‘York Does Vintage’ is part of the ‘Britain Does Vintage’ tours, and very recently the huge assortment of vintage venders hit the city of York! This time around, I cleared my schedule and decided to see if the event was worth all the hype.
(Spoiler; it totally is – check out this blogpost to see what you might and have missed out on and to convince to head on over next time the event is on near you! For more information of other dates the Fair features in the York area, click here!)The ‘York Does Vintage’ Fair was held in The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall on Piccadilly Street. The beautiful hall stands proudly by the river and surrounded by the well kept gardens. The hall is classed as one of the most important medieval buildings of the city and was a guildhall. A majority of the hall was built in 1357, and is still available for historic tours throughout the year. For more information, click here.
For the special occasion of the Vintage Fair, the hall was opened up, for a discounted fee, to the public, in order to spend the better part of a day perusing the stalls and enjoying the live band and supply of fresh cakes from the small cafe!A woman on a mission, as always, I headed straight upstairs to begin the investigation of what the event had to offer. It is truly a sight, to see a medieval Great Hall filled with life! The Great Hall had it’s walls lined with different venders selling a range of vintage apparel and homewares. I began by turning to the left and making a circle through the hall.One boutique that intrigued me was this one – Skylar-Belle – dedicated to refurbishing old furniture! The stall both sold pieces that had been successfully given a new lease of life, as well as willing to buy a majority of items you may have stashed away in your attic! They were also available on commision to to refurbish your own pieces! They even produced and sold their own paint!
I was particularly happy to find one soft-rose colour with my name stamped on the front of the tin. No purchase made (yet), but the business card was stored away carefully in my bag.
If you’re into vintage furniture, home interiors, or even painting DIY’s, you can also check out the York based ‘The Vintage Corner‘ and ‘Country Chic‘!(Below) More examples of the absolutely crammed racks of clothing that were up for sale across the room! If there was something specific you were looking for – you were very likely to find it!
I’m a sucker for finding vintage designer labelled items that are the equivalent of a one-off-piece by this point in time. Collecting an item that is so unique is very satisfying…And at one of the biggest stalls in the room, I just so happened to find a vintage piece of apparel that I just couldn’t leave without nabbing for myself!
This is a vintage limited edition Moschino dress. White with red printed cherries. Although on the hanger, the dress appears rather square and boxy – it actually fits the body like a glove! This is the tailored waist of a tradition 50’s dress, meets the cut and cool of the 60’s Go-Go dress! Flattering length and neckline – this has become basically my new Summer favourite!The rest of the stalls around the second half of the room offered a range of kitchen and homewares as well as some really intricately beautiful accessory pieces (we’re talking tiny metal clutch purses with built on lipstick, powder-puff, and cigarette compartments – the epitome of chic)!The displays extended downstairs into the Undercroft – where stalls, live singers and cafe were all situated together to create the ultimate immersion of Vintage Fair atmosphere! But I didn’t want to give everything away, so if you want to see what it’s like, check it out for yourself the next time the ‘York Does Vintage’ Fair returns!
After finishing the time spent inside The Merchant Hall (which is also a very privileged opportunity to venture around the hall without supervision in the same way as is the usual procedure for tours of the medieval building), I couldn’t help but take a pause in the sun of the gardens! And you all know, that time outside is always an opportunity to snap a sneaky out-of-the-day. This one was thrown together, trying to include the optimism of the spring sun, but with the knowledge of the cruel nature of British weather.
Scarf just in case, but also works as a wrap around while inside or against the wind. Leather jacket is slouchy, casual, but also a functioning wind-blocker. The top was a bit of a step outside of my comfort zone with the baby pink colour, but the cut was too pretty to not pick up back when I was in Portugal. This was my first time wearing it.Open toed shoes are an optimistic nod towards the potential of the weather. And these babies were a steal in a sale a few months back! Snazzy, grown-up look, and all the comfiness of a chunky heel!
Leather jacket – All Saints
Pink tank top – Portugal Boutique
Jeans – Gift
Scarf – Colours of Benetton
Shoes – T K Maxx