Monday, 12 December 2011

Pictures And Thoughts From Saturday's Fair

The Tragic Ramon Novarro Adorns This Bound Collection Of  1930s 'Picturegoer'
I want to share some photos of the things which caught my eye when I walked around the stalls at our recent fair in Northampton.
There were lovely vintage and handmade items around the hall.
Cute Chap On Wheels
These dogs on wheels are very popular, I remember watching one make nearly £300 on Ebay last Christmas.
American Calendar Glamour
Cockerels and weather-vanes appeared in my last post just before the fair as there is a golden cockerel atop the spire of St Matthews.
Sitting Pretty
Although it was cold outside it was  lovely bright day. A friend accepted our invitation to play the piano in the 'old style' tea-shop, the sound of Christmas carols and Scott Joplin created a lovely atmosphere.
60 years in 2013!
Interest in tins and other ephemera is bound to increase as we approach the 60th anniversary of the Queen's  coronation.
1950s Shades Of Yellow and Green
Start collecting now!
It's Not Kirstey
The shades in 50s/60s photographs are so different to the digital shades of today

A Potato Peeler
When I first saw the crank handle of this vintage peeler I thought it was some sort of air-raid warning siren, which is something I really want to find as I have this idea of sounding one to start the fairs.
Handmade Felt-work
There were some lovely handmade items as well as all the original vintage.
Vintage Gifts For Men
I like to send old, vintage cards and include a written message on a slip of paper inside.
As the year draws to an end and thoughts turn to Christmas its time to conclude this post.
Perfect For A Vintage Christmas
We want to thank everyone who has helped to make the fair such a nice friendly event. 
We have really enjoyed 2011, meeting lots of people and finding lots of lovely vintage.
Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Friday, 9 December 2011

The Fair's In Town Tomorrow

There Is A Cockerel On Top Of The Spire Of St Matthews
Just a quick post to welcome everyone to tomorrows fair in Northampton. As this will be our 7th fair many of you will be familiar with how to find us, for those visiting for the first time the Parish Centre is situated behind St Matthews Church on the busy Kingsley Park Terrace, about 1 mile out of town. Several buses pass the venue and it is about 20 minutes walk from the bus station.
Fair Saturday 10th Dec 11am-3pm St Matthews Parish Centre NN1 4RY
Come along and find some lovely original vintage and beautiful handmade items.

Lovely Old Jigsaw
I found this lovely farmyard puzzle on Shabby Polkadots stall at the recent 'My Little Vintage' fair in Earls Barton.
Beautiful Peacock
Tonight will be busy as we will be going to the traditional carols evening held in St Matthews, there will be mulled wine and stalls inside the glorious church. For those of you who have not been inside the church before it is very inspiring and houses important pieces of art by Graham Sutherland and Henry Moore.Then afterwards I will be transporting all the tables from the church up to the sales rooms in preparation for tomorrow. 
Tea & Cakes, Beautiful Vintage & Handmade & A Warm Welcome
Then early tomorrow before daybreak I will be hanging the bunting around the church walls, it is going to be about minus three degrees!

Hope to see you all tomorrow.

Best wishes

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Fair Preparations, Alfe's Cause and Wooly Jumpers

At The End Of A Busy Day
It has been a busy day out and about pinning up posters for the fair at St Matthews on 10th December. But first I hope you like these gift tags which I suddenly decided to make this evening. They are 'Happy Families' cards printed in the 30s. I have quite a few of these cards and I am planning to use them as the basis of the posters for the fairs in 2012.
Grey Skies In Northampton
After visiting the villages between Kettering and Northampton my last destination was St Matthews, before returning home. Yesterday had been blessed with a clear blue sky but as you can see it was distinctly overcast today.
What A Difference A Day Makes
This photo was taken a day earlier and shows the south-east aspect and a lovely sunny day, so fingers crossed that we will have a fine day on the 10th.
The Blue Room Burlesque Fairy Tales Show In Aid Of  'Alfe's Cause'
This special event is taking place the day after the fair at St Georges Hall in the evening. Alfe is a young boy from Northampton whose family raise funds for local children's charities. For more information about Alfe use this link
It's sure to be a great night.

Please keep checking the blog for news about the fair, we look forward to seeing you all at St Matthews in 8 days time, there is bound to be a 'Christmassy' feel to the fair.

And finally the wooly jumper, as suggested in the title of this post. When in Kettering this morning I popped into the Oxfam store and found a not really vintage but worthy wool knit jumper, I love the muted colours and it fitted me. Do you remember when Marks and Spencers stopped being St Michael?

