Roll up, roll up, the fair’s in town! Ok, so if you’re seeking a ride in the bumper cars and a face full of cotton candy, this might not be quite what you’re looking for. But if vintage treasure and a bit of good, old fashioned entertainment’s the name of your game, then this fabulous, travelling fair is your dream come true…

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The Vintage Fair slowly picks its way around England from Brighton to Manchester; bringing a touch of glamour and retro class with up to 100 of the UK’s leading vintage traders all under one roof. Saturday 8th June saw the fair rock up to Bristol’s Passenger Shed, a fitting location seeing as it’s one of the world’s oldest train stations. No longer in use, this atmospheric venue played host to an abundance of happy shoppers, clad in their best vintage dresses in an attempt to turn back time for one afternoon.

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Racks of fashion from 40s furs to spangly, 80s jackets you wouldn’t let get too close to an open flame; darling, vintage accessories from cat’s eye glasses to sparkly jewelry winking away seductively (“You know you want me!”); and lovely, retro lamps were all on display. No rides in the teacups at this fair but I did spot some pretty, china, crockery amongst the home-ware and all for very reasonable prices. Common sense abruptly flew out the window and on the hottest day of the year so far, I ended up succumbing to a gorgeous, snow leopard effect fur coat. Oh well, this is England after all. Surely in a few days I’ll be the one laughing…

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And it wasn’t just all shop, shop, shop. The Mabel’s Vintage Tea party ladies were spreading some joy with their deliciously kitsch cupcakes and the chance to have a sit down and a cuppa when the purchasing all got a little too much. The brilliant, Vintage Hair Lounge was taking walk-up appointments for hair and make-up, providing victory rolls and scarlet lipstick galore and we were all entertained by the Harlem Rhythm Cats who provided the music for the afternoon. Because there’s nothing like vintage shopping to a real, live, retro soundtrack.

So, if this has got you in the mood to arm yourself with some Hollywood waves and a slick of red lippie as you charge off into a vintage, shopping frenzy – check out the website here for upcoming dates. And keep your eyes peeled for the taxidermy badger and friends. Surely a style icon in the making.

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With thanks to Chloe Sherriff 

Alex Saint is a writer based in Bristol, England – a place she calls home due to its friendly, diverse atmosphere and never-ending list of fun things to do. She loves tattoos, quirky fashion, pugs and, of course, travelling.

Keep up with the Saint sisters and their adventures in Bristol, London and beyond at www.saintsonaplane.com and @saintsonaplane or Alex herself @alexsaint13

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