Vintage Shopping in Belfast
Drawing together the crème de la crème of Irish vintage designers and dealers, Frock Around the Clock’s Spectacular Vintage and Handmade Fair has become one of the Belfast’s biggest and best events.
Since the first Frock Around the Clock event in 2008, fair organizer Becky Moore has noticed “a big growth in the vintage and crafting scene in Belfast”. Northern Ireland’s first and longest-running vintage fair, they unfailingly tap into each new season’s retro inspirations. She explains the event has always had “a trend-led approach to vintage, so we search everywhere for exhibitors who sell vintage suited to a contemporary lifestyle. This outlook has always meant that the sellers are a good fit with the designer-makers and upcyclers that we invite along…our fairs appeal to creative people of all ages.”
Best of Belfast
Before you arrive, Becky recommends checking out FrockFairsNI.com “to see if your visit is lucky enough to coincide with one of our Vintage Fairs, as they have the biggest and best selection of vintage to be found under one roof!” She’s also got helpful suggestions for other stores flying the vintage flag in Belfast, with Studio Souk top of the list. “Studio Souk is an open plan creative studio and retail space – a charitable organisation which supports local artists and designers and has a wonderful mix of vintage fashion and housewares…The atmosphere is great, and as well as great vintage and handmade goods to buy, you can also see the resident designers at work, chat at the coffee bar with the friendly people and have some good old Belfast craic.”
Two other top choices are conveniently nearby: “I also love Oxfam Vintage on Castle Street, which is fantastic for picking up vintage bargains while supporting a worthy cause.”
If you’ve been swept up in the crafting craze, don’t miss FATC’s Events on their Facebook page: Becky describes these events as “a marketplace of handcrafted goods by designers and creators from all over Ireland. It is also a place to buy unique fabric and haberdashery, quality yarn and natural wools, as well as vintage textiles – a perfect opportunity to meet the makers, chat about their work and to be inspired.”
Fun of the fair
Don’t miss the White Rabbit Exchange, who specialize in bang-on-trend and affordable vintage clothing and accessories from the 1950s to 1980s. You’ll find vintage gems to suit all budgets here, but best to come on down early before everything flies off the racks!
Where to stay
If you are in Belfast, and are looking for a comfortable place to stay at an affordable price, then Park Inn by Radisson, Belfast is the place for you!