Lisburn was the place to be to fetch some unique, vintage Christmas presents last Saturday.
With the big day now just around the corner, shopper flocked to the fabulous Frock Around The Clock Vintage Fair in the Wallace, Riverside Pub and Eatery, for a Christmas extravaganza of vintage and handmade treasures for sale and a big helping of timeless glamour, reminiscence and fun.
This highly popular event, as always, brought discerning Lisburn shoppers out in their hundreds to browse and shop for quality vintage and handmade treasures from a superb selection of 30 handpicked Irish vintage dealers, designers and crafters.
On offer were plenty of goods not available on the high street; an array of vintage, handmade and upcycled fashion, jewellery, furniture, homewares, collectibles, sweet treats art, crafts, gifts and much more.
The impressive exhibitor list included Norma Jean Vintage selling authentic vintage fashion accessories and collectibles, Emily Loves Vintage, designer of gorgeous handcrafted jewellery, The Tea Emporium offering a beautiful range of vintage china, handmade aprons and bunting, B-Louise, specialising in exquisite crocheted fashion accessories, Strombolitwo designer of jewellery and fashion accessories crafted from vintage kimono silks, Shabbie showcasing quirky and colourful cushions, throws and quilts, The Tea Boutique with a scrumptious selection of cupcakes and baked goods, I Of The Needle, purveyor of fantastic haberdashery and craft supplies, Gracefully Vintage, specialising in a fine assortment of vintage-inspired art and crafts, and Vintage Heirlooms by Gillian Shaw, creator of decadent handcrafted lamps and candles.
Local Lisburn author Norah Humphreys was also at the fair selling her first novel ‘No Greater Love’, having obtained a publishing deal at the age of 79.
Set against the backdrop of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, the book centres around Rob Hampton, who suffers a bereavement as a young boy of nine and traces how it affects him and his family through four generations. It is a powerful story of love, betrayal and tragedy, yet one of hope and the ultimate power of forgiveness. Norah’s second novel ‘The House on Waring Street’ was also promoted at the fair.