Monday, 14 September 2015

Village Life




 After a three month break, yesterday took us back to Stockport for the monthly extravaganza that is Vintage Village


Can you believe dithered over this cheesecloth kaftan for at least 20 minutes before I handed over my cash? Tassels, patchwork, made in the 1970s, designed by Jeff Banks and for little more than a round in Wetherspoons, what could be more perfect?


After a bit of Googling I discovered an identical dress in the V&A.


 A white cheesecloth kaftan on a drab, cold and soggy September day. I'm definitely visible for Patti's weekly link-up if not slightly mad.


Stockport was rocking yesterday. It was Vintage Village's 5th birthday party, the sun was shining and there was dancing in the streets.


Vintage party wear was the suggested dress code and Stockport regulars and very dear friends of Kinky, Lynn (who blogs HERE) & dapper husband Phil certainly didn't disappoint. They're on the best dressed list every month. 

Lynn wearing a  fab 1960s Crimplene two-piece and fab Orla Kiely for Clarks' shoes, Phil in a stunner of 1970s jacket and Crocket & Jones shoes from Kinky Melon
After our prolonged absence our loyal regulars were keen to shop our stock. The rails were looking a bit sparse by late afternoon. 


 The weather was glorious, perfect for showcasing the sexy classic cars parked outside.


There really are some amazing things to buy, no handicrafts or repro, Vintage Village is strictly vintage.


 Prices vary from high end to cheap and cheerful. £50 could buy you bagfuls of bargains or one museum quality piece. There really is something for everyone.


The £2 entrance fee means that visitors come to buy rather than reminisce and to pass the time when they're waiting for a bus. I don't mind the odd trip down memory lane but hours and hours of people telling me about what they used to have, how it all went to the charity shop and that they'd be worth a fortune if only they'd kept it all really does do my head in.


This seller had the right idea.


Everything from industrial chic, taxidermy, traditional and the downright weird. If I didn't already trade at Stockport I'd be up here every month as a customer.


 It was great to be back up North. 

The legendary Pies bridge, passing under it means we've left the Midlands. 
See you in October, Stockport!

JON: John Collier safari jacket, skinnied-up Gabicci trousers, Austin Reed waistcoat, Tootal scarf and Desert boots (all vintage), modern leather Baker Boy cap (End of the Road)  ME: Psychedelic 1960s Ian Peters catsuit (from the Liverpool collection, see HERE)
We're off to V Dubs in the Valley this weekend, the last festival of the season and the thermals are already packed.

See you soon!

52 comments:

  1. Can't believe you dithered over that kaftan! It's utterly brilliant I love the neckline and cheesecloth has to be up there with my all time fav fabrics.

    I love the look of this fair. It always looks like there are so many interesting things, I think I might have to take a detour to Stockport when I visit my Auntie later this year. Hope the wet weather isn't getting you down too much - I find it's useful for doing all those tasks I've been avoiding! XX

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  2. The caftan is fantastic, what great attention to detail on the decoration

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  3. Amazing find - so glad you decided to purchase it. It's gone to its spiritual home now!

    Can you believe I've never made it to one of the Stockport events - and I only lived up the road for years!

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  4. WOW, I saw my china- the Hornsea Contrast! We've had ours for decades and still love it!

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  5. Now that's what I call a brilliant vintage fair!

    I'm still chuckling at this...

    "I don't mind the odd trip down memory lane but hours and hours of people telling me about what they used to have, how it all went to the charity shop and that they'd be worth a fortune if only they'd kept it all really does do my head in."

    Have a happy Monday evening xx

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  6. My that Vintage Village sounds wonderful! And it's a good thing you didn't pass up that caftan cause it's a great find. :)

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  7. Yes, I am a little surprised that the dress decision took 20 minutes. All's well in the end....you're wearing the dress, and it looks gorgeous on you! I love the details, especially those tassels on the back!

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  8. What a bright star you are
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  9. I love your kaftan! It reminds me of dresses worn by girls in films with cults when they are novices! Looks delightfully cool!!

