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

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Bargans Galore - It's The Vintage Jumble

Saturday 23rd July 2016

It's the Vintage Jumble in Northampton on Saturday. There will be around 35 stalls in total. 20 stalls will be set up inside with a further 15 large brocant style stalls set out on the lawn in the walled garden.  Tea and homemade cakes will be served in the old style tea room (although I'm going to take mine outside).

If you are an early riser why not visit the Holcot Car Boot (Holcot is a village around 4 miles north of Northampton), it starts around 7.30am/8am.

Take care and see you at the Jumble
The address is 27A The Drive, Northampton. NN1 4RY.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

My Gosh It's July Already & A Busy Month Ahead!

2nd & 3rd July 2016

I cannot believe six months have passed since I last wrote (an if you were wondering the Market Harborough Fair was a great success and turned out to be our busiest fair ever). We will be joining the wonderful Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage at the weekend. The vintage fair will be set out inside a traditional marquee whilst outside there will be an abundance of classic cars and historic vehicles along with some track fun and displays in the sky.

See You In Olney On9th July

With little time to recover we will make the journey through Buckinghamshire in time for the Olney Fair on 9th July. We had a super time in May when we were joined by Gracie the vintage caravan who served hot tea and homemade cakes in true vintage style and kept us warm on a very breezy day.
Gracie will be joining us again in Olney.

Gracie From Grace & Favour At Olney In May

With virtually no time to rest, one half of Vintage In The Shires will head north for Scotland for the Vintage Fair at Loch Leven's Larder in Kinross on the 17th July. It is the first vintage fair for Kitty the Vintage Caravan who is set to be the star of the show.

See You In Scotland!

We will then head straight back to Northampton for the Vintage Jumble on the 23rd. The Jumbles are always good fun and you never know what you may find. The stalls will be set up in two rooms and there will be additional stalls outside on the lawn if the weather is good.

Bargains Galore and Tea & Cakes

July will end with us joining the Classic Car and Bike Meeting on Sunday 31st.

See You On Sunday 31st

Take care and hope to see you at one of the fairs, it is going to be a very busy July!

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The Return Of The Market Harborough Vintage Fair

 Saturday 30th January 2016

Preparations are well under way for the return of the Market Harborough Vintage Fair. We will be joined for the day by over forty traders from the local area, across the East Midlands and beyond.
The local radio station, Harborough FM will be helping to spread the word about the fair to the sounds of the Glenn Miller Orchestra (Click Here to listen to the advert).

The Sywell Classic Last September

It has been a while since my last post so here is a quick catch-up along with some of my favourite finds from along the way. The end of September was bathed in beautiful sunny weather and we had a fantastic time at the Sywell Classic (we will be back at Sywell 24th/25th September 2016).

The Lovely "Joan" At The Sywell Classic 2015

Although most of the stalls were tucked away inside the cavernous Hangar One the lovely vintage camp set up by lovelettersvintagecaravan (Instagram) created a fantastic first impression just outside the huge sliding doors (and yes it took over ten people and two hours to get them fully open!)

A Trio Of Tricolours

I found these French flags at the Stratford Fair back in September and they reminded me of Fred and Antoinette from Lincolnshire (they have American flags on their stall).

Vintage Roses

We found the place-mats (decorated with prints by Vernon Ward) and the barkcloth at the Sywell fair.

A Thrifting Bargain

I found these ducks in a small table top sale in my local library, they are very heavy and efficiently stop a particular door at home slamming shut (when a certain configuration of other doors results in a gale which tears through the house from front to back).

Film Stars From The 1940s

I found a lovely book full of pictures of British movie stars from the 1940s at the Olney fair in October. I do not like to deconstruct original things but sometimes it is simply the best way to display something so I mounted the individual pictures on thin board. They attracted a lot of interest when I took them to Market Harborough Market last week, it was particularly nice to see a number of persons of advanced age instantly recognising the stars on show.

A Wonderful Painted Silk Pillow Case

I found the silk pillow case at the Leamington fair in October, Teddy and Mavis (on whose stall I found it) always bring along some fantastic pieces and regularly join us at the fairs in Stratford and Leamington.

Vintage Romance

I found an old child's annual at the Northampton Fair in November and really liked the black and white prints inside. Annuals have been a wonderful source of inspiration for the posters I produce for the fairs, they contain some really good images that represent the 'pictorial style' of their time.

What Do You See?

I found this set of brooches at the Stratford Fair in November, it was a memorably busy day and I found some nice things. Do three flying ducks make you think of Sir Peter Scott or Hilda & Stan? Style wise they look good on denim and tweed.

A Christmas Project

I found the doll's chair in the Antique Centre in Olney and made the seat cover from some vintage fabric from the USA. The Polish dolls were borrowed from a shelf at home to help make the photo more interesting.

1950s Home Style

I like the design and images of mid-Century magazines and journals, especially those dealing with gardening and DIY. Some of the projects suggested in the magazines are the sought after homewares of today.

Crinoline Ladies - Vintage From The 1930s

I like 'crinoline ladies' as they remind me so much of the 1930s (I have illustrated this point before) as they were so frequently used as a design motif in all sorts of home crafts and homewares of the time. Yet I also like crinoline ladies in a similar way to which I like Laura Ashley designs of the 1970s and the early 1970s film The Go-Between (and for that matter The Go-Betweens, the Australian band from the 1980s).

An Authentic Makeover

I found the condiment pots at a small church hall sale last year, originally the tops were a cream colour, I found some old tins of enamel paint in my cellar and spent a few minutes dabbing it on with a worn out brush.

Delicate Vintage Cards From France

The cards were a find from the newly opened Leicester Antique Warehouse, a number of my friends from the world of 'vintage' have places there, they find some lovely things.

A Little Rustic Charm

We always like to find trugs and other wooden 'things' that can be used to store and tidy things away (particularly the excessive amount of ephemera floating around our home). The trouble is that they tend to fill up very quickly!

Valentine's In Stratford

If you do not make it to the Market Harborough Fair we will be in Stratford Town Hall on 13th February.

Take care and hope to see you at the fair.