The Vintage & Antiques Fayre, Crickhowell, Wales

Alice Roberton discovers an eclectic fair at the foot of The Black Mountains

Alice Roberton discovers an eclectic fair at the foot of The Black Mountains

The Vintage & Antiques Fayre, held in the centre of the lovely market town of Crickhowell, is a friendly affair with a broad range of vintage, antiques and bric-a-brac. It attracts, by all accounts, a hardcore of bargain hunting H&A fans including avid reader Suzanne Hughes, who was visiting with her sister-in-law Barbara Owen. She picked up this cute pair of pressed glass candle-holders for a mere pound.
Trading next to me were H&A devotees Kevin Dunster and John Rees, both serious hobby traders who have a love of vintage and its rich history. John (right) is a fount of knowledge when it comes to the stories of notable makers, with Clarice Cliff being a personal favourite. As well as knowing his history, he also loves to share the story of what he’s selling which makes buying from him a real treat.
I loved the lavish upcycling job Helen Powell from Townsend Designs did on this Victorian ladies knee-hole desk. ‘I work as a sampler for Watts of Westminster and I bought this Bird Burrows wallpaper, before it went out of stock. I thought it would be interesting to use for a decoupage project,’ Helen explained. A success I’d say!
I was introduced to Welsh tapestry blankets on my visit and heard how they are having a revival. Sarah Elam-Eager of Sara & Heart said: ‘They are very fashionable again and the price of them has doubled from around £60 to £120 in the last few years. If I come across badly damaged blankets, I make them into cushion covers.'
Someone planning on a cosy winter was Nicky Abbott from nearby Abergavenny. ‘I plan to use this blanket as a throw on the sofa in my sitting room; it is quite minimal with a few feature antique pieces,’ she said.
Millicent Granger from Newport snapped up this picnic basket while clutching sixteen-week-old Kim, a Pug/Jack Russell cross. ‘I might even use it for Kim’s treats!’ she said. 
It was a great fair of rich and eclectic pickings, from books and old postcards to collectable china and jewellery and all in gorgeous Welsh countryside. Fabulous vintiquing!
Do come and visit H&A at a fair near you to buy great homewares, textiles, magazines and subscriptions. Here’s where we’ll be throughout October.

Saturday 5th October, 10am-4pm - Original Vintage & Handmade Textile & Fashion Fair, The Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire

Saturday 5th October, 12pm-12am - Retro Revival Festival, Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside

Saturday 5th October, 11am-4pm - Market Harborough Vintage Fair, Three Swans Hotel, 21 The High Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire

Sunday 6th October, 11am-4pm - Discover Vintage Fair, Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester

Sunday 6th October, 10.30am-4.30pm - The Textile Society’s London Antique Textile Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London

Saturday 12th October, 10am-4pm - Stockton-on-Tees Chic Vintage Fair, Parish Gardens Marquees, Stockton-on-Tees

Saturday 12th October, 10am-4pm - Antiques & Vintage Fair, Bourne Hall, Spring St, Ewell Village, Epsom, Surrey

Monday 14th October, 10am-4pm - Vintage at The Village Hall, The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Blandford Forum, Dorset

Saturday 19th October, 9am-3pm - The Vintage Bazaar, The Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Frome, Somerset

Sunday 20th October, 10am-4pm - Leamington Spa Vintage Fair, The Royal Pump Rooms, The Parade, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Thursday 31st October - Sunday 3rd November - Antiques For Everyone, Halls 17-19, NEC Birmingham, West Midlands


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