For the first time in MONTHS, I found myself with a weekend with no plans. After working many many weekends and travelling around visiting family and friends I was grateful to have a couple of days worth of me time, one of which turned into a very vintage day.
Saturday was the day of life duties as I’d been running dangerously low on clean clothes but it was also a lovely day outside so I did get out for a wonder round Epping Forest (if you follow me on Instagram you will know this already no doubt!)
Sunday however, I woke up with the sunshine, rolled happily out of bed and at made my way to Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair which had landed in Bethnal Green. I even pulled out a vintage-esque hair do and red lippy for the occasion. Screw it, its the weekend!
I love me a good vintage fair. You get to wonder around a room and dig through decades of treasures from fads gone by. I love seeing who else is there because vintage fairs are cornucopias of style. So many people turn up fashioning their own twists on classic trends, bringing the clothes and accessories of years before right back into the twenty first century. Its one massive juxtaposition and I love it.
There’s a £2 entry fee to Judy’s Vintage Fairs or £3 if you want the early tickets to run in a snaffle the best bargains at the beginning of the day.
Then its head first into the world of big bold prints.
It didn’t take me long to gaze upon this particular collection of bandanas and sunglasses. As fate would have it, my £1 Primark shades that have served me well for 2 years finally gave up the ghost last week, giving me the perfect excuse to prowl for a replacement pair.
After grabbing my first buy of the day I continued my leisurely browsing.
After a good old snoop, I didn’t find anything else that cried out to me so I decided to take my vintage voyage back out into the sunshine and strolled my way to …
Of course, the home of London’s vintage scene.
I’ve been to Brick Lane many many times but somehow I always manage to miss the market when its in full swing so I was happy to see the street lined with market stalls and treasure hunters like myself.
And I have never seen the line for the bagel shop so long!
Now, if you are OCD, I must warn you, Brick Lane will probably upset you quite a bit. Some stalls are beautifully organised, their good laid out neatly for the ease of browsing. Others, as demonstrated here are simply boxes of random objects thrown together, or spread over the ground. So if you’re going to brave it, prepare to rummage!
By this point I was getting the munchies. With a rumbling stomach and incredible looking food stalls left right and centre I quickly got my hands on some chicken and pork dumplings in soy sauce. NOM. Washed down with freshly made lemonade. Now that, my friends, is a damn good lunch.
Hunger satisfied, I carried on my merry way. Let me warn you, if you have never been to Brick Lane before you may not realise just how expansive the market actually is. It cascades out from the road into pockets of stalls under canvases, in warehouses behind shops and in basements.
Take your time, let yourself be guided through the obscurity of it all and make sure you don’t miss anything!
On a previous visit to Brick Lane I found an artist by the name of Lewis Campbell who is, in a word, genius. His brand is called Lost Monkey Art and he sketches intricate and twisted cityscapes that are stunning in their accuracy but also brilliantly offbeat in their inclusion of robots and sea monsters.
His drawings had stuck in my mind and I found myself walking on auto-pilot back to his pitch. I currently live in a house share, with a landlord who’s not mad keen on us putting things on the walls, so I told myself it would be stupid of me to buy a print.
I wandered off for a while… then I went back and bought a print.
This one to be precise.
It’s only a little A4 one but I have a vision of collecting a set so when I move somewhere with less wall hanging restrictions I can display them properly… I have my eye on the South Bank and Brick Lane ones.
If you like his work, Lewis is currently doing an exhibition in at The Wash, a coffee shop in Hackney until 2nd July. I’ll be making my way down there for sure.
I also noticed that Mr Campbell is responsible for the amazing artwork on the wall as you enter the basement portion of Brick Lane’s vintage clothing market.
As much as I love being busy, and boy have I been busy recently, I always appreciate days like this – not having to be anywhere at any particular time, days when I can remind myself how much I love being a Londoner and just do whatever takes my fancy.
Seeing as according to my diary my next completely free weekend isn’t until the end of August, I’m mighty glad I made the most of it!
Are you a vintage junkie like me?
What do you do on your “me days”?