Thursday, 21 September 2017

The Autumn Fairs 2017

Tickets - www.sywellclassic.co.uk

The season starts this weekend with the Sywell Classic on 23rd and 24th September. The vintage fair will be taking place a brand new hangar which faces onto the festival site. Sywell Aerodrome is around four miles from Northampton. 


I have decided to postpone the Olney fair planned to take place 30th September. This fair will now take place on 18th November 2017. I am sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Find Us In The Town Hall On Sheep Street

We will then travel over to Warwickshire for the Stratford-upon-Avon fair on 7th October where you will finds in the Town Hall which is the historic heart of Stratford.

Stamford Arts Centre - 28th October

At the end of October we will head over to Lincolnshire for the Stamford Fair.

Hope to see you soon, if you would like a stall at any of these fairs please you can contact me by email (nptonvintagefair@btinternet.com) or phone (07827 228747).


Sunday, 7 May 2017

The Summer Fairs 2017

Saturday 13th May

The summer fairs start in Olney next Saturday, the venue is the Church Hall which is just a few yards away from the busy Market Place. Olney has numerous independent shops including two devoted to 'vintage', two antique centres and lots of places eat.

Saturday 27th May

The fair will be in Stamford for the last Saturday in May and you will find us in the Ballroom at Stamford Arts Centre.  Stamford is good for shopping, has some good street market stalls and also has a new vintage shop which I am looking forward to visiting. 

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th June

We will be returning to Heart of the Shires near Weedon for a two day fair over the first weekend of June. There were some excellent stalls last October and we can't wait to return. There is a restaurant, a fantastic children's play area and numerous independent shops.

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June

The Flywheel Festival will be taking place for the third time at Bicester Heritage at the end of June. The vintage fair takes place inside a traditional marquee and we will be joined by a vintage caravan and some 'brocant style' stalls outside the grass.

Lots Of Stalls, Bargains Galore & A Tea Room

We return to Northampton for the Vintage Jumble at St Matthew's in mid July. There will be two rooms stalls inside along with more outside on the lawn in the pretty walled garden. The tea room will be serving homemade cakes and picnickers are very welcome.

Monday, 6 March 2017

By Popular Demand - The Market Harborough Vintage Fair

See You At The Three Swans

The Market Harborough Vintage Fair will be taking place in the Three Swans Hotel on April Fool's Day. The Three Swans is situated on the High Street which passes through the centre of town. It is a large fair with thirty to forty large stalls. We had a fabulous day last year and cant wait to return!

See You On April Fool's Day

I will be visiting Harborough and the surrounding villages this week and will report back on any 'finds' I pick up along my way along as well as  news of any places or shops of interest. Naturally if I find myself enjoying tea and cake you will hear about that too!

Take care and see you at the Market Harborough Vintage Fair.


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Next Fair will be taking place in Stratford - upon - Avon
February 11th 2017 11am-4pm

Valentine's Weekend

Thursday, 8 December 2016

 Vintage Bargains Galore!

The first fair of 2017 is the  Vintage Jumble in Northampton on 14th January. There is always a great line-up of stalls at the Jumble,with lots of homewares and textiles and there are always lots of bargains waiting to found. However if January seems a long time to wait catch is in Olney on 10th Decemebr for what will be our last fair before Xmas.

Find Us In The Chuch Hall In Olney

There will be some lovely stalls along with four new vintage traders who will be joining us for the first time inside the pretty Church Hall. The dates for 2017 will be published once the Olney Fair has taken place (and before I close down for Xmas!).

A Small Detail From Everly Vintage At Heart Of Shires

There were some lovely stalls when the fair made it's first visit to Heart of the Shires near Weedon in Northamptonshire in early October. I was very pleased with the quality of the items on display and we bought lots of goodies as well ad managing to sell a few things too.

These Birds Soon Flew Away

The Saturday at Heart of the Shires was particularly busy and this poster of birds we took along was spotted early!

Macmillan Prints From Decurio

We found a pack of educational posters from the 1960s at Heart of the Shires, they were brought along by Kris of Decurio (who it was great to see after so long).

A Box Fit For Dogs

The old box was lined with French wallpaper a long time ago and is now home to a bunch of vintage dogs.

A Trio Of Trivets

We finally found another French enamel trivet to accompany the two turquoise ones we found at the Stamford Fair years ago, the blue one was a find at Heart of the Shires courtesy of Escargot Vert.

Blueberry Patch At The Stratford Fair

In November we returned to the Town Hall in Stratford and enjoyed a busy day, I did several tours around the busy streets with a sandwich board!

Vintage Glass Baubles

These lovely old baubles were on one of the stalls at Stratford.

