Thursday, 13 March 2014

Four Spring Fairs - The Vintage Year Progresses

 From A 1930s Scrapbook

Although perhaps more suggested of early summer I had to start this post with this image of a girl in a pretty bonnet which I found in an old scrapbook which we have at home. I have used the image on the poster for the Northampton Vintage Fair which is taking place in May (by which time it will very nearly be summer).




Welcome To Vintage In The Shires

It has been a while since I have blogged and thought I better mention the forthcoming fairs which will take us through to summer. 
The fair has a Facebook page (where we are known as Vintage in the Shires), the Facebook page is a useful spot for up to date news about the fair and any plans for new events.

The Fair Returns To Stratford

Our next fair will be taking place in the Town Hall in Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 29th March (the day before Mothering Sunday). The Town Hall is situated in the heart of historic Stratford on Sheep Street opposite the famous Garrick Inn. Our stay in Shakespeare's county will be but short as we will be due in Buckinghamshire the following Saturday.

The Olney Vintage Fair

The Olney Fair takes place in St Peter & St Paul's Church Hall. It is our smallest fair however if the weather is kind some stalls will be setting up outside on the forecourt making the fair considerably larger than previous fairs in Olney. Olney itself has some lovely independent shops, great places to eat, a beautiful High Street and some great charity shops for bargain hunters.

 Vintage In Leamington At Easter

The fair will be returning to Leamington Spa on Easter Saturday and our home for the day will be the Royal Pump Rooms which are situated directly opposite the famous Jephson Gardens. Our previous fairs in Leamington have all taken place on Sundays so please note the change of day.

The Fair Returns Home To St Matthew's

May 10th will see the fair returning home to St Matthew's in Northampton (St Matthew's was where our very first fair took place in 2009). There will be stalls inside the hall along with an old style tea-room and if the weather is kind there will also be a vintage market outside on the lawn.

Vintage Easter Wishes

This vintage Easter Egg box appears on the poster for the Leamington Fair, I spent a couple of hours rummaging through piles of prints and turning the pages of old magazines and vintage scrapbooks before I came upon a suitably seasonal picture (it will be Easter Saturday after all).

March Blooms

Hyacinths are in full bloom outside (in such marked contrast to the cold March of last year when they began to flower in April) and have made inroads into the hall at home.

Another Pot In The Hall

Digressing from 'vintage' for a moment I love the scent of Hyacinths and it is lovely to pass by them as I walk up the path to my door (if the same path was covered in ice I would hardly linger and their display would go without my noticing).

A Philmar Dolly

Philmar were a London based company who made a series of colourful cardboard dolls during the 1940s, 'Christine' comes complete with several outfits.

Flat Packed Fun From The 1940s

I have not attempted to find out more about Philmar however my first guess would be that they made a range of flat card dolls which could be used during the 1940s as presents instead of 'real' dolls (which would have been much more demanding of time and materials during a time of austerity and of 'making do and mending'.

We hope to see you at one of the Spring fairs and best wishes for Easter.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Vintage Valentine's In Leamington Spa

1930s Advertising

Feeling somewhat cooped up at home because of the incessant rain I decided to have a look through a pile of old newspapers and magazines that had been tucked away (for a rainy day!). I really liked the colourful adverts on the back covers, clearly Birds were very busy promoting custard during the summer of 1939.

Valentine's Flowers

Beauty can be found in the strangest places and these lovely roses were hidden in the same pile of dusty papers. Roses are wonderful flowers for Valentine's although I do wonder what flowers if any were given in olden days as February offers little in the garden.

Vintage Valentine's

The lover's embrace was captured forever in 1914 and has survived the last hundred years - to appear on the poster for the Leamington Spa Vintage Fair which is taking place on Sunday in the Royal Pump Rooms.

Sunday 16th February 10am-4pm

It will be Vintage in the Shire's fourth visit to Leamington and we are really looking forward to returning as we had such a fabulous day back in October. We will be joined on stage by Nat and Chris who as well as selling original vintage accessories and 1940s headwear will be Swing dancing at various times throughout the fair. Nat and Chris joined us at the Stamford Fair last November and their demos 'went down a storm' (a poor turn of phrase given the current weather situation).

Swing Dance At The Fair

A short clip of Chris and Nat dancing at the Stamford Fair can be viewed on the fair's Facebook page 

Vintage Styling By Chez Titine 

Jane and Reenee from Chez Titine will be styling hair and make-up at the Leamington Fair. Chez Titine are based in Blighty Bazaar in Leamington (Blighty Bazaar is one of my favourite vintage emporiums and can be found on Kenilworth Street).

Chez Titine At Blighty Bazaar

Eternity Art will be hosting a stall displaying the work of local artist Terence Sinclair who depicts iconic British images in a style influenced by Pop Art and traditional crafting techniques.

