Monday, 30 April 2012

Olney And Friends' Fairs

Less Than Two Weeks To Go

I picked up this old chalk board at Carol's Fair in Abington Church Rooms last Sunday. I am going to use for it at the entrance to our fair in Olney on 12th May. The fair is taking place in the lovely stone built church rooms of St Peter & St Pauls.

St Peter & St Paul's Church Rooms
Corner of Bridge Street & Church Street

There is so much happening during the next few months and the 'Jubilee' is will soon be with us. Julia's My Little Vintage is taking place in Earls Barton on 5th May. Here is a link to Facebook page for My Little Vintage Fair,

All Saints Parish Church Hall Earls Barton  11am-3pm

The following Saturday we will be on the road to Olney for our 3rd Fair in this lovely small market town. The fair is taking place just  a few yards from the bustling Market Place.

Vintage & Handmade - Tea & Cakes

Then two weeks later it will be our  Vintage Fair & Jubilee Garden Party, set in the pretty garden of the Spinney Hill Public House in Northampton. 

Celebrate The Jubilee in Vintage Style
Pimm's On The Lawn

So far we have about 40 confirmed stall holders, it will be lovely to see everyone and I am looking forward to meeting the people who will be having a stall with us for the first time.

One Week Later!

The fair will be travelling to Stamford the following Saturday for our first fair in this beautiful town. I will travelling over to Olney and Stamford this week to complete preparations.

Blighty Boutique's Jubilee Special

Lovers of vintage and handmade will not have long to wait for the next event. The very next day after Stamford is the date for Amy's lovely Blight Boutique Jubilee Special Fair over at Hatton Park, here is a link to the blog:

I think it is going to be a very 'vintagey' summer full of lovely fairs and friendly helpful people, hope to see you soon.

Friday, 20 April 2012

A Trip Out To Beds & Bucks And A Return To Blogging

The Market Square In Olney

I suddenly realised that I have not posted for 12 days! The reason being the redecoration of our kitchen that is nearing completion. I started on Easter Saturday and thought I would have it done in a week, I have seen enough of 'Eau De Nil'. I did manage to take a day off to visit Olney and the surrounding area to put up some posters for the forthcoming 3rd Olney Fair.

St Peter & St Pauls Church Rooms
Saturday 12th May 11am-4pm

The fair will be taking place in our new home in Olney, the lovely Church Rooms of St Peter & St Pauls, situated on the corner of Church Street and Bridge Street, just yards from the busy Market Square.  There will be twenty stalls selling original vintage homewares from the 30s-60s, handmade and ephemera. Many of the stalls from the previous Olney Fairs will be there as well as a number of new sellers. Tea and handmade cakes will be served throughout and the music from the 20s-50s will complete the ambience. It is a bit like stepping back in time. The fair will be starting one hour earlier than usual and the doors will open at 11am.

Emmaus In Carlton

Before arriving in Olney I called into Emmaus for a cup of tea, for those of you who have not visited before they have a nice cafe, sell second-hand furniture and electrical items, have a boutique of old clothes and a duck-pond.

Long Necked Runners At Emmaus Village Carlton
The wonderful thing about Emmaus ( is that the whole community is run as a social enterprise supporting people who have previously lived without a home. I left a poster for the Olney fair in the lobby of the cafe, it is a great place for lunch or afternoon tea.

The Poster For The Olney Fair

I visited the Nest at No 9, the ladies who own this lovely shop are always happy to support the fair and I found a lovely birthday card for my daughter. The Nest is well worth a visit for beautiful gifts and vintage and contemporary furnishings and accessories for the home.

The Nest at No. 9 The High Street Olney

I thought the window display looked great, yesterday I listened to someone on Radio 4 asserting that the quality of window displays does not influence sales, however I think the opposite, some shops invite you in and cast their spell on you.

Sorry About The Reflection

I also liked these 'flash cards', found inside the Nest at No. 9, (

V Is For Vintage

Whenever I am in Olney I always call into the Olney Deli which you can find on the Market Square. The proprietors always display our posters and we are very grateful as it is such a busy place. They sell some lovely handmade foods to take away  as well as providing lunches, teas and cakes.

Apple Pie & Jersey Cream

I will be returning to Olney as the date of the fair gets closer, it is a lovely place to visit and I always need very little encouragement to make the short journey down the Bedford Road from Northampton. I left Olney via the road for Milton Keynes and stopped off in Stony Stratford for more 'postering'.

