On one of England’s most apocalyptic, blow-your-brolly-inside-out, crazy weather days since Noah’s Ark, I reluctantly shed my comfy PJs, donned a vintage-inspired, doily-collared, teeny-tiny rabbit print dress, and braved the journey to my local Fat Cat Cafe, where they were hosting the delightfully named Nana’s Vintage Fair. And boy, am I glad I did.
The fair was a veritable wonder of all things vintage: clothes, shoes, bags, bunting, cake toppers, quirky glasses, crockery, cakes, and tea (well, maybe not all vintage, but certainly all you need to get you in the mood for a vintage tea party). In case you were wondering, the fascination here lies in the fact that I’m going to be throwing my own vintage tea party very soon (FULL Kitchen Bitching report to follow), and wanted a touch of inspiration.
But the highlight for me came when I met the incredibly talented Denise O’Sullivan: the potter from my home town of Stoke-on-Trent, responsible for creating the greatest cake stand of all time (which I plan on buying as soon as I’ve practised not being clumsy enough to break it on its first usage). Denise was there to showcase some beautifully designed mugs from the same skull collection and I just had to snap one up (I also couldn’t help asking her to pose for a cheeky photo, whilst hopefully convincing her I was a fan of the ‘non-crazed’ variety).
The first floor of Fat Cats was packed full of clothing, accessories, and the sort of bunting that looked like it’d been plucked straight from war time Britain; and I was feeling truly patriotic. Then, in my travels to the cave of wonders below, I discovered the most glorious cake stand (manned by @alices_teaparty) serving up such gorgeous creations as chocolate and beetroot cake (which I promptly sampled), along with such traditional offerings as lemon drizzle, ginger cake, and coffee sponge.
Incidentally, if you’re interested in throwing your own tea party, the lady behind this cake-fuelled feast hires out her own beautiful vintage china! Again, owing to my natural clumsiness (I’m actually quite graceful when I’m not handling ANYTHING), I’m going to source something relatively cheap, probably mismatched, and almost certainly my own, so I don’t feel quite so guilty when I break it, chip it, or drop it.
You’ll be delighted to hear that Nana’s Vintage Fair has plenty more dates in the diary this summer — from Leek to Stone, Macclesfield to Ashbourne — so if you want to pop along for your own spot of inspiration, or just to bag a few vintage goodies, find the best date for you on their website, and head on over to the Midlands. We’re a good bunch; and we know a thing or two about vintage (well, the lovely people at Nana’s Vintage Fairs do, anyway).
Love Dolly xx