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Auction Tomorrow at Wicksteed Park 7pm

Hexagon Auction Thursday 1st Dec
Just wanted to let you know about this event taking place at Wicksteed Park (Kettering) at 7pm tomorrow evening. Viewing is from 3pm.
The event is being organised by Mick from the wonderful Station 109 at Rushden Antiques Centre.
Vintage, Retro and Antiques
I will be posting again tomorrow about the forthcoming fair at St Matthews in Northampton on 10th Dec and letting you all know about the 'Blue Room' event on 11th December, supporting Alfe's Cause.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Some Photos From Saturdays Fair In Market Harborough

The 7th Northampton Vintage Fair 11am-3pm
First let me remind you of the fair taking place in Northampton on 10th December. We are starting an hour earlier than usual, so the doors will open at 11am and will close at 3pm. As usual there will be an 'old style' tea shop selling lovely homemade cakes. There will be lovely vintage and handmade gifts galore and there is bound to be a special christmas theme to the stalls. We will be supporting 'Alfe's Cause', more about that in the next blog post.
Christmas Greetings - Found at the Harborough Fair
My apologies for not having lots of pictures from the Harborough Fair, I rather absently arrived with a near full memory chip in my camera! It was a really nice day and there were two rooms of absolutely lovely stalls. Thank you to all our sellers, your beautiful displays looked great, we hope you enjoyed the day.
Rosa Queen Elizabeth?
And a big thank you to all the people who visited the fair, we hope you found something special to take away with you. We will be returning to Market Harborough on February 11th.
The Main Sales Room (or more accurately a limited view of the room seen from the foyer)
Thank you to Zoe and Arthur for the loan of your Keep Calm and Carry On disc, I love the air-raid warning siren at the start of disc 1, hope it did not cause unnecessary alarm. 
War Time Spirit
Many thanks to the staff of the Three Swans and a special thank you to Mark who helped us from when we arrived right through until everyone had gone home.
After the wonderful 1937 Film
Once the fair was over it was time to pack up and leave, the next day we were bound for Buckinghamshire and the Winslow Festive Fair.
Flyers at Winslow
We look forward to seeing everyone at the December Fair in Northampton.
From Kris at Creepy Chic
I love these these chemistry laboratory bottles, found on the wonderful 'Creepy Chic' stall at Harborough.
Time To Go Home
Many thanks to everyone who helped to make Saturday a lovely day.

See you in Northampton on the 10th.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

One Day To Go

One Day To Go
There is little more than a day to go until the 2nd Vintage Fair in Market Harborough. I have been busy this week placing signs in and around Harborough, making several visits up to Leicestershire. I felt rather conspicuous as I walked around with a bag of signs with lots of pointed stakes peering out the top. I hope all the signs survive the interest of town council officials and Friday night revellers.

I would like to thank everyone who has helped to share news about the fair, your support is invaluable and very much appreciated.
Gentlemen Welcome

We are looking forward to seeing lots of old friends and offer a warm welcome to those of you who will be visiting the fair for the first time. We hope you all have a lovely time at the fair.

See you on Saturday.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

A Busy Day in Southern Leicestershire

From A Bygone Era - Everyone Who Visits The Fair Will Walk Directly Under This Sign!

This lovely old sign hangs outside the Three Swans Hotel on the High Street in Market Harborough, which will be home to the 2nd Market Harborough Vintage Fair. The first fair back in August was a really enjoyable day and we are feeling very positive about our second event. When I visited yesterday the town was bustling and it was great to see posters for our fair in various windows.  
Through The Arch And Across The Pretty Courtyard To The Fair

I met with Phil, the member of staff responsible for event bookings, to complete the final arrangements for next Saturday. I do not think I could imagine a more professional, efficient and welcoming venue, the attention to detail on their part is intuitive.
Thank You To GorGeous - A Fantastic Independent Shoe Shop In Harborough

As well as visiting the venue I drank lots of cups of tea as I dropped off flyers in various cafes and independent shops in Harborough. After a while I headed out to the villages to the north of Market Harborough and was happy as I remembered all the places for flyers which we found back in the summer, plus I found some new spots.
Joules Yard - A Wonderful Place To Eat, Drink, Listen To Music & Shop
I did stay too long at a lovely place called the Well in Kibworth Beauchamp. Over several more cups of tea I fell into discussion with two trustees of the charity who operate this welcoming community resource, they are about to enter their sixth year as a Christian outreach charity. An hour passed, and with a commitment to return (to assist as far as I can in the development of their 'volunteers policy', this being an area I was involved with in my previous working life), I returned to Harborough via Great Bowden.
Weltons - On The Green in Great Bowden

