Wednesday, 29 August 2012

A Lovely Tin And The Fair That Wasn't!

A  Family Picnic From The 50s

This sunny scene is from a lovely biscuit tin which I returned home with last Saturday. It was nice to find something so colourful and cheery, especially as we had to cancel the Vintage Fair & Garden Party which was due to take place at the Spinney Hill in Northampton. The pictures on the tin show a family enjoying a holiday in Scotland (so I am guessing it was produced by Crawfords the famous Scottish biscuit manufacturer), they seem to spend all their time having picnics, which is fine by me so long as they found time for afternoon tea! 

A Picnic In The Highlands

I had been watching the forecast all week as had many of our stall holders and it was not a great surprise to find that it had rained heavily during the preceding night. Thunder and lightning had been mentioned and the sky was grey so the decision was made and as many people as possible were made aware that we had cancelled.

Strolling Through The Hills With A Scottie 

I decided to remain at the venue in case people came along unaware that the fair would not be there and I am really glad I did. A very big thanks to Sue and Paul who had already set off for the fair before I cancelled and decided to give it a go regardless, their stall looked great and received lots of attention, I am glad I was shown the tin as I am sure it would have been snapped up by the first person who set their eyes on it.

A Picnic On The Beach

 In the true spirit of 'Keep Calm and Carry On' Amy and Richard from Kakes and Creations were determined that the day would not be lost and set up a lovely looking cake table inside the pub. Hopefully there will be hundreds of people to serve next time you are with us. Kakes and Creations can be contacted through their Facebook page:

A Picnic By The River

It was great meeting and greeting all those who came along although it felt strange having to tell people that the fair was 'off' due to poor weather, which by now was warm and sunny. Forecasting is an inexact matter and so it proved, as we chatted in the sun it became increasingly clear that the rain was going to stay away! It was great to see Zoe and Arthur who have been visiting our fairs right back to when we started, thanks so much for coming along, it was great talking with you and hope to see you soon.

15th September 11am-3pm

Our next fair will be taking place in Northampton at St Matthews in a few weeks time. We hope to see you there.

Friday, 24 August 2012

A Very English Preoccupation

The Umbrellas Of Northampton

As you may know we have arranged a late-summer Vintage Fair & Garden Party which is taking place at the Spinney Hill in Northampton tomorrow. I think many of us are spending this Friday evening with our fingers decidedly crossed in the hope that the rain will stay away tomorrow.

If the weather is poor we may have to cancel which will be such a shame as everyone was so looking forward to tomorrow. To help you avoid making an unnecessary journey if you are intending to come along tomorrow I will post to Facebook around 10am tomorrow to let you know that all is well and that we are going ahead as planned or if we have to sadly cancel. Here is a link to the Fair's Facebook page:

Hopefully see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Vintage Finds And Saturday's Fair At The Spinney Hill

Old Yellow Gloss Frame

We found this old print in a lovely little 'Vintage' shop in Leicester. Old things painted a long time ago in bright yellow gloss, naturally distressed by age, are beginning to gather in our kitchen at home. It started with a small wooden cupboard which we found when we took the fair to Buckingham in April and continued when the fair visited Stamford for the first time in June, when we returned home with a very old and very yellow clothes airer.

A Car Boot Find

The sun was shining on Sunday morning when we headed for the car boot at Rushden and found a nice boxed tea-set from the 30s, decorated with gilt and crinoline ladies and some great magazines from the 30s and 50s. 

Getting Ready For Saturday

I have also taken advantage of the warm weather to get out and do a bit of 'postering', hope you spotted the signs if you went to the car boot at Holcot on Saturday.

Saturday 25th August 12pm - 4pm

The fair will be returning to the lovely Spinney Hill in Northampton on Saturday. We had a great time at the Vintage Fair & Jubilee Garden Party back in June that we just had to return!

The Spinney Hill, Kettering Road, Northampton. NN3 6LR
The fair will be taking place in the pretty garden and there will be homemade cakes as well warm food and a full range of drinks. The pub is very family friendly and children are welcome and there was a great atmosphere back in June. Come along and start your bank holiday in 'vintage style'.

St Matthews Northampton
15th September 11am-3pm
In September the fair will be returning to St Matthews in Northampton for the 9th Northampton Vintage Fair. 

The Image Vintage Ball
Image Magazine, part of the Chronicle & Echo/J-Press group are hosting a Vintage Ball at Whittlebury Hall in October, the event will be supporting Cynthia Spencer House, here is a link for more information:

Best wishes and hope to see you on Saturday.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Yesterday's Fair in Olney

 One Of The Stalls

The 4th Olney Vintage Fair took place yesterday in the pretty Church Hall in Olney. Many thanks to our stall holders, everyone who came along on the day and to everyone who helped to support the fair through blogging and posting.

