H&A Fairs: Homemade Heaven & Vintage Style Fair, Knutsford, Cheshire

Alice Roberton travels north to enjoy a recent addition to the fairs scene

Alice Roberton travels north to enjoy a fair with H&A agent Juliet Golding

Since Homemade Heaven & Vintage Style Fairs were launched in May 2012 by friends Louise Kitchin and Jessica Rowlands, they've gone from strength to strength, now hosting regular events in Hale, Tarporley and Alderley Edge, as well as Knutsford. Louise runs the fairs while Jessica concentrates on serving up delicious vintage-style teas and, between them, they set a lovely tone for a fun-filled shopping experience.
Homes & Antiques’ north of England agent, Juliet Golding of Golding’s Old Things, enjoyed a successful day selling snug tweed jackets, quilts, pretty china and two of these cosy woollen blankets to bridal-wear designer Stephanie Mitchell of Wilderness Bride.
Make-up artist and stylist Ewa Baberska of HMS Vintage worked her magic as she transformed visitors and traders into 1940s belles.
Singer Heather Marie, who entertained fairgoers with her 1940s repertoire, took a moment to enjoy a well-earned cup of tea with her mum and dad, Michael and Gloria McHale, and fiance Matthew Little. ‘We’re planning a vintage wedding in May, it’s a hot topic for discussion!’ she said.
Mother and daughter team Clementine Hopcroft and Angela Sharrock, of So Satsuma, work from home in Manchester knitting away furiously. Using only pure wools, the pair pool their skills to create classic hand-knits with a contemporary feel.
Kate Sayer, from Hale, was a design lecturer at Manchester University for eight years before transferring her skills and starting up her business, Little Knitted Starts, making and selling machine-knitted and hand-crocheted goods. ‘I really enjoy seeing my designs come to life and running my own business is a great way to work around having a family,’ she said.
Die-hard vintiquer and H&A reader Maria Glick, from nearby Wimslow, loves nothing more that scouring the area’s car boot sales, salvage yards, fairs and charity shops for pieces for her home and presents. ‘I love finding old things that can be used again. I’m buying a few postcards here from Age UK to make into cards for friends,’ she said. 
Come and visit Homes & Antiques 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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