Yesterday, I went to a vintage fair at Chester Racecourse with two of my best friends – one of whom is engaged and wanted to find out whether a vintage wedding dress was for her. Having decided they wouldn’t suit her style (“I don’t want to look like a corpse bride”), we wandered into the general vintage fashion and home section and browsed the rails.

Fashion print c.1860s

While we found a few too many dead fox shawls for our liking (we’re talking face and feet attached), there were some great finds to be had. I picked up some original prints, one from c.1860 and three from 1958.

Late 50s prints

I’ll probably hang the earlier print in the living room, as it’s more in keeping with the Victorian styling, whereas the other three will be great in the little box room upstairs, which I’m styling into a ‘getting ready for a night out’ room – a ‘powder room’ as it was described when I bought the house (but that makes me sound way more posh than I actually am). I’ll share the results when that room is fully made over.

If you’re interested in visiting a vintage fair, why not try the Festival of Vintage (1930s-1960s) on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April (10-5) at York Racecourse? As well as shopping, you can expect to see classic vehicles, listen to some live music and maybe partake in some dancing. There is also a best dressed competition, so get your 50s wiggle dress on and curl up that hair. Day tickets are £12 on the door.

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