Thursday, 12 September 2013

Some Vintage Finds & Saturday's Fair At St Matthew's

No 14 The Hen And Her Chicks

This lovely vintage school print arrived through the post a couple of days ago. I always look out for them wherever I go because I like them so much, they look great in an old frame. Some are more sought after than others and many of them are very colourful. They look fantastic when hung anywhere in the 'vintage home', the subjects they cover are so diverse that there will be at least one for every room in the house.

Vintage Open Day At the Derngate Theatre

I had a stall at last Saturday's 'Vintage Open Day' at the Derngate in Northampton which had been organised to celebrate the opening of 'To Sir With Love'. Members of the cast, in costume, took time to have a look around and perform an exert from 'Brief Encounter'. Vicky from the 'Nostalgic Kitchen' also had a stall (Vicky will be having a stall with us at the Market Harborough Vintage fair in October). I was too late to join the Lindy Hop class lead by Kris and Natalie however we chatted and hopefully they will be joining us at a fair soon so be prepared to get your dancing shoes on.

Vintage Place Settings

The three 'crinoline ladies' also landed on the  hall floor yesterday (another find on Ebay), they are napkin holders from the 1930s, the large one indicated who was 'head of table'. Crinoline ladies feature in many home crafted designs from the 30s, often adorning mirrors or crumb trays. I find it fascinating that such things have survived through the years and I am very glad that they have. Many people were following designs and patterns provided by crafting magazines from the period.


Good Needlework 1930

We found this copy of Good Needlework several years ago and then some years later we found the tea cosy shown on the cover, the pattern was available by mail order through the magazine.


Pattern Perfect

The cosy was perfectly realised and has survived the years without a blemish and now rests in a cupboard in our kitchen.

'Stop Me And Buy Me'

These cute cards have taken pride of place on the shelves in our kitchen, many thanks to Cherry from Merriman's Vintage Jamboree who sent then to me yesterday. Cherry will be having a stall at the fair on Saturday at St Matthew's in Northampton.

The Doors Open At 11am

It is always nice when the fair returns to St Matthew's as we consider the place our 'home', it was where we held the first Northampton Vintage Fair back in 2009. St Matthew's is a wonderful stone built church which dates from the late 19th Century, built in the Neo-Gothic style the church contains a wonderful sculpture of The Madonna by Henry Moore and a painting of the Crucifixion by Graham Sutherland. The church will open on the day of the fair as part of Northampton's Heritage Weekend. The fair takes place in the Parish Centre which is situated behind the church, a short walk through the pretty garden.

St Matthew's - 27A The Drive Northampton NN1 4RY

The fair will start at 11am and tea and homemade cakes will be available. The stalls will be inside so the weather will not be an issue however if the sun is shining there will be some additional stalls outside on the lawn.

The Northampton Vintage Fair
Saturday 14th September

Take care and hope to see you at the fair on Saturday.

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