Last Sunday (June 10th) we went en famille for a visit to the brand new Vintage Home Show at Victoria Baths in Manchester. Now I had a good feeling about this show, which turned out to be completely correct. It’s a great idea to actually theme a show further than just the all-encompassing ‘vintage’ tag that applies to so many wares. Sellers had clearly been told that this was a home interiors and furnishings show only and it really did make a big difference.
Victoria baths is a spectacular venue at the best of times: it’s a listed Edwardian swimming pool (or three) and Turkish baths which closed in 1993 and is awaiting full restoration. I’d recommend a visit when it opens once a month to anyone for a good nosey around.
Anyway, back to the show. The standard of goods for sale was universally high and we did a huge amount of ‘when we are richer’ window shopping. The prices were high but totally justified for most things, but alas the safari coffers are a little depleted right now so the things that we really wanted to buy were a little out of our reach. Much as I thought the porcelain Danish butter dish was the nicest thing ever, at £90 it wasn’t going to happen. Ditto the mid-century nest of tables at £220. Worth every penny, but just not today. This fair was wonderful and I will be back every time it rolls back into town.