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So this weekend we heard that there was a vintage fair on in our favourite seaside town.  We love Whitstable in Kent and spend at least a weekend there during the year.  This year we spent my 40th birthday weekend there.

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But this weekend we just popped down there on Sunday morning and spent a few hours there.  The sun was shining, the sea air was fresh and we really felt like spring was here.  Perfect for vintage shopping!

Firstly we visited our good friends and favourite vintage shop…

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They have a cute shop on Harbour Street in Whitstable filled with vintage loveliness.  I love their display ideas…

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Other favourite shops in the gorgeous seaside town in Kent include…

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Valentines Vintage http://www.valentines-vintage.com  which sells the most gorgeous pieces of furniture.  There’s more than one piece we’ve drooled over in there, the Ercol Day Bed included!

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Then there’s The Whiting Post…

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They have the most beautiful vintage inspired dresses.  Not only are the dresses gorgeous so are the way they display them in the many windows.

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They complement with vintage kitchenalia – just my thing!  And I have to say they have the most lovely staff.

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Pearl and Hemingway on Harbour Street is another perfectly fantastic vintage shop packed of genuine vintage clothing and vintage inspired.  Always an interesting window to muse in front of as well.

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Finally we made it to the vintage fair in St Marys Hall.  There are frequent vintage fairs in this hall.  There were some great stalls inside, lots of great vintage choice and our favourite local tea providers.  The fair we visited was the Oyster & Pearl Vintage Fair http://www.facebook.com/oysterandpearlvintage

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Lil Tea Tank in their very recognisable Citroen Van, always a pleasure to see them at a vintage fair x

Top Tips

1.  Get here early if you’re visiting for the day.  Traffic through the High Street is busy as the day goes on, particularly on a beautiful sunny day.  There are a few public car parks throughout the town, follow the signs.

2.  Whitstable has an eclectic mix of shops on the High Street, no real chain presence, just good local traders.

3.  Eating in Whitstable is just awesome!  Cheap out http://www.tripadvisor.com for some great places to visit.  We love Wheelers on the High Street (booking essential) and JoJos just outside of Whitstable up on the Tankerton Slopes (booking also essential).  A michelin starred choice in nearby Seasalter is the Sportsman.  (Again you need to book).  www.jojorestaurant.co.uk.    www.wheelersoysterbar.com.   http://www.thesportsmanseasalter.co.uk.  And finally we love our breakfast in the Whitstable Coffee Company on the High Street.  Many eateries don’t take cards, only cash, so please check.  Some also encourage you to take your own wine for a very reasonable corkage.

3.  We love hiring one of the fisherman’s cottages for the weekend and just walking to see the sea.     http://www.whitstableholidayhomes.co.uk – we’ve stayed in Barnacle Drift many times.

4.  WhitLit – the literary festival takes place at the beginning of May (www.whitlit.co.uk) and the famous Oyster Festival starts on the 26th July (www.whitstableoysterfestival.com).  We’re looking forward to that!  The Oyster & Pearl Vintage fair is on throughout the year so check their Facebook page for future dates.

5.  Whitstable has a railway station and good road links, accessible via the M2 motorway.  Whitstable is very close to Canterbury.

6.  www.seewhitstable.com may be your final port of call along with http://www.tripadvisor.com to help plan the most perfect vintage weekend.

7.  And don’t forget that Whitstable is by the sea.  There are lovely walks, bikes to be hired and sitting on the beach with a glass of bubbles as the sun goes down is the perfect end to a hectic week.