It’s not long now until we are back at Haigh Hall with our Christmas vintage, collectable and retro fair on Sunday 18th November 10am-4pm. We wanted to tell you all about the fab stall coming to Haigh Hall so you can come and have a look.

For those of you in the Wigan area you will know that Haigh Hall is an impressive building (recently featured on Don’t Tell the Bride).  For those of you out of the area, Haigh Hall was built in the mid-19th century and was once home of the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres.  The Hall is situated in 250 acres of woodland and is a popular destination for families as the Country Park has a children’s playground, miniature railway, craft gallery, gift shop and information centre.  As children we regularly went to Haigh Hall for a Sunday walk and in autumn we loved to collect conkers.

The fair will take place in the impressive Hall and will utilise two upstairs rooms, the entrance hall and main ballroom with vintage wedding dresses displayed on the open staircase.   There will be a pop up retro hair and make-up salon, demonstrations, a cafe and mulled wine with open fires and Christmas decorations in a stunning environment.

As for entertainment we will have the lovely Bexi Owen, vocalist http://www.facebook.com/bexiowen?fref=ts, singing throughout the day, she will also have her own stall selling vintage.  We also have Chorley Silver Band who will be in the entrance hall to greet you with popular brass band tunes.  The lovely Ruth Moulden will be at the fair with her pop up retro hair and make up salon as well as selling hair accessories, make up and mail treatments.  Below is her price list:

  • Make-Up Mini-Make Over £10                               DEALS
  • Hair Styling Full Make Over £20                             Mini-Make Over and Front Hair Style £16
  • Just Front Hair Style £10                                       Mini-Make Over and Victory Rolls £14
  • Just Eyes or Lips Lashes £5                                   Full Make Over and Front Hair Styled £25
  • Complete Hair Style  £15                                      Complete Look £30
  • Just Victory Rolls £6
  • Solid Colour £5
  • Pin-up Nails (half-moons) £6
  • French Manicure £6

We have the following stalls coming to the fair:

  • Grandma’s Attic – a lovely selection of vintage clothing and accessories from 1930’s -1980′, they are based at Traders outlet Altrincham www.vintagegrandma.co.uk
  • Gifts and Antiques – selling everything you can think of from vintage through to collectable antiques, perfect stall for a good look

  • Baubles and Bears – selling gorgeous bears, big and small from different periods all wanting a good home, also sells international costume jewellery
  • Noreen Mannix – selling a selection of vintage tea set candles, china and brooches
  • Anne and Martin Tebay – kitchenware, homeware, china tea sets, glassware, pottery, scarves, jewellery and ornaments
  • Colette Halstead Glass – a local artist selling beautiful Kiln Fused Glass www.colettehalstead.co.uk
  • Heart – A Unique Boutique – selling vintage clothes, jewellery, bags, shoes, handmade jewellery and home accessories www.heartunique.co.uk
  • Urban Chocolate -a lovely range of homemade chocolate in a variety of flavours and present sets http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheUrbanChocolateCo

  • Market Fairs -selling a range of books and small vintage gifts, Patrick also organises vintage fairs at Warrington Market www.marketfairs.co.uk
  • Dust Collective – a collection of creatives that sell reworked vintage clothing, handmade acce, jewellery, stationary and vintage homeware
  • Jewellery by Gail – handmade jewellery with polymer clay, swarovski crystal, gemstones and fire polished beads
  • Butterquins – pretty handmade and customised clothing, accessories, bows, skirts, cardigans and bags http://www.facebook.com/Butterquins?fref=ts

  • Preppy Vintage – a mixture of vintage clothing and housewares as well as vintage inspired bags and accessories from upcycled materials.
  • Vintage Duncan – a large selection of collectables, china and furniture
  • Dotty Teasel’s – selling hand made retro and kitsch jewellery, accessories and candle, great facebook site to check out http://www.facebook.com/DotsPixieHands
  • Rose and Lee Vintage with Groovy Gang – handmade soaps, bath treats, deluxe vintage candles and homewear www.roseandleevintageliving.co.uk
  • G’s Things – handcrafted and customised objects such as mirrors, boxes, clocks and shabby chic
  • Willacy Whimsys – a great selections of equisite vintage china and tea setshttp://www.facebook.com/willacy.whimsys?fref=ts

  • Vintage Retro Kitsch – vintage homewears, furniture and gifts http://www.facebook.com/vintageretrokitsch?fref=ts
  • Norman Roberts – rag rug demonstrations will take place as well as a stall full of vintage and retro items
  • Leah from Fulfill the Promise – a selection of vintage clothing, homewear, collectables and china http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fulfill-The-Promise/125295327573566
  • Mint Vintage – a selection of hand picked vintage clothing, jewellery, handbags, hats and accessories
  • Carol Myerscough – a lovely selection of vintage and unusual collectables, another great stall for curious items

Admission to the fair is just £1 and you can come and go all day.  Why not browse the fair, have a drink in the Halls cafe, go for a walk around the country park and pop back for another look just incase you have missed something.  Haigh Hall is just 2 miles from Wigan town centre and within easy reach of the motorway network.


