Friday, 5 June 2015

Rosettes From The 80s & 90s

We found a bag full of these old pony show and country fair rosettes at when we visited the Antique and Collectors Fair at Newark yesterday. The photo shows just a few (the ones that have been ironed), there are lots and we will be taking them to the Stratford Fair on Sunday.

More Pretty Things  From Newark
We did not have long to look around the hundreds of stalls before driving to Oakham for lunch in the  Castle Cottage Cafe (three visits in three weeks) but found some pretty pieces of enamel,  a pair of little dogs and an old Nestle advertising board.

Cute Scotties 
It has been a busy week as the Stamford Fair took place last Saturday, some lovely stalls filled three rooms at Stamford Arts Centre.

Vintage Cottons
I loved this old Sylco drawer full of vintage cotton reels and wish that I had bought it. Fortunately the lady who brought it along will be joining us again in Stratford so it might just be there.

Suzanne's Stall

Suzanne set up home for the day in the Blue Room and can be found on Instagram @suzihearts.

More Vintage In The Blue Room

Mick and Julia brought down some interesting bits and pieces (and I have just remembered the lovely tartan tie that I forgot to buy, once again I will have another chance as they will also be crossing the Shires to join us inStratford on Sunday.

The Doors Will Open At 11am

Hope to see you in the Town Hall in Stratford on Sunday. 

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Vintage Flowers & The Summer Fairs

Vintage Flowers From France

I love the vibrant colours of these old seed or plant labels from France. We bought them years ago and I  unearth them from time to time with intention of putting them to some decorative effect but I can never think of a suitable project (or more likely that I do not want to part with them).

More Vintage Flowers

Picking up the theme of vintage flowers I gathered up some tins for a group photo, most are original from the 1930s-60s however a couple of Cath Kidston's from more recent years have 'made the team'.

A Very Floral Fire Screen

The lovely screen was found by one of our stall holders and we were supposed to deliver it to another of our stall holders, however at some point another fire screen was found at a car boot sale and the original was no longer wanted. We liked it and were happy to offer it a home.

Saturday 30th May

There are locks of stocks in flower shops at the moment, they last for ages and the colours complement the poster for the Stamford Fair. You will find us as ever in Stamford Arts Centre on St. Mary's Street, there will be three rooms full of stalls.

Sunday 7th June

The Stratford Fair will then take place the following weekend on Sunday 7th June.

All The Advice You Will Ever Need

I love these little Mr Cuthbert's booklets, they are perfect for 'vintage gardening' as they detail how things would have been grown in the 1950s. They also look lovely displayed on a shelf or windowsill as the covers are so colourful and bright, acting as a reminder of the summer to come on greyer days.

1930s Style

I spotted this pack of cards on one of the stalls at the Northampton Fair back in April. Metrovick manufactured street lighting in the 1930s and presumably wanted to glamourise their very utilitarian products by employing a stylish image in their promotional wares.

The Flywheel Festival In June

We will be joining this new event which will be taking place over Midsummer weekend in June. The vent is being organised by Historic Promotions and will take place at Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire.
The setting is very authentic and has many pre-War (World War 2) buildings and is set to become a hub for the for those with a passion for vintage aeroplanes and automobiles. Tickets and information can be found on the event website.

Bargains Galore
We will then be returning to St Matthew's in Northampton for the July Jumble. There will be stalls inside the hall and more outside on the lawn if the weather is good. The jumbles are great fun and take place in January and July.

Stalls Inside & Outside
One week later the fair will arrive in Olney. Currently no dates have been arranged for August however we may well be returning to Market Harborough, watch this space!

Best wishes for summer and hope to see you at one of the fairs.





















Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Oh Oh Oh What A Lovely Fair!

"Enjoying Ourselves"

It has been a busy start to 2015 and as February draws to an end we will see out winter with The Stratford Vintage Fair which is taking place in the Town Hall on Saturday 28th February (2015). The Jumbles warmed up deepest January and before long we were on the road for Leamington Spa followed by The Stamford Fair which took place on Valentine's Day. The image of the children on the beach is from a 1930s annual that was given to me by one of the stall holders at Stamford before the fair opened. It was a lovely way to start the day.

A Hidden 1930s Watercolour!

I found so many things at the Stamford Fair that my car was full when I went home and to be honest there were a great many more things I would like to have taken home if I had seen them first (or if I had had more time to look around - many thanks to everyone who sat at the door for me). I will start with the pretty painting which was hidden in the pages of a drab looking autograph book, which I found in a large sack full of textiles, it cost one pound! It belonged to someone who was attending bible classes back in the 1930s, it contains a number of charming illustrations and verses.

