Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Homes & Antiques, The Nostalgic Kitchen And A Trip To Leicester

The Nostalgic Kitchen at Kibworth

Yesterday I drove up to Leicestershire to put up a few posters for the forthcoming Vintage Fair in Market Harborough. My first stop  saw me popping in to  Kibworth Antiques Centre to have a look at Vicky's Nostalgic Kitchen

Everything You Need For The Perfect Vintage Kitchen

Vicky regularly has a stall at our fairs and will be with us on 2nd February at The Three Swans in Harborough. Some of our stall holders including Vicky are featured on the homepage of Homes & Antiques magazine, the photos were taken by Alice who joined us at the Vintage Jumble last week.

Homes & Antiques Go Jumbling

Alice, who is an ambassador for Homes & Antiques will be joining us again for our special Easter Vintage Fair in Northampton, 'Vintage in the Park'.

See You In The Spring

If you do not want to wait until the end of March you can find the fair on it's travels around the shires.

Saturday 2nd February

We will be in Market Harborough at the beginning of February before moving on to Olney for 9th February.

Saturday 9th February

We will then have a break for a few weeks before travelling over to the other side of Bucks to the lovely Old Town Hall in Buckingham for the first Sunday in March.

Sunday 3rd March

I will return to my trip to Leicestershire! After Kibworth I drove up to the Clarendon Park area of Leicester to visit a couple of shops I found last summer to have a snoop around.

Stuff - 245 Clarendon Park Road

There is always something interesting to find inside Stuff, the place is full of all sorts of furniture, garden statuary and curios. I chatted to the friendly proprietor before heading around the corner to 
Vintage Utopia (which unfortunately was closed as Tuesday is auction day in Leicester).

Vintage Utopia - Montague Street

I called into Joules in Market Harborough for lunch on my way back to Northampton, the quiche contained ham so I went for a veggie breakfast although by then it was early afternoon. I was glad to be home before dark because I wanted to take some photos of some recently acquired vintage hairdressing equipment.

Puma Clippers 

I found the clippers in a charity shop in Northampton, they are really well made and are apparently quite collectable. Puma hairdressing products were made in Germany, I think the clippers are from the 1930s. I have tried them and they work perfectly although I now have to go for a cut to make good the mess I have made.

Vintage Barbering

The clippers are an ideal partner to this razor which a neighbour gave to me last week, the same gentleman gave me a lovely copy of "The Art & Craft of Hairdressing" a few months ago, I am waiting for the snow and ice to melt to say "thank-you", because then I am sure I will catch him waking his dog past our home.

Vintage Ponies In The Snow

These horses decorate a lovely tin we found in our local vintage shop, if the extremely cold weather persists (the Daily Mail is 'talking up' temperatures of minus 20 degrees), we might find all sorts of rural creatures venturing into town in their search for food, wild ponies probably not but perhaps the odd partridge.

Best wishes to everyone and see you soon.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Saturday's Jumble - A Great Start To The Year

Welcome To The Jumble

On Saturday we gathered at St Matthews in Northampton for our opening event of the year - the Vintage Jumble. The January Jumble is becoming so popular that I think it has already become a bit of a tradition, despite it being only the second time it has happened. Thank you to everyone who helped make it such a great day.

One Of Stalls At The Jumble
The bitterly cold weather which we have 'enjoyed' for the last week certainly did not deter all the lovely fans of vintage who arrived en masse on Saturday. The stalls looked great, they were piled high with vintage bargains and the sales rooms were literally full of people browsing and buying.

All The Fun Of The Jumble

It was great to see that a queue had formed at the door and I did feel for the people waiting patiently outside as I knew how cold they felt (I had been out at 7am putting up bunting around St Matthews Church - it was freezing then and hardly any warmer by mid-morning). 

Thank You To Everyone Who Came Along

Once again there was a great atmosphere around the Jumble (despite some last moment music problems - my old Ipod finally decided to retire - which lead to a scramble for cds) and people seemed very pleased with their finds.

