Wednesday, 23 October 2013

A Fantastic Day In Leamington & Four Fairs In November

Betty Lou

On Sunday we gathered in the Royal Pump Rooms for the Leamington Spa Vintage Fair. I arrived just a couple minutes after the designated time of 8am and found an 'army' of stall holders waiting for me. The following two hours passed very quickly and before long it was ten o'clock and time for the fair to begin. Just before the start I had a quick walk around the stalls and found a lovely print of "Betty Lou" from the 1930s, many thanks to Debbie for bringing her back from America.

30s Cover Girl

I like the the covers and illustrations in annuals from the 20s and 30s, it is wonderful that they have lasted so long, there are lots in circulation and they are perhaps even more eye-catching now than when they were first printed eighty years ago.

The Main Hall

There is a narrow staircase which leads up to a gallery which allows a great view of the main reception room.

Vintage From Faded White Interiors

The ladies from Faded White Interiors joined us for the first time and their stall in the conservatory looked lovely, I spotted two lovely old frames and was not surprised when I saw someone proudly carrying them away a short time later.

Vintage Glass From Twinset & Pearls
Natural light streams through the windows in the conservatory and sets off glassware and jewellery perfectly.


Handbags, Gladrags, Aprons & Linens
Period accessories and original handbags are always very popular at our fairs.


Steampunk & Silver

The lovely stained glass provided a fantastic back-drop for Roy and Linda's display of jewellery.

Gramophones & Ephemera
The stalls in the main hall were full of original wares and bits and pieces. I brought my gramophone along to the fair but we were so busy that I did not even get the opportunity to wind it up! Many thanks to everyone who came along and especially to those who left their details in order to join the mailing list we have for the fair.

Retro In Pink
The vibrant pinks of this old analogue phone from the 70s really stood out, we use a similar phone at home except it is a shade of mustard yellow rather than hot link. We actually bought the phone when we visited a fair at the Pump Rooms in Leamington several years ago.



Kitchenalia From Vintage Treasures

Carole from Vintage Treasures brought along some nice kitchenalia, Carole has a shop in Hinckley which I always visit when I am in the area. 

Vintage Plastics

The collection of vintage fashion accessories from the 60s and 70s was displayed by David from Paper and Plastics as were the lovely collection of vintage magazines. David regularly has stall when the fair visits Leamington and Market Harborough.

Vintage Paper
The covers of the magazines provide a fascinating insight into the prevailing interests and style of their time.

George VI
This large print of George VI maintained a dignified presence and cast his gaze over the far end of the room, I wonder if the man himself ever visited the Pump Rooms. When I was walking through Leamington I learnt that a large statue of Queen Victoria was moved one inch across its plinth by a Luftwaffe bomb in WWII.

'Plan Your Own Garden'
Brittains Ltd were well known during the early part of the Twentieth Century for their lead figures of soldiers. In the 50s and 60s they diversified and began producing 'toys' made from plastics. We spotted a box of flower beds and tools from their 'miniature garden' range on one of the stalls, the individual pieces are quite collectable so it was great to find a set together.

Saturday 2nd November

Our next two fairs are taking place on consecutive Saturdays starting with Stamford on 2nd November followed by our return to Olney on 9th October.

Saturday 9th November
The fair will then visit St Matthew's in Northampton on 23rd November before visiting Stratford upon Avon for the first time at the end of the month.


Festive Vintage At St Matthews

We hope to see you at one of the fairs, best wishes for a 'vintage November'.

Our First Visit To Stratford

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