I spent my Saturday morning drinking coffee and browsing through the retro attire of yesteryear. The Vintage Collective has been one of the most interesting vintage fairs I have ever been to, and what a lovely day for a nice wee return to reality after a frightful night of ghosts and ghouls. Younger Hall was transformed into a treasure chest of all sorts, with enough room to browse and admire the truly expansive range that was on offer. With garlands of Union Jacks strung across the balconies, racks full of abundant clothes lined the floor of Younger Hall along with tables of beautiful jewelry and quirky antiques.
The scene was painted with colours, materials and styles of all sorts. It was the unique patterns of the past that lined the racks, a bit different to the usual block colours that cover the high street, from floral, to zigzag, hounds tooth, polkadot or sequined bling. And not only were there numerous patterns, but the patterns were in every sort of material, including the luxuries like silk and chiffon we don’t just see readily available anymore.
And whether you wanted to pick up a classic plaid flannel shirt, or take on the world with a full-length fur coat, there was something for everyone. Paisley print bow ties for the gentlemen, and many baskets filled with scarves for the ladies. Not limited to on-trend jumpers and full-length swing skirts, but the strange and unusual were on display too, including shawl made of a ferret of sorts. The less unusual too was a very interesting array of antiques, where we found some binoculars from World War One and various assortments of china.
When the air wasn’t filled with rock and roll or jazz tunes, centre stage was taken by Saint Andrews’ own a cappella groups The Other Guys and Alleycats. This was a fabulous addition to the day and turned a simple vintage fair into a complete show.
With vendors all the way from the Borders, but also a hop across from as close as South Street, the great thing about this vintage fair was that it really did showcase an insight into what Scotland has on offer! There might be a few weekend road trips to have a look at what else some of the stores have on offer, and check out some of the local scenery on the way. Not only was this a great display of Scotland’s vintage, but also of some creative knick knacks, such as Mumu Kitsch’s teacup wine glasses.
If the sweetness of the material goods weren’t enough, there were also a beautiful selection of cake and cupcakes, and Mary Mae’s American Candy gave us the chance to experience the taste of abroad.
Despite a few disappointments in picking up something gorgeous that was obviously made for the waists and corsets of the 1950s, I limited myself to the basics, with two shirts that will hopefully brighten up my winter wardrobe. Even better, I came away a very happy chappy. No doubt, there will be a few more vintage pieces on the streets of St Andrews now, and we may see a few of the sequined numbers on display at the upcoming balls. I popped back at around 4.30pm and there had definitely been a lot of stock moved so I think the day was a success. Whatever else the Vintage Collective has in store for the future, I will definitely be back for more!
Images courtesy of Vintage Collective