If you love nothing more than hunting for bargains and hidden gems then Edinburgh offers plenty of places to search for unique treasures. Here's a look at six vintage and second hand fairs you should check out in the city.
Out of the Blue Flea Market
If you're in your element unearthing random, pre-loved treasures then give this market a go. There are over 45 stalls crammed with bric a brac, jewellery, small pieces of furniture, books, music, homeware and (vintage) clothes. And when you're shopped out and in need of some sustenance, you can have a bite to eat the cafe.
Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, the last Saturday of the month, 10am-3pm.
A Spoonful of Vintage
Edinburgh duo The Vintage Vendors are the brains behind these seasonal fairs which usually take place in the retro setting of Spoon Restaurant on Nicolson Street. They'll be venturing into Stockbridge for their next event which will be happening sometime in the autumn. Expect a selection of ceramics, collectables, homeware from the 1950s-1970s, mid-century furniture and vintage fashion, jewellery and accessories. To complement all this there'll be a pop up cafe and a vintage soundtrack.
For dates check the Spoonful of Vintage Facebook page.
Edinburgh Vintage Kilo Sale
A massive five tonnes of mixed vintage fashion and accessories are up for grabs at this popular rummage-fest. The dresses, denim, menswear, jackets, jeans, jumpers, blouses, shirts, shorts and t-shirts on offer are hung up on rails, or housed in giant boxes. More stock is added throughout the day, and your finds will set you back £15 a kilo - roughly four or five items. But if you buy ten kilos or more the price drops to £10 a kilo.
Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, May 16, October 3 and November 21, 10am-4pm, earlybird entry 11am-2pm £3, general entry 12pm-4pm £1.50.
Lou Lou's Vintage Fair
Lou Lou's is the biggest vintage fair in the UK, and was voted its best vintage fair in 2013 and 2014. Featuring 40 stalls of fashion spanning the 1940s-1990s, homeware, crafts, music and tea and cakes are also on its agenda. If you fancy some old school pampering and preening, Viva Lux will be on hand in their pop up beauty parlour.
Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, May 9, 11am-5pm.
Betty's Big Boutique
Held in an ornate former Masonic Temple, Betty's is a family friendly monthly pop-up shop. It brings together vendors of retro clothes, knick knacks and vinyl, and there's face painting and tea and cakes too. The Too Much Fun Club provide live art, and sounds come courtesy of the Chapel Perilous Arts System.
Trafalgar Lodge, St Anthony Place (off Henderson Street), Leith, May 10, June 14, July 12 and August 9, 10am-5pm, entry £1 (under 12's free).
Edinburgh's Affordable Vintage Fair
This fair is run by the same folk who organise the Vintage Kilo Sale and it's one of the UK's biggest. It travels to 30 cities and its 30 stalls are dedicated to collectibles, homewares, hand crafted accessories and vintage and reworked fashion from the 1920s onwards.
Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, August 8-9, 11am-5pm.
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