Miss Gladys Cooper

I really liked this postcard of Gladys Cooper from Edwardian times, it also cost me just a single pound.

 Vintage Sanderson - "Constantia"

In the sack (please pardon the expression) with the little autograph book was a huge curtain about twelve feet wide, some parts of it were faded but it was covered in the most beautiful sprays of peonies (I can name around four of them - and yes you can get yellow peonies). I would say from the condition of the lining that it dates from the 1950s or early 1960s. It is a Sanderson fabric although it is a heavyweight sateen rather than the more common linen.

An Original Ottoman

I also found this lovely ottoman from the 1950s/60s, it is in completely original condition and the cute red formica table at the Stamford Fair. Both were brought down from Derbyshire from some friendly people who joined us for the first time (it was their first ever fair and they had some great some great things).

A Detail Of The Ottoman Fabric

Textiles of all sorts could be found on the stalls which completely filled the three rooms available to us.

A Vintage Floral Cape
I loved this 1950s cape which would have been used in a hairdressing salon, it is made of early nylon and has a wonderful floral pattern all over (again featuring peonies and red lilacs). 

The Coronation 

This is table cloth from the Coronation in 1953, it had a few old tea stains but cost hardly anything so I decided to take it. A soak in detergent followed by a plunge into a strong bleach solution (not recommended for a number of reasons) ending with a hot wash removed the lot without harming a fibre! I also found some lovely brownish crochet cushion covers from the 1970s, a pair of pink curtains from the 1940s, some lovely pieces of fabric including a large piece from the 1930s decorated with stylised shells and this huge 1970s lamp-shade.

A Huge Lamp-Shade

I also found the some Picquot Ware pieces and some old glass pepper pots.

Picquot & Pepper Pots

I paid three pounds for this set of Coat's embroidery silk samples. I am guessing they are from the 1960s or 70s, there are about one hundred and sixty different colours and all are numbered.

A Coat's Thread Sample Set

I also found three boxes of threads, the striped box is full and contains twenty-four spools and a lovely retro sewing basket covered in orange fabric. The threads were used to crochet doilies.

Vintage Haberdashery (At A Snip!)
I liked this pile of vintage hankies, they would look great sewn together to make a cushion.

Children's Hankies

I am getting better at keeping secrets and managed to keep these kissing pixies hidden until Valentine's Day (I found them at the Leamington Fair earlier in the month!)

Valentine's Pixies 
We had some vintage Valentine's cards from America in a draw, stylistically and artistically the cards are so much better than contemporary interpretations.

Valentine's Greetings From The USA


 The fun began back in early January with the Northampton Vintage Jumble, it was great fun and a chance to find some vintage bargains when little else is going on.

The Northampton Jumble 
The Northampton Jumble was followed by the Olney Vintage Jumble, it was a freezing cold day, especially for the stall holders who braved the conditions outside, inside the Church Hall it was much warmer.

Gentlemen At The Olney Jumble

There were plenty of bargains to be found, I found a lovely old Singer from 1911 at the Northampton Jumble.

January Jumble Finds

The Olney Jumble got off to a great start when one of the stall holders gave me the Bessie Smith biography. Particularly as the very same stall holder has consistently asked for some more 'up-beat- music at the fairs but instead of taking a step into the 1950s I delved further into the past and played Scott Joplin.

A 1970s Biography Of Bessie

 I also found four lovely yellow cushion covers decorated with sprigs of anemones.

A Set Of Cushion Covers
The lovely fabric was found in one of our stall holders Etsy Shop, it is decorated with boats asnd lighthouses and is very similar to the design created by Cath Kidston about ten years ago.

1950s Fabric
The fruit crates were in good condition and will be good for storage once I have cleaned them.


Here is the poster for Saturday's Fair, hope to see you in Stratford.

See You In Stratford Town Hall

Friday, 9 January 2015

2015 - The 'Vintage Year' Starts Tomorrow

The Doors Open At 11am

Our first event of 2015 is the ever popular Northampton Vintage Jumble. It will be great fun, there will be lots of bargains and the old style tea-room will keep everyone composed with tea and homemade cakes. There will also be stalls outside if the weather allows (although a storm is on the way apparently).

Same Again - The Doors Open At 11am

The 'vintage bargain's trail moves over to Buckinghamshire for the Olney Vintage Jumble on Saturday 17th January. So,e new stall holders will be joining us in Olney and if the weather holds there will also be stalls outside.

The Fairs In Leamington Start At 10am!

Our first fair of the year will be the Leamington Fair on Sunday 1st February. It is one of our larger fairs and takes place in the lovely Royal Pump Rooms. 

