Monday, 29 October 2012

Nipping Around The Shires And My Latest Finds

30s Style

I have been busy preparing for the forthcoming fairs in Market Harborough and Olney. This involves the very enjoyable process of visiting vintage shops and other places of interest, not to mention too many cafes for non-essential sustenance usually in the form of a cream tea. The glamourous profile of the 30s lady is from a chocolate box found in Dollymix Vintage (which you can find in The Lanes in Leicester).

Dollymix Vintage In Leicester

I also visited the outlying market towns of Hinckley and Lutterworth and headed straight for the lovely Vintage Treasures. I had arrived in Hinckley on market day and I meandered through the busy stalls selling traditional market goods on my way to a shop that I have wanted to visit for quite a while.

Vintage Treasures - 5 The Lawns Hinckley

The shop is run by Carole and is full of lovely individual items and well composed collections, the vintage kitchenalia and French cuisinerie were particularly impressive. I spotted a bright and cheerful floral print in a lovely 50s frame but it had been sold! (to one very lucky customer).

Lovely English & French Kitchenware At Vintage Treasures

If you are ever near Hinckley I really do recommend you visit, alternatively there is a comprehensive website and online shop,

Vintage Luggage At Vintage Treasures
I really like vintage luggage, particularly pieces from the 40s and 50s, its great for display and looks great on the platform.

A Cabinet Of Vintage Treasures
Ceramics from the 50s are becoming increasingly popular, I particularly like designs which feature yachts or the sets containing six different coloured cups and saucers.

A Case Of Polish Dollies
After a much needed cup kindly provided by Carole I headed back to Market Harborough as I had a few more posters to put up and soon found myself nestled in a corner of Joules Yard for a tasty and very filling lunch.

Joules Eating House - Market Harborough

The walls of Joules are decorated with over-varnished vintage music scores, it's a great place to meet, shop and eat. The popular Joules clothing have a shop next door, they do sell some nice sleeveless Fair Isle sweaters for gentlemen.

5th Market Harborough Vintage Fair

After a short time 'postering' I drove to the villages to the north of Harborough and found a very pretty pub called The Bell Inn, the very well kept garden was impressive, the borders full of soft white bush roses all of equal hight, set against the deep red of the creeper-clad walls.

The Very Pretty Bell Inn - East Langton Leicestershire

I resolved to return for lunch at a later date and continued to nearby Thorpe Langton where I found this 
very interesting telephone-box with shelves full of paper-backs.

The Local Library

The idea of sharing books in this way is not new but it is only the second time that I have found such a resource, your efforts, who ever you are, are admirable.

It Would Be Nice If Every Community
Had One Of These
It reminded me of what I had read about the famous free bicycles dispersed over Amsterdam (early 70s I think), something quite distinct from the modern day machines presented by the current mayor of London.

Great For Display Or Spaghetti

The sky overhead was solid grey as I headed back towards Northampton, I had just enough time to call into the newly opened Kibworth Antiques Centre (more about this in a later post as our friend Vicky from the Nostalgic Kitchen has a unit there). I found this old sweet jar which stands about 14 inches tall which returned home safely with me.

Getting Ready For Olney

The following day I set off for Olney in Buckinghamshire and visited some of the lovely villages set in the area where the three shires of Northampton, Bedford and Buckingham meet. I will be posting about my visits to the Olney area in a later post.

Saturday 3rd November 11am-4pm

We are looking forward to returning to the lovely Three Swans Hotel for the 5th Market Harborough Vintage Fair. See you at the fair.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Sunday's Fair In Buckingham

My Favourite Picture From The Day

On Sunday we gathered at the Old Town Hall for the 2nd Buckingham Vintage Fair. The ballroom was transformed into a vibrant vintage market place full of stalls selling some lovely original pieces. I am slightly embarrassed to say that my favourite picture actually is of a book I had taken along and placed on a friend's stall. I realised when I opened it to rest in on the loom chair that it contained some very decorative plates depicting coiffure and hair styling from the 30s (along with detailed instructions for each look). At the end of the day I felt very relieved when I discovered that it had not been sold. I do not like to split books but I am tempted to frame the plates passe-partout, they would make a great set for a vintage salon.

