Alice Roberton laps up the festive atmosphere at Bath’s best vintiquing hangout
The Bath Vintage & Antiques Market, which takes place twice each month in the glorious Old Green Park Station, continues to impress with its mix of traders and visitors from far and wide. With tea-lights twinkling and home-warming inspiration for the festive season, I set up shop H&A style at the first of two Christmas fair specials.
Cathy and Stephen Pearson, owners of vintage vehicle hire company Little Piggy, regularly travel over from Ireland to seek out quirky little bits to theme their vehicles. ‘Bath is our current favourite destination and we especially love this market,’ they said.
Andrew Parker of J.A.M.S Ironwork, who specialises in custom made and renovated vintage lighting, was keeping the market bright with his stylish display of ready to plug in lights.
Mother and daughter team, Megan and Kathryn Hancock, had success early on in the day when Megan found this City of London School photo and frame, dated 1929. ‘I’m not sure yet whether I’ll just use the frame for another picture or if I’ll keep this one,’ she said. Kathryn bought this pretty painted wire rack from Tombola Vintage. ‘It may be given as a Christmas present or it may end up in my bathroom’ she told me.
You never know what you’ll find at a market like this so I wasn’t at all surprised to find a chirpy Peter Higgs walking around trying to tempt visitors with a handful of decorative vintage robins. I had to buy two for a friend who has a penchant for such things.
Chris Morris from Dorking, who was visiting the fair for the first time, invested in a very dapper tweed from Jackal Threads. ‘I’m due to go on a gentlemen’s solstice pub crawl and this jacket will do nicely,’ said Chris.
Chris’s mother Margaret Morris had come from Swansea to meet up with him for the day as part of her 70th birthday celebrations and she couldn’t resist buying these brothel creepers. ‘I missed out on partying in the 1950s and 1960s because I was too busy bringing up a young family, but at my birthday party next weekend i’m going to make up for lost time in these shoes!’ she said.
I was quite taken with Katie Tyler Upholstery, a luxurious mix of creatively upholstered chairs, stools and accessories. Katie also makes bespoke ‘Heirloom' chairs, which involve upholstering chairs with textiles and buttons that have a sentimental value or personal story. Such a lovely idea.
If you’re looking for some great finds, from party outfits to special gifts for your nearest and dearest, this market has it all.
Here’s where we’ll be in the run up to Christmas. Do visit us for fabulous homewares, magazines and great subscription offers for yourself or as a gift.
Friday 6th, 2pm-7pm - Christmas @ Dairy House, Dairy House Antiques, Station Rd, Semley, Shaftesbury
Saturday 7th, 10am-3pm - Original Vintage & Handmade Christmas Fair, The Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire
Saturday 7th, 11am-4pm - Market Harborough Christmas Vintage Fair, Three Swans Hotel, 21 High Street, Market Harborough
Sunday 8th, 10am-4pm - Handmade & Vintage Fair, Town Hall, Sheep St, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Saturday 14th, 10am-3pm - Kitsch & Stitch Vintage & Makers Christmas Fair, The Vestry Hall, Cranbrook, Kent
Saturday 14th, 10am-3pm - Dee Dee’s Vintage & Handmade Christmas Fair, Trull Memorial Hall, Church Rd, Trull, Near Taunton, Somerset