Alice Roberton enjoys a visit to the Sussex countryside
The little village hall in Wisborough Green was packed full of pastel painted furniture, potted-up hyacinths, aged enamel ware and posies of flowers last Thursday for the fabulous Sussex Country Brocante
Organiser Lucy Haywood of Love Lane Vintage
(pictured with her dad Ray) has just launched a collection of handmade clothing. The range includes garden coats, meadow dresses and utility aprons made using antique French linens, hand dyed fabrics and pretty cottons.
The brocante is a family affair, with Lucy’s sister Laura Fisher of Wild Willow
also there selling beautiful cut flowers and ‘old things’ while their parents served delicious tea and cakes in the cafe.
While I was at the Wild Willow stand, textile designer Emma Shuckburgh stopped by and bought this old (possibly 1930s American) quilt in need of some serious love and attention. By her own admission the job of fixing it was beyond her, but happily seamstress Paula Guild was on hand to offer advice and is now relishing the job of bringing it back to life.
I found vintage designer and writer Sarah Moore
browsing the stands. She found herself a fabulous fabric-covered 1930s-40s umbrella stand at Faded Rose Vintage
I loved the rows of Ladybird books on Emily Richards’ stand Love Emily Vintage
. 'My first love is old books,' she said, as she showed me this hand-painted French postcard album.
I loved the papier mache and clay animals made by Simone De-La Nougerede of Ayres & Grace
. ‘Each piece is a one-off and hand-sculpted,’ said Simone.
was trading opposite me and is one of the many fabulous traders you’ll find back at this fair on Thursday 20th April.
Homes & Antiques will be visiting the following fairs in April:
(Please note, this is the postponed 23rd March event)