Art Deco & Retro Fun

Today’s post is a little off-piste and isn’t beauty or fashion related whatsoever (although I might pop in what I wore!) but I hope it’s well received either way!

On Sunday my mum and I ventured into a village near her called Culford to have a nose around Suffolk’s Art Deco and Retro Fair. It was hosted by Culford School which is one of the most incredible buildings I’ve ever been in. I thought my posh school was fancy but this was overwhelming. The 16-18th century building sits on 480 acres of ridiculously beautiful land with it’s own lake and grazing land! It’s a bit too nice to be letting snotty children run around it if you ask me.

I do wish I’d taken my proper camera with me but I probably would have been too distracted by the abundance of incredible vintage and art deco wares anyway!
Every item was tagged with the era and style which I found really interesting as although I’m good at picking out pieces from the 1950’s, I’m not good with other eras. My mum was so pleased at seeing all these bits and pieces that reminded her of being a child or items of jewellery similar to ones her mum owned. Quite sensibly (or stupidly really!) we didn’t take very much money so we had to be selective if we wanted to buy anything. I’m glad though because I saw at least thirty things I could have easily parted with my money for. Mostly vintage buttons…honestly, there were so many buttons I nearly keeled over with excitement! There were also a couple of stalls that sold vintage advertisement prints. I found a beautiful 1952 Bourgois print but I didn’t have enough money with me to buy it. 
There were a lot of proper compact mirrors around but many either had pieces missing or hadn’t been taken care of very well so were looking quite worse for wear. However, my mum found this beautiful compact and although the powder puff is missing, it looks as though it’s barely been used. The tag was dated 1940’s but I don’t know how accurate it is. 

It has two deer engraved on the front and has beautiful scalloped edges. The mirror inside was a little mucky but otherwise perfect. It’s so beautiful. My mum used her haggling skills and bought it for a mere £12! When I asked her whether she was going to keep it in her handbag to use or just put it on her dressing table she said she hadn’t decided but she might like to give it to her favourite person for Christmas…! I’d like her to keep it though, it’s precious. 
I bought this gorgeous little pill box (dated 1950’s) for myself for £2. I always forget my medication when I’m away from home but my mum found me an emergency little pill box from The British Heart Foundation shop a while ago so I can keep some in there all the time. This though is just beautiful so I think I might keep both but put them in different handbags just as backup! 

Finally, the third thing I bought was my first trio! My mum has collected trios for as long as I can remember and she has an absolutely beautiful collection. She’s very particular about hers though and only buys ones that are valuable. Mine however, I want to buy for a very different reason. I’m going to start building a collection of trios to use for tea parties! It’s part of a venture with my wonderful friend Luli but it’s very early days so I don’t want to give too much away yet! I want trios that are beautiful but still quite robust and cheap enough that I’m not going to go into respiratory arrest should they break. 

I love the autumnal colours of this and the fluted edges of the cup and plates. It’s so lovely I almost don’t want to let anyone else drink from it but if I’m going to be precious about things like that I’m never going to get anywhere!
I got talking to a lady who was selling some incredible costume jewellery who told me all about how her and her daughter had collected 150 trios for her wedding and now had no idea what to do with them! She is coming back to the Vintage Fashion and Textiles Fair in September and said she’d bring a collection with her for me to have a look at and if I liked them she’ll sell each trio to me for £3! She took my phone number and is going to ring me closer to the date so she can send me some photos and I can choose which ones I’d like to see. How brilliant is it?!
This was definitely the best vintage fair I’ve been to. I find a lot of other fairs will bring things in that they think look a bit shabby or rough round the edges and call it vintage. All the sellers here knew what they were selling and only sold genuine retro and art deco pieces. Every single person we spoke to were so knowledgeable and I learnt a lot on how to recognise when pieces are real and when they’re reproductions. I really, really enjoyed myself and am so looking forward to the next one!
And just to round it off, here’s what I was wearing 🙂 (This dress is coming out a lot lately, it’s bordering on cheery but not too summery which seems perfect for now.)

And there’s my big, blood-shot eyed from not much sleep face 😀
Mrs D x

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