Working at Urban Outfitters in my final year of university kind of eased me into the idea of vintage and Manchester's Northern Quarter was the perfect setting for this fair, held by Preloved.
The event was held in the Night & Day Cafe, which was sort of a pro and a con. I loved how much character the quirky building had and the fact that you can chill and have a drink. But it also meant that once it got busy there wasn't much room to manoeuvre and it got pretty hot.
Much of the proceeds from clothing and cakes being sold went to charity. You could also get your hair done vintage style.
I really liked that the items on display were genuinely inexpensive; as at the end of the day vintage items are second hand. A lot of retailers try to cash in on the popularity of vintage and introduce huge mark-ups *cough*Urban Outfitters*cough* (I can say that now I don't work there!)
It wasn't just clothes on display but knick-knacks, books, records, ornaments and lots more...
Myself and a good friend grabbed a drink once we'd done some shopping and the place had gotten packed.
I didn't have time to snap my outfit, but I wore my favourite New Look Tartan Dress, a tan handbag from River Island, my Urban Outfitters Boyfriend Coat and my black ASOS Lace-Up Platforms.
On my face I wore:
Mememe Cosmetics Banish the Blues in Oyster Gold from the Little Angels Collection
So, onto my little haul!
In my goodie bag I received Lovespreads jam*, and I purchased one of their chutneys myself. I also got some lovely bath salts from Handmade Haven* (they smell so good you could literally put them in a bowl in your bathroom) and cute little soaps*. I also received some really yummy fudge from Matt & Ben's*, coincidentally in my favourite flavour: Salted Carmel. I also received a Mason & Miller mini sewing kit*, which is really perfect for me as I travel so much!
I picked up this jumper from the Oxfam Original stall for just a tenner! I'm so pleased with it; it's going to keep me warm this winter. I also picked up this scarf for £3 from another stall; I thought it would be perfect to be tied onto my tan leather handbag.
Do you love looking for vintage bargains?
* I ATTENDED THIS EVENT AS A BLOGGER, THE GOODIE BAG CONSISTS OF PRESS SAMPLES. PROFESSIONAL IMAGES COURTESY OF PRELOVED.