Friday, 30 November 2012

Getting ready for the Vintage and Handmade Fair

 As I said in my last post, I am going to have a stall at the Vintage and Handmade Fair at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall this Sat 1st Dec.  I have never ventured to the Cotswolds as a seller so I'm not too sure what to take with me. I will be taking my usual mixture of french faded loveliness plus a few new bits that I've found on my travels.  I have noticed that I've had a different buying head on now for some time and am no longer looking for things just for me.  I'm trying to see and hear what the buyers want too and whilst I still love everything I've bought, I may not have previously bought it.

Below are some finds that I bought a couple of weeks ago and which will becoming with me tomorrow.  My favourite is definitely the old shooting game.  I love the colours, the style, everything!

lots of lovely things!
Love this!
Old shooting game
Although I do quite like the 1920s skittles too

Old skittles with original ball and box
Old skittles

and the boudoir cushions

French boudoir cushions
In fact, why don't I just say I like it all!

Little cat to add to my collection
French bloomers with gorgeous trims
Sweet little baby clothes which were hard to resist
 I also went out a couple of Sundays ago to the boot sale and came back with some really pretty items but I think I will be keeping them until next year as they are very 'springlike' and don't really fit in with the Christmas theme!

1950s hat and forget-me-not bowl and jug
Peg doll book to go in my Florence Upton Collection

This next item I actually got from France and it is a lace making cushion.  The thing I love about it is the fact that it comes in its original box with the original pins, bobbins and lace patterns.  It needs a bit of restoration but I think its really fab.

Lace making cushion
Original pins and bobbins
Original box
We then have a vintage pink scooter made in Germany.  I bought this in the summer but just don't have the room for it anymore so sadly it will have to go.  I thought it fitted in very well with these other items so I will be saving them all for the spring fairs.
Vintage pink German scooter
Vintage pink German scooter
Finally something that I thought were really interesting are these 1930s, handpainted lampshade designs, all original on vellum paper.  I've never seen anything like them and I just thought they were charming.
Handpainted 1930s lampshade designs
Handpainted 1930s lampshade designs
Handpainted 1930s lampshade designs
The hardest thing about this job is parting with things.  I always seem to become very attached and find it hard to part with the items.  I think its because I buy what I love and i know that I probably won't find another like it.  I'm just glad I started this blog so I can have a quiet moment looking at the photos and enjoying them all over again!

Have a great weekend everyone and I hope I see you tomorrow from 10am at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall for the Vintage and Handmade Fair. xx


  1. Lovely, lovely things.. see you in the morning! x

  2. Hi Fi,I love the lace making set,I ve always been fascinated with the bobbins xxx

    1. I love the lace making set too! I got it from France and I think the box must have got wet at some point as its a bit tatty but it just makes me love it more.
      Someone did tell me that it takes about 5hours to make an inch of lace, don't think I'll be trying it out anytime soon! xx