"The Art And Craft Of Hairdressing"

I left for Northampton while it was still dark and drove through the fog which hung over the surrounding farmland arriving in Buckingham just after 7am. Several hours of frenzied activity later  on the part of the stall holders and myself and the fair doors were opened.

Part Of The Sales Room

The staircase leading up to the sales room was decked in bunting and was was decorated with the posters for the forthcoming fairs in Market Harborough and Olney which are taking place in November. The fair was also supporting Image Magazine's Vintage Ball. Image magazine lists events in Northants and Bucks and we are very happy that our fairs are included.

Friday 12th October

Here is a link to Image's Facebook Page, the Vintage Ball is supporting two charities and should be great fun,

Roger Moore (The Saint)?

Just as I do not like to tear books apart for the sake of some nice prints for the wall I am also cautious about using 'kitsch' as and adjective, although clearly the style of this annual is very much at variance with what have become the prevailing images of 1967, the year of the first 'summer of love'. 

Vintage Kitchenalia

Kitchenalia (here from the 'Nostalgic Kitchen') is always very popular at our fairs an the pieces are great for the 'vintage home'. At the Buckingham fair the tea and cakes are served in an ante-room which provided a relaxing space from the hubbub of the sales room.

Tea And Cake In Style 

The very nice proprietors of Bartletts of Buckingham Coffee Shop came along to have a look around the fair, Bartletts is adjacent to Buckinham's landmark Old Gaol Museum, I always call in for tea, Earl Grey of course, whenever I am in town.

DoYou Remember Slides

I  treated myself to this neat little projector which came with its own case, only one problem, I do not have any slides! I shall investigate whether it is still possible to buy (and have processed) colour transparency film.

Vintage Colour From Ladybird Grove

The fair will be returning to Buckingham three times next year, we had a great time and love visiting. I will be blogging again soon as we have two fairs to look forward to next month. 

Best wishes and see you soon.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Getting Ready For The Fair On Sunday

This Is Where We Will Be On Sunday

This is an old postcard showing the Town Hall in Buckingham, I am guessing the original picture was taken during the 40s/50s. The scene today has changed very little which is something that I am very happy to report. Perhaps the modern sprawl of Milton Keynes just a few miles down the road was the saving of a very pretty characterful town.

The Old Town Hall - October 2012

I visited Buckingham today to get a few things ready for the Vintage Fair which is taking place in the Old Town Hall on Sunday. The pale blue sign which is just about visible to the side of the entrance will hopefully be getting the attention of the good people of Bucks.

This Sunday - The Doors Open At 11

The Town Hall is really easy to find as it is situated in the middle of town and there is plenty of free parking on a Sunday. The postcode for those of you using satnav is MK18 1NJ. Although the town has all modern amenities it retains the charm of a bygone age. The fair takes place in the large ballroom upstairs in the Old Town Hall which you will find by walking up the sweeping staircase.

The 2nd Buckingham Vintage Fair

When we held the first fair in Buckingham back in April we had a great day, a lot of people came along on the day and we received some great feedback about the quality and range of stalls. Our fairs always have a large proportion of stalls displaying original vintage homewares from the 30s-60s: textiles, kitchenalia, prints, toys, ceramics, costume jewellery and ephemera are always very popular. We always have a good range of stalls selling handmade giftware and items for the home, made from vintage fabrics or inspired by original designs. Specialist vintage fashion stalls (including handbags!) are also very popular and are becoming a regular feature at our fairs as are items of upcycled furniture which are very affordable.

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Whether you are new to 'vintage' or one of our established followers you will find a warm welcome, some great stalls  and tea and cake waiting for you on Sunday. Best wishes and see you at the fair.