A Christmas Vintage and Retro Craft fair Haigh Hall

In 2013 we hosted two vintage fairs at Haigh Hall, one on 7th April and the other on 1st July.  We back with our final Haigh Hall fair of the year on Sunday 24th November 10am-4pm.  This fair is set to be our best fair yet with over 50 stalls coming, live entertainment throughout the day and a magic show for children.

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The fair will take place in the impressive Hall and will utilise two upstairs rooms, the entrance hall and main downstairs ballroom.  Outside we have vintage campervans provided by Boho Bride.  To put everyone in a Christmasy mood there will be open fires, mulled wine with the hall decorated for Christmas.


As for entertainment we will have the lovely Bexi Owen, vocalist http://www.facebook.com/bexiowen, and Lane Paul Stewart, entertainer https://www.facebook.com/vintagevocalsuk singing throughout the day.  Furthermore, there will be a free magic show for the children that will be performed at 2.30pm in a room off the main ballroom (all children must be accompanied).

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As for stalls, we have a fabulous selection of vintage clothing, homewear, collectables, furniture, craft, jewellery, cards, chocolate, cupcakes and sweets.  This fair is perfect for finding a unique Christmas present or one off dress for a Christmas party.  Below is a list of the stalls attending:

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vibrant vintage fair

  • Love Cottage Vintage Creations – Restored and refurbished vintage furniture, handcrafted items, vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery https://www.facebook.com/LoveCottageVintageCreations
  • Red Spotty Dog – fabrics are used to create beautiful handmade items such as cushions, bags, door stops, bunting, key rings, coat hangers and lavender hearts https://www.facebook.com/redspottydog
  • Picture This – hand decorated furniture using decoupage. images used are from the Beano, Dandy, Mandy, Bunty as well as vintage cards, games and images
  • Woolybobs – hand knitted items from bags to rugs as well as good quality upcycled furniture
  • Little Jenny Wren – selling a lovely selection of vintage crockery and collectables
  • Retro Queen Boutique – a fab collection of vintage clothing, accessories, handbags and jewellery https://www.facebook.com/RetroQueenB

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  • Primrose Craftworks – a wide range of handmade crafts such as decorative hnagers, lingerie cases, sented sachets, rag dolls, purses, peg bags, cushions and envelopes https://www.facebook.com/primrosecraftworks
  • Pearl Vintage – selling a selection of vintage clothes, mirrors, pottery, bags and jewellery
  • Susan Moodie – antique textiles including table covers, bed linen, doileys, lace, buttons, sewing items and trimmings
  • Carol McLeod – a selection of vintage jewellery clothes, bags, china and pram
  • Posies and Petals Cake Stands & Gift Co – bespoke handmade cake stands and unique gifts https://www.facebook.com/PosiesPetalsCakeStandsGiftCo
  • Revival by Carol Ann – selling vinatge clothing, jewellery, scarves and bags


  • Vintage Fashions – ladies clothing and accessories, jewellery, buttons, postcards, books and collectables, a lovely stall full of little treasures.
  • Jane Hamilton – a great selection of vintage clothing and accessories such as handbags, jewellery, gloves and furs from the 1950’s to 1970’s
  • Dajon Designs – a lovely selection of handmade greetings cards www.dajondesigns.blogspot.com
  • Vintage Duncan – a large selection of collectables, china and furniture
  • Rose and Lee Vintage with Groovy Gang – handmade soaps, bath treats, deluxe vintage candles and homewear www.roseandleevintageliving.co.uk


  • FlosFloris – handmade wedding stationery as well as Christmas cards and vintage photographs www.flosfloris.co.uk
  • Marmalade Moon – selling a selection of handmade cards, notebooks and pictures
  • Bug Eyed Betty – handmade needle and wet felted items, keyrings, teacosies, brooches, Xmas decorations and bunting
  • Vintage Whatnots – a great selection of unusual, curious and interesting collectables https://www.facebook.com/VintageWhatnots
  • Cherished Trinkets – handmade vintage inspired jewellery, teacup candles and vintage tea party wares www.cherishedtrinkets.co.uk
  • Atomic Vintage – a selection of vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery for men and women https://www.facebook.com/thevintagestall

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  • Adele – a great selection of vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery from 1920’s to 1980’s
  • Enframing Crafts – vintage clothing, bedding, ormaments, handmade craft and upcycled ornaments www.facebook.com/enframing.craftupcycling
  • Lace and Liquor Vintage – vintage ladies clothing and accessories from 1940’s to 1970’s, homeware and kitchenalia www.laceandliquorvintage.com
  • Bellamaise – baby and childrens handmade clothing in vintage fabrics and styles www.facebook.com?bellamaise
  • Handmade by Just Jade – handmade jewellery and skirts as well as vintage clothing, shoes and accessories
  • Ashley – vintage clothing, shoes, accessories from the 1950’s to 1980’s
  • Vibrant Vintage – finally there is us with our vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery, collectables and furniture.  We will be the first stall as you enter so if you have any questions come and find us.

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I’m sure you will agree that we have a great list of stalls attending the vintage and retro craft fair on Sunday 24th November from 10am-4pm.  Please remember that the fair will take place over two floors, with stalls in the ballroom downstairs and in two upstairs rooms.  Admission is £1 (children under 12 free).

Wooden advent calendars

Advent calendars originate, like so many of our Christmas traditions, from Germany.  At the beginning of the 19th century German Lutherans would count down to Christmas by drawing a chalk line on their doors.  This started on 1st December and ended on 24th December, when Germans open their presents.  However, some families decided to light a new candle each day as a count down to Christmas.  Eventually, the first advent calendar was made in 1851.

Germany at Christmas

Germany at Christmas

Victoria of Vibrant Vintage has a German boyfriend and seven years ago she bought him a standard Cadbury’s advent calendar.  However, in return she received  a very elaborate wooden advent calendar filled with the best German chocolate.  Her boyfriend explained that it is traditional in Germany for boyfriends and girlfriends to buy (some even make) a decorative wooden advent calendar and fill it with yummy chocolate or home made treats.  Apparently, buying a ready made calendar lacks thought!


Chocolate from Urban Chocolate

Chocolate from Urban Chocolate

Every year Victoria receives another wooden advent calendar filled with chocolate and sweets.  Last year we used these wooden advent calendars to decorate our stall but were inundated with requests to buy these calendars.  Therefore we have decided to sell some lovely wooden advent calendars in our shop.  Below are a selection of our wooden advent calendars

Tree £25 with bells

Tree £25

sleigh £25

sleigh £25


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Truck £30

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House £35

Train £35

Train £35

A nice alternative to the wooden advent calendar is the Santa Sacks.  These can hang anywhere and with more space for chocolate, perfect if you have more than one child.  The below sacks are a red and white Nordic garland priced at £20.

Nordic Garland £20

Nordic Garland £20

Finally, if you love  advent calendars but have decided to lose a few pounds for the party season, we have some great advent count downs without the calories.

Ho Ho Ho train £9

Ho Ho Ho train £9

Advent count down £9

Advent count down £9

All of the above are available to purchase at Vibrant Vintage, 2-4 Wilbraham Street, Westhoughton, Bolton, BL5 3RA.  The shop is open Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am – 5pm.