Sunday, 6 December 2009

Bentley Priory Winter Fair

Yesterday was the Bentley Priory Winter Fair. Deb and I had been invited to have a stall so we were up bright and early with baskets full of vintage goodies. Bentley Priory is the home of the Battle Of Britain museum and was where fighter command were based. It is a lovely old house with lots of character.

I loved the stained glass windows and the wonderful chandeliers.

Outside was looking very festive with Christmas trees and wreaths for sale.

On the front lawn was a Hurricane and a Spitfire, amazing old planes and not as big as I imagined.

As usual Deb and I had too much stock to display and our table certainly looked very full ! However we had lots of nice feedback from customers and the Christmas shoppers seemed to like our stall.

I didn't leave empty handed. I found this great 1930s toothbrush holder. It has a hole in each side for toothbrushes and a little tray along the bottom for a tube of toothpaste. These were made in Japan for export and many ended up in the US. For now it has found a spot on my bathroom shelf.

I also found another Josephine book to add to my collection. I love the Honor C. Appleton illustrations.

And I couldn't resist these copies of The Girls Own Paper from the 1930s. The cover illustrations are wonderful. The only problem was choosing which ones to have . Some of the articles and stories in them are great and so funny.

And finally I treated myself to these gorgeous candles from The Spitalfields Candle Company. This one in the 1930s Coronation mug is gorgeous. The candle smells wonderful, it is scented with rose and geranium. The others are the Winter fragrance and Lemon verbena. They are made from a lovely organic soy wax and are very good quality. Apparently Liberty are selling candles in coronation mugs at the moment but are three times the price. If you like good quality scented candles check out their lovely website

And John and Libby if you are reading this, it was lovely to see you and thanks for making the journey x


LissyLou said...

oo what fun!! love the Josephine books. i've never seen them before

Andi's English Attic said...

I LOVE the toothbrush holder. Your stall, as usual looks so interesting. Glad to hear you had a good day. xx

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

Hi that looked like a great day out, I love the illustrations in the books, I collect "Toby Twirl", not many of them about but lovely, much better than Rupert Bear!

Lisa said...

What a wonderful venie. Hope you had a successful day.
Lisa x

Gourmet Candles Distributor said...

Love a good scented candles. Very cute vintage decor here.

Mummy Boo Bear said...

Your stall looked really pretty with lots of wonderful things to look at. I am totally loving that toothbrush holder its so sweet.

And those old planes, are just amazing.


funkymonkey said...

I love to have a read of 'Girls'Own Paper'. I bet it's a hoot. Your stall looked wonderful.

Tracey said...

It looked wonderful and your stall looks great! What a wonderful venue too! suzie. xxx

Ticking stripes said...

Looks like a great event! I've lost your email as my computer died on me so I've lost all my contacts. I wondered whether you had sorted a date for next springs Vintage and Handmade - could you e-mail me on please?

Thank you and hope you enjoy New York - I suspect that's coming up very soon now!