Retro Furniture At The Stratford Fair

I have seen lots of old mahogany corner cupboards but never one from the 1950s/60s so was pleased to see this one at Stratford, it was brought along by Lisa Loves Vintage.

More Vintage Baubles

I found this toy pram full of glass baubles at the Northampton Fair at the end of November, many thanks to Debbie of Vintage Wants for bringing them along.

This Year's Advent Calendar

I found this Advent Calendar at the Northampton Fair and it only cost £1! It is just like the ones we used to have when I was young (which is about right as this was on sale in one of the stall holder's parent's shop during the 1970s).

Merry Xmas
Best wishes for the festive period and hope to see you soon.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

See You At Heart Of The Shires

A New Fair At Heart Of The Shires In Northamptonshire
This Saturday & Sunday (8th/9th Oct) 10am-5pm
Free Entry  Everyone Welcome  Dogs Too!

I have been busy all week preparing to take the fair to Heart of the Shires in Northamptonshire for the first time at the weekend. Heart of the Shires is a wonderful rural shopping 'village' set around a tastefully renovated Victorian farm in the countryside a few miles north of Weedon.

The Bandstand In The Courtyard At Heart Of The Shires

The fair will be taking place inside a large marquee and there will be around twenty three large stalls, Many of us have been collecting and creating pieces especially for this fair so there should be some great things waiting for a new home along. There will also be two stalls displaying jewellery and there will be a choice of vintage or handmade pieces.

Emma Bridgewater At Abraxus

There are lots of independent shops including a bridal boutique called Silver Sixpence, a deli, numerous gift shops, Country Clothing and the award winning Abraxus. Darlingtons Tea Room are on hand for tea and freshly prepared meals, there is an excellent children's play area adjacent to the marquee hosing the handmade and vintage stalls. Entry is free and everyone is welcome, dogs too! So please bring them along.

Joan The Vintage Caravan At This Year's Sywell Classic

Joan the vintage caravan will be joining the Heart of the Shires Fair on the Sunday and will be setting up camp in front of the marquee, she received lots of complements at Sywell back in September.

The Lovely Canons Ashby

Just a few miles from Heart of the Shires is one of my favourite places, Canons Ashby, there is a lovely garden to stroll around, a fantastic cafe and a wonderful house to explore. Expect to be greeted by friendly staff and roaming chickens when you arrive. I have been visiting for years and the picture above was taken on earlier this week as I visited the surrounding villages to put up some posters.
Canons Ashby is maintained by the National Trust and there is a charge to visit the house and gardens although the cafe is free for all to visit.

Another Dog On Wheels!

We found this chunky chap on one of the stalls in the Vintge fair at the Sywell Cassic, Neil who brought him will also be joining us at Heart of the Shires at the weekend. The beret and souvenir scarf are also finds from Sywell.

Vintage Threads

I buy old embroidery threads whenever I can (along with spools, wooden cotton reels and other things useful to the vintage haberdasher). The value offered by sourcing vintage stock is clear if you consider the cost of new items. There were a few stalls at the Umbrella Fair which takes place on The Racecourse in Northampton every August, on one I found boxes and boxes of all sort of things and it was £5 to fill a large bag. Thrifting is fun!

Darlingtons Tea Room

I will be blogging again in a few weeks time and will be publishing the dates for 2017.

The Children's Play Area At Heart Of The Shires

Take care and hope to see you at Heart of the Shires.

Friday, 9 September 2016

A Very Busy Autumn, The Sywell Classic 2016 & A Lovely New Fair!

Trips On Vintage Buses For Free

Our Autumn fairs commence tomorrow with a small gathering of stalls at St Mathhew's in Northampton. The old style tea room will be serving cakes from 11am. There is a lot happening in Northampton as it is the town's Heritage Weekend and there is a Craft & Food Fair at Delapre Abbey.
St Matthew's is on one of the routes for the vintage bus rides, they connect up places of interest all over town and can be caught in George Row in the town centre .

24th/25th September

The Vintage Fair fills Hangar One and it's all action outside! For more info and tickets please visit the The Sywell Classic Website.

The Olney Fair Is Five Years Old!

Without time to catch our breath we will be heading down to Buckinghamshire for the Olney Fair at St Pater & St Paul's Church Hall on 1st October.

A Wonderful New Fair - At Heart of the Shires

We will then be taking the fair to the fantastic Heart of the Shires set on Watling Street near Weedon. It is the county's finest rural shopping village and features many attractions including an excellent array of independent high end shops. The setting itself is a wonderfully restored Victorian Farm complete with an original bandstand. This will be an event not to be missed!

The Last Saturday In October 

We will then have a few weeks 'off' before returning to Lincolnshire for the Stamford Vintage Fair. The fair takes place in the Ballroom and Blue Room which are part of the award winning Stamford Arts Centre.

Stratford Town Hall