A damp and cold Sunday in March, car boot sale anyone? Yes please, if it is The Classic Car Boot Sale at the Southbank Centre, London! This event is put on by Vintage by Hemingway and it’s no ordinary car boot sale, if only all were like this. Upon arriving at the very conveniently located event (just round the corner from Waterloo station) I was immediately excited by the cool vintage cars on display, happy tunes booming from the converted routemaster bus and the crowd of 1950s vintage enthusiasts hanging out at the entrance. If I like it from the outside, then inside must be good right? The answer, Yes! It certainly was good inside. There was an excellent range of high quality vintage on offer, from the expected homeware, furniture, clothes, accessories and jewellery to some seriously funky handmade, upcycled and vintage inspired products.
Above: Some of the amazing products from Fairground Fables. I loved the carousel horse lamp.
All the stallholders were friendly and enthusiastic, despite being freezing cold and for some it was their second day trading as it is a two day event. Below are my two favourite stallholders.
Hidden in the Rafters (pictured above) had a great selection of homeware, nicely displayed and easy to look at because it was not cluttered. My favourite piece was the telephone table (I really wanted it, but it was not practical for me to take home on the train with two children!).
Next was Happy Notes Interiors (pictured below) with her lovely lampshades, such a friendly lady, it makes a real difference when stallholders engage with you!
So after a good look round, I decided it was time to buy. I was looking for a long sleeved 1960/70s dress that I could wear with thick tights or leggings and boots. I was not disappointed in my search, Candy Says had the perfect dress waiting for me! To be honest there were at least three dresses I wanted, but I behaved myself and just bought the one. I am so pleased with it (pictured below left) I love the brown and orange print and the shape and length are perfect.
I love the concept of this event, as it really does have something for everyone, classic cars to drool over if that’s your thing, a wide selection of amazing vintage at affordable prices, great music and a fantastic selection of refreshments served from, yes you’ve guessed it, cool vintage vans! Coming to The Classic Car Boot Sale on a drizzly and bitter cold Sunday in March certainly brightened up my day! I will be back again and urge others who have not been before to try it!
Above left: this striking outfit caught my eye, a great example of well displayed clothing and accessories.
Above right: I loved these picnic sets, built to last that’s for sure.