who wouldn't be intrigued by all the gorgeousness on your fab stall, and want to buy from the smiley hippy chick in the fringed go-go suit?!
    The fair looks really busy, and that's what you need, lots of punters, lots of chat and smiles, and of course, wonderful vintage goodies.
    Keep at it, and the air fare fund will be full in no time!
    What sold well? Any Vix top tips? Could you become a vintage fair regular, as a seller?
    You look stunning, and good for Jon being official photographer and general assistant! xxxxx

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  14. I would have bought everything!!! Loving your jumpsuit, you look amazing! xxx

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  15. YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!
    You had a great time AND you sold some shit! Jolly bloody good shit!
    Of course the fan adored you,you look a million bucks-honestly,anyone who has never thought of vintage would be totally convinced once they copped a load of you!FOXY!
    You must have sore cheeks!
    It certainly looks like a big crowd! When's the next one?!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  16. I'd probably have bought a rack of clothes from you! I'm glad the sale went well. Your go-go suit is the best advertising. India is so close!

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  17. Excellent! Looks fantastic. I like the trad. vintage look but it can get a little boring to see all the time. You look great as always!

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  18. Mainstream vintage? **blows raspberries** bleurgh!!! You are mainstream NOTHING baby!! Sounds like you're not only a wee bit closer to your next trip to paradise, but you've caught up with some old mates - the market looks like lots of fun, more like a party really:)) xoxoxoxoxo

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  19. That fair looks like it was a great success and a lot of fun!!

    Your outfit is pure genius and I think just because you don't do the whole 40's/50's thing it doesn't mean you're not a bona fide vintage wearer!!!

    L xx

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  20. aaah that fair looks fab! good luck with selling all your stock, you'll get there in no time! :-)

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  21. Good for you! (Sales, I mean.)

    And YES. I'd buy - if anything fit my late middle aged body (or more accurately, early old aged body).

    The fair looks like great fun & I can believe you were a star.

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  22. Both you and your stall look totally stupedously amazing. I'd certainly have bought something from you. So pleased it was a great success and that the crapulous weather didn't put the punters off.

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  23. I don't think there was any doubt you were going to have a successful time the fair. What a fabolous from filled stall you look to of had too. I'll put my hand up to being g another who would delight in a flip through your pickings.

    Here's to hoping your sunning yourself in India sooner rather than later. X

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  24. Jealous much!! How fantastic was your day and you looked superb!! I love doing markets, used to have a stall every 2nd month at one at Whangamata a small seaside town where my sister lives with her. We were such a good double act with our selling talent. I miss that.

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  25. Your stall is ram packed with stuff which is obviously the best way to display everything because then people don't feel anxious about picking anything up and can have a good old rummage! I'm not surprised you were Queen Of The Fair, you look gorgeous and you're so friendly I bet that arracted more people! It looks great fun - you should definitely do it again!

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  26. So pleased you did well and the filthy weather didn't put punters off. Your stall looks packed with gorgeous stuff but I bet you were the main attraction. Sorry my spider gave you the willies.
    xx

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  27. The best thing about you is your lack of "mainstream vintage." They are great too, but there's only one Vix, and your style is fun, singular and gorgeous, and we all recognize it, and relate to it. I'm so jealous of the hordes of nice folk who got to shop yours and Jon's stall and meet you!

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  28. Ah it looks fab - whereabouts was this?? xXx

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  29. Amen to not being mainstream. It makes you rock more!

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  30. Dearest Vix,
    I just knew you'd be a roaring success, I mean how could you possibly fail with all the right ingredients...lot's of fabulous vintage stock, an almost encyclopedic knowledge of vintage threads and most importantly an infectiously smiley face, a warm big heart & a magnetic and enchanting personality. I think you should do this more often, you've got ample transport so you could even hit the road baby...'Vintage Vixen on Tour'...and if you ever need a place to stay in North London, there is always a "luxury" blow-up mattress in our spare room for the pair of you (the room is decidedly less cramped than when you were last here, I'm making real progress in the decluttering department). Both you and Jon look the bees-knees, I am so happy you had a fabulous day!
    Lot's of love,
    Jennie
    xXx

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  31. Woman, I would buy crack from you! I would love to look through your collection. Looks like a fun time and you made $ as well. Cha ching. What a lovely sound.

