Vintage & Handmade in Lyme Regis
The love of vintage is thriving across the generations and where better to enjoy a taste of this than the Marine Theatre; itself having enjoyed the vibrancy and positivity of that post war era and on through the 1950s and 60s before the psychedelic 70s nudged this richly colourful age temporarily to one side.
When I arrived at the Vintage & Handmade Fair there was already a long queue of people waiting to get in, from grannies who would be only too familiar with the period, mums and dads and children. Whether it was nostalgia, curiosity or looking for something a bit special, there was something for everyone.
Margaret Parker from St Albans, Hertfordshire was visiting Lyme Regis for the week, “I’m always on the look-out for vintage fairs, I love its quirkiness.”
To the gentle sound of harp music being played in the background, visitors were taking their time looking at the different stalls that sold a rich variety of retro merchandise including dress patterns from Lyme Regis based Sew La Di Da Vintage to make the classic swing skirt, or jewellery from Angela Cooper and gorgeous lace and original antique bridal wear from Days of Grace. There were also handcrafted greetings cards by Papercut Oddities and handmade sweets by Cheeki.
An age of striking colours, clean cuts and bold floral patterns were the order of the day and in that The Darling Buds of May spirit there was a definite feel-good factor, made all the more special by a few visitors who took their love of the style one step further.
18 year old Sophie Bye loves the era, “I grew up surrounded by vintage cars and I like to look individual and stand out.”
So it may have had its heyday over half a century ago but there’s no doubt the vintage era is alive and well in Lyme Regis and continues to be enjoyed by all generations.
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