Sunday, November 11, 2012

Brisbane Vintage Fair at the Gold Coast!

The Brisbane Vintage Fashion Fair has run twice annually at the Eagle Farm Race Course for some time now.  This year the fair organisers decided to expand to run a third at the Gold Coast.

Though the coast is more than an hour's drive Sassy D and I were keen to see what new stalls the new location would bring.

We arrived not long after 11am (taking a minute's silence for Remembrance Day).  The venue was a good choice with plenty of parking,  sufficient space inside, air conditioning and a stage for the fashion parade.  The usual lucky door prize of $200 credit to spend at a future fair was being run.  I filled in my entry thinking that the smaller attendance numbers over one day only must surely give me more of a chance to win than at the bigger and longer fairs in Brisbane!   My email inbox remains empty tonight but I live in hope! 

There were some negatives. The music played for the fashion show was loud, modern pop which really wasn't to my liking (nor a few of the other shoppers who were browsing near me at the time).  The Gold Coast stores catered to those interested in later vintage from the later 70s and 80s, which unfortunately isn't my thing so I ended up doing all of my shopping with the usual Brisbane sellers.

I must apologise for not taking photos at the event.... I didn't even get a photo of Sassy D's fabulous outfit which was a pair of high waisted vintage style jeans, white shirt and a 1950s brown gingham bolero jacket from Atomic Martini Vintage.   She looked wonderful and this was proven by a fashion blogger asking her to pose for a photo.

The time we didn't spend taking photos was spent ooooohing and aaaahhhing over some of the lovely pieces there today.   Some familiar stalls were at the event including Vintage Advantage, Cassie's Corner and Deju-vu Vintage Rose and Hobohemia.  We also ran into Lisa, the lovely owner of Atomic Martini Vintage who was there as a shopper rather than a stall owner.   She looked amazing and I hope she entered the best at the show competition which was due to run after we left.

As for my own outfit...  

Blouse:  1950s embroidered organdy blouse  (Atomic Martini Vintage)
Cardigan:  Hollister 
Skirt:  Handmade from original 1940s pattern (Hollywood Patterns #1145)
Shoes: Whittner
Bag:  Cane 60s purse (La Bella Donna Vintage)

I went with the main goal of buying a 50s dress to wear to a party Sassy D and I have planned for next weekend.  I came away with the desired dress from Gypsy Bazaar.   I really should learn how to barter...

My purchases:
  • semi-sheer 1950s dress - ($180 ouch!) Gypsy Bazaar
  • Mustard 50s skirt suit - ($50) Cassie's Corner
  • Brown feathered half-hat - ($45) Cassie's Corner
  • Sweet pink vintage petticoat ($30) Unknown Logan based seller

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