Lou Lou’s Brighton Vintage Fair

Our Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair in Brighton takes place in the spectacular Hilton Metropole Hotel. The hotel was built in 1890 and was designed by the same architect who designed the Natural History Museum and University College London, Alfred Waterhouse. it’s the perfect setting for our vintage fair and is located right on the sea front. It’s an easy load in and a spacious venue.

Stall sizes at this fair

6ft x 3ft table tops – £50
6ft x 6ft – £65
12ft x 6ft – £115
18ft x 6ft – £165

Where does your money go?

The pitch fee goes straight to the venue hire and the advertising. We do not make any profit from pitch fees. We use large, central venues and have a big advertising budget. VAT receipts are available upon request.

Promotion

As always the fair has been heavily promoted but giving us a helping hand is always REALLY appreciated and really helps turnout.

If you or friends have a facebook group or page we’d really appreciate a shout out about the event to get as many people down as possible and please invite any Brighton friends to the event below. Feel free to post on the event photos of what you will be bringing.

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Flyers and posters can be sent to you if you email bookings@thevintagefair.com. Our fair managers often bring  flyers with a list of all the upcoming dates – you are welcome to take some of these at the fair to hand out at other events.

How to get to the Hilton Metropole

The Hilton Metropole is hard to miss – it’s a huge building, right on the sea front.

We will be using the Cannon Place entrance.

King’s Road

BN1 2FU

Our event is on the ground floor in the Viscount Suite.

Map
Google map

Parking

There is a car park at the venue, underneath the hotel, but it is expensive (£4 for the first hour – £3 for the hours after that).

There is an underground car park at Regency Square BN1 2FG which is £13 for 8 hours and only 2 minutes’ walk away

You can also look up parking on Parkopedia.com

Please plan for your parking in advance of the event – none of our fair managers are from Brighton so we do not know the area!

Set up times

Saturdays
9:00am – doors open to traders. You have two hours for all loading and setting up.
10:00am – cut off arrival time for traders. Anyone arriving after this time will be refused entry. It’s not enough time to get your stall set up before the fair opens.
11:00am – doors open to customers.
5:00pm – close of event. Traders must not start packing away before this time.
7:30pm – exit time. Any traders still in the building will get a fine from the venue (our venues charge per hour).

Traders must be ready by opening time and not start packing away until closing time. It makes the whole event seem unprofessional and isn’t fair on customers. If the fair isn’t set up on time, we can’t open as it contravenes our risk assessment and voids our insurance.

Please take all rubbish with you at the end. The venue hire doesn’t cover cleaning charges in order to keep the pitch fees as low as possible.

Sundays
8:00am – doors open to traders. You have two hours for all loading and setting up.
9:00am – cut off arrival time for traders. Anyone arriving after this time will be refused entry. It’s not enough time to get your stall set up before the fair opens.
10:00am – doors open to customers.
4:00pm – close of event. Traders must not start packing away before this time.
6:30pm – exit time. Any traders still in the building will get a fine from the venue (our venues charge per hour).

Traders must be ready by opening time and not start packing away until closing time. It makes the whole event seem unprofessional and isn’t fair on customers. If the fair isn’t set up on time, we can’t open as it contravenes our risk assessment and voids our insurance.

Please take all rubbish with you at the end. The venue hire doesn’t cover cleaning charges in order to keep the pitch fees as low as possible.

Tables

There are a VERY limited number of tables available to borrow from this venue. Priority is given to table top stallholders, the tea party, hair salon and cash desk. Please make a note when you make your payment or send us and email if you’d like to reserve a table.

Nearest cash machine

There is a cash machine inside the hotel.

Floor plans

The floor plan will be sent out on Thursday or Friday before the event. It is not possible to send it out any sooner than this as we are often dealing with last minute cancellations and additions. The floor plan will be sent to the email address that you used when you paid the pitch fee. If you don’t receive the floor plan – don’t worry, our fair managers will be on hand with paper copies on the day to show you where to go. The floor plan is subject to change on the day. Traders cannot request specific locations – we rotate the floor plan in the interest of fairness for everyone.

What to bring and banned items

You will need to bring your own rails and ideally tables. All clothing stalls must have a full-length mirror – you will lose sales without one. A card machine is also recommended. You can bring tablecloths, banners, flyers and business cards. Every item must be labeled with the price. We recommend using easily identifiable hangers and price tags – if any items get lost, we’ll be able to identify who they belong to. Have a safe place to keep your money and valuables preferably on your person.

Access to power is not always available and is always at the venue’s discretion. If you want power, bring an extension cord and some tape/matting to cover any loose wires.

Refreshments are on sale at most of our events and many of the tea parties will be grateful if you bring your own mug. Some even offer cheap tea/coffee if you do. If you do want to bring some lunch with you please nip out so you’re not eating within the fair. Many of our venues don’t allow people to bring food in and also looks better for the customers.

If any of the banned items are found on your stall, please don’t be offended when the fair manager asks you to remove them. If anything has had the labels cut out, whether we know which shop it’s from or not, we will have to presume that it is modern High Street clothing and we will ask you to remove it.

Banned items include:

  • ’90s or later clothing
  • High Street goods
  • Printed T-shirts or jumpers
  • Mass produced clothing, jewellery and accessories
  • Modern cosmetics that aren’t in a vintage style
  • Real furs
  • Items that may be seen as offensive, e.g. golliwogs, Nazi memorabilia, items of a sexual nature, items with offensive language
  • Food and drink to sell (the tea party have the exclusive right to sell food and drink)

High Street goods that you believe are pre-90s must be clearly labelled as such for fair managers and customers to see. New items, i.e. reproduction vintage style clothing or vintage inspired crafts, must be made by the trader themselves and clearly in a vintage style. Photos should be sent for approval to bookings@thevintagefair.com.