    Ha, I like your grievance, must get very tiresome!!
    X

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  10. I want to visit this place! Congratulations on a successful weekend, and your new caftan is stunning. xox

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  11. Your blog post is the best thing that's happened to Philip today, his birthday, poor love. It couldn't hold a candle to mine which is still going on heehee.
    So lovely to see you both yesterday. Sorry we missed you on our way out. Jon said you were circulating. Well what else is a girl to do xxx

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  12. Absolutely stunning your kaftan ! lovely to see the village life ! best wishes xxx

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  13. Lovely kaftan - what a great find. Sunshine - if only you got more of it!

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  14. i cannot even begin to tell you just how popular that caftan would be in southern california. they are HUGE here! you look so beautiful in it too. x

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  15. Oooh, great show of pics. I'll take that Lambretta for one.
    I enjoy following along your interesting lives. ;)

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  16. My god, that's a beautiful Kaftan. Glad you got it- it was made for you. You look stunning.
    So much vintage goodness and I spy a Dali travel poster I once had...(I used to have one of those!!)I thought I was the bollocks with that on my wall next to my Roger Dean posters!
    Looking good Kinkies; love Jon's John Collier jacket. The window to watch, apparently!
    Loves ya.
    xxxxxxx

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  17. Such a lovely, easy-breezy kaftan dress!!! The patchwork is just too pretty!! <3

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  18. It sounds like the perfect kind of event I'd like look around. You're so right about people paying an entry fee.....it certainly makes them more than lookers at lot of the time. I love the kaftan and am very surprised that you didn't hand over your cash in a flash. Not to worry though you have it now and you look beautiful and relaxed in it.

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  19. That look like such a good event and very lively. Glad to hear that you had another good day. I LOVE that dress. It is lovely. The back is wonderful. Those appliqués are so cool. XX

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  20. You look amazing in that caftan. A definite showstopper. And such a fun market. I truly hope you bought the Vix/Jean Shrimpton portrait.

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  21. Love the new kaftan but not as much as the catsuit at the end. Were you tempted by the portrait of your look a like? She's got your high hair going on. xxx

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  22. I do love a good caftan and that certainly is one. Looks great on you. Bet it's nice and comfortable to wear too.

    That sale sounds excellent. I'd be there every month if I could!

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  23. Wow you spotted another treasure there!

    Looks like a really wonderful show.

    That portrait really got me. Did you add her to your collection?

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  24. What a wonderful kaftan. Really beautiful. Lynn and her husband look marvellous too. x

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  25. You look gorgeous in that kaftan, Vix, and those earrings are perfect!
    Love seeing the folks dancing - they literally made me smile! xox

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  26. What a fantastic kaftan, such unique details! I loved the way you styled it too, with leather boots and purse, just perfect for Autumn. And I see not one, but two incredibly stylish couples!

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  27. I love the kaftan, it's in pristine condition right down to the bead detail round the neck. Stockport Vintage looks really fun/interesting. Betty

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  28. Looks like a fab event, with some great stock on sale I would love that Taunon Vale orange Daisy salt pot been after one for ages you know me and Taunton Vale :-) Love the kaftan you look gorgeous as does Jon. Enjoy the V dub festival this weekend, dee xxx

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  29. The kaftan is lovely, the detailing on the yolk just beautiful. It looks super on you.

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  30. What a fascinating market! And I confess to being one of those who says in a whisper now and then "Oh, we used to have one of those!"

    Found this ( http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-09/slow-clothing-movement-gaining-momentum-with-jane-milburns-help/6761446 ) interesting.. But you're the original!

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  31. Such a lovely kaftan and you're styling of it is fab, especially with the leather boots and bag. Vintage Village sounds and looks great - the lucky people of Stockport! xxx

    P.S. Love the 'Pies' bridge!

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  32. Such a lovely kaftan and you're styling of it is fab, especially with the leather boots and bag. Vintage Village sounds and looks great - the lucky people of Stockport! xxx

    P.S. Love the 'Pies' bridge!

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  33. I love the kaftan, when you get bored of it, I'll buy it off you, thou it won't look as fab as you on me!
    Also love the catsuit, love the colours on you.

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  34. Oh and the pies sign, I love it it! When we saw it, we spent ages thinking of more pie references to write on subsequent bridges!

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  35. Oh so fine Couples, both you and "Lynn and Phil." I also like your casual tunic. I can truly move into that kind of tunic dresses!

