Monday, 25 October 2010

Dates for the Diary 2011

To help plan your calendar for the year ahead here are some of the the dates for 2011. Where possible I have put a link to the organiser so you can click to their website for further details.

I will be adding to this list over the next few weeks as new information comes my way.

January 8th Exeter Flea market

Jan 8th New Textile Event in Sherborne phone Penny on 01963 370986 for further details

Jan 11th and 12th Ardingly Antiques Fair

Jan 16th Shepton Flea

Jan 21st, 22nd and 23rd Shepton 3 day fair

Jan 23rd Ashley Hall Vintage Fair in Bath

February 3rd and 4th Newark Antiques Fair

Feb 6th Cardiff Blind Lemon Vintage Fair

Feb 8th Honiton Vintage Textile and Decorative fair

Feb 12th New textile event in Sherborne

Feb 13th Bristol Blind lemon Vintage Fair in the Anson Rooms

Feb 20th Cheltenham Blind Lemon Vintage Fair

Feb 27th Shepton Mallet Flea market

March 1st and 2nd Ardingly Antiques Fair

March 5th The Vintage Jumble Sale

March 12 Ilminster Talent 4 Textiles

March 12 Exeter Flea ( you could visit both!)

March 13 Swansea Blind lemon Vintage Fair

March 18th IACF Shepton Mallet 3 day fair

March 26th Nostalgic Mix Totnes, Devon.

March 27th Bath Ashley Hall Vintage Fair

April 7th, 8th Newark Antiques Fair

April 9th The Original Vintage and Handmade Fair

April 10th The Dairy House Textile and Antiques Day

April 16th Chagford Textile Fair

April 19th 20th Ardingly Antiques and Collectors Fair

April 24th Shepton Mallet Flea market

April 30th The Vintage Bazaar - Frome at The Cheese and Grain

May 3rd Honiton Textile and Decorative Fair

May 6th, 7th and 8th Shepton Mallet 3 day Antiques Fair

May 8th Budleigh Saleterton Garden Fair

May 14th Exeter Flea market

May 22nd Topsham Garden Fair

May 28th Chagford Garden Fair

June 4th Vintage and Handmade Textile Fair Chipping Sodbury

June 8th Poundbury Textile Fair, Poundbury, Dorset.

June 9th and 10th Newark Antiques Fair

June 25th Honiton Rag Market

July 19th and 20th Ardingly Antique Fair

July 23rd Exeter Flea market

August 9th Honiton Textile Fair

Aug 18th and 19th Newark

Aug 28th Shepton Flea Market

September 3rd Exeter Flea market

Sept 6th and 7th Ardingly Antiques fair

Sept 16th, 17th and 18th Shepton Mallet Antiques Fair

October 1st Vintage and Handmade Fashion and Textile Fair

Oct 4th Honiton Textile and Decorative Fair

Oct 6th and 7th Newark

Oct 9th Shepton Mallet Flea market

October 12th Ilminster Textile Fair

October 29th Chagford Rag/textile Fair

November 1st and 2nd Ardingly Antiques Fair

Nov 5th Exeter Flea market

Nov 11th, 12th and 13th Shepton Mallet Antiques fair

December 3rd The Original Vintage and Handmade Christmas Fair

December 4th Bath Vintage Fashion Fair

Dec 11th Shepton Flea

Frome again!

It is just over a week since the first Vintage Bazaar in the Cheese and Grain in Frome. We have had a lot of feedback from the event AND a lot of enquiries for stands at the next fair in April. I am now in the process of confirming which of the stall holders would like to join us for the fair next time. Once I have this list I will be able to contact anybody on the waiting list should there be spaces to fill.

The Big day has now been and gone.....Roll on April 30th 2011

Saturday saw us sitting in the van outside the Cheese and Grain in Frome with a flask of coffee at 6.30 am, these guys were sound asleep in their tour bus next to us. I would have loved to have seen them play the evening before, but I think a late night bopping away to a reggae band might not have helped us cope with the organisation of the long awaited Vintage Bazaar......

