|Wearing: 1960s Jean Allen silk maxi (Vintage Village @ Stockport), Huge 1980s sunglasses (Kiki & Honey's Vintage Fair), Massive earrings (Walsall Market, £2)|
I'm not sure if you'll sell much but you'll definitely have a brilliant time is how Steph, the organiser of Brookestock sold her charity fundraising festival to us.
Situated on the banks of the River Severn in the grounds of a Fifteenth Century inn & overlooked by the magnificent Norman-built Tewkesbury Abbey, we figured that even if nobody bought our vintage wares all weekend, camping in the countryside would be a welcome break from the madness of the last couple of months.
|The Lower Lode Inn|
Talk about a prime spot, our pitch was right on the riverbank.
|Wearing: 1970s embroidered shirt (Kinky Melon's stockroom)|
All set up and ready to rock and roll. We took the Gala tent along with the full compliment of stock regardless of whether we'd sell very much, we've learnt that Kinky's pitch makes for a cool photo opportunity for festival goers.
The hourly ferry to Tewkesbury.
The picturesque camp site.
|Wearing: Reworked 1990s leather-trimmed crochet vest (part of giveaway in Style Eyes competition, 2012), Lamani gypsy pendant (India), Jungle print maxi (handmade by me)|
Less than 24 hours earlier this jungle print maxi skirt had been a pair of curtains on a stall at the car boot sale - I couldn't resist running up something new for the weekend before we set off.
|Wearing: Vintage St Michael cardi (Borrowed from the Kinky Melon rails), knackered Converse (bought second-hand, 5 years ago), Cord trilby (donated by a friend)|
After we'd closed for the day we'd grab a couple of cans and set off through the corn fields for a leisurely ramble along the canal tow path.
|Wearing: Vintage Hawaiian maxi (from Krista-licious), Tooled leather belt (Pinched from the Kinky Melon stock room)|
Making money takes a back seat with sunsets as magnificent as this.
Our pitch was perfectly situated to catch a few live acts.
Sharing the remains of our toast to the birds at 8am this morning.
Despite her misgivings, the festival folk of Brookestock and the diners at the Lower Lode took a healthy interest in Kinky's stock and made a pleasing number of purchases(enabling us to give a decent donation to the Air Ambulance charity and to treat ourselves to dinner in the pub).
Customers included Steph herself, the stunning redhead sporting Kinky's speciality, an amazing lace sleeved 1970s maxi. Diane wore her vintage caftan & St Michael scarf immediately as did the chap sporting the groovy '70s King's Road shirt. I wish I'd taken more photos of happy buyers - it makes us ridiculously excited seeing our stock finding fabulous new homes.
|Wearing: Diesel shirt (Car Boot sale, 2003), vintage Levi Panatellas (Flea market, Goa)|
Jon's rested, relaxed and ready to celebrate his birthday tomorrow.
Me, I've got 154 blog posts to read, his presents to wrap and a heap of washing to deal with.
See you soon.