Last Saturday over the bank holiday weekend, I went investigating around North London to see which markets might be appropriate for selling my jewellery – and to see if I could pick up any bargains!
My first stop was the North London Vintage Market. Described as “a tremendous treasure trove of amazing nostalgic items from every decade”, this market is not to be missed by any vintage lovers. Despite it’s very residential location in a traditional church hall in Crouch End, last Saturday saw a staggering 700 visitors! There was clothing, jewellery, furniture, posters, handbags and lots of buttons! I spoke to sellers Betty Knits, who, like me, takes the old and recreate it using the new. Their lovely woolly hats are knitted from vintage patterns – I tried on a lovely yellow one which matched my jumper perfectly. They also sell collections of vintage buttons, and had an amazing selection of genuine 1960’s kitsch clip on earrings from America, so we can all be as stylish as Betty Draper ♥ Betty Knits website
My second stop was The Dandy Lion Market. With a great location just along from Kentish Town station, this brilliant market is held upstairs in the Oxford Arms pub, so you can peruse the stalls with pint in hand! After ascending the staircase lined with pretty bunting, I was met by so many smiling faces and such a great variety of vintage (clothing), modern (prints and comics), hand-made and upcycled design (book ends; mirrors). For a small market there really was a great selection, and so attractively displayed, and everyone said hello and was keen to tell me about their work, so I thought I’d tell you a bit about them…
Camilla Malmer from Mind the Book, spends her time daydreaming and upcycling, creating book themed products. Her collection is made up of vinyl record bookends and photo pendants with quotes from literature and pop culture, words from vintage dictionaries or places from vintage maps.
As well as organising the Dandy Lion Market, Jennie Mcletchie is frocking all over the world with her brand Frocktasia, which features a fabulous selection of vintage and handmade clothing, plus jewellery and accessories.
Carolina Iacono from The 3R Crafts gives a second life with a fresh new look to products using recycled items. Her collection includes flowers and coasters made from cork screws and buttons, and gift bags made from recycled paper. Even her business cards are made from recycled paper!