A day out at V is For Vintage: An Extravaganza is an ideal alternative to wasting your Sunday in bed. Offering the brilliant, the artistic and the beautiful, the vintage fair took place for the very first time at Depot on Dumballs road on Sunday 18th October and what a successful debut it was. Curated by the wonderful Jessica Keith, the aim of the project was to bring together a selection of vendors who are not only passionate about clothes, but want to revive the vintage scene and offer a selection of cherry picked and well loved goods.
Fusing together tunes of funk and soul, amazing gourmet street food and a selection of the finest vintage goods from the 30’s through to the early 2000’s, V is for Vintage took the conventional Vintage fair and ran with the concept. The depot usually known as a celebration of the artistic and the quirky presented the extravaganza as its archetypal event, with fewer stalls then your normal convention, the aim Jessica explained, was to create a space where people could submerge themselves in different eras, meet local vendors and business people alike and ultimately engage with the items on sale all whilst having a good time.
From home ware to original retro Vogue magazines, I caught up with the lovely Daisy Green who recently started her own business Daisy’s dressing up box, a well lit studio space where you can be styled in a variety of classy retro pieces and have your very own photo shoot, it proved very popular on the day. Taking the popular photo booth notion and twisting it, Daisy’s dressing up box is everything V is for Vintage encompasses, classy, quirky and good fun. Daisy talked to me about her other business, the popular Rock-ola Reborn, a main attraction at the Castle Emporium. Originally adapted from her parents own Vintage store ‘Rock-ola’ that opened in the mid 80’s on the site of where Vodka Revolution is today, Rock-ola Reborn is a selection of awesome custom pieces, from popular 90’s sport brands to outrageous biker leather.
As you walk around the depot, it is arranged into spaces for different things, all tethered to a plywood tree anchoring the spectacle together. Streamers, balloons, glitter and bunting surround the vent dividing up the warehouse into different sections, from a paella kitchen to a stall that makes physical art from publications. The mood is light and fun and there is a cosy little area to sit in the middle and feast on the variety of delectable things on offer.In terms of pricing the £2 entrance fee faded into insignificance when considering all of the goods on offer; furniture, vintage restored telephones, stylish clothing pieces and jewelry all came in at a more than affordable price. With all of this taken into account V is for Vintage resembles the perfect shopping experience for the shopping savvy student. There was even something for the kids too with retro and restored toys, quirky motif jumpers and a variety of kooky ornaments!