Yesterday I went to The Victoria Baths in Manchester where there was a vintage Home show. The baths themselves are spectacular and well worth a visit and as well as the vintage fairs which are regularly held there, you can have a guided tour of the baths, which won the first prize in the Restoration TV programme a few years back. The prize was a large sum of money towards the total restoration of the baths, which are one of the last remaining in the country, but due to the scale of work required, these events are held to raise further funds and raise the profile of the project
The vintage fairs are organised by Discover Vintage and a full calender of events can be found on their website. They are always great events as keeley the organiser insists on all stock being authentically vintage and stalls are always fully booked, so there is lots of great choice from various sellers from around the country.
One of my favourite dealers there yesterday was Agapanthus, who have a four storey shop in Stockport. Tom & Zoe who run Agapanthus, specialise in lighting and french furniture and can re-wire any of their lights, using vintage style flex. A few years ago I was doing some design work for a restaurant and Tom sourced a range of french vintage Lucite wall lights for the interior, which were just beautiful. They are also stockists for Annie Sloan chalk paints and run a series of courses throughout the year, demonstrating how to achieve vintage style painted furniture.
Some of the wall lights Tom sourced for me and above a range of their current stock.
The next event at the Victoria Baths, is an Art & Craft fair on Sunday November 4th, when again they are running guided tours. All stalls are already booked up, so it proves to be another great event, with lots of opportunity for Christmas gift shopping.