Vintage fair takes Hassocks by storm

Pop-up vintage fair at Adastra Hall''Little Mouses and Oh! Carol vintage items
Pop-up vintage fair at Adastra Hall''Little Mouses and Oh! Carol vintage items

IT was like the first day of the January sales - shoppers flocked in their hundreds to a ‘Pop-Up Vintage’ fair in Hassocks and began queuing half-an-hour before it opened!

Adastra Hall was packed on Saturday as shoppers elbowed their way round 50 stalls. Annabelle Southall from Hassocks, who organised the pop-up event with three friends, said; “The response was phenomenal. We ticketed the adults and over a thousand people came. We were expecting about 400.”

Annabelle and her friend, Elaine Bennett, also from Hassocks, teamed up with Burgess Hill friends Katie Ashworth and Wendy Barker to run the fair after seeing how popular The Rocking Horse antiques centre is in Hassocks. The four mums met after selling items through the centre in Keymer Road and Elaine recently branched out and opened her own shop, My Vintage, in another prime location further down the high street.

Vintage bargains at Saturday’s fair included china cake stands, clothes, floral fabrics, cushions and jewellery but the choice for bargain-hunters was endless. Annabelle said: “People are attracted now to make-do and mend. You might have your granny’s old teak sideboard but a lick of paint can make it look beautiful again.”

Katie added: “Shabby chic is fashionable with the young but on Saturday the older age group loved looking at the items and reminiscing. There was such a good atmosphere.”

There is a picture spread of the fair in the Mid Sussex Times, out today, Thursday, April 26.

The next ‘Pop-Up Vintage’ fair at Adastra Hall is on July 14 and bookings are already being taken. If you would like to book a stall please call Katie on: 07590 429386 or Annabelle on 07880 557435.