Tuesday, 30 July 2013

List of Vintage, Antique and Collectable fairs for August 2013

Not sure what to do over the summer holidays?  Well there are plenty of vintage, antique and collectable fairs to keep you busy!

First up is Mainwaring's Seaside Brocante at Whitstable.  A great little fair in St Mary's Hall, Whitstable.  Doors open 10am on Saturday 3rd August.  You'll find a huge array of goodies on offer including kitchenalia, decorative antiques and collectables, vintage fabric and clothing plus much more.  Whitstable is a great town to explore with some great fish restaurants and an abundance of vintage and antique shops.  Plus the Oyster festival is on so well worth a visit.

Sunday 4th August sees the first Firle Village Vintage Fair at Firle Cricket Ground just off the A27 on your way to Eastbourne.  Can't wait for this fair as lots of friends will be there with a huge array of vintage loveliness for you plus there's an ice cream van, Prosecco and Bourbon bar and much more.  Doors open 10am.

The Homespun Summer Fair is on Sunday 4th August and doors open 10am.  This fair is held at the Portscatho Memorial Hall in Cornwall and has over 25 stallholders offering a range of wonderful vintage items.

Honiton Textile and Decorative Fair is on Tuesday 6th August at the Mackarness Hall and the doors open at 10am.  There are many antique shops in the area for you to peruse after you've had your fill at the fair.

The Country Brocante is still a firm favourite with many original stallholders as well as new stallholders filling Wisborough Green Village Hall every month.  This month it is on Saturday 17th August and as always doors open at 11am.  The Three Crowns will be there selling their organic lunches and fabulous cakes which you can ea and enjoy by the pond.  A great day out!

Love vintage fashion?  then head to Bethnal Green on Saturday 17th August for The Vintage Kilo Sale.  Held at York Hall in Bethnal Green, doors open at 11am.  Over 10 tonnes of vintage from the 1970s to the 1990s is available and you pay only £15 per kilo.  Advisable to get there early!

Europe's largest Antiques Fair, Newark is on for two days on Thursday 22nd August and Friday 23rd AugustDoors open 9am Thursday and 8am Friday.  A great place to go and rummage but be warned it is HUUUUGE so you'll probably need the two days to do it justiceYou're bound to come away with something you really love :)

The Cotswolds Vintage Fair is being held on Saturday 24th August at Toddington Village Hall.  Doors open 10am.  Lots of great stallholders will be there and you'll find an eclectic mix of vintage and vintage inspired crafts.

This sounds like a wonderful two day event at the beautiful Folkington Manor nestled in the hamlet of Folkington between Lewes and Eastbourne.  The two day event is being organised by Orange Turtle Events and is being open by Antiques expert, Michael Hogben. It is an Antique, Fine Art and Good Living fair.   It starts on Saturday 24th August and tickets can be bought in advance.  Doors open 11am.

This year the Vintage Parade are collaborating with the Arundel festival to create a vintage and retro themed area within the Jubilee Gardens.  They will be there on Friday 23rd August from 10am.  Entry is free and there will be vintage stalls, afternoon tea, hair and beauty and much more.

I am very excited about this fair as I had such a great time at the last one!  The Vintage Bazaar is back in Devizes on Saturday 31st AugustDoors open 9.30am at the Corn Exchange.  A whole host of sellers will be waiting to greet you!

As always please check websites for up to date info.

Happy Hunting :)

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Want to improve your photography skills?

Ever since I started this blog I have used Mark's iphone to take my photos.  Its good but I realised the time had come to upgrade so I can get more professional looking shots and have more control over my picture taking.  It also means I don't have to wrestle Mark for his phone anymore or hear the moans when I need to borrow it!  Biting the bullet, I took the plunge and bought myself a Fuji Finepix X10 from Park Cameras.  I have never had a decent camera so I was like a kid in a sweet shop and couldn't wait to try it out.