Kitchenalia Is Always Popular

I would also like to thank Sophie from Sophie Davies Photography who came along to take some photos for us (I would love to be able to claim responsibility for the much improved images in this post but alas I cannot). I really like the tone of the photos, reminds me of the tints of 60s Kodak or early polaroid prints.

Flower Beds In The Market Place

Sophie can be contacted by visiting her website (

A Happy Home Is A Vintage Home

There was a good mix of original vintage homewares, handmade, costume jewellery and ephemera. 
I also saw quite a few pieces of painted furniture being loaded into cars.

Vintage For All Ages - Lovely Images

Old Ladybirds make great gifts, contain super images, look great lined up on a shelf and are a great resource for crafters.

Vintage Textiles

Old fabrics or if you prefer 'vintage textiles' feature strongly at our fairs, the designs, many from the 30s-50s are very colourful and are perfect for many projects such as cushions, shades or display.

My Find Of The Day

I really like this set of red, white and blue bunting, the flags are made of vinyl and the tape is cotton, I would guess it is from the 60s. Here I must admit that the above and following two photos were taken by me and not Sophie!

A Good Display Of  Vintage Kitchen Wares 

As I sit at the door I have the pleasure of welcoming people to the fair, its great to see 'friends of the fair' who regularly come along, it is also nice to have the opportunity to chat with those visiting us for the first time. I spoke with a gentleman from the States who is in the UK and intending to visit the Twinwood Festival before returning home to possibly organise a Vintage Fair across the pond. I do hope that a Glen Miller track was playing as you walked around the fair, best wishes for your 'vintage plans' and thanks for finding our fair and taking the time to come along.

I Have Never Seen One Of These Before
A Lovely Sylko Pin Cushion

I would also like to thank Martin and Lesley for their support in my bid to go to Twinwood on the Bank Holiday Sunday at the end of August, now I know that there are dance classes I am even more eager (I cannot be there earlier as we have our special Vintage Fair & Garden Party at the Spinney Hill the day before on Saturday 25th).
For more information about Twinwood try their website,

Returning To Olney In November

The fair will be returning to Olney in November. Before then you will be able to find us in Northampton (twice!), Buckingham and Market Harborough. Our next event is taking place at the Spinney Hill in Northampton on 25th August, we hope to see you there.

Returning To The Spinney Hill
August 25th 12-4

We hope you enjoy the remaining summer, let us hope that the sun is shining on the 25th!

Friday, 3 August 2012

Getting Ready For Tomorrow's Vintage Fair In Olney

"Lets Go To Olney - The Fair Will Be There"

I spent several hours this afternoon preparing the room for our 4th Olney Vintage Fair which is taking place tomorrow. You will find us in the Church Hall of St Peter & St Paul's, a pretty building made of stone situated on the main road which runs through the centre of Olney. It is a very short walk (30 seconds) from the busy Market Square, walk in the direction of The Olney Wine Bar and Soul's Garage.

St Peter & St Paul's Church Hall
Olney  Church Street  MK46 4AA

The fair will start at 11am although I and the stall holders will be there from much earlier filling the room with all sorts of original vintage from the 30s - 70s and some lovely individual handmade creations. I am going to make a concerted effort to take better photos of the day tomorrow, I am usually busy talking to stall holders and everyone who visits the fair that I neglect the need to record the day.
There might be 'light at the end of the tunnel' as a photographer may be coming along to a fair soon to take some 'publicity shots'.

My Favourite Spot In Olney - The Olney Deli
11 Market Place Olney Bucks

I never visit Olney without calling in to the lovely Olney Deli. I managed to slip away from the Church Hall for a few minutes, as ever I was tempted by the quiche which is the best I have ever eaten but settled for a cream tea as it was mid-afternoon.

Less Than A Day Away

It will be our 4th Fair in Olney tomorrow, we had a lovely day when we were last there in early May, and will be returning in November. It is a lovely town to hold a fair in, the people that come along appreciate the quality of the stalls and the ambience of nostalgia created in the sales room, there are also lots of independent shops to visit and many places to eat.

It Seems A Long Way But It Will Soon Be Autumn

Here is a map showing the situation of the venue and the location of the largest of the free car-parks which is about 3 minutes walk away.

"X" Marks The Spot

We hope you have a safe journey if you are intending to travel to Olney to visit us tomorrow. Your continued support for our fairs is very much appreciated and it is great to see 'friends of the fair' who have been with us from the very start.

See you tomorrow.