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The Vintage Village Super Plaza Fair!
We're lucky enough to have one of the finest examples of 1930s Art Deco Super Cinemas in the country right here in Stockport - the magnificent Plaza. Opened in October 1932, it celebrates its 81st birthday this month, so we're joining in the celebrations.
Thanks to the tireless work of volunteers, The Stockport Plaza Trust is gradually returning this landmark building to its original glory. It has survived the Second World War, a spell as a Bingo hall, and as a nightclub, and now it is set to be Stockport's most glamorous and authentically vintage entertainment venue for decades to come.
Here's what's in store at our Super Plaza Fair on Sunday 13th:
★ The Plaza will be attending, with a special display and a range of Plaza merchandise. Every purchase goes towards ongoing restoration work so please give them your support!
★ The Vintage Village Visitors' Award for Traders - you voted, we counted 'em up! The presentation will be at 2.30 pm in the Market Place food court area.
★ We have eight new stallies! Please welcome Abbi-Lynne's Vintage Emporium, Little Miss Vintage, Cath Tiffany Vintage, Miss Brown's Vintage, Mr Vintage, NightOwl, Pudding Vintage and Violet House. More details about them below.
And because it's the Super Plaza fair, we simply had to have a suitable 1930s film show. Taking inspiration from the dancing nymphs reliefs in the Plaza's auditorium, what could be more appropriate than Busby Berkeley?
Movie Matinée - Busby Berkeley Double Bill
Presented by Stockport Market
On show in our pop-up cinema, ground floor, The Produce Hall
Starring Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell.
Busby Berkeley's first major movie was a smash hit, thanks to his innovative and dazzling choreography, not to mention the memorable songs. But there's more: "It was a very real look at backstage life, filled with slangy, bitter dialogue and wisecracks, street-wise characters, topical references, dancers, and crew, and many references to the Depression." Classic Movie Favourites.
1.00 pm Footlight Parade (1933) Dir. Lloyd Bacon.
Starring James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell.
The "ultimate Warners musical" with Warners' trademark mix of gritty realism, street-smart humour and spectacular escapist fantasy featuring hordes of beautiful dancing girls, courtesy of Mr Berkeley. James Cagney is phenomenal in this movie!
It's enough to cheer anyone out of the Great Depression. And that's not all - there's also the overwhelming array of vintage clothing and accessories for ladies and gents, jewellery, homeware, decorative items, furniture, luggage, toys, collectables and curiosities you have come to expect from The Vintage Village.
Suggested dress code: 1930s - my absolute favourite era for fashions! You can pick up some styling tips from our little gallery down there on the right.
You want refreshments? We've got award-winning Lord of the Pies with their traditional and modern British handmade gourmet pies, served hot with a choice of mushy peas, mash and gravy. There's the welcome return of Caarma Curries (hooray!) and Kandoo Mobile Coffee will be on hand to cater for all your hot espresso-based beverage needs (they do teas too).
Save some room for one of Stuart Thornley Cake Designs' divine creations too (or take a treat home to enjoy later!)
We have a Facebook event page here. Let us know you're coming, and please feel free to invite everyone you know!
And finally, here's our nearly-but-not-quite-complete list of the traders who will be eagerly waiting to greet you at our Super Plaza Fair on Sunday 13th. Don't let them down!
NEW! Abbi Lynne's Vintage Emporium - mid-century homeware, and a few items of upcycled vintage furniture.
A Vintage Affair - vintage homeware, kitchenalia including glassware, linen, cutlery, small furniture.
Agatha Blue - vintage furniture and homeware.
All Our Yesterdays - vintage homeware, furniture, luggage, collectables, toys, tins and much more.
Allsortz - vintage homeware, ceramics, glass.
Anne Langton - handmade jewellery using vintage beads; vintage items.
Aspidistra Vintage - vintage homeware, costume jewellery, mid century prints, fabric and more.
Attic Bazaar - women's wear from Victorian to 1930s, dolls and dolls house ephemera, costume jewellery, homeware, trinkets.
Baboushka's Silver - vintage silver jewellery from the 1880s to the 1980s.
Black Cat Vintage - vintage clothes and homeware.
Bluecat Jewellery - vintage jewellery, glassware and ceramics.
BRG Collectables - collectables, militaria, vintage men's and ladies' wear.
Bus Stop Vintage - vintage women's clothing, accessories and jewellery, 1920s-80s.
Button Fairies - handmade jewellery using vintage buttons. All proceeds go to charity.
Cancer Research UK - vintage clothing, accessories, homeware and collectables.
Cherrie Pie's Vintage Buys - vintage women's clothing and accessories.
Cyprys Vintage - vintage clothing, kitchenalia and collectables.