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  36. Actually, I did used to have a caftan like that...but never those gorgeous hanging earrings, nor the nerve to pair it with leather boots and a bag. The detailing at the yoke is inspiring!

    Jon is, as usual, a walking role model for intelligent men who bother to look in full-length mirrors. Make the effort, lads! It's the effort that shows, not the expense.

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  37. That looks like a splendid show. As for Lynn's outfit - wow! I love the suit and co-ordinating shoes/bag. I'd never considered the Orla Kiely shoes before, but she makes them look great.

    You got a real bargain with that dress.

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  38. I love the kaftan and the boots, great outfit, one of my favourites so far :)

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  39. Great to see the photos of Stockport - and that wonderful kaftan. I lived very near to Stockport before I left to live in France sometime ago and it's wonderful to see that lovely market hall in use. Although we are years - and miles - apart I have followed your blog for a long time and it never fails to make me smile. Love your home and the way you lead your life. So refreshing in this materialistic age. Keep up the good work. Julia

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  40. You hesitated for even a minute over that kaftan? Are you MAD, woman?! It's so you, and look at that, you're wearing a museum-worthy piece of design history, how cool is that? It doesn't half look good with tan boots too, so there's nothing to stop you wearing it all year round, I reckon.
    Stockport looks so good, I really want to come over. Lovely to see the ever-stylish Lynn and Phil, and there are so many gorgeous things on display, I'm drooling. The "We used to have one of those" sign really made me laugh, and of course you and Jon are the best dressed stall holders ever. Kaftans and catsuits rule!
    Love you! xxxx

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  41. those old tape machınes look fab mounted on a wall

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  42. It should've taken you 20 seconds to decide about that kaftan, not 20 minutes lol! Its a good job Stockport is too far for me or my purse might take quite a battering! x

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  43. that kaftan is a dream!!! wearable art!!!
    especially on you my dear!
    stockport looks great - and how cool your business is blooming! your stall always looks so inviting!
    hugs! xxxxx

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  44. That kaftan is seriously fabulous, love the way you have styled it.
    Vintage Village looks my sort of place. Love the kitchenalia and film posters and what a handsome couple Lynn & Phil are. You are rocking that catsuit! x

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  45. The kaftan had to be yours and happy to see that you made the decision to give this treasure a new life. Love the tassels and the patchwork and white is perfect for a cold fall day.

    Wonderful photos of Stockport and you are smashing in the 60's catsuit!

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  46. Wow! Don't you have a shearling vest or coat that will set that off? And surely some boots ... winter cream or a bright from the dress palette? Lucky you (probably mostly SMART you ... and looking smart as well, so pretty and made for you in this incarnation and any other!)
    So nice to be about to get out and about to these events. I so get why you love the vintage life so much. Thought of you kids when I saw a picture of Janis Joplin's psychadelic roadster today!
    Glad to be back out and about myself ... and thank you for your encouraging words, Ms. V!

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  47. Made for you and showcases your dark hair beautifully! Stockport is drool worthy. Xo Jazzy Jack

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  48. That is the ultimate summer kaftan - glad you ceased your dithering and snatched it up. The patchwork and beading on the yoke is lovely.

    If I lived anywhere near Stockport I'd be spending all my money there - what amazing stuff!

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  49. Fancy owning a piece which is the twin of one in the V&A! I don't think I've ever seen you in something that shape before, but it looks great on you especially with those tan boots. I also love you in that jumpsuit. When you showed us it before, it didn't jump out at me but now you're in it, it's amazing. Flippin' supermodel, innit? Lynn and phil look the business. Now Kinky doesn't come to Nottingham, I'll have to have a trip over to Stockport one day. Xxx

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  50. That kaftan is just beautiful, I love all the detail in it - I'm so glad its found a new loving home with you Vix! Also that vintage market looks so fun, I'd pay to have a look around for sure and it sounds like you did a really good days trading - well done you!

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  51. That kaftan is just beautiful, I love all the detail in it - I'm so glad its found a new loving home with you Vix! Also that vintage market looks so fun, I'd pay to have a look around for sure and it sounds like you did a really good days trading - well done you!

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