Social Media is sometimes brilliant. After writing about the 1940s day at Haden Hill House and having a little moan about the lack of stalls, a lovely lady from Sandwell Council got in touch to tell me that there was going to be a vintage fair at The Manor House in West Bromwich on the 19th May. So yesterday I went along to have a good look around Mabel’s Vintage Fair.
The Manor House is one of my favourite places. Now a museum, it was once a pub and the place I first met my husband, so I often attend events there with a sense of nostalgia, glad to see the fabulous building open and thriving. Mabel’s Vintage Fairs organise vintage sales and events in quirkly settings, and I don’t think you could find one more perfect for the even than the Manor House with so much history (and a ghost no less!) running through its walls.
Mabel’s vintage fair made the best of the lovely location and the beautiful day with stores both inside the house and outside in the ground. There was also a tearoom with sumptuous cakes and tea in china cups that set up in the old bar area of the Manor House.
The stores carried a wide range of vintage and retro items ranging from the 1920s/30s right up to the early 90s (Adidas and Sports Retro brands.) There were plenty of beautiful vintage dresses and glorious jewellery and accessories. I got a vintage locket and two handbags, one which was a 1940s alligator shoulder bag. I also got a brilliant blue vanity case from the 1950s/60s for just £5.
There were also stores selling homewares – clocks, dressing table sets, teapots and teacups and cutlery. Some stores had bargain baskets containing items like cups and saucers for just £1, perfect if you are aiming to create a mismatched shabby chic look. In fact, the lovely thing about this fair is that everything seemed affordable as well as being lovely.
I can’t wait for the next fair, this is the second one I have attended and would highly recommend them to anyone who loves affordable vintage.