Another weekend, another vintage fair. … Aah, this is why I love May!!
After a lovely weekend in Reggio Emilia where my friends and I combined vintage shopping with a city tour, we decided to head to Valeggio for what was a beautiful vintage weekend!
We left Milan to reach the nice area of Garda Lake to have a nice walk along the river (and a copious typical lunch!) before going into the city center for the 9th edition of “Valeggio Veste il Vintage.”
Like every vintage lover in Italy I heard about this event many times, but it was the first time I actually managed to get there and I must say that it was more than I expected!
The whole city center is an open air vintage market, where the stalls, inside events and open air bars are coordinated to create a lovely atmosphere: the vintage clothing and accessories selection was very interesting (A.N.G.E.L.O., Oggetti Smarriti, Camden Town, Lamù Vintage, Superfly & Punti di Vista- just to name a few) along with an array of home-ware stallers with some very rare pieces, many from the 1980s.
The square was full of people. I really appreciate seeing this growing interest for vintage at each of these fairs. I only hope that the “vintage market” will keep itself safe from mass marketing! Being a kind of a niche is what makes us special, right?
I’d be remissed if I talked about the event without sharing a bit about the city of Valeggio. The atmosphere there was really friendly and bubbly… going from one stall to another while listening to good live music and sipping a drink made me feel more like I was at a party than a fair! It was really fun to exchange words with stallers and visitors in this very outgoing frame.
There was not only live music but also vintage hairdos and makeup from Ketty Vintage, vintage cars, a real Shoeshine, typical products tests and a beautiful expo around the art of hats (“Viaggio intorno al Cappello”). Being a lover of hats I really enjoyed this expo of different hats from different eras and styles; moreover, I was amazed by the collection of vintage hatboxes and original tools coming from closed hat factories. And to take it a step further, it was more than a hat expo: I’d call it a hat making art expo because the artistic work of the milliners was very well represented. Honestly; I prefer a well handmade hat to something mass produced, it is an accessory that adds something to your style and not just a way to cover your head from sun or cold.
The weather was… nice (except for little rain and some wind). I couldn’t resist a bit of vintage shopping in the sun:
I found this lovely tropical floral long skirt from the ’80s, perfect for the upcoming summer
And these ’80s earrings from Viola Vintage were my find of the day, especially if you consider that I’ve been looking for a pair like these for ages!