Hats off to vintage chapeaus! New-to-me hat début at Wigan Vintage & Craft Fair @ Haigh Hall

Haigh Hall, the manor house where the great and the good of Wigan in times gone by resided – now transformed into a sumptuous wedding venue, conference centre, and home of Vibrant Vintage’s Christmas fair.

If you haven’t had the chance to visit the place you simply must, it’s well worth the bargainous £1 entrance fee.

Here it is in all its splendour….

Haigh Hall


… and check out these vintage bad boys that were parked up outside, wowzers!

Haigh Hall Vintage Fair Christmas VW campervan triumph vintage car

CLASSIC CARS: Perfect as wedding transportation

Inside it was suitably festive, complete with humongous Christmas tree and stacks of fake presents.

Haigh Hall Vintage Fair Christmas tree

OOH-ERR: That’s a big ‘un!

As usual there were numerous stalls dotted around the place selling all kinds of lovely  vintage and vintage-inspired goodies.

I tried on numerous outfits including a lush British racing green velvet suit (too big on top) and a fabulous flamenco-inspired full-length dress which was just a wee bit tight on top so alas I came home empty-handed. *Cue violins*

Haigh Hall Vintage Fair staircase

VINTAGE SPLENDOUR: Unearthing vintage treasures

Although I didn’t purchase anything this time I did get the chance to début my new-to-me hat.

I know people generally only wear hats like this to the races or a wedding, but seriously how many times do they crop up throughout the year?

I’m the proud owner of a fairly substantial vintage hat collection so when I get the chance to rock one in public I’m all over it!

Haigh Hall Vintage Fair polka dot vintage dress

HATS OFF TO YOU! New-to-me hat début

This was one of those impulse purchases that was made in the middle of summer when I was running to get cash out to pay the plumber who had just fixed a (thankfully clean!) toilet leak.

As I hurtled towards the ATM I passed a branch of Banardo’s and there it was in all its coppery glory.

One brief encounter later and it was heading back home with me towards a very confused-looking plumber.

In another day of firsts this lovely oxblood leather satchel had its premier outing after being found on a Chorley chazza trip the day before.

Vintage leather satchel oxblood

VINTAGE BEAUT: My leather satchel

It’s the perfect size to carry all your bits and bobs and it’s so purdy… (and it matches the Rolls Royce in the first picture – obviously meant to be!)

Now I may not have purchased anything this time but fear not dear reader since then I got my mitts on some seriously amazing loot.

And on that tempting note I’ll see you soon!


Hat: Vintage, Banardo’s (Beech Hill, Wigan) £6.99

Dress: Vintage, Chinese Laundry (Hull) £13

Black leather belt: Jaegar via Cancer Research UK £3.99

T-bar shoes: Pavers via Vintage & Craft Fair (Haigh Hall) £9

Leather satchel: Children’s Society (Chorley) £7.99

Cardigan: Salvation Army (Wigan) £2.99

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