I realised that whilst it was all well and good that I had a fancy camera, I actually needed to learn how to use it properly.  This is where I felt Lyndsey James, professional food, product and editorial photographer would be a huge help.  Lyndsey runs photography workshops specifically aimed at Vintage and Craft businesses with a choice of one or two day workshops.

The first day looks at camera skills, the second on styling - both days aimed specifically at people running a craft or vintage business. You don't need a mega expensive camera and the days are suitable for beginners and for the more experienced.

The venue is the fab St Julian's just outside Sevenoaks - easy to get to off the A21 and only 10 mins from junction 5 of the M25 on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th August 2013

More details and booking forms can be found at the address below.


Click on each workshop to read more about it, see prices etc, and at the bottom can click 'book now' button which takes you to a booking form. You simply select Sevenoaks and check the boxes next to the workshops you want to attend. If you attend both there is a reduced price of £230 for in total for the two days, but you can just do one.

Places are limited but there are a couple left on the Sevenoaks workshop which is the one I will be doing.  If its something you'd like to learn or improve then do seriously consider booking, it will be a great couple of days with like minded people.

You can also find Lyndsey on Facebook

Looking forward to meeting a few fellow vintage nuts on the course!

Friday, 5 July 2013

List of Vintage, Antique and Collectable Fairs in July 2013

Saturday 6th July is Judy's at Spitalfields.   Doors open at 11am at Old Spitalfields Market where you'll find clothing, furniture, homewares, accessories and much more.

First Sunbury Antiques Fair  of the month Tues 9th July.  Doors open 6.30am.  Free entry and free parking.

Pop-Up Vintage is back at the Adastra Hall, Hassocks on Saturday 13th July.  Doors open 10.30am

Saturday 13th July also sees the Vintage and Handmade Jumble at The Village Hall, RangeworthyDoors open 10am and you are bound to find a bargain or two.  Fantastic goods at great prices.

I love the Darling Buds of May so when I saw that there was a vintage fair and classic car show at the Farm where it was filmed, I had to include it! Darling Buds Farm Classic car show is on Sunday 14th July. Doors open 10am. Tickets are £12 per car in advance and there is a farmers market, vintage fair, Pop Larkin's yellow Rolls Royce and so much more.  Definitely going to try and get to this, sounds like a great day out for all the family.

Epsom Racecourse is the location for the Epsom Racecourse Antiques and Collectors Market on Tuesday 16th JulyDoors open 9am

The Sussex Country Brocante is back on Thursday 18th JulyDoors open at 11am and there are 30 stalls with all sorts of loveliness for you to peruse

Brighton Racecourse Antiques and Collectors Fair is on Saturday 20th July.  Doors open 8am.

Detling International Antiques and Collectors Fair is held on Saturday 20th July and Sunday 21st July.  Doors open at 8.30am for trade and 10am for public

Sunday 21st July sees the Whitstable Castle Vintage, Retro and Antique FairDoors open 9.30am and Whitstable is a lovely seaside town to enjoy afterwards.  Make sure you try some oysters!

Johnny Love June's Vintage and Handmade Fair is back at the Shoreham Centre on Sunday 21st July.  Doors open at 1pm.

Ardingly Antiques and Collectors Fair, the largest in the South East with over 1000 stalls is back for its two day event on Tuesday 23rd July and Wednesday 24th JulyDoors open 9am Tues and 8am Wed.

The Cuckfield Vintage Emporium is on Friday 26th July and doors open 11am.

The Last summer Vintage and Very Nice Market Bazaar is on Sat 27th July at The Assembly Rooms, Chichester.  Doors open 10am.  They even have a clairvoyant!

Sunday 28th July is the Country Vintage and Artisan Bazaar in the Surrey village of Ripley at the Ripley Village HallDoors open at a very respectable 11am.

Fontwell Park Antiques and Collectors Fair is on Sunday 28th July and doors open 9am

Final Sunbury Antiques Market of the month is on Tuesday 30th JulyDoors open 6.30am.

Remember to check the websites of the fairs for up to date info on opening times etc and as always if there are any fairs you would like mentioned just let me know.

Happy Hunting!