Vintage Manchester Awards

On Wednesday 17th October Vibrant Vintage headed to the Vintage Manchester awards, where we had been nominated for the “best vintage fair” awards.

Prior to attending the awards I visited the lovely Alice Kitty Wink McMath who did my hair and make up.  It was great to catch up with Alice who is a very talented vintage hair and make up artist running her own vintage glamour make up classes as well as Vintage Network Northwest.  My make up was lovely and my hair was a work of art






Then the whole team got our glad rags on for the awards.  I wore a stunning midnight blue 1950’s evening dress with a 50’s tapestry handbag complete with matching purse, mirror and comb.  Kath wore a sparkly black evening dress with a 50’s handbag with art deco style clasp.  While Wayne wore his tux, accessorised with a tootle white evening scarf.

Photo of Vibrant Vintage by official photographer Lucy Greenhill

We were met with some yummy mini cupcakes provided by Pin ups in Pinnies and drank Old J Rum cocktails.  We then sat at our table where we were entertained by Suzie Sequin and host Kiki DeVille.  Anthony of Jazzswingdance gave a reading from his book, took photos and provided his beautiful 1925 Aston Martin to be the back drop of photographs, I still have car envy.

Then we waited eagerly for the results and our category was up first.  Although we didn’t win the award for best vintage fair we are very proud to have been nominated and would like to say a huge thanks to all those who voted for us.  It was such a fab feeling to be in the final as we have only be organising fairs for a year in the North West of Manchester in the Bolton and Wigan area.











All nominees were worthy to be in the final and it was great to meet some new businesses that I wasn’t aware of and hopefully more people are aware of our fairs that we organise.  After the awards and lots of photos we decided to head home, only to discover that our car was locked in a multi story car park.  After a lot of panicking (plus it had started to rain at this point) we eventually discovered a way in to collect our car!

The event was a great night and chance to enjoy ourselves.  When we went to our vintage stall on Westhoughton on Thursday we were met with a huge card from all of the other traders congratulating us on our achievement and getting through to the final.  So I would like to thank every body once again for their support, we look forward to seeing you soon at our huge vintage and retro craft fair at the impressive Haigh Hall.

Starting a blog

I have been meaning to write a blog for a number of months now as I am always going to different vintage fairs, meeting lots of lovely people, buying many beautiful things, organising vintage fairs and meeting beautiful retro models on photo shoots.   I am Victoria and I am one third of Vibrant Vintage, the other two thirds are Wayne and Kath.

The Vibrant Vintage Team

I have recently finished writing a LL.M in law and now have a bit more time on my hands to write a blog.  Over the next few weeks I will also be looking at getting the website up and running as we have some lovely clothing and accessories to sell.

I am also very busy preparing for our last fairs of the year.  We are at the Mercury Hotel, Westhoughton on Sunday 7th October 12-5pm.  This is one of my favourite fairs as the venue owners are very welcoming and the fair itself is intimate with 16 stalls giving it a lovely warm and friendly atmosphere.  I always end up spending a fortune.

Heart Unique at the Mercury vintage fair

The our last vintage and retro craft fair of the year will take place at Haigh Hall on Sunday 18th November 10am-4pm.  This is a huge fair with a great range of vintage, retro craft and collectable stalls coming and even a pop up hair salon.  The fair will take place in the impressive Haigh Hall that will have Christmas decorations, open fires, mulled wine to get you in the Christmas mood.

View from Haigh Hall

Finally, the business has been nominated as a finalist to win “best vintage fair” in the Vintage Manchester awards.  I am very shocked and excited to be in the final three as the other two fairs in the category are huge fairs in the Manchester area.  If you have been to one of our fairs and enjoyed it, please do vote for us to win by logging onto the Vintage Manchester site.  Plus the best thing about being a finalist is that I have been invited to an awards ceremony.  Now all I need to do is decide what to wear.

Vintage Manchester Finalist

Review of the Haigh Hall vintage fair

On Sunday 1st July we hosted our first vintage and retro craft fair at the impressive Haigh Hall in Wigan

We had 40 stalls selling a range of vintage and retro clothing, accessories, collectables, homwear, antiques, handmade craft such as bags, cards, cupcakes, chocolate, jams, sweets, wedding hire and vintage wedding dresses as well as a pop up retro hair salon.

Haigh Hall Vintage Fair   Haigh Hall Vintage Fair   Haigh Hall Vintage Fair Wedding Dresses

We also had the lovely and talented Alice Imalda singing for us throughout the day

Alice Imalda


Due to the success of this fair we are due to host another fair at Haigh Hall later this year, keep posted for more details.