Being a massive fan of all things vintage, you’ll often find me having a royally good rummage at flea markets, car boot sales, and vintage fairs. Today I thought I would tell you all about my trip to Lou Lou’s vintage market in Glasgow – but rather than just snap a bunch of photos and tell you what I bought, I thought I would share a few of my favourite finds. Sounds good, huh!
Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair travels round the country bringing a great mix of vintage clothes, accessories and home wear, on the day hair styling, music and cake, and given it’s been the winner of the best vintage fair in the UK for the past 2 years, you can guarantee it’s worth a visit should you spot an event near you. While there is a lot of clothes (both vintage and remade) available at the market, today I was more interested in the other things. It’s so easy to think that’s all they’ll have, but you couldn’t be more wrong!
First on my list for favourite finds has to be Glasgow’s very own VivaLaLux. I’ve got quite a big crush on lucite accessories as they were so popular in the 50’s, but it’s not easy finding beautiful pieces offline. My eyes were the size of saucers when I came across this stall! Covered in handmade lucite and bakelite jewellery, these pieces were all handmade using old school recipes by the beautiful Bonnie. I couldn’t resist purchasing one of her amazing pastel coloured gumball brooches (similar here) which I know fine well will go with at least half my wardrobe. This lovely lady is so retro-chic she was also the hair extraordinaire… Talk about one talented lady!
Finding vintage glasses is always tricky business at any fair I’ve been to, but with the notorious Eyedresser present, there was no way I was going to be leaving without trying on as many wing tips as he had to hand! I spent a really long time chatting with Michel who’s not only a qualified optician but also a hardcore hunter of never-been-worn vintage glasses. He’s super passionate about eye wear and he’s really great at helping you find the right vintage frames for your face. Sadly for my purse he found about 6 pairs I wanted to buy! His collection is really varied through the era’s too, so if 50’s wing tips aren’t your bag you wont be disappointed. People often get shy when they see so many specs out on a table, but don’t be frightened to dive in, try a bunch on and helping yourself to a couple of selfies. You might find the glasses of your dreams here (or if you’re anything like me, several pairs of glasses of your dreams!)
Last, but not least, finding Valadon 1923‘s beautiful collection of vintage home wear was a real delight for me. At the moment I’m flat hunting so naturally I have one eye out all the time scouring for things I want to put in it. As soon as I saw her collection of Babycham glasses I knew I was in for a winner! With a cute collection of bar wear, teacups and oddities like playing cards, vintage theatre binoculars, old kodak brownie cameras and such, discovering such a well collated collection is really inspirational. For me it’s not always about using these things practically, it’s about the visual aesthetics you can create with the objects in your home. If you want my advice, spend a little money and invest in some beautiful glasses to drink from on special occasions; you’ll be amazed at how much more sophisticated you’ll feel when your celebrating!
So there you have it, just a quick snapshot at my day out and a peek at what I’ve been looking at during my vintage hauls. Next time you see a fair hitting your town, don’t automatically think “I’m not looking for clothes, so it wouldn’t be worth it’ because as you can see there are plenty more treasures to be discovered and inspired by!
Have you found anything incredible at a fair? Or do you have any suggestions on which fair to go to next? Either way I’d love to hear from you!
Happy hunting vintage magpies