Carrie’s Handmade & Vintage Fair
A new vintage fair launched in Bedford this month at The Ent Shed in Castle Road. “Carrie’s Handmade & Vintage Fair” was brought to us by Caroline Almond who we caught up with before and after the event to find out more about the fair as well as a bit about the person behind it.
So Caroline, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Caroline and I started up my hand-made jewellery business 3 years ago after discovering jewellery making on a working holiday in Pennsylvania. When I got back from America, I bought some beads and started making random pieces and from then on it grew into making charm bracelets, colourful earrings and accessories. After completing my BSc (Hons) Product Design Degree, I have somehow ended up working full time as a Road Safety Engineer, although I still have my hands well within the crafting industry owning a website (www.carriecandi.co.uk).
I also sell other products to such as hair and nail accessories as well as some vintage items, although this page is still ‘under construction’ as I am still being inspired and trying to decide what kind of vintage products to sell. I have always loved the vintage look of the 50′s, my favourite dress is a lovely red and white striped 50′s halter-neck dress (bought from Lizzie ‘Lil Mischief’ Pauling who shall be attending my fair) which I enjoyed running around Venice in last year with my boyfriend getting lost and nearly missing the boat back to Croatia! After gaining a lot of contacts from exhibiting at various craft fairs I have decided to organise my own, but of course include the lovely vintage sellers! Recently I have been getting more involved in the vintage side of fashion whether it be attending events or indulging in buying some vintage items. I also love the photography of vintage fashion and seeing it come to life at events such as Twinwoods and Hand-Made & Vintage MK. I’d really love to be that successful with my events!
So, tell us about your event?
There will be vintage traders selling a mixture of home wares and fashion, as well as different types of hand-made jewellery exhibitors including steel, 2 delicious baked goods stalls, sock monkeys, button brooches, felt items and a lot of other unique items which I shall keep as a surprise!
If this fair goes well I shall certainly be organising another especially as I have had so much interest from exhibitors and even had to keep a reserve list for the stalls.
And it did go well with a steady flow of customers throughout the day all giving positive feedback. Caroline has another planned for November so keep your eyes peeled on her Facebook page or here at Vintage Bedford & MK.
And as a final thought, what do you love most about living in Bedfordshire?
I was born in Portsmouth and moved to Ampthill when I was 3 (I’m a village girl) but have always visited Bedford whether it be shopping or my 3 year stint studying Art & Design at Bedford College. I moved to Bedford in 2007 after leaving Northampton University and getting my first full time job. I have gelled into the Bedford way of life and love the Embankment and Castle Road areas due to their quaint, arty and laid back way of life. I live near Bedford Park so also love the fact there is a lovely park in the middle of some great buildings in that area but also so close to the Town Centre. I have been to an event at the Ent shed before and really liked its location and surroundings so have chosen this as my first fair location!