Quirky, retro, rare

editorial image

You spend ages saving up your pennies, refusing to fall prey to a pretty deal or shell out the cash on whimsical purchases.

And then?

And then along comes the Handmade & Vintage Fair which proves just too darn tempting, and just like that (as Paul Daniels might say) you release the cash and go quietly mad in the aisles.

But hey, the event only happens three times a year, and is something a bit special, as those of you who have perused and purchased in the past will be able to testify.

Standards haven’t slipped any, and so this weekend’s event – running across Saturday and Sunday – is another haven for those on the look out for something a little bit quirky, retro, unique, rare, odd or tasty.

Those at the helm of Handmade & Vintage have once again confirmed the return of the home-made ice cream bar, and if you want to raise a beer or cider you will find plenty of thirst quenchers close by.

Smoked cheeses and pickles will tempt you, and when you want a return to the sweet side, reach for one (or two) of ‘the best brownies in town’.

You’ll need a nibble to ensure your shopping radar keeps up with the flow of goods – 128 stalls will be brimming with a wild and wonderful selection; jewellers and handbag makers, photographers and dressmakers, and crocheters will figure.

There will be collectable glass, original art, kitchenalia, natural skincare, handmade pens and a haberdashery, our favourite jukeboxes and vinyl stall, and the Brocant boys, bringing some of the goodies recently called in from the auction houses of Europe.

“The event is established as an excitingly different shopping experience,” organiser Jacqui Lewis said.

“Our standards are high and our carefully selected mix of exhibitors offer everything from furniture to fashions; the gorgeous the cool and the quirky – all exhibitors are passionate about what they do and able to take commissions, so talk to them about any bespoke requests.”

Every last stall has been individually approved and you’ll not find many of the items elsewhere, so dig in.

“There really is something old or new, for every one, every age, every home and every occasion.”

As usual, the fair is being hosted in thecentre:mk – in Middleton Hall – and admission is free.

Take your plastic pal, or those little bits of crinkly paper with the Queen’s head on, and go celebrate the best of local craftspeople and vintage and retro sellers.

If you want to know any more clickety-click to www.mk-handmade-and-vintage.co.uk/