Monday, 15 February 2016

Lou Lou's Vintage Fair

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It's no secret that we both love a vintage fair and Lou Lou's Vintage Fair is no exception. With events all across the UK, they know how to pick some awesome vintage traders. On Valentine's Day we headed along to their Dundee fair at the Caird Hall.  We tried our best to get their early, because from past experience we knew it would be busy. Turns out it was still pretty packed when we arrived just before 11. Lou Lou's certainly know how to get the word out! This is great for the stall holders and any event that's successful for small businesses is good to see, even if it does mean you have to have your elbows at the ready. We do hear on the grapevine that Lou Lou's are on the hunt for a bigger venue for their next visit to Dundee, so watch this space. 

For it being a smaller venue than some of their other events, there was still a good variety of stalls and items available. From homewear and children's toys to menswear and jewellery, there was certainly something for everyone. Of course, we were instantly attracted to Thrifty Little's stall. With a small but fabulous selection of vintage pieces, alongside her upcycled collection, we couldn't resist! From there we were drawn to a suitcase full of scarves and had a good old rummage. With a whole host of wonderful prints (and at only £2 each) there was no way we were leaving empty handed. A lightweight Paris print and a jungle themed number made their way home with us. We certainly could have added several more to our collections but thought it best to be at least a little restrained.

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After making our way around the stalls it was time to play a bit of dress up. From glamorous party dresses to summer wardrobe essentials, we do enjoy trying things on. Plus it's especially essential when it comes to vintage because the sizes vary so much. Plus, who doesn't love parading around in a fringed dress! The black number is from Goodbye, Norma Jean and the gold dress is from April's Vintage Emporium. Now, if only there was an occasion to warrant either (or both) of these dresses.  *Begins planning cocktail party*.

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Despite the crowds, we really enjoyed revisiting Lou Lou's Vintage Fair. And it made us think about why we love vintage fairs so much. Here's what we cam up with:

1.) Variety
Whether you're looking for some new glasses for your drinks cabinet or a cocktail dress, you're pretty much guaranteed to find something that fits the bill. We loved the selection available at Lou Lou's, even if it does make you want things you never thought you needed. Hello egg poacher and pan! Why is it a bit of vintage styling makes even the most mundane items appears so much more attractive?!

2.) Individuality
Shopping vintage makes it much less likely that you'll turn up to a party wearing the same dress as someone else. It also means you can add fun and interesting items to your home to give a bit more panache to your interior design. They're brilliant places to unearth some unusual treasures.

3.) Price
There's usually a mix of prices at these events. From the £2 scarves we were hunting through, to full on sparkly party numbers for special occasions, there's something to suit everyone's budget. We also noticed a lot of the stall holders with special offers on at Lou Lou's. This all helps you to build up a fabulous and unique wardrobe in a super affordable way.  

4.) More Than Just Shopping
As well as a bunch of kickass stalls, Lou Lou's also had a  pop up hair salon and tea party set up. Blush Hair Design where busy transforming shoppers into vintage vixens. Perfect for getting the vintage hairstyle to match your vintage purchases.

5.) Supporting Indie Businesses
With some Dundee favourites like Nicely Eclectic, alongside other traders from across Scotland, it was great to see each stall looking so busy. It's encouraging to see such an event attracting so many people, especially on a Sunday morning. And with indie sellers, the person behind the stall is usually the same person who sourced the items. This means they come with a font of knowledge about vintage in general and the history of specific items. 

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Thanks to the folks at Lou Lou's for welcoming us along to the event and look out for their Edinburgh fair on Sunday 28th February at The Assembly Rooms. It promises to be even bigger and better.

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