Saturday, 23 July 2011

Three Swans, Flyers and Drawing Pins

Today we have been busy finding places to display flyers for the forthcoming Market Harborough Vintage Fair on 6th August. The fair will 'pitch up' in The Three Swans Hotel, reputed to have been visited by King Charles 1 the day before the battle at Naseby in1645. 

The Three Swans dates back to the early 1500s
The Three Swans is situated on the High Street, the fair will be housed in the Cromwell Suite, a luxurious room found by walking through the arch and down through the pretty courtyard area. 

Beautiful  18th Century Wrought Iron Work
Market Harborough has many interesting buildings and there are lots of places to eat, shop and have a drink. A friend of the fair has commented that posting flyers allows one to visit some lovely tea-shops and today was no exception!

The Old Grammar School built in 1614
After the inevitable calorie overload we headed out of Market Harborough itself to explore some of the beautiful surrounding villages. We left flyers on village notice boards and in village shops.  We headed home through further pretty villages jumping out here and there to pin another flyer on a board. Hopefully our work will pay off and the good people of Market Harborough and Lecicestershire will turn out to support the fair.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Saturday's Fair

We hope you like these snaps from Olney on July 9th, we had a lovely day.

These are pictures of some of the stalls from the first Olney Vintage Fair which took place at the Carlton House Club last Saturday.

The function room of the Carlton was a hive of activity as sellers arrived to set up their stalls. There were some lovely original vintage items and textiles, found in the UK, America, France and beyond.

Bunting was hung inside the sales room, the tables in the old style tea-shop were laid, tables bedecked with vintage finery, the front of the Carlton adorned with signs and even more bunting.

Handmade cakes are so popular at our fairs, many thanks to our friends and family who helped prepare and serve them.

As well as original vintage there were some lovely handmade creations using vintage fabrics and details.

When the doors opened at noon visitors were waiting outside, the room looked beautiful.

The stalls were a treasure trove for lovers of vintage, complemented by the music of Josephine Baker, Glen Miller and Frank Sinatra. Everyone seemed to have a great time, many thanks for the kind comments from visitors, we want to continually improve our fairs and your comments help us to do this.

There were some individual items to complement the popular vintage favourites.

Thank you to all our stall wonderful stall holders, and merci beaucoup to Charente Vintage! Your lovely vintage items made the room so pretty. Thank you to all of you who visited us, the fair will return to Olney on October 8th. Thanks to all at the Carlton House Club, you were great and helped us make the fair such a friendly occasion, its a great venue and we cannot wait to return.
Countdown to Market Harborough on August 6th has begun, we will post the flyer in the next few days and look forward to seeing you there.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Two Days To Go - Olney 9th July

We visited the Carlton House Club to complete the final preparations for the fair which is only two days away. Many thanks to Richard and all the staff who have been very helpful and friendly, it's a great venue in a beautiful town.

This is Mabel from Nicopoka who will be having a stall at the fair on Saturday, Nicopoka  is a lovely shop on the High Street in Olney selling flowers and vintage items.

On the other side of the High Street in Olney is the Nest at No. 9 where you can find some wonderful vintage and shabby chic style homewares and gifts. Thank you for displaying the flyer for the fair.

These display boards received their first coat of varnish at 1.15am last night, although it has been showery for the last few days the forecast for Saturday is for a more settled day with some sunshine.

Tomorrow we will be busy gathering together the handmade cakes that friends have kindly prepared for the fair. The 'Old Style' Tea Shop is such an enjoyable part of our vintage fairs, drinks are served in lovely vintage china, tables covered in cloths decorated with embroidered flowers and crinoline ladies, accompanied by music from the 1920s-1950s.

Visit the fair this Saturday, everyone is welcome, the venue has disabled access. Parking is available on the street, in the various public car-parks (free) and at the rear of the Carlton House Club, accessed from East Street.
We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday.