The market was just the right size, with around 100 vendors, all who sold either vintage/antique goods or handmade items. There was a really good variety of items--kind of like searching Etsy, only in person! Everyone had decorated their booths and created cute banners and things and it was so fun to soak up all of the creativity, eye candy and sheer prettiness all around me.
I picked up this darling pair of cherry earrings not long after I got to the fair. I've already gotten several compliments on them and they're fun to wear!
Sweet & Precious. She makes really pretty beaded necklaces and earrings using bright colored glass beads in a vintage fruit salad-style.
At one booth, I spied a pair of sweet vintage dresses that looked to be close to my size. Because we were outside in a parking lot there was no fitting room, so the booth owner suggested that I could try to slip them on over my clothes. Both dresses had side zippers which are always trickier to get on anyway, let alone over shorts and a t-shirt and I was nervous about straining the old fabric and stitches too much. One dress (actually my favorite of the two) was immediately a no-go, but the second actually went on and fit nicely, though it was a little snug in the bodice because of my shirt underneath. The booth owners were delighted, and even took a picture of me wearing it and joked that I should just wear it out!
The dress is really fun--I'd guess it is 1940s vintage, but I could be wrong. It's ankle-length, which seems really long to me for that era for a dress that isn't a formal gown. In fact, I'm tempted to take it to the tailor and have it hemmed to just below my knee. With all that fabric in the skirt, it's really kind of hot for summer wear and I think a shorter hemline would make it a little less costume-y. I do love the skirt--it has a light blue panel in the front and then alternating triangles of light blue and royal blue all around the back.
my new vintage petticoat:
and one of my favorite vintage brooches on the collar:
Fun outfit, and the best Mother's Day gift!