October was a busy month here at Retrovert, it started off with a good old fashioned road trip, and then we had stalls at two fabulous local events. Here are the highlights of our month:
A Road Trip
The beginning of the month saw a mother and daughter road trip through the countryside of the south west. There is such a wealth of naturally beautiful and historic places in that part of the country and we visited many of them. Here I am at Tarr Steps in Exmoor. The unusual stepping stone bridge dates back to medieval times, though I was rather more channelling the 1960s in my Bernat Klein hat and Liberty print skirt.
We sampled the delights of many tearooms. Some were a big disappointment, but two stood out for delectable teatime treats and customer service: Woods Cafe near Bodmin, a chocolate box cottage in the woods which offers up creative and delicious food and even serves Cornish tea; and Periwinkle Tea Room in Selworthy, a picturesque thatched National Trust property which serves all its home made goodies on vintage china, and even had its own matching traycloths and tea cosies!
Cambridge Vintage Fair
October 13th saw the return of Judy's Vintage Fair to the Guildhall after the long summer wait. And boy did it come back with a bang. Thousands of vintage seeking students and locals came in search of fashion bargains. And judging by the increasing number of happy faces and shopping bags I saw throughout the day, it seems they were in luck!
This 70s lurex number was snapped up from our stall before the fair even opened - a fellow stallholder just couldn't resist. She was just the perfect person for it, so I was delighted.
From Cambridge With Love
A week later, we also had a brilliant time at From Cambridge With Love in the Guildhall.
We met and chatted with so many wonderful local handmade and vintage fans, and it was a joy to help our customers find the perfect pieces for them. Our vintage china went down a treat and it is nice to know that lots of it is now being used for a good old cup of tea and cake in their new homes. I can't wait for the next From Cambridge With Love event. Bring on November 30th!
My Favourite Vintage Purchase
Trading at so many vintage fairs makes it hard to resist the temptation of buying something for yourself when you are there. I picked up this 1950s circle skirt at Cambridge Vintage Fair and also found an original net petticoat to go under it. I'm addicted to bold and colourful prints and just love twirling around in a circle skirt (and if you do too, then check out my How To Make a Circle Skirt Tutorial).