Saturday, 12 October 2013

Last Weeks Fair In Market Harborough

 Old Fashioned Single Roses

We had a lovely time last Saturday at the Market Harborough Vintage Fair, as usual our home for the day was the Three Swans Hotel on the High Street. The print of the roses was my favourite find of the day, I would guess it dates from the 20s or 30s.

More Finds At The Fair
We returned home with a very colourful collection including two sweet little chairs chairs and an old 78  ragtime record (which will be premiered at the Leamington Fair next week!). 


Some Of Stalls In The Main Room

The day began with the arrival of the stall holders shortly before nine, the lovely displays pressed into every corner of the sales rooms leaving just enough room for the many people who came along on the day. Many thanks to everyone who helped to make it such an enjoyable and busy day with special thanks to Vicky from the Nostalgic Kitchen and Amy from Amy's Vintage for your help with 'postering'.

Merriman's Vintage Jamboree

Autumnal colours were much in evidence although outside it was an amazingly warm and sunny day which helped to bring out crowds of people looking for vintage treasure. It was lovely to see Cherry from Merriman's Vintage Jamboree and Melissa from Memory Lane Vintage

Memory Lane Vintage

Pretty vintage china is always popular, people often purchase pieces for vintage style weddings or for serving afternoon tea. A point I have made previously and one worth making again I think is that Earl Grey (or whatever your preferred leaf may be) should always be served in a cup, preferably delicate and made of china, although Wood's utility ware is a perfectly acceptable alternative in situations where  china might appear out of place.


Trays seem to be popular again especially the pretty floral ones made from lightweight fibreglass, they can be put to good use when eating your tea in front of bargain hunt!

Vintage Marvells

Rachael of Vintage Marvells stall was full of colour and cheery patterns, the lovely roses print that came home with us was found amongst her box of pictures, Rachael will be joining us again at the Stamford fair in November.

Fred's Perspective
Just before the doors open there is always a last minute flurry of activity as stall holders arrange their final pieces and make last minute tweaks to their display, Fred and Antoinette will also be with us in Stamford.

40s At The The Fair

Members of the Northamptonshire Home Guard arrived and headed for Amy's stall which had a distinctly 1940s feel.

Period Attire from Amy's Vintage

Hats and handbags add the finishing touch to a vintage outfit and are perfect for 40s enthusiasts and lovers of the style.

Many Thanks To Mary, Amy & The Gentlemen Of Northants Home Guard.
Amy and Mary were dressed in 1940s attire, showing just how wearable and wonderfully stylish vintage clothing can be. Amy's Vintage will be joining us again in December when the fair returns for the  Market Harborough Xmas Vintage Fair.

Vintage Linens

Vintage linens are always popular and amazing value for money when you consider how much work goes in to hand embroidered pieces, they look fantastic and cost hardly anything at all.

The Little Guides

I love the style of these 1950s book covers (I think they look like they come from the 30s), this one looks very seasonal with it's russet tones although the fair has no immediate plans to venture into the fair county of Gloucestershire at present. We once visited the famous Robert Opie Museum in Gloucester, the displays of visual advertising and packaging were fascinating.

Retro Shades

1950s and 1960s retro style textiles and ceramics look great in modern homes and are always popular, the designs create impact as they tend to be bright and bold.

1930s Rural Idyl 

This is the picture on the side of a large toffee tin we found, it probably came from a sweet shop where it was used for display as it was quite large.

Pretty Kitsch
This group of dancers from the 50s or 60s were spotted on the cover of a vintage music score, I liked how striking the pink taffeta gowns appear against the dark ground.

1950s Style - Poodle Wool
I loved the cover of this knitting pattern showing hats made from 'poodle wool', British Pathe has a great film clip about this particular yarn, feature a lady knitter taking her pet poodles for a walk by the river in 1956 (I am sure you will be happy to learn that poodle wool does not come from poodles).

Vintage Wedding Style From The USA

This pattern book was sold in Battle Creek Michigan (the home of Kellogg's cereals) about sixty years ago, McCall's patterns are still operational although they have changed with the times.


Sunday 20th October 
We are really looking forward to returning to Leamington Spa next week. The Royal Pump Rooms are  fantastic and there are going to be some lovely stalls set amidst the grandeur of the setting. It will also be our earliest start ever - 10am!

Best wishes and hope to see you at the fair.



























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