Friday, 25 May 2012

Northampton VIntage Fair and Jubilee Garden Party

Tomorrow is the Vintage Fair and Jubilee Garden Party in Northampton. It is being held in the Spinney Hill pub garden. There is loads of parking and regular buses stop frequently right outside. It is shaping up to be a fabulous day with over 40 sellers, lots of sunshine, home made cakes as well as Pimms and lemonade. It would be lovely to see if you get the chance to pop along.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

New Addition

Last week Mr C returned home with this little chap. He has one eye missing but apart from that is in pretty good condition. He is made by Pedigree and I think is stuffed with straw. I really didn't need another one of these but can't  seem to say no or to bring myself to part with them once I acquire them.

Him and his friends now seem to be taking over our front room !

Yesterday we braved the grey skies and set off for a nearby village for it's open garages day. Most of the residents set up sales tables outside their houses or in their garages. It was great fun following the map around the village and getting the chance to rummage through all sorts of treasure. I spotted this lovely vintage hand made wool rug straight away and was more than happy to part with £4 to take it home with me. It has now found a home in font of the fire.

This large Fortnum and Mason basket was another find from the same cottage. I couldn't believe my luck when I spotted this along with the rug. 

We also found this large floral Vernon Ward in it's original frame.

Mr C found me this French storage jar with it's bright red clip.

Other finds included this large stone ware jar, great to hold cut flowers, two Medici books, a vintage book showing you how to make paper flowers and a lovely old framed photo of the village.

Mr c also found this pile of yellow Jasper Ware and other assorted china including the pretty 1930s tea plates.

I was also pleased to find an old peg bag full of vintage wooden dolly pegs. They are now bundled  up with cheerful gingham ribbon . 

I am keeping my fingers crossed the rain will disappear and the sun will come out later in the week. It is the Jubilee Vintage Fair and Garden Party at The Spinney Hill Pub garden in Northampton on Saturday. The weather forecast is looking pretty promising so hopefully we will be lucky.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Yesterday's Purchases

 Yesterday was the third Olney Vintage Fair and we had a great day. The sun shone and we had the most visitors to a fair we have ever had. I guess people were happy to get out of the house after so many wet weekends and people of all ages seemed to enjoy browsing all the lovely stalls.
Mr C bought this bright orange wool holder. I already have them in blue, pink and green and I am really not sure I am too keen on this one.

We also found this pink and green wool hearth rug

and pretty pair of Witney blankets.

 I bought these cute vintage boat buttons and piece of pretty faded floral fabric.

I can never resist vintage kitchenalia

or pastel utility ware. I especially like the yellow Jasmine Ware and didn't have any blue Iris cups so snapped these up.The candy striped pillowcases are lovely and soft and I always buy them when I see them.

I bought a bundle of old dolly pegs and an unused vintage linen glass cloth.

These plant holders are actually a lovely faded green although you can't tell from the photo. They have a worn old wooden handle for carrying. I can imagine them holding primulas or hyacinths.

This cheerful trio made me smile.

 I couldn't resist this battered old watering can with brass rose. This will replace the even more battered one we have in the garden.

I am really pleased with all my purchases, and enjoyed having a proper look at them today. It will be great to actually get out in the garden and need to use the watering can !
More photos can be found over on the fair blog.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Olney Vintage Fair

It would be lovely to see some of you tomorrow at the 3rd Olney Vintage Fair. We are in the new venue for the first time close to the market square and the weather forecast is looking up so it should be a good day.