Treasure trove of handmade and vintage stalls visits Milton Keynes

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Milton Keynes’ Middleton Hall in centre:mk will be transformed into a vibrant treasure trove of 120 stalls for a Handmade and Vintage Extravaganza.

From October 31 to November 2 the square in front of John Lewis will be paradise for lovers of the unusual and unique, as the area is crammed with an eclectic mix of thousands of high quality, handmade and vintage bargains you won’t find in the shops.

Organiser Jacqui Lewis, said: “Our visitors enjoy an excitingly different shopping experience in the centre of Milton Keynes.

“Our standards are always high and our carefully selected mix of exhibitors offer everything unusual from furniture to fashion, jewellery and jukeboxes; always the gorgeous, the cool and the quirky.

“There’s something for every age and occasion with all exhibitors passionate about what they do, and every item a one-off.”

The event is a highlight in the city’s calendar with a reputation as one of the best markets of its kind in the country.

Offering shoppers a unique shopping experience to rival Brighton or Camden’s reputation for vintage, the Handmade & Vintage Extravaganza is a local, indoor event that’s free to attend.

For the upcoming special market event – their finale event of the year – the Handmade and Vintage Extravaganza’s organisers have invited back many of the year’s most popular stalls together with some unique newcomers.

Stalls and items to lookout for include unusual European pieces for your home, straight from the brocantes of France and beyond; kitchenalia, china and other unusual interior design pieces; specialists in juke boxes, record players and music memorabilia; unusual handmade and bespoke fashions, including affordable bridal wear, alternative accessories made by local designers and jewellery fashioned from antique silverware or incorporating real flowers; luxury natural cosmetics makers; and the opportunity to purchase affordable original art from some exceptional artists.

There will also be all manner of expertly handmade Christmas gifts for those looking to fill stockings this October.

James Waugh, Centre Director said: “The Handmade & Vintage event is one of our most popular of the year with customers coming from all over the region. Given the excellent caliber of this year’s exhibitors, we expect the event to be an outstanding success and an extravaganza that’s not to be missed.”

If you love a unique find, the thrill of the bargain hunt and would like to beat the mad Christmas rush, get yourself along to Middleton Hall where you should be able to buy your whole Christmas list, all in one place - just remember to allow yourself several hours to explore it all!