Those of you who know me will know I love all things vintage, so the Altrincham Vintage Market is the perfect way for me to while away a Sunday afternoon. So with hubby and camera in tow, off I went.
And it didn’t disappoint. With approximately 40 traders, selling a mixture of vintage-inspired handmade crafts, authentic vintage goodies and scrummy food – it’s a fabulous array of stall-holders, hosted in the town’s historic covered market. All of this to a retro soundtrack, spun live by DJs in the market.
First things first, the setting is great. The historic market is the perfect place and sets the scene for an afternoon of treasure-hunting (I love the architecture of the old market with its wrought-iron rafters). Then there’s the rows and rows of stalls with their canopies and bunting…a bargain-hunters dream.
The Altrincham Vintage Market has a great variety of things to buy, including: outdoors and garden bits; nick-nacks; vintage clothes; home-made food; handmade crafts; and art. So there’s something for everyone and I’d be surprised if you couldn’t find something to take home for someone.
So onto the stall-holders…I got to meet and chat to lots of them today and one thing they all have in common is: they are all incredibly talented and passionate about what they produce and sell (as well as being extremely friendly and happy for a chat).
Here’s a few of them that I met – please check out their websites, twitter, facebook accounts etc and pop-over and see them all at the Vintage Market one month (tell them HollyGoesLightly sent you :-)).
A gorgeous array of knitted and hand-sewn goodies, trinkets, bags and head-bands. Too cute!
Today, Little Knitted Stars shared a stall with ‘Love, Lizzie Jane’ who creates hand-sewn bags and other gifty bits (I particularly loved the ‘knicker bags’).
Handmade bath and body goodies that look and smell good enough to eat (though you’re not allowed to eat them, obviously!). All 100% natural.
Kelly is an artist but also happens to make really cool stuff that people want to buy (including me!). I love her letterpress collection of stationery and will be back next month to buy a ton of it!
This talented lady creates images, cards and art-work that is hand-drawn freehand and cut using a scalpel from one sheet of paper. How cool is that?! I personally loved the Art Nouveau framed images.
Goodnight Boutique– the ‘Great & Small’ collection
I absolutely love this selection of goodies that incorporates hand-drawn art-work printed onto stationery goods, jewellery and other trinkets. See my personal favourite of the bunch – the doggy pocket-mirror on my Facebook page.
For all you dog-lovers out there, this lady creates some amazing dog-inspired hand-sewn and embroidered goodies that you need to add to your collection. We’ve already decided that we’re going to have a Christmas Tree full of the little hanging doggies
Mary creates award-winning natural, organic and eco-friendly skincare and bodycare products. They smell absolutely gorgeous! The Frankincense and Rose Moisturiser was a particular favourite of mine.
This lady makes cushions, bags and pictures from a variety of prints and textiles and you’ll never see the exact same piece twice, so they are truly one-off pieces.
I’ve had the pleasure of eating these delicious treats before and they are genuinely the loveliest brownies I think I have ever tasted. We opted for the Snickerdoodle and Toblerastic versions today, which we enjoyed with a nice cuppa at the Market cafe.
This lady creates a variety of wonderful things from trinkets, to photo-albums and scrap-books. Incredibly unique and well-worth a look. She also hosts a class called ‘Altered Books’, at the Funky Aardvark Arts & Crafts Centre – where you can learn all about the art of scrap-booking. I’m definitely popping-along to the next one.
So those are just a selection of the lovely stall-holders I met today – what a great bunch of talented individuals. Makes me feel all inspired and crafty!
As well as the crafts, the Altrincham Vintage Market also has stall-holders selling bric-a-brac and vintage goods. Here’s some of that and the other bits the market has to offer…
And that’s me…
I love hats…
Never a truer word spoken…
So that’s it! My Sunday Stroll to the Altrincham Vintage Market – and what a way to spend a Sunday. Quite knackered and ready for a Sunday nap.
This market is held on the 3rd Sunday of every month, so I will most certainly be a regular goer. What other markets or vintage-inspired events should I be checking-out?