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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Lou Lou's Leeds Vintage Fair.

   
I am beginning to venture out with 'All about Eve Vintage' fairs now and I recently had my first taste of Lou Lou's vintage fair in Leeds. I'd heard lots of great things about Lou Lou's fairs as they have been voted 'Winner of Best Vintage Fairs' 2013 and 2014 and have built up an impressive 42 fair venues across the country. Leeds Town Hall is the perfect background for a vintage fair and I was really looking forward to setting up stall here. What you forget to think about is the logistics of getting to these places and how long it takes to set up your stall, particularly when it's on the same day as Leeds half marathon. An early start of 6.30 for an 11am fair opening time seemed a little wasteful but after driving around all the closed roads whilst bumping into other stall holders all doing the same thing I'm glad time was on our side! 
 
 I have been buying some fab vintage pieces, sadly the majority not in my size, however I have treated myself to a few wardrobe additions. This 1970's shift dress was an Ebay find £11.50! Getting dressed in vintage clothes that I love is all part of the fun for me, if only I could dress like this everyday.
 

Leeds Town Hall is a beautiful Grade 1 listed building which was opened by Queen Victoria in 1858. The 3-manual organ is a wonderful sight and apparently is the largest of it's kind in Europe. Working in this environment really helped set the mood for the day and helped create a great atmosphere, along with some fab music. It was hard to stop myself from dancing along when Superstition and Do I Love you came on. (2 of my favourites).





All set up and ready to go.




I love the pre-opening time when you get chance to browse all the other stalls and even bag a few vintage goodies yourself. This week I couldn't resist a few wardrobe treats. I picked up a fab Purple 1970's dress coat and a pale green summer dress, both for £4 from Velvet Vagabond.. Those bargain bins are always worth the effort, remember to have a good rummage and look at everything.



 
I love the pattern on 1960's-70's clothes and regret not buying this green paisley print shift dress. It was slightly too big but I could have taken it in.

 
I get great pleasure in finding vintage pieces but it's even better when you sell them on to customers who you know love them as much as you do. These 1970's boots fitted this customer perfectly and she looked amazing in them.

Considering there had been a city full of marathon runners and spectators I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of trade I had along with some good sales which obviously makes it all worthwhile. I can imagine that the marathon event put some people off from venturing into town this Sunday and when it's business as usual I expect it will be even busier. I will definitely be going again.

You can find out more about Lou Lou's fairs at: http://www.thevintagefair.com/

Happy shopping x

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