An art, craft and vintage fair was held at the Cains Brewery Village in the Baltic Triangle on Saturday 24th September.
The event, organised by Tinderbox Fairs, was hosted by Red Brick Vintage – a family run business which has held a lease in the iconic, Grade II listed Cains Brewery since November 2015.
The fair aims to provide a platform for artists, makers, designers and creatives to sell their products and raise awareness of their brand. Red Brick Vintage has played host to the event since March this year and hit the ground running from the start.
Thomas Butcher, owner and partner at Red Brick Vintage, said:
‘We’ve been stallholders at numerous fairs in the past but we wanted to create something of our own. We’re already part of the Cains creative hub and our idea was to create an event where everyone is welcome.
‘It’s still a work in progress but it’s been a great success so far. We hope to continue expanding and include even more people in the future.’
Alongside the permanent tenants of Red Brick Vintage – including a barber’s shop and an art exhibition area – the fair welcomed stallholders and businesses from a variety of trades and professions.
Everything from vintage jewelry, upcycled furniture and salvaged goods to knitwear, bric-a-brac and wall art were up for sale. Handmade food stalls and live music were also part of the event.
Among the stallholders on the day was Laura, who specialises in selling vintage homeware and retro gifts with her mother Maz.
Laura said: ‘This is our second time at the fair and we’re hoping to get a permanent space here. We mainly sell on our online Etsy shop but doing events like this really helps to get our name out there.’
Also selling his work was local artist Stephen, who quit his full time job as a salesman last year to pursue his passion of painting portraits.
As well as selling his artwork in various shops and galleries around Liverpool, Stephen is a returning stallholder at the fair.
He said: ‘I’ve done a few stalls here and it’s a great way to get more people to see my work. I’m hoping to get a permanent studio in the Baltic area where I can join other artist and be a part of the area’s creative community.’
The emerging activity at the Cains Brewery Village is indicative of the current buzz surrounding the Baltic Triangle district, as new shop developments and regeneration projects continue to attract interest from independent businesses and add to the growth of the area.