The bunting was flying at this lovely antiques centre on the Wiltshire/Dorset border
Last Sunday (14th April), the fabulous Dairy House Antiques
on the Wiltshire/Dorset border, near Shaftesbury, threw open its doors for its third annual Vintage Textiles & Costume Day. Set in stunning countryside, the former dairy plays host to around 20 regular dealers in antique and decorative furniture, textiles, lace, china, silverware, jewellery and collectables – and with the bunting flying and the smell of fresh coffee in the air, the day had a real brocante feel to it.
For events such as this, proprietor Sue Meager invites other local traders to come and sell their wares alongside the regulars. The result is a highly regarded fair that draws crowds from miles around.
Taking a stand outside was Elaine Kirsch with her business Ted & Bunny
, selling special pieces: ‘I often find my suitcase is full of wonderful buys when I return home from my holidays,’ she said.
On the subject of bunnies, I also loved the work of Chloe Cyphus, who makes the most adorable lavender-filled bags and rabbits using 19th century textiles. Working from her home in Wiltshire, Chloe is a French and Swedish painted furniture specialist and also the brains behind another gorgeous event, The Avington Brocante
, which will be held in the grounds of Avington Park, Winchester, on Thursday 24th May. One for the diary, I’d say!
Looking inside, I found Mary Hossack of Hossack & Gray
, who specialises in upholstery, antiques, bespoke furniture and restoration. Mary divides her working time between Somerton in Somerset and a studio in East London, and is organiser of the Buttercross Vintage Market
- a lovely sounding fair held on 28th April in the Somerton Parish Rooms.
Many of the traders occupy individual rooms within the former dairy, some large and some small. H&A had a lovely, homely corner for the day.
As I was chatting to dealer and H&A
reader Debbie Jeffrey, Camilla Wood, above, popped by and bought a small toile cushion from her. Camilla has spent the best part of six years renovating a 17th century former monastery in Le Marche, Italy. ‘I've bought so many pieces from here to furnish the property,' she said. 'This cushion will sit on a little painted chair I bought here earlier in the year.'
I’d thoroughly recommend a visit to Dairy House Antiques, which is open seven days a week. Sue is holding another event, ‘Indoor Living & Outdoor Life’, here on 1st July.
Don’t forget, H&A will be at these April events too - both promise to be pure vintage heaven: