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Win a stall at Horsham vintage fair

6 March 2013 18 Comments

Belle’s Events, organisers of Belle’s Vintage Wedding Fair and Belle’s Bridal Boot Fair, is hosting its first vintage and retro fair on 26 May and is offering one lucky Vintage Brighton reader the chance to win a stall for the day, plus a side-bar advert on www.bellesevents.co.uk.

Horsham Vintage & Retro Fair

Belle’s was founded when organisers Kelly and Joss Wickon started hiring out their VW Beetle ‘Belle’ to wedding parties in early 2012 and identified a growing demand for vintage-themed events.

“I’ve been blown away by some of the divine vintage and retro ideas I’ve come across at our fairs”, says Kelly. “The wedding events have given me taste for running a more general vintage and retro fair as there is so much scope.”

Kelly Wickson of Belle's Vintage Events

The Horsham fair will offer vintage and retro fashion, accessories, furniture, kitchenalia, homewares and toys, as well a pop-up vintage tea room, beauty parlour, photo booth and makers’ craft corner. Stallholders already confirmed include Bella Does Brighton, Simply Vintage Designs, Suzie Sharp Homewares, Weekend Doll and Dawn from Dawn’s Vintage Do is also booked to perform.

Belle's Bridal Boot Fair Brighton - Tino&Pip Photography

Kelly chose Horsham’s Drill Hall for the fair because of its rich heritage – it has been a community hall since 1927 and proudly displays photographs of tea dances and jubilee celebrations – and in order to give something back to the town where she grew up.

Belle's Bridal Boot Fair Brighton - Tino&Pip Photography
Belle's Bridal Boot Fair Brighton - Tino&Pip Photography

“In my teens during the 1990s I fell in love with all things vintage but as there were no vintage shops in Horsham, I would have to travel to Brighton or up to London to find my gems. I remember buying a beautiful Afghan-style sheepskin coat in Rockit and wearing it to college in Horsham the next week – all my friends loved it.

“I want to create an event that will put Horsham on vintage and retro map so others don’t have to leave the town to enjoy a spot of treasure hunting.”

Belle's Vintage Wedding Fair - image by PhotoMadly
Belle's Vintage Wedding Fair - image by PhotoMadly

Enter the competition

For your chance to win a pitch at the fair (worth £48) plus a side-bar advert on the event homepage (worth £30), simply leave a comment below telling us about your favourite vintage fair find. Deadline for entries is 28 March and a winner will be picked at random and contacted via the e-mail address used to comment during the week commencing 1 April .

To find out more visit www.bellesevents.co.uk. To book a stall contact kelly@bellesevents.co.uk – if you book before the end of the competition and are chosen as the winner, you will not be charged. You can also enter if you have already booked a pitch.

Images 3 – 5 taken at Belle’s Bridal Boot Fair by Tino & Pip Photography and images 6 & 7 from Belle’s Vintage Wedding Fair by PhotoMadly

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  • Lynda said:

    My favourite vintage find was an old leather suitcase, perfect for storing things in at home and using for displaying leaflets when I do fairs myself. Lynda x

  • Sammy-Jo Lewis said:

    I have the most amazing bedside cabinets made from a vintage fayre find. They’re two Indian tea chests, full of character and charm. How amazing!?

  • Emma Jane said:

    A beautiful 1970s imitation art nouveau tea set!

  • Brittany said:

    Matching pink table and pink chair for £8!

  • Ju said:

    I have to many wonderful finds to list, however I think that my best find is that the people that go to Vintage fairs are soooo lovely, everyone chats and shares their knowledge with you and I always feel very welcome ….. This, I feel, is priceless xxx

  • Afieldsomewhere said:

    Drving round some strange little outback towns in Australia we came upon an old gold rush town. Like entering the Wild West at sun down the place was deserted or so we thought. We strolled past an abandoned department store full of amazingly dressed early 70’s vintage mannequins. As if by magic… the shop keeper appeared.
    “G-day! Come on in”
    Stocked up on some absolutely amazeballs clobber for a few dollars and took in a truly fabulous story for the oddest Austalian you will ever meet.

  • kathryn cheston said:

    My favourite vintage fair find was years ago when i was a student – a 1964 vintage navy blue pleated goddess shift dress with boat neckline and matching belt. it was quite chic and Audrey Hepburn and very different from the fussy gypsy/boho/ruffled style fashions worn at the time. Everyone loved it – sadly my mum washed it once and all the pleats came out and the dress was ruined ..

  • Sarah~Louise Kimmer said:

    My most favourite find was quite recent when I was looking for vintage suitcases for display…I spotted one which I just fell for…I could imagine it on the train station at the feet of two lover’s kissing goodbye, steam billowing about them…it had to be mine…it was only when I got home that I noticed the initials on it ~ S.M.O. ~ only one letter off the short name of my blog (SoMO)…I knew it was fate and I love it x

  • Trudi Davies said:

    A painted tin tambourine – with ribbons!

  • Faye said:

    I found an original Trechikoff print of the “Chinese lady” at a car boot,purchased for the squeal-worthy price of £5!!!
    She’s in perfect condition and loving referred to as Cheryl??!! Xxx

  • Emily Waltz said:

    I do love a good vintage fair, my husband and I went to so many while we were looking for bits for our wedding last year. The best thing I will always find at a vintage is inspiration, inspiration for my wedding as well as my new dress line. Xx

  • sandie said:

    My house is full of little gems found at bargain prices but my absolute fav is my 1914 gardening book…my muddy fingerprints on its pages are testiment to its daily use…if only I could get seeds at 1914 prices!

  • Georgia said:

    The best thing I ever found at a vintage fair was a gorgeous cream Sadler teapot, shaped as a racing car. It was identical to one that my grandmother used to keep on her mantelpiece. It took me right back to the days when i’d remove the lid and attempt to shove my barbie dolls into it, dragging the antique around the garden. I had to buy it. x

  • Queen Bees said:

    We’ve found so many items of crockery for Queen Bees to use, but the best find is a small little cup we use to balance our edible sweet wedding bouquet on – we’ve tried and failed with many other cups, but this little one is beautiful and strong at the same time x

  • Lucy said:

    My beautiful 50’s handbag! It’s in great condition and it always comes with me when I dress vintage style.

  • Michelle Cresswell said:

    Ooo you’ve got me thinking…
    I’m going to say a find of my child’s with his 50p – he found a fish ornament made of teak. I had to sit very quietly while he covered it with glue and pieces of blue tissue paper.It still looks rather retro but I’m so glad I didn’t say anything, and let him create as he has found great joy in it.

  • Emily said:

    I’ve had so many beautiful little finds over the years but most memorable are a small blue cameo ring, cute 1950s chinese doll and a collection of old pelham puppets that hang on my bedroom wall! Random, I know!

  • Justine Powell said:

    my 1950’s wedding dress, it looks great!

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