Alice Roberton spends the day in historic Windsor
The monthly Windsor Emporium offers a mix of antiques, arts and crafts as well as vintage and is set in the most splendid of venues, The Guildhall. Built in the late 1680s, the building is a stone's throw away from Windsor Castle and was where Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.
I enjoyed chatting to antiques dealer John Mott who talked me through the history of the building as well as his wonderful array of items, including this 300-year-old Japanese trousseau box.
Next door to me were fellow Somerset girls Dawn Woodward and Vicky Morris of Trove Designs. Dawn specialises in reupholstering antique furniture. 'We take antique chairs, sofas, chaise longues and footstools and cover them in bold and often contemporary textiles from suppliers such as Designers Guild to make really special one-off pieces,’ said Dawn. Dawn’s lovely reupholstered Victorian chair was the perfect place to enjoy the latest issue of H&A!
I also had the pleasure of meeting Jane Gaynor and her daughter Jasmine of Antoinettes’ Heirlooms in Stratford Upon Avon. Describing themselves as ‘heirloom magpies’ they have been trading antique and vintage crockery, silverware and small collectables for around two years and have recently started selling at fairs.
I couldn't help but stop at the stand of llustrator Rosamund Fowler to admire her wood engraved prints.
The Homes & Antiques stall received plenty of attention as usual, with many sales of the H&A Guide to Upcycling bookazine and Christmas gift subscriptions.
H&A will be attending the following fairs over the coming weeks:
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
Sunday 4th November, 10am-4pm Country House Vintage at Arlington Court, Nr Barnstaple, Devon
Thursday 15th November, 10am-4pm Vintage Christmas Boutique at Woburn Abbey, Woburn Park, Bedfordshire
Sunday 18th November, 10.30am-4.30pm Crikey! Christmas Is Coming, Thistle Hotel, Exeter, Devon
Sunday 25th November, 9.30am-4pm Bath Vintage & Antiques Christmas Market, Green Park Station, Bath