I left Weltons with a bag containing two fruit scones, only one made it back to Northampton. Back in Harborough I dropped off the remaining flyers in Aldwincles Tea Shop and headed home in the dwindling light and fog that was starting to form. 
Emmerson and Wests Deli & Tea Shop - 7 Northampton Road Market Harborough
With only seven days to go it will not be long before the Fair hits town, see you all on the 19th.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Market Harborough Vintage Fair - The Fair Returns

The Second Market Harborough Vintage Fair - Saturday 19th November

We are really looking forward to seeing all our friends at the next Harborough fair, which is only eleven days away! There will be some new stall holders joining us on the 19th and we can't wait to meet you.
The lovely Three Swans Hotel on the High Street will again be our home, it's a wonderful venue and the hotel staff are so welcoming and helpful.

There will be so many original vintage items of all descriptions to be found and there will be clothes and unique handmade creations - perfect as presents for loved ones, to add to your collection or to complement the 'vintage' home. A perfect day out for devotees of all things vintage, and for those who will be visiting a vintage fair for the first time an ideal opportunity to discover the wonderful world of vintage.
The Historic Three Swans Hotel
We are really pleased that there will be two luxurious sales rooms, The Fairfax Suite and The Cromwell Suite, they are situated behind the hotel front, approached from the street via the archway and a pretty courtyard.

Market Harborough is a bustling small town, situated in south Leicestershire, there are lots of places to eat, numerous small independent shops and there is an abundance of  attractive and interesting buildings. 

As usual there will be an 'Old Style' tea shop serving homemade cakes and a licensed bar for visitors,  the hotel has full restaurant/dining facilities which are reassuringly traditional.

We will be posting regularly as the final preparations are completed.

See you on the 19th.

Monday, 10 October 2011

The 2nd Olney Fair - What A Day

Lovely French Blue Enamel
Thank you to everyone who visited the fair in Olney last Saturday, we hope you had a great time and found some vintage treasures to take home. It was so busy that I was not able to look around the stalls myself and did feel a little envious as I watched some lovely items disappearing out the door secure in the arms of their new owner (particularly the bright coloured wool rug!).
American Calendar Glamour Art
There was definitely some early Christmas gift buying taking place, with some lovely handmade creations costing just a few pounds.
 Vintage For All Ages
There were some lovely vintage toys, books and Christmas decorations.
Striking Orange, Black, White, Red & Yellow
Some items shout out "look at me" whilst others hold back their subtle beauty.
The stalls looked lovely, thank you to all our sellers whose stands make the room look beautiful.
Sweet Flowers From The 30s

Thank you to all the stall holders, your lovely displays make the room look so beautiful and do so much to create the buzz in the sales room. Some of you travelled a long way to be with us and we really appreciate that.
Beautiful Handmade Wares For The Home
The smaller handmade vintage inspired items are very affordable and make great 'stocking fillers' that will be cherished for years.
Hearts & Kisses
The tablecloths, flowers and vintage china of the Tea Shop provided a welcoming spot for shoppers to rest and enjoy the background sound of the period music. It was lovely to see a small group knitting at one of the tables.
Tea Shop Chic
After a slow first half hour during which the first shoppers looked around the stalls the tables in the 'Old Style Tea Shop' remained full for much of the afternoon. Thank you to our friends who look after the tea and handmade cakes, you are such an important part of the fair.
Early 60s Style
There were pattern books to inspire vintage style and original vintage clothing and couture, costume jewellery and dressing table pieces.

Shoes From The Vintage Dressing Room
There really was something for everyone. There is a certain shade of blue, green and pink that is so evocative of the vintage style.
The Colours Of Vintage
It was a lovely day, catching up with friends and meeting new devotees of all things vintage.
The Colours Of Autumn
Our next fair will be in Market Harborough on November 19th when we could be in the grip of winter.
Time To Say Goodbye
4pm arrived in no time and it was time to close the fair even though visitors were still finding us we had to say goodbye. An hour later the tables had all been cleared, the bunting taken down, the cloths bundled into a bag and the rosebuds wrapped to help them with their journey home.

Thanks again to our stall holders and visitors, we look forward to seeing you all again soon.