Sunday, 24 March 2013

A Very Snowy Northampton

'Vintage in the Park'  23rd March 2013

I will be blogging about 'Vintage in the Park' later this evening. Despite the truly awful weather we had a brilliant day - thank you to all stall holders, customers and everyone else who has helped and supported us.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Three Hens, A Few Shires & 'Vintage in the Park'

 Just In Time For Easter

This colourful lady quickly made herself at home after being rescued from the Cath Kidston outlet in   St Neots last Saturday.
The adventure began mid-morning when I called into our local Italian deli and tea-room (it is well worth a visit ).

Lovely Pastries - Traditional Italian Treats

I spotted the cakes as soon as I walked in and ordered a cup of Earl Grey and soon found myself enjoying an eclair filled with fresh chocolate custard. I  noticed a very cute pair of salt and pepper pots sitting on the table (turning them over revealed their origin) and a quick chat with the friendly proprietor Adriana set the plan in motion.

Hens & Vintage

I left shortly afterwards and contacted the store and arranged to pick up the last remaining pair of hens later that afternoon. It was bitterly cold outside when we drove over to Cambridgeshire but when we arrived the shop was warm and very busy, hardly surprising as the place is full of great bargains for Cath Kidston fans. 

The Italian Shop Northampton -  52 Ashburnham Road

On Tuesday we set off for 'Bargains of Yesteryear' which take place in Nuneaton in Warwickshire, we arrived late and were really pleased when we found a lovely old Ludo set. 

Spears Games (30s or 40s)

Next we headed over to Hinckley in Leicestershire to visit Vintage Treasures, a must see destination for lovers of original vintage homewares, the pretty shop is full of well chosen original vintage pieces and has been deservedly nominated for this years Homes & Antiques Awards.

Vintage Treasures - 5A The Lawns Hinckley

The owner Carole sources pieces from the UK, France and beyond and will be selling with us when we visit Leamington Spa in April.

Vintage Treasures - Kitchenalia & Ceramics 

Part of the appeal of  many original vintage wares is that they are still entirely functional. This lovely french enamel washing set set would look great in a vintage utility room.

French Enamel From Vintage Treasures

We left with some lovely finds especially this little "Blue Bird" Toffee tin from the 40s which bears the inscription "Take the Home Sweet Home".

A View Of Old England

It has been such a long winter that  glimpses of summer offered by these old books meant that they had to return home with us too.


A Must For Suburban Gardens

Chrysanths, Pinks and Sweet Peas were very popular flowers during the 30s and 40s, they are easy to grow, create a nostalgic feel in any garden and look great in a vase.


Mums & Pinks

Wednesday morning arrived and so did our delivery of Pretty Nostalgic magazine, it will be available at 'Vintage in the Park'.

Pretty Nostalgic - Available at 'Vintage in the Park'

I called into Antiquities later in the day, it is a smart little shop with friendly staff who were happy to display our poster in their window, it is situated in the town centre area of Northampton.

Antiquities - 45 St Giles Street - Northampton

We are busy preparing for 'Vintage in the Park', our special Easter Vintage Fair which is taking place next week in Abington Park Museum in Northampton.

'Vintage in the Park' Is Listed!

Alice, who joined us at the Vintage Jumble in January will be with us again, subscriptions to the popular magazine will be available (as will the opportunity to get your photo taken and perhaps appear on Homes & Antiques website). Tea and cakes will be available in an 'old style' tea-room and the stalls will be set out all around the museum.

See You At The Fair

Best wishes and see you at the fair.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

A Stroll In The Park & The Charm Of Old Postcards

The Church & Abbey (Early 1900s) - Abington Park
(image courtesy of Northampton Borough Council, Museums & Art Gallery)

Yesterday I visited the lovely old abbey in Northampton's Abington Park. The abbey and grounds were bequeathed to the town by local heiress Lady Wantage during the last years of the 19th Century and the abbey began it's life as a museum in 1899.  Elizabeth Bernard who died in 1670 is buried in the Church in the park, she was one of William Shakespeare's grandchildren and proved to be last of his direct descendants. I like the bright colours of the Edwardian postcard which shows the abbey, it is part of the museums collection.

The Cobbled Court Yard - Abington Abbey
(image courtesy of Northampton Borough Council, Museums & Art Gallery)

There is a pretty cobbled courtyard set in the middle of the abbey which we will set up with old style tea tables when the fair visits the museum for 'Vintage in the Park' on 23rd March. The stalls will be set out amongst the many rooms and along the corridors in the museum. It is a unique and charming building that will be both a quirky and interesting setting for our vintage fair.

The Gothic Hall - Abington Museum
(image courtesy of NBC)

The fair will be set out both upstairs and downstairs, a sturdy old staircase leads the way.

Abington Museum -The Staircase
(image courtesy of NBC)


I think the museum will prove to be a great home for the day in part because so much of what is displayed is of interest to people who appreciate 'vintage style'. 

Abington Museum - The Cottage Room
(image courtesy of NBC)


The park has always been popular with the people of Northampton and is a lovely place to walk, picnic and rest in the sun. The flower walk still leads from the 'pleasure lake' up towards the church and museum, much as it has done for the past 110 years. 

The Flower Walk - 1930s
(image courtesy of NBC)

The park should be full of spring colour when we arrive in a few weeks time, the daffodils planted in huge drifts are in bud and a little warmth will bring about a riot of yellow just as the fair will bring a burst of colour to the old building.

Daffodils 

This old school poster is so fitting for this time of year!


'Vintage in the Park' - Saturday 23rd March

When I visited yesterday I was taken back by the first warm day of the year, the museum looked beautiful in the afternoon sun, the mellow stone and darkened windows brought out of their hibernation. The museum is Grade 1 Listed and remains closed to the public during the winter months which made walking around it feel even more special. I arrived armed with lots of posters for the many windows and particularly enjoyed crawling through a huge shelving unit which was stacked high with beautiful pieces of aged leather luggage - a vintage dream! I opened aged shutters that were closed when the museum was put to rest in September, the sun burst in for a moment and I imagined what it will look like on the day of the fair.

The Museum Under The March Sun In 2013


If you look very closely you might just be able to spot one of our posters in the window, during the time that I was there putting them up I noticed that they were attracting a lot of attention.

Listed In Only The Best Magazines!

Alice will be with us and it will be possible to subscribe to the UKs most popular antiques magazine, I am pleased to say that Vintage in the Park will be listed and will be featured on the Home & Antiques website.

I do hope that you will be able to come along and help welcome Easter.
Abington Park is situated about one mile from the centre of Northampton and is well served by public transport.

See you at the fair and if the weather is good bring a picnic, you will make friends with a squirrel in no time at all.