A young visitor tries out a suitably sized chair at the Vintage Home Show.

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Such is the lure of the vintage homewares and furniture on offer at Vintage Home Show’s events in Manchester, Leeds and London that a buyer at one of the Manchester events said on social media: “I went to browse but ended up buying a sideboard, magazine rack and a clock.”

The next two shows are at the Victoria Baths in Manchester on Sunday, June 9 (60 traders), and the Pudsey Civic Hall in Leeds on Sunday, June 15 (40 traders).

Organiser Lisa Doel of Ginger Biscuit Events said: “We curate our fairs so we know exactly what sort of items are coming. Our visitors expect a good selection of furniture and homewares, ceramics and art across the decades up to the early 1990s and by curating the show we don’t have a stack of traders selling the same sort of items.”

Built in 1972, the civic hall’s suitability as a venue is now however under threat as the building requires an estimated £2.75m for refurbishment. It faces closure as Leeds City Council grapples with a £40m budget overspend.

Doel said: “We may lose this venue due to the council wanting to sell it but they are honouring this year’s bookings. It’s going to be tough to find somewhere as good.”

Made in Italy

The next vintage fair to put in your diary is vintage trader Karen Stuckey’s Wanstead Vintage show on Saturday, June 1 at the United Reformed Church in Wanstead, east London.

One of the traders bringing brilliantly coloured stock to the event will be Italian-born Massimo Bergamin. 

Now based in London where he trades at the Hackney Fleamarkets and online, Bergamin said: “My passion for vintage started when I was a kid and my mum took me to antique and vintage markets in Italy but I started collecting and dealing when I moved to London.


Vintage dealer Massimo Bergamin pictured with some of his stock.

“The nature of what’s popular evolves over time but my current best-sellers are brightly coloured lamps, playful decorative objects, vintage IKEA and homewares.”

Other highlights at Stuckey’s Wanstead Vintage show include Karin Saville of Lirattic with unusual vintage clothing, swimwear making a splash at Duddy & Day and vinyl comes around from The White Dove.

Stuckey herself, as Kes Vintage, has an antique handblown glass jug, c.1840, priced at £58.