As the owner of a vintage shop in a small rural Florida town, I have had a surprising number of British customers come through. There are even a few UK based vintage sellers who buy from me.
They tell me that “Vintage Weekends” are a huge big deal among a subgroup of English people, and it looks like so much fun.
Here are a few posters for British retro festivals I’ve seen on-line:
These weekend festivals have a big emphasis on retro music with roots in the US. They celebrate swing, R & B, boogie-woogie, rockabilly, jazz, blues, doo-wop and bluegrass. In fact, it looks like the Brits may have a deeper appreciation for classic American music than we have.
Music is only part of the story. There is a real mid century American carnival feel to these vintage events. They’ve got hot-rod racing, roller-skating, drive-in movies, classic car shows, and retro burlesque.
For me, of course, it’s all about the vintage clothes, hair and make-up, which are stellar. I see a mix of true vintage and reproduction garments, mixed with style and flair.
So, why are vintage weekends such a big thing in England?
I have a few thoughts that I’d like to explore further but for now, I’m enjoying keeping tabs on these vintage extravaganzas and their marvelous melange of styles.