Primrose Hill Vintage Fair: In Pictures

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Primrose Hill Vintage Fair: In Pictures
Fiona did a grand job all afternoon modelling items from the stalls for you wonderful Londonist vintagephiles out there.
Fiona did a grand job all afternoon modelling items from the stalls for you wonderful Londonist vintagephiles out there.
She resisted this at the entrance but not the cake in the cafe...
She resisted this at the entrance but not the cake in the cafe...
Nanna Sandom of Splendid Stitches.  Danish Nanna (married to an Englishman and living in nearby Kentish Town) loves doing this fair because it's her "local" and it's the best as far as she's concerned.  She has her own business making alterations and customing clothes.  Like most of the people running the stalls, she's made a business out of something she's passionate about (she started young, customising and making clothes for her Barbie doll) and she said loves breathing new life into old items.  She was kept busy all day with customers who wanted to alter their vintage buys at the fair.
Some of the hats from Glow's stall.
Some of the hats from Glow's stall.
Glow & her partner. Glow's apparently been a mad collector of vintage for many years. She had a big selection which include some of her own items from the 60s and 70s. They both love vintage because it's ecological, the quality is great and it's truly green recycling. They'll be at the next Hertfordshire Vintage Fair on Sunday June 26th in Watford
 Fi wearing one of Glow's hats.
Fi wearing one of Glow's hats.
A broach from Sally's Jewellery. Sally Stanton of Sallys Jewellery had a mind-boggling collection of jewellery and handbags, all amazing quality pieces. Sally's an English teacher from Birmingham but has been selling jewellery since she was 11. She does the Clothes Show Live each year.
A broach from Sally's Jewellery. Sally Stanton of Sallys Jewellery had a mind-boggling collection of jewellery and handbags, all amazing quality pieces. Sally's an English teacher from Birmingham but has been selling jewellery since she was 11. She does the Clothes Show Live each year.
Mia trying on a necklace from Sally's.
Mia trying on a necklace from Sally's.
An original Gucci handbag from Sally's
An original Gucci handbag from Sally's
Another gorgeous, original bag.
Another gorgeous, original bag.
Watch bracelets and rings start at £15
Watch bracelets and rings start at £15
Grace, a photography student, bought this jacket from Sally's and ended up buying the hat she posed in for the photograph too because she looked fantastic in it.
Grace, a photography student, bought this jacket from Sally's and ended up buying the hat she posed in for the photograph too because she looked fantastic in it.
Mickey & Debbie - Rock and Roll! They specialise in the 40s & 50s and Mickey says it's a whole lifestyle for them. They buy most of their pieces directly in the States. For anyone who shares a passion for this era, Mickey's advice is to listen to R&R radio stations for announcements about upcoming events (the Boston Arms in Tufnell Park and Dingwalls have good events throughout the year). Also, the War & Peace Show in Kent.
The amazing mum & daughter team (Nicola & Hannah) from Pret-a-Vintage in Farnham. Nicola is a shopaholic who puts her "habit" to good business use because she has fantastic vintage items from 40s to 80s including designer pieces from Biba, Christian Dior and Karl Lagerfield. They attend fairs and markets together but also hold vintage parties (she's getting ready for a private party with 100+ guests in July). Her fantastic, quirky stock is party down to her daughter Hannah (a fashion genius and all round lovely person in the making who wears her vintage clothes to school). What a cool kid!
Hannah
Hannah
Necklace from Pussyfoot Vintage
Necklace from Pussyfoot Vintage
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Shhh... can't tell you anything about this dress
Shhh... can't tell you anything about this dress
Nice Green Cafe downstairs serving refreshments and delicious food. Their raspberry sponge (which was served just after coming out of the oven) is TO DIE FOR
Nice Green Cafe downstairs serving refreshments and delicious food. Their raspberry sponge (which was served just after coming out of the oven) is TO DIE FOR

Another Sunday and another vintage fair in London: The Primrose Hill Vintage Fair held in Cecil Sharp House, home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

There are loads of these fairs around in London but this is one of the better organised. The stock is authentic (ranging from 1800s to the 1980s), there's a good selection without it being overwhelming, and the pieces are well priced. Even the more exquisite designer label pieces are affordable here. But, best of all, the stall owners seem genuinely passionate about what they do and happy to spend time talking to customers.

The fair is organised by Marilyn Tye and upcoming dates are 10 July and 11 September. Suzanne and and her daughter Milly were helping run the show yesterday. If you love quality vintage and a lovely afternoon's shopping away from the usual crowded London shopping streets, the £3 admission is a bargain.

Last Updated 06 June 2011