Thursday, 13 March 2014

Four Spring Fairs - The Vintage Year Progresses

 From A 1930s Scrapbook

Although perhaps more suggested of early summer I had to start this post with this image of a girl in a pretty bonnet which I found in an old scrapbook which we have at home. I have used the image on the poster for the Northampton Vintage Fair which is taking place in May (by which time it will very nearly be summer).




Welcome To Vintage In The Shires

It has been a while since I have blogged and thought I better mention the forthcoming fairs which will take us through to summer. 
The fair has a Facebook page (where we are known as Vintage in the Shires), the Facebook page is a useful spot for up to date news about the fair and any plans for new events.

The Fair Returns To Stratford

Our next fair will be taking place in the Town Hall in Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 29th March (the day before Mothering Sunday). The Town Hall is situated in the heart of historic Stratford on Sheep Street opposite the famous Garrick Inn. Our stay in Shakespeare's county will be but short as we will be due in Buckinghamshire the following Saturday.

The Olney Vintage Fair

The Olney Fair takes place in St Peter & St Paul's Church Hall. It is our smallest fair however if the weather is kind some stalls will be setting up outside on the forecourt making the fair considerably larger than previous fairs in Olney. Olney itself has some lovely independent shops, great places to eat, a beautiful High Street and some great charity shops for bargain hunters.

 Vintage In Leamington At Easter

The fair will be returning to Leamington Spa on Easter Saturday and our home for the day will be the Royal Pump Rooms which are situated directly opposite the famous Jephson Gardens. Our previous fairs in Leamington have all taken place on Sundays so please note the change of day.

The Fair Returns Home To St Matthew's

May 10th will see the fair returning home to St Matthew's in Northampton (St Matthew's was where our very first fair took place in 2009). There will be stalls inside the hall along with an old style tea-room and if the weather is kind there will also be a vintage market outside on the lawn.

Vintage Easter Wishes

This vintage Easter Egg box appears on the poster for the Leamington Fair, I spent a couple of hours rummaging through piles of prints and turning the pages of old magazines and vintage scrapbooks before I came upon a suitably seasonal picture (it will be Easter Saturday after all).

March Blooms

Hyacinths are in full bloom outside (in such marked contrast to the cold March of last year when they began to flower in April) and have made inroads into the hall at home.

Another Pot In The Hall

Digressing from 'vintage' for a moment I love the scent of Hyacinths and it is lovely to pass by them as I walk up the path to my door (if the same path was covered in ice I would hardly linger and their display would go without my noticing).

A Philmar Dolly

Philmar were a London based company who made a series of colourful cardboard dolls during the 1940s, 'Christine' comes complete with several outfits.

Flat Packed Fun From The 1940s

I have not attempted to find out more about Philmar however my first guess would be that they made a range of flat card dolls which could be used during the 1940s as presents instead of 'real' dolls (which would have been much more demanding of time and materials during a time of austerity and of 'making do and mending'.

We hope to see you at one of the Spring fairs and best wishes for Easter.

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