Alice Roberton reports on a day of vintage & handmade prettiness
Set in the traditional surroundings of a country village hall, the Fabulous Vintage & Handmade Fair, organised by Vintage Pixie, showcased a delightful array of makers and vintage lovers. Spread across two rooms, there was plenty of space to browse. There was also the obligatory tea and cake and a delightful summery vibe prevailed.
One stall that provided a feast for the eyes was All Things Vintage & Beautiful which was adorned with embroidered linens, coloured enamels, floral prints, pretty china, tins, barbola mirrors and furniture painted my favourite sage green. I snapped up some wonderful fabric to make some H&A cushion covers.
In the upper hall I found Crabbitt & Co owned by Lorna Crabbe, a former window dresser who started the business when she left London for Sussex life in Burgess Hill. 'I really enjoy running a business that is hands-on and where I can show off my styling skills,’ said Lorna.
Next door I spotted this cute cake bunting neatly planted in a Victoria sponge which formed part of the pretty Dewdrops & Kisses display.
I had a lovely chat with Trudi Davies of Handmade & Vintage in Brighton who is a maker and saver of old things. She preserves old designs by reworking them into new items such as bunting, cards and lavender bags.
Headwear designer Chloe Haywood bought this jolly flower painting from the H&A stand as I was packing up. She was delighted and said it would brighten up her bedroom. Chloe runs Hatastic and makes the most charming headwear using old hats and vintage materials - I particularly liked trying on her Nautilus shell fascinator!
See H&A at these wonderful fairs this summer
Saturday 30th, The Giant Vintage Rag Market, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Somerset
Sunday 1st, Castle Hill Vintage Fair, Filleigh, South Molton, Devon
Saturday 7th, Village Vintage, Cuckfield Recreation Ground, Cuckfield,W.Sussex
Saturday 14th, Crikey! It's Vintage at the Seaside, Exmouth Pavillion, Exmouth, Devon
Friday-Sunday 10th-12th, The Retro Festival, White Waltham Air Field, Maidenhead, Surrey, Berkshire