The last weekend in November is promising to be a shopping extravaganza for Hay-on-Wye. Not only do we have the turning on of the Christmas lights on Friday 29th November, followed by the Food Festival on Saturday but on Sunday 1st December things will get VERY Christmassy. Hay Does Vintage returns with its 3rd vintage fayre in the centre of Hay, aptly titled 'Have Yourself a Very VINTAGE Christmas'.
Organisers Jo Hodges & Naomi Parsons will have completed a year of vintage events in the town since meeting at a wedding fayre less than 2 years ago. Whilst exhibiting for their own businesses at the fayre (Jo hires out vintage crockery with Sipping Pretty and Naomi is a makeup artist with her business Naomi Emmanuelle Makeup) the pair discussed the possibility of hosting a vintage event in Hay. 'We are thrilled at the success of each event and the support we have received from local businesses and friends' they say.
The pair are keen for shoppers to seek less conventional gifts for loved ones this season and browse all the wonderful things the fayre and Hay shops have to offer. This year both the Marquee, Market Square car park and Buttermarket will be filled with fantastic vintage and retro traders selling a huge choice of furniture, clothes, jewellery, kitchenalia, curios, collectables, books and some upcycled items all perfect to give as gifts this Christmas.
'We carefully select our traders for each event, bringing back some favourites and introducing some new ones to keep things interesting' says Jo 'Our aim is to gain a reputation for providing a high quality fayre each time and it's really lovely to see returning visitors that appreciate our efforts'
You can't help but notice the amount of people that visit the fayre wearing vintage clothes 'It's a great excuse to get really dressed up and feel incredibly glamorous' says Naomi, 'and we love seeing individual styling'. Encouraging this is the 'strolling fashion show', back by popular demand. This year it will be co-ordinated by Kate Sly who offers personal styling and colour analysis at Fashion Farmer. Kate will be showcasing how to wear vintage fashion for different body shapes and ages and will be on hand to offer tips with Naomi doing the make-up on the models.
Also back by popular demand in the Marquee is the Travelling Tearoom, serving teas and delicious homemade cakes all served on vintage bone china. It's a great spot to catch up with friends and relax with a cup of tea. This year the cakes will be served with a seasonal twist of course.......
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