Eclecta Books - books, magazines, paper ephemera, photographs, vinyl. Find them at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.
FOUND: Vintage Homewares - homeware 1950s-70s.
Goody Gum Drops - vintage homeware, books and toys.
Heirloom Rose - classic vintage clothing and accessories, 1940s-80s.
Jackal Threads - men's clothing 1960s-80s.
James Wilson - along with sidekick Keith, these two gentlemen always have a curious array of objects; everything from wind-up gramophones, miniature steam engines and steamer trunks to enamel badges and hatpins.
Jean Blakeley - vintage jewellery.
Je Ne Sais Quoi - vintage homeware and decorative items.
Jodi Jo Retro - handmade goodies including cushions, animals softies, badges, magnets and greetings cards, using vintage fabrics and wallpaper sourced from around the world.
Lace and Liquor Vintage - women's vintage clothing, homeware, kitchenalia, collectables 40s-70s.
NEW! Little Miss Vintage - mid-century homeware with a 1970s bias. Sharing her stall with another NEW! Cath Tiffany Vintage - vintage homeware, fabrics and a few Russian Doll cushions and tote bags made from authentic vintage fabrics.
Lottie's Lotts Vintage - vintage women's clothing, accessories, furs and handbags.
Lucy Williams Antiques - vintage and antique homeware, curios and clothing.
Make Do and Mend - small furniture, homeware, collectables, ornaments, and a few clothes.
Maureen Woodman - ceramics, glass, cutlery, jewellery, haberdashery and books.
Mint Vintage - vintage women's clothing and accessories from 1950s-80s; mid century homeware and collectables.
NEW! Miss Brown's Vintage - vintage women's clothing and accessories; homeware 1940s-70s.
NEW! Mr Vintage - mid-century men's and women's clothing, accessories and homeware.
NEW! NightOwl - vintage men's sports wear and casual clothing.
Parrot in the Pantry - vintage homeware, clothing and jewellery.
Penelope Cat Vintage - children's books 1940s-80s; homeware 1930s-70s.
Planet Vintage Girl - mid-century homeware and textiles.
Plaza - a range of fund-raising merchandise.
Populuxe - vintage homeware, jewellery, collectables. Waiting to welcome you at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.
NEW! Pudding Vintage - women's and men's vintage clothing, mid-century homeware and framed hand-drawn artwork.
Retrodec - vintage coats, hats and other accessories, homeware, decorative items.
RetroFunky - vintage homeware, decor, small furniture, lighting, luggage, clothing, record players, clocks, cameras, books, toys, games.
Retrorags - vintage men's and women's clothing, accessories and bags.
The Plaza is the cover star of Shire Publication's Old Cinemas book!
Capering nymphs in the Plaza auditorium.
The stupendous 'By a Waterfall' number in Footlight Parade, on show at our Super Plaza Fair. Source.
The new issue of Vintagexplorer has arrived. Pick up your FREE copy at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.
retrospektiv studio - vintage collectables, decor, homeware.
Rita Black - vintage homeware and collectables.
Serendipity - vintage kitchenware, tea sets, accessories, costume jewellery.
Shabby Cheek - interesting collectables.
Sheila's Store - lots of vintage costume jewellery.
Show Us Your Threads - featuring Ophelia Button: vintage women's fashions and accessories, homewares 1950s-80s; handmade headbands, bow ties and vintagely-dressed peg dolls.
Stuart Thornley Cake Design - cake supremo, artiste of icing sugar. Details of this month's specials above.
T.E.A. - mid-century kitchenalia, homeware, collectables; women's and men's clothing 1960s-80s.
Tea for Two Vintage - vintage clothing, accessories and bric-a-brac.
The Crinoline Lady - vintage costume jewellery and accessories, homeware.
The Side Room - vintage table and bed linen, costume jewellery, clothing, homeware.
Sue Booth's Sparkle - vintage jewellery and collectables.
TinTrunk - an expanding range of vintage luggage plus apparel for ladies and gents, jewellery, homeware, textiles, collectables. Find TinTrunk at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.
Village Vintage Clothing - men's and women's vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery. Up at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.
Vintage Belle - women's vintage clothing and accessories.
Vintage Clutter - vintage needlework accessories, lace, fabric, fashion accessories, costume jewellery, homeware, collectables.
Vintage Marilyn - vintage clothing, handbags, china and novelty items, 1930s-70s.
Vintage Pair - Vintage homeware, decorative items and clothing.
NEW! Violet House - handmade children's and women's clothing, made from mostly vintage fabrics from vintage and 60s-70s-inspired original vintage patterns; handmade retro homeware.
Wax Delerium - rare vinyl.