London Bus By Terence Sinclair

We will also be joined by David and Carmela from Vintage French Finds of Northampton (you can find their lovely shop on Kingsley Park Terrace). Their eclectic mix of original and well sourced vintage inspired French furniture and beautiful decorative pieces will look very much at home in the grandeur of the Pump Rooms.

Vintage French Finds Of Northampton

I have also been busy painting (as well as being distracted by piles of old papers) some old Ercol chairs from the 1950s, mirrors and sewing boxes although I have to admit that the old oil cans seem slightly out of place resting on vintage linen by Sanderson but then it is said that "blue and green should not be seen" but I think they work just fine.

Vintage Upcycling

I was particularly pleased with the sewing box which I lined with a barkcloth from the 1940s/50s decorated with beautiful anemones.

1940s Anemones Barkcloth

I took this old shop till apart in the summer and it took me ages to figure out how to put it back together in such a way that the bell sounds, after much trial and error I got it to ding on closing which had to suffice (it should ding on opening!).

 Vintage Shop Till

I took the time to remove the label with the "Instructions" and spent event longer in my effort to locate it when I wanted to put it back than I did making the bell ding!

A Vintage Fuel Crisis!

The vintage jelly moulds would be great for creating your own vintage birthday party, I can remember as a child reading through the Readers Digest "Cookery Year" and wanting to make 'Bunnies on the Lawn", where pear halves made the bunnies, currants served as there eyes, almond flakes for ears and a squirt of cream for their tail - all set out on a tray of green jelly (the lawn).

Vintage Birthday Party 

I have to apologise for not posting some photograghs from the Olney Jumble, it was so busy that I was completely unable to get away to take some, however it was a lovely three hours and I found this lovely  coat! The Jumbles are great fun and we cannot wait for the next one in July.

Acquascutum At The Olney Jumble

I will draw to a close with my best wishes for a happy Valentine's.

Valentine's Wishes

We hope you will be able to make it to the fair on Sunday, there will be lots of lovely stalls and some some wonderful vintage things to find.

Forty-Nine Pence From A Prominent Supermarket

Tulips have been around for hundreds of years and single bulbs have exchanged hands for thousands of pounds so when the opportunity arises to buy a bunch for less than half a quid I could not resist - the romance of thrifting, there is no excuse not to.

See you at the fair.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

A New Year Catch-Up & The Olney Vintage Jumble

The Doors Open At 11am

After a break from blogging over Christmas and the New Year I have lots of catching up to do but before I begin to attempt this let me draw your attention to the first ever Olney Vintage Jumble. It is taking place in St Peter & St Paul's Church Hall on Saturday (which is where we hold the Olney Vintage Fair).

The Northampton Vintage Jumble 

The Northampton Vintage Jumble took place at St Matthew's on 11th January. The stalls filled the rooms inside the church rooms and some stall holders even set-up outside and there were bargains galore.

Some Jumble We Took Along

The tables were piled high with original vintage and handmade and everything was sold at reduced cost, there was a great atmosphere and there appeared to be lots of happy vintage shoppers leaving the jumble with their arms and bags full of all sorts of things. I spotted a very elaborate light disappearing across the lawn at one point.

Our Jumble Finds

We found an interesting collection of things including the lovely quilt, knitting basket and light-shade, all are decorated with roses. I have painted the stool white and used some Cath Kidston oil-cloth fabric  to cover the seat.

Kitchenalia At The Jumble

Claire brought along some really colourful kitchen items, as well as the light shade with roses which we returned home with, and will be joining us again at the Olney Jumble on Saturday.

Mangle Magic From The Nostalgic Kitchen

Vicky from the Nostalgic Kitchen brought along this super mangle, it has a lovely 'foldaway' white enamel top and it did not take long for it to find a new home!

St Matthew's Northampton

The winter sun was still shining when I set off to take down the bunting that stretched all around the church garden and felt pleased that our 'vintage year' had started so well.

The Market Harborough Christmas Vintage fair

I must mention the Market Harborough Fair from before Christmas, there were some lovely stalls many thanks to friends of the fair who came along dressed immaculately in original period clothing. The dates for the Market Harborough Fair will be announced soon.

Parties & Entertaining - Vintage Style
Vicky (Nostalgic Kitchen) always sells with us when we visit Market Harborough and always brings some great things to the fair, the 60s table is perfect for a retro dining and  the party dining suggestions have a distinctly 70s flavour.

Vintage Upcycling
I have been busy working on few pieces which I took down to Brackley Antique Cellar last weekend. The yellow chair is an Ercol Windsor chair, the company began in the 1920s and they continued to produce traditional furniture alongside the more modern pieces which have become so popular.

