Get to the fair

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FORGET about fashion shows the new fashion fix is vintage and craft fairs. Over the past few months vintage and craft fairs have been popping up all over the county and beyond!

I have always enjoyed going to vintage and craft fairs as they are a great opportunity to buy something unique for your home or wardrobe and also a great chance to sample home-made sweet treats and other foodie delights.

If fashion is not necessarily your thing you can still find lots of things to tickle your fancy such as jewellery, reclaimed vintage furniture, antiques, home-made foods, sweets and cakes and so much more.

The past few weeks have seen Craft and vintage fairs in the Valley Hotel in Fivemiletown, one in Lisbellaw to raise funds for the Guides and Brownies, The KIllyhevlin Hotel and just at the weekend Project St. Patrick held a fair in the Clinton Centre on Saturday and Sunday.

In recent years people have become a lot savvier with their Christmas shopping looking for value for money, something more thoughtful and something different!

It can be difficult to know what to get certain people and you always have that one person to buy for that you just find impossible.

Craft and vintage fairs always have an excellent range of hand-made, unique items to suit everyone so you are guaranteed to find something to suit each and every loved one.

This Saturday 30th November there will be a craft fair at the Share Centre in Lisnaskea and on Sunday 1st December Belle Isle Estate will hold their first ever Craft and Vintage fair with an amazing range of local crafters selling their unique Christmas gift ideas.

Belleek will also hold its Christmas Market on 6th 7th and 8th December at the Belleek Pottery car park.

At these fairs you will be able to choose from hand-made bags and Christmas bunting, sweet treats, hand-made pottery, hand-made jewellery, up-scaled furniture and home-wear, vintage occasion wear, handmade kids wear, organic handmade beauty products, hand-made candles, bespoke hampers, unique Christmas décor and handmade floral displays.

If you are fed up buying meaningless ‘for the sake of it’ Christmas presents then why not get yourself over to the Share Centre and to Belle Isle Estate this weekend and Belleek the following weekend.

Not only will you find lots of unique gifts to surprise and impress your loved ones you will also enjoy a great day out which all the family will enjoy in beautiful surroundings while supporting local cottage industries and crafters.

This is also a unique opportunity to have a glimpse at the hidden gem that Belle Isle is and after all that shopping you can relax in the drawing room with a mince pie and glass of mulled wine, my idea of bliss.

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