Christmas @ Dairy House Antiques, Semley, Shaftesbury

A twinkly brocante-style event on the Wiltshire/Dorset border

A twinkly brocante-style event on the Wiltshire/Dorset border

Last Friday (6th December) Dairy House Antiques hosted a festive afternoon and evening that got everyone in the Christmas mood. With log fires burning inside and out, fairy lights twinkling and homemade mince pies and mulled cider on the go all day, shoppers were treated to a delightful retail experience.

Regular in-house traders were on hand to offer their expertise while a host of outside traders pitched up under canvas, brocante-style, in the courtyard.

Emma Robinson of The Vanilla Squirrel whizzed in for a bit of inspiration and was delighted with her purchases. ‘I’m rather in love with this retro-looking deer from Made By Swimmer who's been handmade using vintage cotton velvet and old wool blankets,’ she said. She also bought two Polish wooden dolls and a pair of vintage ice skates, which she will use to decorate her home with over Christmas.

Regular visitor Liz Hannam, from nearby Marnhull, bought this sweet little upcycled stool from Dairy House co-owner Debbie Jeffery. It had been lovingly painted and re-covered with a pretty vintage floral cotton.

Out in the courtyard Amanda Coleman showed me this paisley-lined leather hat box she’d bought. ‘I collect hat boxes, French hat tins, taxidermy, mannequins and all manner of other things. This will be a great addition to my ever-growing collection,’ said Amanda, who had travelled from Devizes especially for the Christmas event.

Trading next to each other were maker Sue Thomas of Made by Swimmer and florist Kyla Shaw of Bright Blooms who enjoyed soaking up the Christmassy atmosphere enhanced by the fading afternoon light and plenty of lit candles.

The H&A stand was looking very festive indeed! Co-owner of the Dairy House Trix Hewlett and I realised that we looked all set for a white Christmas in our faux fur coats!

Inside, Teresa Wilkinson of Cherub Antiques, who has a concession at Dairy House, was selling a tempting selection of antique, vintage and collectable jewellery perfect for the party season. 

All-in-all it was a great day and the perfect place to get geared-up for Christmas.

We have three more gorgeous fairs left for 2013, which take place this Saturday, but we’ll be back on the road in January 2014. Meanwhile we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. 


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

Saturday 14th, 11am-4pm - Olney Vintage Fair, Church Hall, Church St, Olney


Saturday 11th, 11am-2pm - Northampton Vintage Jumble, St Matthews Parish Centre, 27a The Drive, Northampton

Sat 11th & Sun 12th, 10am-4.30pm - The National Botanic Garden of Wales Antiques Fair, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Sunday 19th, 10am-3pm - Handmade & Vintage Bazaar, Petersfield RFC, Penns Place, Petersfield

Sunday 26th, 9.30am-4pm - Shepton Giant Flea and Collectors Market, The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset


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