H&A received a warm welcome at a lovely monthly fair in Buckinghamshire
Organiser of Shabbytique pop up fairs Claudine Andrew (pictured here with Stuart Porter of Junk Becomes Funk) always extends a warm welcome to traders and visitors at her event, which takes place on the second Sunday of each month in Waddesdon Village Hall.
Just a stone's throw away is the Rothschild-owned Waddesdon Manor, which houses some fabulous collections of art, furniture and textiles, plus a programme of events that allow you to dig deep into the history of the place and all that it contains.
Susan Weide from nearby Great Kimble was out buying stock for her weekly stall at Princes Risborough’s Thursday market and was pleased to find this jug and wash bowl set adorned with strings of violets. Susan, who sells pretty vintage homewares and gardenalia, also took out a subscription to H&A while we chatted on the stand.
Mother and daughter Yvonne and Harriet Phillips had a great time shopping for hats and special birthday gifts. ‘I have a large hat collection in a dressing-up box at home that is often brought out at parties,' said Yvonne. 'It’s great that they get used and more so for everyone’s amusement! This Panama hat I picked up at The Clobber Shop will probably make its way to the dressing up after the summer.'
Visitors to the H&A stand often bring interesting things to show me and these rosettes and photo album, brought by Ilse Dodd of Tilly’s Whim, really caught my imagination. ‘My daughter and business partner Kate and I collect vintage rosettes and equine memorabilia,' said Ilse. 'Kate works as a groom at Mintern House in Dorset where they have a fabulous display of vintage rosettes and prizes in one of their tack rooms.'
Emma Williams of Forget Me Not Originals cleverly brightens up otherwise plain books by covering them with vintage Liberty, Laura Ashley, Sanderson and William Morris fabrics. ‘My new business idea was inspired by reading Sarah Moore’s Homemade Gifts Vintage Style book and it has really taken off. I now cover plain notebooks and old novels, and offer a bespoke book sourcing and covering service,’ she said.
Chris Myers (left) and trader Dawn Baron of Angels Gather Here (right) told me about Chris's business, The Cozy Club, in Gerrards Cross. ‘I welcome people into my home to take part in seasonal crafting days. They’re very social events that include lunch and plenty of tea, cake and chit-chat. I also run the annual Cozy Christmas Fayre at the house which will take place on 7th November this year,’ said Chris. Dawn was delighted with her buys, especially a copy of H&A's special edition, Vintage Homes.
Julia Smith of The Old Home Store and friend Jean Loveday, who trades vintage jewellery, scarves and accessories, joined forces to try out this fair for the first time. ‘We love to go out buying together so it’s great to have the chance to trade together too,’ they told me.
The next Shabbytique Fair will be held at Neville Hall, Waltham St Lawrence Village, Berkshire, RG10 0JP on Sunday 25th May, 10am-4pm.
Here is where H&A will be popping up throughout the country over the next few weeks. Do visit us for magazine and subscription offers as well as a selection of homewares.
Saturday 31st, 11am-4pm - Stamford Vintage Fair, Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary's Street, Stamford, PE9 2DL
Friday 6th-Sunday 8th, 10am-5pm, The Contemporary Craft Festival, Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AL
Saturday 8th (9am-7pm) & Sunday 9th (10.30am-5pm) - MK Handmade and Vintage Extravaganza, The Centre MK (outside John Lewis), Milton Keynes, MK9 3ES
Sunday 29th, 11am-4pm - The Vintage Home Show, Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 0FE
Sunday 29th, 10am-4pm, Oyster & Pearl Vintage Fair, Umbrella Centre/St Mary's Hall, Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1DD