Alice Roberton enjoys a busy day in picturesque Chipping Sodbury
Set in the Cotswolds market town of Chipping Sodbury, this fair is a roaring success for traders and buyers alike. An early queue at the door suggested a busy day ahead and busy it was! With its heady mix of vintage, handmade, textiles, fashion and trimmings it is always a delight to go along to.
Jemima Rose Milne, who owns vintage shop Jemima Rose in Clifton, Bristol, was overwhelmed by the standard of items on offer and snapped up this one-off luxury cushion from H&A and a quilt from Dorothy Stiven Vintage Homewares as soon as she arrived.
It was lovely to talk to trader Dorothy Stiven - I loved the subtle washed out tones of her textiles and blankets. Dorothy trades from nearby antiques and interiors centre Station Mill in Chipping Norton, as well as travelling further afield to fairs.
Stallholder Emily Skinner had travelled from Narberth, Pembrokeshire, where she runs makers supply shop Canvas & Cloth with Camilla Metcalf-Bevan, to showcase her decoupage boxes.
A new trader on the scene is Claire Hannington-WIlliams who recently set up clothing company Prince Lilly. Using vintage or vintage-inspired fabrics, Claire makes one-off, quirky dresses.
It was a great day for meeting readers and signing new subscribers to H&A, such as Jane Workman and her mother Sue from Stroud. I hope you enjoy many years of happy reading!
When I had a spare minute I caught up with organisers Jayne Soule and Michele Chivers, who were smiling from ear to ear with the success of the day. The next event will be the Vintage & Handmade Christmas Fair on 1st December. We'll be there with some Christmas gift inspiration so do come along.
We'll be attending the following fairs in October:
Saturday 6th October, 11am-4pm, Henley Vintage Fair, Henley Town Hall, Henley on Thames
Sunday 7th October, 10am-4pm, Windsor Emporium, The Guildhall, Windsor
Sunday 14th October, 11am-4pm The Vintage Home Show, Chiswick Town Hall, Chiswick, London
Tuesday 16th October, noon-4pm, Sandown Park Antiques & Vintage Fair, Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey
Saturday 27th October, 11.30am-4.30pm, Bethnal Green Furniture Flea, York Hall, Bethnal Green, London