Once we had got into the building and allocated the stalls, we opened the doors to the enthusiastic stall holders. I played a few lively White Mink tracks to get the atmosphere going.. we had a few problems with setting up the music, but a combination of my sons stereo and Mike's much more modern ipod arrangement we soon had things organised and swinging.

Soon the stalls were in place and the doors opened on the dot of 9 to allow the first wave of customers into the building. These are a small sample of the stalls on offer.

What I don't have are the images of the rails of fabulous clothing from the 1900's up until the 1960's. It wasn't a date lined event, but we wanted the clothing to be Antique and Vintage, and boy did the stall holders provide an amazing selection.... there were silk dressing gowns, 30's lame jackets, soft velvet 40's evening cloaks, faux fur 40's jackets (my mum snaffled that one!) and much, much more.

It seems that delicate china pretties are easier to photograph than rails of clothes! Please visit the following blogs for more images of the day. Sal's Snippets, Tracy at the Vintage Bothy, Elaine, Nostalgia at the Stonehouse, Lucy Bloom and The Vintage Magpie

Of course Clare and I need to say a lot of Thank You's for the combined efforts and energies that made for a buzzing and spectacular day.

The team at the Cheese and Grain provide an excellent service, and were happy to accommodate every request. Nothing was any trouble. The tables were put in position after the band finished the previous evening at 2am, lighting arranged and lots of useful advice provided as we set up.

Of course we couldn't have done it without Mr W and Mr Darling, and Clare's mum........ and all the friends who have supported us and assisted with spreading the word about the Bazaar. Edwin was a star on the desk for a few hours, helping out with the hustle and bustle of customers thronging into the building... a mere 1145 of them. The crew in the cafe were busy all day, and apparently sent out for more litres of milk - twice!

This was one of the most unusual and original stalls on the day, Debbie's amazing Gardenalia stand. This was Debbie's first ever fair and she certainly put on a spectacular show, next stop The Country Living Fair?

Almost there....

This weekend I have been busy making lists and preparing for the Fair. The action is taking place at the Cheese and Grain in Frome. The doors open for customers at 9am and the fair closes at 3pm. There have been a few last minute changes to the stall holders, but I am hoping that there will be no more cancellations now as I have a very busy week! Several stallholders have been doing "mock-up" stalls over the weekend. Tracy has been hard at work perfecting the layout on her stall.... Sarah D has been busy too, hers is the picture at the top of the page.
I have been putting together 2 rails of my very best 40's dresses, 50's duster coats and some divine vintage lambswool and cashmere knitwear. The postcard (above) is part of a collection of ephemera that I have earmarked for the fair. Mr W. is taking along some Eastern European mangle cloths, and some of his best selling French cockle baskets (if we can squeeze them in the van!)
Clare has some stunning new designs which I am looking forward to seeing, and Niki has been putting together some delicious treasures to bring to the fair.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

It's those green shelves again!!!

Clare has been busy again! This time she has managed to get the Vintage Bazaar into Homes & Gardens magazine. There are some super articles in this months mag, the one that caught my eye was the feature about the craft room. It seems we all hanker after that special place where we can work on projects away from the distractions.

If you click on the page above, you will see the ad in the top left hand corner.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

All systems go at The Vintage Bazaar HQ

Only 2 more weeks until the Vintage Bazaar at the Cheese and Grain in Frome. I have had a few queries and questions about the setting up time. Clare and I will be in at 7am to ensure everything is correct with the layout. We will then let the stall holders in at 7.30. I have been asked again about early trade entry, there cannot be any. It is not fair on stall holders to have people perusing their stock when they are trying to set up. Nor is it fair on the customers standing outside in the queue (she adds optimistically) if they think other people have already been in "and bought all the best bits". Sorry to be firm on this, but as we are opening at 9am it is far better to call that "early entry" for everyone.
Also, I have had questions about the sketch plan that I previously posted. The loading doors at the side do not go through the middle of the stalls, I just wanted to indicate that there were several along each side of the building. On the days we have viewed the Cheese and Grain there have been stalls already set up which has made it hard to do a detailed drawing of the room.
Don't forget my earlier advice about lighting, especially at the sides. There are sockets, but do bring lots of extension cables in case you are not next to a socket.