Your organisers tend to wear jeans and our Ruby tee shirts whilst on duty as we quite often have to hump tables around, crawl on the floor to plug leads in sockets, put banners up on fences, as well as helping our beloved stallholders load back up at the end of the day, so any vintage finery we might like to wear would get ruined.
Strictly tongue in cheek and for amusement you understand!
Things we have learnt from over 5 years of organising vintage fairs.
The Perfect Venue
The room should not be too big and cavernous so there is no atmosphere and there is metaphorical tumbleweed rolling by during the lunchtime lull. Neither should it have too many rooms as despite numerous signs, visitors will not be able to find them all. It should not be in the middle of the town as there is too much else going on, neither should it be too far out of town for people to find. read more
(Lyn) You may know that I am lucky enough to spend a fair amount of time in the USA, mainly Arizona and you may have read my thoughts on vintage in Arizona in a previous post.
Well, just recently I had the chance to visit one of the area’s main vintage events called Junk in the Trunk which was held at a big exhibition centre in Scottsdale called West World. This is more normally used for equestrian and Western events but lends itself to other kinds of events as well. read more
(Lyn) Some of you may know that I am lucky enough to spend a fair amount of time in the USA, mainly Arizona and I am able to bring back various vintage items from my shopping trips to consignment stores, thrift shops, antique malls and the like. read more
(Lyn) Some of you will remember Yvonne who started Ruby’s with me a few years ago and who moved to Shanghai to work – in an earlier post on this website, Yvonne had described the vintage scene in Shanghai read more
You may fancy swishing along the street in a circular 50s skirt with petticoats underneath or strutting your stuff in pencil skirt, fully fashioned nylons and a pair of killer stilletoes but it’s a bit full on…… So how do you start wearing vintage if you’ve never done it before? read more
You might have some beautiful things you have inherited from a relative or a house clearance. You might have a personal collection to get rid of to give you more room or some money. But you’ve got some things that you want to sell and you fancy selling at a vintage fair but are a bit nervous….. read more
Is Vintage big in China?
In the land where the trend is to tear down everything old and build shiny new towers, is there any place for lovers of all things vintage?
The answer, as I found when I visited KTGA’a Vintage Winter Fest in my new home town of Shanghai last December, is clearly yes. KTGA (www.kickthegongaround.com) organize several vintage events each year including fairs, music and a spectacular retro NYE party. read more
Hello, Alison here! Lyn’s new partner in Ruby’s.
Rather fortuitously, when Lyn asked me if I would be interested in joining Ruby’s as Yvonne, her previous business partner was relocating to Shanghai, I was about to take early retirement from my busy corporate job so this gave me a new interest and a new venture. read more
What does everyone think of Dawn O’Porter’s series This Old Thing?
I have watched all the episodes and whilst I agree with trying to get more people into wearing vintage, I think that there is too much emphasis on 80s fashions plus she is making life way too complicated by drastically altering clothes to fit – like the jacket we saw in Episode 2. I think that will put new people off as making a relatively cheap item too expensive read more