Pretty Mid-Century Barkcloth

The piece of barkcloth came to us from Vicky Loves Vintage, Vicky has a unit at Brackley and she always has some lovely textiles and ceramics to choose from. I used the barkcloth to line the drawer of a sewing box which I had painted using "Antoinette" by Annie Sloane. It will appear on Unit 60 at Brackley when I next visit. I also found a lovely old annual titled "The Rose Book For Girls", it is nearly one hundred years old yet it is in perfect condition.

A 1920s Annual


Unit 60 - Brackley Antique Cellar

Olney also has a nice antique centre, it is only a few yards walk from where the Church Hall (where the   Vintage Jumble will be taking place. I popped in when I visited Olney yesterday and particularly liked this little cart.

Vintage Dogcart

On my way to Olney I popped into Sugden & Daughters whose shop in The Barn at the Red Lion in Yardley Hastings is full of pieces large and small for lovers of 'country' inspired vintage and interiors. 

Sugden & Daughters
Sugden & Daughters will also be joining us at the Olney Jumble and their shop in Yardley Hastings is less than a five minute drive from Olney and is well worth a visit.

Subtle Shades & Deep Shadows

We hope to see you in the Church Hall in Olney on Saturday morning.

The Church Hall Olney MK46 4AA

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Vintage In The Shires In Stratford Upon Avon

Colourful Melamine From The Stratford Vintage Fair

We found these summery cups from the 1960s on Teddy and Mavis's stall when the fair visited Stratford upon Avon for the first time on Saturday. The fair took place in the council chamber of the Town Hall and the room looked beautiful as it had been decorated for Christmas by the friendly Town Council staff.

Lovely Embroidery From Teddy & Mavis

I brought this pretty tablecloth when I visited Blighty Bazaar in Leamington Spa last month only to learn that it too came from Teddy and Mavis as they have a display there! It must have taken a long time to sew and I am happy that it has survived the years and changes in taste and fashion and that it finally found it's way to me. Hollyhocks and asters are the flowers of late summer.

The  Stratford Fair Takes Shape 
The busy traffic outside meant that the stalls were just about ready when the time came to open the doors and the proceedings were watched over by the Bard himself who nestled on a ledge in the corner.

Stratford's Most Famous Son
The stalls were piled high with some lovely things, the light pouring in through the windows made the glass and delicate china sparkle, this display is by Christine from Sunny Morning Vintage.

Sunny Morning Vintage

Suzanne from Hearts & Kisses brought along some lovely handmade Christmas gifts and for once I managed to take a photo of her lovely stall before the fair started! Suzanne regularly has a stall with us and will be at the Market Harborough Xmas Vintage Fair on Saturday. Suzanne is also an agent for the leading magazine, Homes & Antiques.

Hearts & Kisses From Suzanne

Good quality vintage textiles make wonderful additions to the 'vintage' home, eiderdowns are perfect for snuggling into on cold winter evenings and a pieces of patchwork can be incorporated into cushions, bags and dresses by clever crafters. Teddy and Mavis also brought along a wonderful tinplate railway station toy which I regret not buying as it was there when I returned to their stall.

Vintage Textiles From Teddy & Mavis

If there is enough space we like to bring a few things along to place near the entrance to welcome people as they come into the fair. 

Some Things We Brought Along
 I found the Britannia Compendium several years ago in the now gone Dodo Antiques in Olney. Since then I have noticed that reproduction sets are being sold in gift shops but it is nice to have an original made by Chad Valley in the 1930s.

An Eclectic Mix

Vintage of course does not only come in shades of pink, blue and yellow. This display of all sorts of things received lots of curious attention. The vintage head and torso is an anatomical model from the 60s to aid in the teaching of the basics of the circulatory system!
China & Handbags

Linda and Jen from Curious Cuckoo Vintage brought along some china, a rail of clothes, a pile of handbags and a very distinctive 'shocking' pink chair.

Perfect For The 60s Studio
Christmas will soon be upon us and there was a seasonal feel to the stalls with lots of vintage baubles and paper decorations on display. Original decorations from the 1950s and 1960s look lovely when used together to decorate the 'vintage' tree.


A Merry vintage Christmas

This copy of "Chatterbox"is from 1919 and original Christmas wares are always very popular, the appearance of the Bird's Custard Jugs (featured in an earlier post) on a television commercial for a prominent supermarket caused a flutter in prices although I am not over eager for Tesco to be regarded as a champion of vintage! 

A Richly Decorated Room

The fox prowling on the shelf is on display of one of the stalls rather than being part of the fixtures and fittings at the Town Hall. 

Until We Return

By the time the bunting had been taken down and the poster collected up it was time to say goodbye to Stratford. The winter skies had darkened as we headed into The Garrick Inn for a drink before the drive home to Northampton. The fair will be returning to Stratford next year, with little time to rest before then we have the forthcoming Xmas Vintage Fair in Market Harborough to prepare for and look forward to.

Saturday 7th December