One of the things I love about vintage events is that they're an opportunity to meet like-minded souls, and to find out about other vintage-related events that you otherwise wouldn't hear about.
At the wonderful Vintage Flair event the other week, I met a few stallholders, who excitedly told me that they were about to set up shop in Cardiff, at the top end of St Mary's street by the castle. The shop was to be an eclectic mix of craftsmen, upcyclers, artists and vintage clothing sellers. Intrigued, I popped in to the opening evening of Annie & Co. to have a thorough browse.
On the ground floor, there's a lot of taxidermy on display in between handknitted Welsh wool textiles, 'found' objects, bric-a-brac, glassware, jewellery and reupholstered furniture. Downstairs, there are a couple of vintage clothing stalls, as well as cards, artwork and some fun upcycled furniture (including a kitchen sink turned into a coffee table with built-in wine cooler!).
As for pricing, there really is a range to suit all budgets. The vintage clothes are very reasonably priced and include some mid-century items as well as '70s and '80s. The 'shabby chic' trendy stuff upstairs attracts a higher price tage, as it's inevitably the kind of bric-a-brac that you need to spend a lot of time at the car boot sale to find, and people ten to not have the time if they've got the money!
It's tough for vintage based businesses in prime (expensive) retail space - I've seen many an excellent vintage clothes shop close down in the arcades of Cardiff over the years. By appealing to mainstream 'vintage' of the shabby-chic, upcycled, craft type, alongside 'real' vintage clothing and bric-a-brac, perhaps Annie's has a fighting chance. I wish them the best of luck!