Alice from BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine had a stall with us at the Jumble and will be joining us again on 23rd March for 'Vintage in the Park', a special Easter Vintage Fair taking place in the Grade 1 listed Abington Park Museum in Northampton. I will have more to say about this event in a later post.

Another Stall From The Jumble

Textiles are always well represented, particularly embroidered linens and 40s/50s fabrics, I particularly liked this small collection of 60s blankets with bold geometric designs.

60s Blankets (At Brilliant Prices)
I also spotted quite a few pretty old woollen rugs, they are usually quite small, a little larger than a contemporary bathroom mat, which makes them ideal to place in front of an open fire if you have a dog at home - let your pooch relax in vintage style. We use them around our home (and so does our Beardie!).

Vintage Wool Rugs - The Perfect Retreat For Your Pet
I have to admit that once again I contrived to leave it far too late to go around taking photos - thank you to everyone who forwarded some pictures from the day after my 'appeal for help' on Facebook.
Once again thank you for helping to make the Jumble a very enjoyable day.

Our Next Destination

We look forward to seeing you in Market Harborough on 2nd  February.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Vintage French Gifts & The Vintage Jumble

Marseille In The 50s

We received this lovely tin as a present for Christmas, it shows the scene on a busy quay in 50s Marseille just after the catch was landed. The tin itself journeyed from France to Scotland and happily ended it's travels under our Xmas tree.

Berets, Caps, Crew Necks & Smocks
I have always liked everyday images that capture some sense of the style of a moment in time, the utilitarian dress of these fishermen could easily be adopted today (there is a nice sky blue shetland crew neck in the Joules sale to start the outfit). I like to refer to films that similarly capture the essence or the 'look' of the time, the closest I got to 1950s  Marseille is A Bout De Souffle (1960).

December 1953

We found this Christmas edition of The Practical Householder when we gathered in Olney for the last fair of 2012. It has a step-by-step guide to painting an iron bath with enamel paint, following the instructions provided would have seen the task completed in six days, ideal for anyone who likes to live the 'period' lifestyle on the domestic front and who does not mind investing in a zinc tub to use as an interim solution.

Not Advised!

Probably much less practical than having a bath out of action for a week and certainly more dangerous would be the guide to colouring incandescent bulbs using shellac and aniline dyes, the recipe sounds like a health and safety nightmare and involves dipping 'burning' bulbs into a lacquer.

60s Hygena Cabinet

I recently completed work on a cabinet I collected from Hinkley a few months ago, the doors are painted in Primrose yellow, inside one of the doors is a metal compartment for storing bread and there are integral measuring scoops for flour and sugar.

Home Baking In Here Please

Another addition to our home arrived just before Christmas in the form of an old trunk. Apparently these are being used as coffee tables but I think it looks better sitting in a corner.

Vintage Voyageur

The case belonged to Major Graham (with perhaps links to Newbury) and the old luggage labels reveal visits to exotic places. We found the trunk in the Antiques Centre in Olney and had only been brought in to the shop a few hours earlier.

Another Connection To Marseille

We also found this lovely decorative French tin in Vintage French Finds, a new vintage shop in Northampton which I mentioned a few weeks ago, also taking home a lovely large pressed-glass vase which is still full of the lilies which we filled it with on Christmas morning.

Inside There Is A Little Mirror

The unintentional 'french' theme that has gathered it's own momentum as I write is going to be further reinforced by these cute vintage Perrier glasses again from Vintage French Finds.

Summer - We Are Waiting

The glasses are waiting in a cupboard and will come into their own when the sun is shining. However we do not have to have to wait for summer for some 'vintage warmth', come along to the Vintage Jumble on 12th January. There will be lots of stalls, bargains galore and yummy cakes in the 'old style' tea-shop.

Jumble Fever

Alice from BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine will be having a stall with us and we hope that we will be as busy as when we held the first Vintage Jumble last January, everyone had a super day and there was a marvellous atmosphere in the sales rooms. Start your new year in vintage style and make your way to St Matthew's in Northampton, we have managed to squeeze in twenty-nine stalls so there will be something for everyone.

Saturday 12th January 11am-2pm

Best wishes for 2013 and see you at the Jumble.