G dad's Collectibles In Old Wolverton

I arrived in G dad's in Old Wolverton ( just before 5pm, thinking my luck was out again as the last time I visited it was a Tuesday, the day they close. I was made to feel welcome and the owners found time to offer me tea, I spotted this collection in one of the cabinets.

Vintage Bottle Stops

I headed back to Northampton looking forward to returning. I will be posting again soon with news about the Olney Fair, The Vintage Festival at Boughton House and other 'vintage' events in the forthcoming months.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Events Update

Saturday 12th May 11am-4pm

Im hoping that everyone is enjoying the Easter break. Although five weeks away I am looking forward to our next fair which is taking place in Olney in May. It will be our first fair in the lovely church rooms of St Peter & St Paul. The venue is situated on the A509 in the middle of Olney,  a very short walk from the bustling Market Square. 

Pimm's, Lemonade & Vintage

Then two weeks later we will be at the Spinney Hill in Northampton. Grace, the manager of the venue, is growing annuals in shades of red, white and blue, which will adorn the garden and provide a lovely setting for the fair. There will be 40 - 50 stalls selling original vintage from the 30s-60s and hand made inspired by vintage. Tea & Cakes and Pimm's & Lemonade will be served on the lawn!

One Week Later

On 2nd June we will be visiting the beautiful town of Stamford in Lincolnshire for the first time. There is sure to be a strong 'jubilee' theme to the fair! 

Best wishes for the remainder of the holiday.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Auction In Rushden This Evening

Station 109 In Rushden

Just a short post to let you know about the auction taken place this evening in Rushden. The event is being organised by by Mick from Station 109, who is a friend of our vintage fairs. Viewing is from 3pm and the sale starts at 6.45pm. There is a telephone number for further information, 01933 419516.

This Evening 5th April
There will definitely be some bargains to be found as many of the lots have no reserve, it should be a good evening.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Easter Greetings And Yesterday's Fair In Buckingham

Easter Greetings
(And Thanks To The Graphics Fairy
For The Image)
Just wanted to send our Easter greetings to everyone who follows and supports the fair. Yesterday we had a great day in the Old Town Hall, home of the 1st Buckingham Vintage Fair. The lovely venue received lots of positive comments from our stall holders and visitors alike.

Inside These Doors And Up A Grand Staircase!

When we arrived at 8.30 some of the stall holders were waiting for the doors to open. There was then about two hours of frenetic activity as the ballroom was transformed into the most colourful display. Everyone was great and entered into the spirit of the day, and met the challenge of the grand staircase fully laden with lots of lovely vintage and handmade. Amazingly by 10.30am all the tables had been prepared, the old style tea shop had been set up, a table of delicious cakes lay waiting and a there was quite a buzz of anticipation throughout the room.

A Lovely Worcester Ware Spice Shelf From
Merrimans Vintage Jamboree

There were some beautiful original vintage items on the stalls, this quilt caught my eye (but not before it had been snapped up by a very happy customer).

Beautiful Roses From Sprig And Cecil

As visitors walked up the stairs to the sales room they were greeted by the sounds of Glen Miller and other 40s favourites. This was our first fair in the market town of Buckingham and we seemed to have raised the interest of the local townsfolk who arrived in good numbers to see what was going on. 

Vintage Luggage Is Always Popular

I saw someone walking across the Market Square with the large trunk.  Textiles and all types of homeware are always popular and have a strong presence in our fairs. 

An Eclectic Mix Of Vintage Wares

As well as stalls selling original vintage we also had a good selection of handmade stalls. I particularly like the gift tags from Vintage Vixen (

Gift Tags From Vintage Vixen

The 'risque glamour' of these tags draws influence from the United States glamour art used in calendars and postcards in the 40s and 50s.

California '55

Clearly in the 50s San Franciscans were quite 'adventourous' in their approach to selling agricultural chemicals!

All In Aid Of Copper Sulphate!

Mohair animals and vintage toys are also very popular, I searched around the room for a toy yacht without luck but did spot this smart little poodle.

Mohair Poodle From The 50s

Our special guest for the day was the sweet little Meg who posed for the camera, she is such a sweet gentle little dog and patiently waited for her owner as we chatted.


I would like to thank everyone who came to the fair, you all played a part in making the day so pleasant, we will definitely be returning to Buckingham in October (if not before!).

Old Tins Have Some Lovely Images

I will be blogging again soon as we begin to prepare for the next fair which is taking place in Olney in May, which will be followed by our Jubilee Vintage Fair & Garden Party at the Spinney Hill in Northampton.

Felt Fishes From 'BuySmallBeans'

Have a good Easter break and see you in Olney on 12th May.