Yesterday we mooched down to The Vintage Home show at Victoria Baths here in Manchester for a good old poke around. We were expecting good things and we weren’t disappointed. Dozens of vintage, kitsch and retro specialists turned out with their wares – which is most helpful to those of us ready to kit out their house. It cost £3 each to get in which is about mid-range when it comes to vintage shows and fairs but we were there for hours and hours plus we got practically free run of Victoria baths which is always an interesting building to have a look round. Keen Coronation Street viewers will recognise it as the location used as Weatherfield Crown Court in poor old Peter Barlow’s murder trial. Stall holders knew their stuff and were happy to chat and share their wisdom and so many attendees seemed enthusiastic about just being around some really cool, old stuff. All of which contributed to a fabulous atmosphere and a great event.
The old first class, male pool and spectator balconies were filled with mid-century furniture, plates, cups, books, fabric, cushions, blankets…the lot. We found it really hard to wander around and not splash the cash but we kept firm and fought off our desires for pretty bits and bobs and focused only on the itmes we need right now. We were mainly after a cabinet for our bathroom and one or two pieces for the kitchen so swooning over sofas, when we haven’t even decided which colour to paint our sitting room, was silly.
In the end we only came away with two items but our heads are filled with hundreds of ideas and lots of inspiration. I won’t show you what we picked up just yet (I’ll give you a clue to one of them – it is green, in the pictures above and reflective) because I’ve wrapped them up safely to store away whilst the builders get on with showering our house with brick dust and plaster but fear yet not you’ll get to feast your peepers upon them soon. If you’re in the North West and into vintage then you can’t go far wrong in popping along to The Vintage Home Show next time in is at Victoria Baths. You can find out more about Victoria Baths here and more about The Vintage Home Show here – which has its next show in March.