Please note the fair is currently on winter break, and will be back bigger and better as a quarterly fair on both days of the weekend! A small admission fee will be charged. Check the website or facebook for further information.
I'm funny with vintage. In some ways I don't understand how the fact that something is older automatically makes it better than the new and modern. But in some ways I can understand perfectly. Sometimes you just feel the pull of a time other than your own, and the need to put on a pair of knee high go-go boots and listen to some Nancy Sinatra. Well, there's a vintage fair in North Adelaide that perfectly suits these moods.
Also, I will confess that I'm not one of those gifted people who can put together a vintage outfit that looks fantastic. Half the time someone is grabbing winners from the same racks that I'm looking at, cocking my head to the side quizzically. It's like I know that somewhere in there hide all the magic things needed to make these outfits but I just can't fit them together.
As I said earlier, North Adelaide has its own little haven for vintage and fashion items at its North Adelaide Vintage and Fashion Fair that's held every second and fourth Sunday in the month. At 200 Jeffcott St in the Estonian House this little gem hides away. It's also free entry, which makes me smile. Upon entering we find a stall with vintage shoes; bags, and coats in the main foyer. As we venture further into the hall we find knitted jumpers; a giant Betty Boop statue; jewellery; adorable tea cups and saucers. A few stalls offer vintage homewares while another has pot-pouri bags for your delicates drawer, and scented wheat-bags.
There is plenty to choose from. There's even a little side part with records, coffee and curries that smell amazing, but that we don't sample as we had curry for dinner last night. I flick through the records but nothing quite screams to be mine. It's when we're on our way out that I notice, on the rack of coats that we walked passed at the start, a cute little black and white hound's-tooth skirt, with a thick black waist band. I um and ah over it for a while, try it on and finally decide to buy. I don't need to be able to put together remarkable outfits to know that it's a good find. Sadly, I then see a little robot necklace at one of the other stalls. Its arms and legs move and maybe if I hadn't bought the skirt I'd get him. Maybe I'll go back for him in a fortnight, if someone else hasn't snapped him up that is. I guess I'm attracted to the one of a kind finds that you can come across at these kinds of places, and furthering the lives of these things that already carry memories. We look forward to adding our own stories to those that have come before.
At the North Adelaide Fair there were, however, a few things that were definitely not vintage. An example being a cute pair of red tartan pumps that were from Rubi shoes, and a few other things that were faux vintage, but that's where the titular 'fashion' comes into it I guess.
The North Adelaide Vintage and Fashion Fair is well worth a wander through whether you're a vintage aficionado or a total novice like me. If nothing else you could get yourself a good cup of coffee and a nice curry. People are always acting like Adelaide doesn't have these kinds of things to offer. It does, we just have to find them, and that's where half the fun is.