Tuesday, 24 November 2015

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Vintage fair in Carlisle brings out the crowds

Hundreds of shoppers took a step back in time to grab a bargain that is bang on trend.

Vintage fair photo
Jess Clifton on her stall

Fans of all things vintage packed out The Sands Centre in Carlisle to attend the country’s largest vintage fair.

On offer was a selection of second-hand, vintage and newly-made clothing, jewellery and accessories from some of the UK’s best traders.

The Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair hosts events all over the UK and has goods for sale from the 1940s to the 1990s. Lottie Ibberson, fair manager, said that vintage market was booming.

“At the moment the whole vintage scene is very, very popular,” she said.

“We usually get at least around 1,000 people turning up for the events which we hold each weekend. We are trying to take over the country with the vintage fairs.

“People just love a rummage and how they can find something that reminds them of their youth. “Younger people like to find things that you can’t get on the High Street.”

Shoppers could also recharge their batteries during the day with a cup of tea and homemade cakes served in vintage china.

Out looking for a bargain was 18-year-old Lauren Crowther, from Stanwix.

She said: “I’m really into all this just because it is so different from the high street and you can’t find anything else like vintage clothing. Fashion back then was so much more inspired and the quality was much better than what you get now.”

Also out on the bargain hunt were Joanne Stamper and Alison McCullough, from Workington.

Alison said: “We just love the styling of it, it’s really different from the High Street.”

Joanne added: “This is the second one we have been to we just love it. The fit and quality of the clothes is just better.”

Store holders came from all over the country to sell their items, including Andy Murtagh from West Yorkshire, who was selling vintage clothing and records.

He said: “We are finding these fairs very popular at the moment and we are doing one nearly every week. The old records are really good sellers as people are really into nostalgia at the moment.”

Local vintage boutique owner Fran Boyd, was also among the sellers.

She said: “We are coming to these events nearly every weekend. Vintage is just good design and it was made to last.”


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