Past times brought to life at vintage fair

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Hundreds of shoppers turned back the clock at a special vintage fair inside Preston Indoor Market.

Mary Milne of Preston-based company Dolly Dazzler, organised for 22 individual stalls to open for the first time in the venue on Saturday.

Vintage Fair at Preston Indoor Market Mary Milnes

Vintage Fair at Preston Indoor Market Mary Milnes

Mary said: “We try to have a broad range of items for all customers, from traditional fashions, statement jewellery, to things for the garden and bringing back traditional crafts.

“One guy, Alexis Valentine from Walking on Glass, used to be a dentist who lost his job because of the recession. He’s a very, very talented artist and now works to etch and cut crystal.

“Another man creates puzzles beautifully hand-carved puzzles from chunks of wood, made into cats and dogs.

“There were also some women who have tapped into the trend for French country cottage kitchen furniture and ornaments.”

She added: “It went really well, we had lots of happy customers with full bags.

“Some people are not into vintage pieces though, so we also offer craft sessions which are really good.

“Your mum or your grandma might not have passed down some of the old skills, but here’s a chance to learn it from scratch, which is really exciting.”

Mary is working with Preston Council to run another vintage fair for the Winckley Weekend on May 2 and 3.

She said: “There will be a mix again of what is on offer. There will be some familiar faces, but also fresh things every day, so that there’s always something new for everyone.”

Mary’s fairs run throughout the Preston area, typically in places such as church halls.

She said: “We like to work in places with character, that link in to what we are doing. I wouldn’t like to put people up in a blank, white space.

“It’s all about putting Preston back on the map.”

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