I have been meaning to pop along to one of these for a very long time but somehow never quite got round to it. Then at new year the lovely Cam from Bow & Crossbones said she would be at the next Spitalfields fair. So what better excuse to pop along!
Very from The Vanity Box was also going so we made a date, shopping and something to eat were the order of the day. And what a day it turned out to be, I had a lovely time yet again.
Overall I was really impressed with the quality of items on offer, sometimes it can just feel a bit like a jumble sale but there were a lot of really great pieces, I could have bought a lot more than I did! If Verity had her way I most certainly would have, as it was she made me buy several things I was umming and ahing over.
First things first, my attire and styling for the day, it wouldn’t do to go to such a thing looking like a scruff.
I decided to try a rolled fringe for the first time and I rather like the result, even better is it held perfectly all day.
My outfit was a grey pencil skirt from Vivien of Holloway, simple fitted black jumper from Primark, seamed tights, patent brogues from eBay (which I must replace soon!), a brooch I added after the picture and my lovely new faux fur Jacket from ASOS in the sale. I was pushed for time as I left so apologies I don’t have a pic of the full outfit and ignore the weird expression on my face.
Now on with the goodies!
First find was this adorable pinny, which was drawing a lot of interest, so I nabbed it before anyone else got a chance! Deliciously kitsch.
Next on the list was a lovely cream jumper with embroidery and bead detail.
Next was a really cute little pink top that Verity thrust at me and told me I had to buy, being a good girl I did!
Now for something a little different…………Passing a stall there were two glass bottles on a table, one shaped like a whippet/greyhound, the other like a cat. A cat! It was far too cool to let anyone else have so have it I did. In case you hadn’t noticed, I am mildly obsessed with cats, probably goes a long way to explaining why I’m single but just look at it!
Lastly (or so I thought) we stopped at Bow and Crossbones to say hello and I picked up a few bits for my hair. Not the greatest picture, sorry!
By this stage Verity’s son had had more than enough of traipsing round the stalls with us so off we went in search of food. Spotted a fish and chip restaurant and headed there. Typically it turned out to be a 50s diner style place and with us sat in the window we drew rather a lot of attention with several people taking our picture. It even prompted Jake to ask if he was famous!
I took a quick little pic of the counter area, I wish I’d taken more, it was a great little place and the food was really nice too, we recommended the scampi.
As we were about to head to the tube station to go home we spotted a large vintage shop called Absolute Vintage. What a find! Packed with hundreds of shoes, bags, mens, ladies, everything and all really reasonably priced. Shoes are arranged in size order making it easy to rummage for a gem that will fit you. In the end I was once again told to buy a pair of shoes, despite the fact I never wear gold, apparently I had to have them! They are rather fabulous though.
Finally, this time we really were on our way home. I popped back with Verity and we watched a bit of telly (just don’t ask what, it was very odd). Once again she forced me to buy another gem. One she had bought for herself but in the end wasn’t quite right for her, surprise surprise it was right for me.
And that, at long last, is everything. I had a fabulous day and am thrilled with my purchases. It really was an affordable fair, the sellers were lovely, all happy to haggle, with very few pieces horribly overpriced. I was very impressed and will definitely become a regular. They are held all over the country so check where nearest one is and head down for some bargains!