Yesterday's Fair In Olney

My Favourite Pic From The Day

I really want to convey my thanks to everyone who was part of yesterday's vintage fair in Olney. We hope you enjoyed the day. I found this great picture on the cover of Woman magazine from the 30s. I also spotted this lovely Lucite bag on the same stall, the bag not surprisingly found a new owner!

Straight Out Of Florida, Via Olney

These were 'quite the thing' up and down the US Eastern Seaboard and great that one found it's way to  Olney. When I arrived outside the hall a few of our stall holders were already there, busy unloading their cars.

Great Day For A Fair

I put up bunting outside as everyone arrived to set up their stalls, it was a bright sunny morning, much warmer than recent days. The cakes arrived, the tables were set and I took a moment to buy this wool holder, I have never seen one in orange before, it will be reappearing in a blogpost in the autumn when we are getting ready for the November fair in Market Harborough.

Pink, Blue, Green And Now Orange!

The doors opened at 11am and people continued (and continued and continued!) to arrive until 4pm. There was a great atmosphere inside the hall and the stalls looked fab. It was nice to see people coming through the door who had visited the last Olney Fair back in October, and also people who had 'followed' the fair from the recent dates in Buckingham and Northampton.

Fred Astaire Or Isambard Kingdom Brunel

I was busy at the door meeting and greeting visitors but did get to have a few quick walks around the hall. I liked this collapsable top hat and Brexton Picnic Set.

Perfect For A Vintage Picnic

There is usually a good selection of vintage textiles to choose from at our fairs, from embroidered linens, vintage Sanderson to the more geometric prints of the 50s and early 60s.

Vintage Fabrics Ready For Crafters

Old haberdashery items and all sorts of vintage bits and pieces were on display, I really liked these old packets of Rick Rack binding. Some of the lovely handmade things on display are created using vintage fabrics and the fairs are great place to source materials for your 'vintage' project.

"The Latest Fashionable Colours"

I found the Rick Rack and this cute toy duck on Cherry's from Merriman's Vintage Jamboree Stall, I really like old wooden toysand think that they make great gifts. (

Vintage Is For Young Ones Too

I held up this slide from a Magic Lantern, the sun shining through the window illuminates it well and brings the vibrant colours to life.

Definitely Pre-Digital

This old pharmacy bottle reminded me of some vintage bottle labels I found at a fair in Kettering many years ago, someone had acquired the fittings, fixtures and everything else from a traditional chemist-apothecary store (I believe that  Claude Manniful (or something similar) had been the proprietor and had been based in Nottingham.

This Bottle Was Emptied Years Ago!

Where once it contained a liquor bearing cocaine it would now look nice cleaned and used as a vase for flowers. A number of the stalls were displaying costume jewellery and items for a lady's dressing table such as these vintage cosmetics.

Eye Shadow In Silver Frosted Green

I also liked these printing blocks, again great for graphic work and poster making.

Great For Displays Or Crafting

We hope you enjoyed yesterday's fair, we will be returning to Olney in August. Tomorrow I will be travelling to Stamford to distribute some posters for our first fair in this beautiful town.

June 2nd - Stamford Arts Centre

Things are set to become very 'jubilatory' over the next three weeks. There are events taking place up and down the country and many will have a jubilee theme.

The Flowers FromYesterday's Fair

In just under two weeks our vintage fair will be back in Northampton, visiting the Spinney Hill for the first time. Here you will find 40 stalls selling the usual mix of original vintage and handmade, all set in the lovely garden of this 1930s built pub.

13 Days To Go!

Again thank you for being part of our fairs and thank you to everyone who has found this blog and become a follower. Hope to see you at one of our fairs soon.


oooh how wxciting - I look forward to visiting the Stamford Fair!
It was a great day! Thanks for all your hard work setting it up.

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