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  32. that fair looks so funny and nice, wish I could have been there! sure you sold a lot of frocks!

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  33. It looks excellent, I'm glad it went well. xx

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  34. Like a fine wine, you are a rare vintage! More people would be hippie chic if they had you hippies, girl. The fair looks like a blast.

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  35. Wow! I would have loved to have browsed around your stall! I bet you made quite a few sales! Making money and having fun at the same time sounds good to me! I love your outfit, that fringed waistcoat is insane! ~♥~

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  36. Too bloody right I would! I'd have loved to have been there for the day, looks brilliant. I knew you'd knock 'em bandy. How could they not be drawn to you and your wondrous wares?
    xxxxxxxx

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  37. You're the perfect advertisment for your stall! I would have bought something from you. Looks like you had a fun day and made some money too! x

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  38. So glad to hear it all went well for you. Like you say you will off to India before you know it!

    X x

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  39. What fun! You look wonderful as usual. I didn't know there was something called "mainstream vintage". That sounds just as bad as "on trend fashion". Wear what you want, mix it up and dress to make yourself smile!

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  40. my perfect kind of day out! I would definitley have bought many a used dress from you, you look awesome! glad the day was a success xox

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  41. So glad the sale was a success and I hope you get to India as fast as you can! I would have gone crazy buying frocks at your stall too. :)

    P.S. Love the new blue shoes in the post below - I am now convinced you live in a town whose prices, new and used, have time-warped back to an impossibly cheap era! xoxo

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  42. You are your best advertisement for your fabulous wares!!! That outfit is stunning!!
    It looks like an amazing Fair--how I wish I was close enough to come to it. We have NOTHING even remotely like this here!!!
    I'm sure there will be more folks strutting the streets of Walsall in their new Vixified outfits!!
    {{{{hugs}}}}

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  43. WOW! You look AMAZING! And how sweet Jon is to support your efforts. Absolutely I would have bought from you both! And how COOL that you ran into so many fun people!

    Just about sold off all my 40/50s vintage clothes as I only do 70s vintage now. They say, "If you can remember it, you shouldn't wear it." but I really don't care what "they" say. I love it! Oh, and I never wore a Victory roll. That would just be too... well, weird.

    Did a vintage fair in LA once and was amazed at how much more I could get for an item than at a flea market and how much quicker I could find a buyer for it. A targeted audience is always a good thing and the whole vibe of the show was just heaven.

    Well done, girl, and thanks for sharing. :)

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  44. Your stall looked great!! I would buy from you for sure you look gorgeous!! I would love to do a craft fair one year with my dolls but at this moment I would never be able to get enough made...maybe when the kiddos are bigger and I have more free time??!! ~I do hope you get to go back to India ~Happy Sales ~Love Heather

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  45. I had certainly chosen to shoot you too

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  46. This looks like it was such a good time! And fug yeah, I would so be buying stuff from the likes of two cool people such as yourselves. So neat that you can mix commerce with a really good time. That's the way to live!

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  47. yeah! Sounds brilliant, looks like a brilliant venue. Half the fun of these fairs is meeting new friends, seeing old ones and having such a laugh xx

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  48. Looks like great fun,love your stall and your outfit :)

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  49. That fair looks fabulous, just what you need, plenty of punters. And your stall is brilliant, as Miss Simmonds Says, perfect for a good rummage! I definitely think you should do more of these, you WILL be off to India in no time!
    I'm knackered from smiling and yammering at two Permaculture stalls this weekend, but it was good fun. I shall try not to miss your next event though xxx

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  50. There is that sweet two piece fringe number, who can notice all your cool loot with you looking so fantastic! You look hot mama! Jon looks pretty friggin stylish too! I'm so happy you sold a ton of stuff! Look out India you are almost there.

    Your booth is bursting with all kinds of stuff I'd love to have a rummage through. The place looks packed. This also looks like the perfect spot for Liz to sell her bags!

    Sorry to hear about the rain coming down, I think we are still in the clear for another week. I'm soaking up the sun for us both!

    XXOO
    Love you!

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  51. You look gorgeous. This whole event looks like loads of fun!

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  52. So glad you had a great day ... if I had been there I'm sure I would have bagged a fab outfit off your rail. M x

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  53. Fair looks great and I love the band :) I knew you'd buy something ;)

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  54. Omg you really stuffed that space, good job! Well I def would've been attracted to your stall, much more interesting than the same old, same old. Plus, it tends to be the sort of stuff I like and sell (and looks good on kid-sized me). I hope you didn't have too much to bring home, and made loads of dosh! India is nearing... I hope you get there soon, I need someone to travel vicariously through! XXX

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  55. WOw, you have lots of stock! Brilliant, glad you had a good time and hope your funds for India grow well! I laughed when reading that about mouth ache from smiling, I feel like that at holiday club!

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  56. Were you at PCC ? I had no idea they had anything on, I have moved house and am now hop skip and a jump from there. I'd have probably bought loads and I am trying to get up straight !

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  57. Darling, I would always buy a used frock from you and Jon (did he take things to sell too?)! The vintage world needs more of us 60s/70s chicks to avoid collapsing under the weight of victory rolls and cupcakes! Definitely would love to meet you soon, need to get selling too!

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  58. Your stand looks fab, if I were there I would have remortgaged my house and bought it all!!!

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  59. What a crackin' looking stall and event. Fingers crossed the pennies pile up, and sooner than you know it you'll be just a hop, skip and a jump away from sunnier climes - yay! x

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  60. The outfit is amazing! Glad you did well, my face is always aching from smiling at so many people too! XO.

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  61. Wish I could have been there, what a fabulous sale! Thanks for sharing your pics with Visible Monday.

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  62. I'm not surprised you made a heap of new friends with a smile like that on your face!! Sounds like a busy little fair, well done you!! Just a wee warning though-fairs are addictive!!

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  63. Congratulations on a successful vintage market, which means that we will get to visit India again vicariously. I am in awe of your Go-Go suit! Who could resist such beauty!

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  64. Don't you just love it when people hand you money? And when there's a whole lot more room in Gilbert on the way home than there was before? And sometimes you meet interesting people when selling. And you don't have all the admin work of selling online. I wish I had been there to add to the India Fund.

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  65. Those pictures took me back to the jumble sales my grandma used to take me to in the 1970s.
    Glad you made some money. Look forward to sharing a trip to India with you soon.

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  66. Oh YAY! I'm so glad it was such a wonderful success and you had such a fab time!!! You look ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I love that incredible suit. Jon looks FAB in his waistcoat and spunkyarse cravat. Love you more than bargains! Sarah xxx

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  67. Great to see you on Sunday! I keep thinking about that gorgeous picnic basket ...

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  68. Glad you had a successful day, Vix - and I just love your outfit, too! x

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  69. Glad you had a successful day, Vix - and I just love your outfit, too! x

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  70. Your stall looks great, perfect for rummaging through, which has to be the best part of vintage shopping! Looks like a great day, I am sure the fact that you both looked so fabulous and not mainstream had the customers flocking to you!! xx

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  71. Blimey that's a lot of stock! You and your stall look fabulous - I'm not surprised you did well. Jon looks ace too, but he should have matched you in monochrome so you looked like a seventies singing duo :).

    Looks like an amazing fair too. Wish I could've been there (and had money).

    Nikki x

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  72. oh, i would have loved to join you at this market ... awesome! good to hear that you sold a lot of stuff.

    http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.de

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  73. I would most certainly buy a used frock from you! I dig that picnic set, too.

    I haven't heard of vintage fairs until I started following you, Helga, and Sarah. I went to a pop up shop once, but it wasn't as cool as this one.

    PS: Yep! The grilled cheese sandwiches are fried. I have toasted some in the oven. Is that how you make yours?

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  74. If I saw you at a booth at a vintage fair I would run right over to say hello, drool over your outfit and buy a whole bunch of stuff. Glad it went well, there was never any question that you would!

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  75. This outfit reminds me of Cher in the 60's! Wow, is it ever fabulous and looks fabulous on you. It brought back memories of one of my favorite 60's outfits. I wish I still had it just to look at as I sure would not fit in it now!

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  76. I think I would buy ANYTHING from a woman in that fabulous outfit! It looks like a great day & I'm glad it was successful for you!

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  77. I so wish I lived by you. Looks fantastic x

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  78. Wow what a day! I bet you make a wonderful stall holder Vix, I sure would buy from you xxx

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  79. Your outfit is cool!
    I wished I had the change to visit your stand. :)
    xx

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