Christmas/Birthday Shopping & Liverpool’s Big Vintage Fair @ The Bluecoat

Before I start this post, I would like to inform everyone that I am now the proud owner of an ice-cream maker, and that it may be the most exciting kitchen gadget I have ever laid eyes on. Once I’ve practiced a bit, ice cream recipes will certainly become a part of this blog!But for now, I’d like to tell you about last Sunday. My friend Adele scored some rather low-cost tickets to Liverpool’s Big Vintage Fair, which incidentally was hosted at the wedding venue, the Bluecoat Arts Centre. We decided to make a day of it, as we’ve both been swamped with essay & dissertation work and thought we deserved a break. It also happened to be just a few days before my birthday, so I decided to treat myself to a few bits and bobs.

But first things first. We started the day off with Costa Coffee, how could it be any different? I was very excited because it was the first time I saw the new Christmas drinks, so I just had to have a soya gingerbread latte! This excitement was tripled as I paid for a small drink but was give a large due to cup shortage.

Babychimp91 Geordie GiraffeAfter this caffeine injection, we hopped along to the venue. I’ve never really gotten into vintage clothing, it’s always far too large for my body and I just feel a bit repulsed by all the leather that shows up at these things, but we found some wonderful handmade items, including soya wax candles in teacups and some beautiful christmas decorations. We also had a few amusing experiences with pushy sellers, one of which kept trying to sell me lots of sequin tops (and incidentally was selling ‘vintage’ jewellery with Accessorize tags…) and another who would not stop jamming flower crowns onto my head. I kid you not. All in all, it was a fun experience and I managed to pick up some bunting and two little gingerbread-man ornaments for our (not yet existent) tree.

Christmas Bunting

soya candles Owl Keychains Gingerbread Men Tree Decorations collars

After all that excitement, we found ourselves in desperate need of some lunch, which we decided to have at Mello Mello, one of my absolute favourite spots in Liverpool.

Vegan Nachos

We also went to Primark, where I bought a skater skirt (can you believe I didn’t own one until now!) and a few more christmas decorations (which will feature in a later post), and to Lush, where I bought some christmas presents and a few treats for myself, which will also be getting their own posts.

Have you visited any fairs this year? What were your experiences?






  1. November 17, 2013 / 3:10 pm

    I visited a food and craft fair today. Mostly good, but marred at one point by a stallholder really pushing samples of cake and telling me I’d have bad luck if I didn’t accept it. When I called him on it he told me it was “banter”. People can be very odd. How he thought that was going to endear him to cutomers I don’t know. I presume you didn’t buy a flower crown either?

    • November 17, 2013 / 3:30 pm

      I did not. I don’t understand why they’re so pushy. Maybe we’re the strange ones, but when someone has such an aggressive sales attitude I want to run and hide! Sometimes it’s just funny, but other times it can realy ruin a perfectly lovely day!

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