We spent Friday afternoon visiting vintage shops in Kallio, then glamming up whilst sipping whine before heading out for burlesque and cocktails at a Tikibar.
On Saturday we woke up early and travelled to Tampere for Vapriikki-Vintage in a car packed with suitcases full of vintage pretties.
Organised in association with Fintage, Vapriikki-Vintage is a two-day vintage fair held at the Vapriikki museum centre. This year, the programme was very exciting as it featured not only a vintage market but also neo-Victorian photography, lectures, a live orchestra, a Charleston show and a quick lesson to the basics of the dance, a burlesque number from Holy Curves as well as guided tours around the museums. Etc. Certainly plenty to see, do and, of course, buy!
I was equally excited to introduce Michelle to my Fintage friends, especially my vintage wife/doppelganger Jirina, as I had a feeling they'd get bond. And bond we all did.
To say that Michelle was happy to discover that vintage is a tad bit cheaper in Finland than in Australia is one way of putting it. She bought quite a few dresses from Jirina as they happen to have the exact same waist size. When asked why Jirina was selling said dresses, the answer was more often than not, "it's just too 50s", to which Michelle said, "I'll take it." See, 30s and 50s vintage ladies living in perfect harmony! Michelle ended up flying back to Lyon in a suitcase full of 50s frocks and vintage inspired lingerie.
I spotted this shiny number at Alles Gute Vintage and immediately noted just how very Michelle it is. "I'll take it," she replied, practically before even trying it on. (And a perfect fit it was, as you can see below.)
My mission was to sell rather than buy this time. I did, however, take home these 30s shoes, also from Alles Gute.