In a previous life, I co-ran a vintage and contemporary craft market in London. For just over a year, myself and my trusty co-director organised weekend pop-up markets in pubs and music venues in the four corners of the capital. Our venture was known as A Little Bazaar, and we aimed to offer affordable market pitches to emerging designers, vintage collectors and other crafty types, in order that they could gain exposure and sell their wares.
Although running A Little Bazaar often involved standing on the street in winter brandishing a sandwich board, and hiking all over London in search of new sellers and venues, it was truly marvellous to be able to rummage through vintage bits and bobs and call it work.
However, whilst my London market was still no more than an idea, Rook Lane was already running a very successful vintage and retro market of its own…
Rook Lane Retro has now been up and running for three years, and has hosted some phenomenal experts in vintage clothing and homewares. The chapel is the perfect place for a vintage market, as the architecture itself seems to transport visitors back in time.
After a brief break during 2011, Rook Lane will be returning for 2012 and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Up here on the hill we are lucky to have the space for a range of stallholders dealing in vintage clothing and homewares, retro fabrics, and vintage inspired original designs. We will also be serving high-tea in the cafe, and will offer prizes for the best dressed vintage visitors.
The Return of Rook Lane Retro is set to be bigger and better than ever.
Our dates for 2012 are:
Saturday 22nd September
Saturday 8th December
If you are a vintage stallholder, designer, artisan or general horder of collectibles who thinks they might like a stall at the next Rook Lane Retro Markets, please get in touch with me for more deatails.