Alice Roberton wraps up warm and enjoys some Christmas shopping
The second Bath Vintage & Antiques Christmas Market last Sunday was full of festive cheer as crowds of shoppers arrived on the hunt for original gift ideas. Charlie Wills of Rare and Racy and I cosied up in Russian hats to keep the winter chill out - an essential for any trader!
The splendour of the setting, the Victorian Green Park Station, added a touch of nostalgia to proceedings.
I stopped to chat to friends Debbie Hicks and Esther Hewitt. Debbie was shopping for window display pieces for a new shop she's recently opened in Bath called Stag, while Esther was promoting a fabulous-sounding 40s-inspired event she's running in December called ‘Bath’s Blitz Party’.
Sharon Bull bought a pack of these lovely 1960s Christmas cards I was selling on the Homes & Antiques stand. ‘I have a few special friends who will really appreciate their vintage authenticity,’ she said.
I spotted local singer Gavin Lazarus and his partner Anna Scrivinger looking for musical inspiration at Rudi’s Records. Gavin entertained shoppers at the market with his jazz and swing trio and was also there to promote his cabaret, 20th Century Foxes, which will be at Chapel Arts this Saturday (1st December) in Bath.
I love the mix available at this market - there really is something for everyone, from bow ties and Harris Tweed jackets for the chaps to dress fabrics and dancing shoes for the ladies.
And of course, lots of fabulous vintage and antique homewares in between! Don't worry if you've missed out, this monthly fair (last Sunday of the month) will be back again in January.
Homes & Antiques will be at the following fairs in December:
Saturday 1st December 10am-3pm, Vintage & Handmade Christmas, The Old Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire
Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd December (Fri 11am-5pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm), Made By Hand, Tredegar House, Newport, South Wales
Saturday 8th December 11am-4.30pm, Magpies & I Vintage & Handmade Christmas Market, The Spiegeltent, Waterfront Square, Bristol Harbourside, Bristol
Saturday 15th December 9am-3pm, The Christmas Vintage Bazaar, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Somerset