Last Sunday I went to the Vintage pop up fair in St Stephens church hall in Hampstead. Many years ago the place fell into disrepair and became home to a few squatters and their barking dogs. I walked past it to and from work every day and was so intrigued and curious, I’d have given anything to have a peak inside. They were lucky to be residing in such an amazing, huge and stunning church, quite medieval and haunting at night, all dark as there was no electricity. The dogs barked, heavily tattooed shadowy figures came and went and I imagined the place to be candle lit. It must have been freezing. Roll on a couple of decades and it’s been repaired at great cost and is now a most beautiful church.
It’s a huge, imposing place with tons of atmosphere and there are always lovely stalls. I never come away empty handed.
I bought some gorgeous notebooks from www.retrofromscratch.co.uk who use the front covers of vintage books to make into note books and diaries.
There was a lovely vintage china stall called MadAboutPots by Jane Murphy who also had a plate stand full of very delicious tiny cakes for free.
I fell in love with this beautiful little jacket and it took all my will power not to buy it. If I had I would have hung it on the wall as it’s not something I’d get away with wearing but it was just so gorgeous.
If it’s still there next time I know it’s meant for me.