Vintage Valentine's

The first of three dates in Stamford will take place on Saturday 14th February. Stamford is just perfect for a romantic stroll on valentine's Day, the streets are lined with beautiful Georgian buildings and there are some lovely independent shops. The fair takes place in the Ballroom and Blue Room at Stamford Arts Centre.

The Last fair Of Winter

We will see February out and hopefully wave goodbye to winter when the fair returns to Stratford.

Hope to see you soon and best wishes for 2015.







Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Last Of The Summer Flowers & The Colours Of Autumn

"A Tense Moment" From The 1930s

I have mentioned my love of the illustrations found in children's books before, especially those from the 1930s such as these two fantastic plates which I found in an edition of School Girls Story Book. Sometimes you find a copy only to realise when you open it that the pictures have long since gone but it is great when they are all there (there are only ever three or four).

A Very 'Deco' Image

The lady fishing for salmon (the colour of her sweater and the flow of the water gives the game away) and the group of women bathing were both found in a copy from around 1934. The warmth of summer which has lasted so long is finally giving way and the flowers in my garden will be no more for another year.

The Last Flowers Of Summer

I walked down the slippery brick path to pick the last of the Chrysanthemums at the end of the garden, I am hoping that they will last until the Northampton Fair on Saturday.

The Northampton Fair - Saturday 8th November

The Northampton Fair will be taking place at St Matthew's on Saturday.There will be an 'old style' tea room serving homemade cakes, two rooms of stalls inside and hopefully more stalls outside if the weather is good. The address, if you have not visited before is St Matthew's Parish Centre, 27A The Drive, Northampton, NN1 4RY.

Saturday 8th November 11-3

October proved to be as busy as September and there were lovely stalls at the Leamington, Olney and Stamford Fairs.

Random Makes At The Stamford Fair

Wendy from Random Makes joined us in the Blue Room at Stamford last Saturday and brought along some lovely handmade pieces for the home and to wear. Wendy will be at the Northampton Fair on Saturday.

Half of Antoinette & Fred's Stall!

It was lovely to see Fred and Antoinette who joined the fair for the first time at Market Harborough back in 2012.

One Of The Stalls At Olney

There were some very pretty stalls when the fair visited the Church Hall for the Olney Fair, I do not think we have ever managed to squeeze so much into such a small room, it looked fantastic.

Suzanne - H&A Ambassador At The Olney Fair

Suzanne will be at the Northampton Fair on Saturday if you want to subscribe to Homes & Antiques, along with her range of lovely handmade wares.


'Handmade By Astrid'

Astrid uses shrunken wool, old embroidery and fabrics to make lovely bags, cushions and purses and made a pretty picture along with old china, linens and vintage toys at Olney.


Our Things In The Foyer At Olney!

I decided to take a few things along to the Olney Fair and put a small table table together in the very windy vestibule and huddled in the corner as I greeted everyone who came along on the day.

A Very Cute Chap

Many thanks to the lady who spotted the Ludo game and arrived early to ensure that it did not escape!


Worcester Ware - 'Boutique'

Back on the 'home-front' we found a lovely set of Worcester Ware canisters when we visited Brackley Antique Cellar, they were on Unit 60 (our old unit!), a lovely space dedicated to vintage kitchenalia. Research lead to no trace so they must be quite difficult to find, I would love matching spice jars, cake tin and bread-bin. Interestingly Cath Kidston have used a very similar design on a dark midnight-blue background in the latest range.


A Lovely Wool Rug

The rug was an indulgence as it was quite expensive however it is so colourful and is around four feet wide so makes quite an impact. The cottage garden scene has been inspired by 1930s crafting.

Another Vintage Rug

As if one rug were not enough another came along, found under a cupboard and hardly visible, obscured by vintage clothes downstairs at Most Marvellous in Northampton. It is quite large and dates from the 1940s (possibly 1960s - please advise) and has brightened up our landing at home.

Most Marvellous - Northampton

I popped into Most Marvellous again this week and found this lovely little child's chair in yellow formica, the yellow collection is growing!

(Some Of)...The Colours Of Autumn

I found this box of vintage 'Sylko' cottons at the Stamford Fair, I would love to find more in different shades. My last picture is of a Sadler biscuit barrel in turquoise and gilt, I found it on a stall near to till in Most Marvellous, I recognised the lovely tag straight away as the work of Jake and Linda (who had a stall at the very first fair and will be with us again for the January Jumble.

A Pretty Sadler Biscuit Barrel

Best wishes and hope to see you at the Northampton Fair on Saturday.