Jun 22 2011 By Siba Matti
Vintazia - Sam Andre
Harefield mum-of-one, Samantha Andre, is the brains behind Vintazia, the first Friday night vintage fair to visit the borough. She told reporter SIBA MATTI about the event, which comes to Ruislip this week.
TRAIPSING around vintage markets and car boot sales in search of one-off finds from bygone eras is in Samantha Andre's blood.
Now, the 27-year-old is following in her mother's footsteps and sharing her passion for all things retro by hosting Vintazia, the very first Friday night vintage fair in the borough.
Aptly held in the historic Great Barn, at Manor Farm in Ruislip, the event will bring together an army of top traders in the south east, selling an array of vintage clothing as well as accessories, furniture and home wares.
"Vintage fashion is something I grew up with," says Samantha, of Moor Hall Road, Harefield.
"My mum was also in the trade and from a young age, I would visit car boot sales and charity shops with her in search of rare finds.
"I have been trading in vintage for about five years but I have always had the ambition to run my own fair.
"I am especially proud to launch Vintazia in Hillingdon, as although there are lots of events in central London, there is nothing for local vintage enthusiasts."
But the event will be much more than your average, run of the mill market, as Samantha explains: "In addition to about 20 stalls, we will also have The Beauty Queens doing vintage-inspired make-overs, including nail art and fabulous hairstyles such as victory rolls.
"Because it's a Friday event, this means people can come along, get a complete new look and then paint the town red.
"There will also be pin-up-style photography, courtesy of the Rockabetty Studio, where people can travel back in time to an era of their choice, with costumes provided.
"We will also have entertainment, including singer / songwriter Kate Garner, who will perform 30's and 40's jazz swing."
Samantha, who lives with fiancé Steven, and their six-month-old son, Oscar, admits caring for a new baby while setting up Vintazia has been a juggling act.
"There has been a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but it's great fun," she says.
"It wasn't easy finding a good venue, but the Great Barn couldn't be more suitable.
"I think my experience has given me an edge, as it means I know exactly what both shoppers and traders want.
"As a result, the fair will have all sorts of good quality, affordable items on offer, plus some designer clothing, too."
As for the future, if this week's Vintazia is a success, the fair could return to Ruislip on a monthly basis.
"Vintage has been growing more and more popular for the past 10 years and I think a big part of it is that people like the fact they are doing their bit for the planet by recycling," Samantha adds.
"I think it is something that will continue to set trends for many years to come."
Vintazia comes to the Great Barn at Manor Farm in Ruislip on Friday (24) from 5-9pm. Entry costs £2. For more information, email Samantha at firstname.lastname@example.org