New Dairy House owners host a mix of regular and visiting traders at this special yearly event
Trix Hewlett and Debbie Jeffery, the pr
oud new owners of Dairy House Antiques
in Semley, Dorset, hosted 18 pop-up traders to sell alongside their 20 in-house dealers at the 4th Annual Vintage Textile & Costume Day at the antiques centre on Sunday. With a roaring log fire on the go, they welcomed visitors to their maze of floors and corridors packed with vintage and antique delights.
The Dairy House has a surprise around every corner and, with its comfortable room sets, cosy lighting and shelves over-flowing with textiles and curiosities, you almost want to move in.
Betty Lloyd, along with her friend Debbie Beattie, was on the hunt for something special for her daughter's wedding and was delighted to find this lovely 1920s French veil from Elegance Maison
Jewellery designer Gill Smoulders was rather taken with this interesting French sewing stand that she spotted on Elaine Kirsch’s
stall. ‘I think I’m going to use it to display and store jewellery,’ she said.
Personally, I was taken with this amazing 1939 wallpaper sample book full of the most exquisite designs. It reminded me of using sample books to paper my dolls house when I was a little girl.
Regular Dairy House visitors, Claire Shaddick and Spence Gunn, had seen this sturdy vanity mirror featured in Homes & Antiques months back and were delighted to find me selling it - they promptly snapped it up! ‘We plan to have it just inside our back door to use for keys and gloves,’ they said.
In addition to the textile and costume focus of the day there were lots of lovely homewares and brocante-style finds to be had. Wilton florist Pauline Church of Paloma Lily Flowers
picked up these enamel jugs to use as props.
This event really is a one-stop-shop for those wishing to give their home a special vintage makeover, so keep an eye out for further events as the new owners have lots of plans!
H&A will be attending numerous fairs over the coming weeks - do come and visit us!
Saturday & Sunday 27th/28th April, 10am-5pm (both days) - Festival Of Vintage
, York Racecourse, York
Thursday 9th May, 9.30am-4.30pm - Brocante
, Nonsuch Mansion, Nonsuch Park, Ewell Road, Cheam, Surrey
Buy the May issue to find out how you can receive early bird entry (9.30am-11.30am, worth £10) for standard price entry (after 11.30am, £7.50). To buy non-discounted tickets in advance, call 01435 883136 or visit carolinezoob.co.uk
Saturday 19th May, 11am-4pm (Trade: 10.30am) - The Vintage Homeshow
, The Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol
Saturday 11th May, 10am-3pm - For the Love of Vintage
, Saltburn Arts Village Hall, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Northumberland.
Friday 31st May & Saturday 1st June, 10am-5pm - Village -Vintage
, Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton, East Sussex
Sunday 5th May, 2pm-6pm - The Vintage Flair
, St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich, London
Sunday 12th May, 10am-4pm - The Midcentury Show
, North Gate, Wellington Place, Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, London