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Is vintage the new thing?

One thing I’ve noticed in recent times, is the revival, in a big way of vintage. Mainly clothing, I grant you, but in other matters too. No, there arent too many 1930’s Ford’s coming back on to the road, or anything like that, but…in a practical way, the new look on the scene seems to be vintage. Unfortunately this seems to include the 70’s, when some of the clothes were shocking, and I should know, I was there! Sadly, fate means I missed out on the garish catsuits that the ladies from Abba wore, or the short mini skirts, a la Sally Carr, of Middle of the Road fame, but they might have been fun back then. As for those boots, oh yes please! No, a Bay City Roller fan, I could never have been!

But yes, you’re right, the eras that interest me more, are a lot further back than that, the 20’s and 30’s. Though finding actual clothes from that era might be a challenge too far, I suspect there might be a few around, though probably at horrendous prices! But the blessing for me, is that clothes producers seem to have caught on to this phenomenon, and produce clothing with the look of that era, but in modern materials, at practical prices. Even more practical if you can get cast off’s in charity shops lol!

Put it this way, as someone who loves living 20’s, and 30’s style, at a reasonable price, I love it. Even if at my age, true flapper dresses are way too short for me! Thankfully 30’s dresses seem to be longer, an absolute boon.

But now it seems to have gone a step further, from the occasional clothing item, it seems to have slipped into many other things, and now we seem to be getting an ever expanding number of vintage fairs. This one is on in Leeds, on Sunday, for anyone local, and interested. I might need my arm twisted to make me go, but I am tempted.

They seem to cover other parts of the country, so I suggest clicking on your local link as relevant. There is another, at York this weekend as well, but that must be a different company, as its not mentioned here. Yes, they sell clothing, what a surprise, but also seemingly comics, toys, and other stuff from the past as well. No, I didnt get to the previous one, I was working that day, but this Sunday I’m off, and thinking about it. I know, travelling to Leeds, on my day off, ghastly thought! But yes, its tempting, just to see what they have, as much as anything, as I suspect the clothing there will be far more expensive than my charity shop pick ups somehow!

But on top of all this, they have a hairdressing salon there too! No, as far as I know, they dont use those ‘wonderful’ old fashioned style hair dryers, but anyway…I suspect they charge a fortune for the privilege, but…

No, I dont suspect we are all going to give up on our computers, mobile phones and the like. That might even be a step too far for me now, I must say! But, the revival of some of the beauty of the past, has to be a lovely thing.

Oh, and while we are on vintage, this is an interesting vintage sound

Yes, this is the guy from Postmodern Jukebox, who I raved about recently. And seemingly they are coming on tour, and whats more, to the UK, performing in Manchester at The Ruby Lounge (wherever that may be?) on June 14th. Other dates, including some in the US, are

We’re going on tour! Come visit the Postmodern Jukebox universe (preferably, while wearing your best vintage clothes)!

Confirmed shows (with more dates on the way):
June 2 – The Great Hall; Toronto, ON
June 3 – Cabaret Mile End; Montreal, QC
June 4 – Brighton Music Hall; Boston, MA
June 5 – Toad’s Place; New Haven, CT
June 6 – The Met; Providence, RI
June 9 – Highline Ballroom; New York, NY
June 10 – The Hamilton; Washington, DC
June 13 – Whelans; Dublin, Ireland
June 14 – The Ruby Lounge; Manchester, UK
June 15 – O2 ABC; Glasgow, UK
June 16 – The Institute; Birmingham, UK
June 17 – Dingwall’s; London, UK
June 18 – De Roma; Borgerhout, Belgium
June 19 – Divan du Monde; Paris, France
June 20 – Sugar Factory; Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 21 – DR Concert Hall; Copenhagen, Denmark
June 25 – Lucerna Music Bar; Prague, Czech Republic
June 26 – Magazzini Generali; Milan, Italy
June 29 – Bikini; Barcelona, Spain

I must admit, going in vintage clothes would be wonderful, if a mite fun for me, given I’d have to get the train over there and back. But again, I’m sure, with a little persuasion… 😉 Mind, if someone wants to drive me over, in an old fashioned car, well that would be fun. Might even be rumble seat possible by June lol!

Yes, I love the whole vintage mindset, but please dont take away my internet!