On Saturday morning we visited our first car-boot sale of the season at Holcot. When we arrived (half an hour before the published opening time) we found that hundreds of people were already rummaging through the many stalls. It appeared that half of Northamptonshire had similarly decided to make the most of the morning sun in their hunt for bargains.
|A Mixed Bag Of Vintage|
Despite the crowds we managed to find quite a few bits and pieces which I arranged in the garden when we returned home. It was a long overdue return to car-booting made possible by the lovely July weather.
I really liked these old 'pie-crust' garden pots and returned with nine of them along with an old galvanised watering-can and seed packet, perfect for the 'vintage garden'.
|Rosa Benjamin Britten|
The roses are resting on a tired but pretty wooden box which is nearly two hundred years old, the man who sold it to me was a bit concerned when, in response to his query about whether I was a furniture restorer, I told him I would probably paint it.
|A Pile Of 1930s Prints|
Which is exactly what I did the with the old chair as soon as we returned home, covering the old wood with a shade of verdigris named 'Florence'. The prints also returned home with us, I am now on the look-out for some suitable frames.
|We Have Not Seen Rain For A While|
I particularly liked this picture of friends sheltering from the rain (which is something I hope we do not have to do next week at the July Jumble).
|A Mixed Bag Of Vintage|
The pretty dressing-table clock, 78s and Chad Valley chess pieces are also from the car-boot and the little case is from Vintage French Finds which we called into on the way back into Northampton.
|Garden Flowers & Peacock Feathers|
The peacock feathers are also from Vintage French Finds and the peonies and roses were picked from our garden.
The flower booklets were picked up at the Market Harborough fair back in February, I thought I might have to use them to brighten up another miserable summer but how wrong I was, July has brought a very welcome (and long overdue) heatwave.
|Vintage Flowers (It is a biscuit tin)|
June was a great month for peonies and roses, the flowers have lingered beautifully giving time for lavender, lilies and gladioli to displace them seemlessly. Bunches of summer flowers were widely used as a decorative theme both in manufactured wares and home-crafts, tins covered in flowers look nice on a shelf and are a great way to store all sorts of things.
I wonder if the ladies and girls who embroidered these flowers many years ago had any idea that their work would be sought after some eighty years later.
|More Biscuit Tins!|
We have quite a few of them dotted around
I hope the roses in our gardens can hang on a little longer as it is only one week to go until the Vintage Jumble takes place at St Matthews in Northampton. The fine weather is set to continue so it should be a very pleasant day as there will be stalls both inside the hall and outside on the lawn.
|St Matthew's 27A The Drive Northampton NN1 4RY|
St Matthew's has a lovely large garden surrounded by a wall making it a lovely place to have a picnic whilst looking through all the stalls. St Matthew's is situated in the Kingsley area of Northampton and cannot be missed as the spire is very tall and can be seen from miles away. The church itself has a notable choral tradition and contains a wonderful Madonna by Henry Moore.
It will be the fourth Vintage Jumble, they take place twice each year in January and July. There are always lots of bargains and a great fun atmosphere whilst holding onto the nostalgic ambience of our vintage fairs. Tea and homemade cakes will be served in the 'old style' tea-room or outside on the grass.
|See You At The Jumble|
For the truly dedicated followers of 'jumbling' there is another taking place on the same day just a few miles away at Station 109 in Rushden. I have blogged about Station 109 before and love to visit to browse through all the wonderful things from the 1940s.
I have also set the date for the next January Jumble (our first fair of 2014).
|A Vintage Start To The New Year|
See you at the Jumble!