The debut of a delightful fair organised by the people behind Axbridge’s much-loved Roxy cinema
The Roxy Vintage & Handmade Fair, a new event on the Somerset scene, went down a storm in Cheddar last Saturday (15th February) as organisers Jill Hunt, who also runs Pick & Mix Vintage, and Juliet Maclay welcomed over 600 visitors to the quaint church hall.
With a fabulous variety of traders offering kitchenalia, decorative wares, fashion, textiles and trimmings, alongside Roxy’s very own Deb 'n' Em’s pop-up cafe, it made for a great day out. To add to the fun, the nearby Roxy cinema, opened by Juliet and her husband David and is one of the smallest picture houses in the country, also threw open its doors to visitors for the day.
Laura Cross of Pinny & Petticoat recently gave up her housekeeping job to fulfil a longtime ambition to enter the vintage business. ‘I have a love of all things kitchen, especially Pyrex, and am not only selling at West Country street markets like Bridgwater and Frome but I also offer a vintage china hire service. I’m really enjoying it!’ she enthused.
Visitors Cait Daniels and Soraya Schofield of Axbridge loved their visit to the fair and were considering what they could do with this bold late Fifties/early Sixties bark cloth on Sue Meager’s stand Vintage To Victorian.
It was lovely to see seaside enthusiasts Rosalind and Michael Davis of Retro On Sea, who make such an effort with the display of their coastal-inspired collectables. They love the social side of trading and, although most of their business happens online, they always welcome customers to visit them at their home in Burnham-on-Sea.
Mother and daughter Jill and Iona Croskell found these two 1950s shirts for Iona at The Washerwoman’s stand. One was a pretty, white embroidery anglaise while the other had a bold silk-scarf style print.
On the subject of fashion, this showstopping 1950s cocktail dress (and matching collectors' Barbie) is the very design worn in the first season of Mad Men by actress January Jones, who plays Betty Draper. Flora Smiles Vintage Style owner Sarah Stammers told me about the huge amount of work that would have gone into making such a beautiful garment.
Rob and Maggie Stonor from Shepton Mallet bought this stylishly upcycled table from Helen’s Retro Home ‘It will fit perfectly into our conservatory, which has an extension of the garden theme to it,’ said Maggie. Roll on spring so we can all sit and enjoy the outdoors again!
Do come and see H&A at a fair near you for great magazine and subscription offers as well as lots of other tabletop treats. This is where you’ll find our team throughout the next few weeks...
Saturday 22nd, 10am-4.30pm - Tavistock Vintage & Textile Fair, Tavistock Town Hall, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0AU
Saturday 1st, 10.30am-3.30pm - Monica's Vintage Fair, St Johns School, Rochester Road, Gravesend, DA12 1DD
Saturday 1st (9am-7pm) & Sunday 2nd (10.30am-5pm) - MK Handmade & Vintage Extravaganza, The Centre MK (in front of John Lewis), Milton Keynes, MK9 3EP
Thursday 6th-Sunday 9th - (Thu 12pm-5pm, Fri, Sat & Sun 11am-5pm) - The 25th Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, The Pavilion, Bath, BA2 4EU
Saturday 8th, 9.30am-3.30pm - The Vintage Bazaar in Devizes, The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1HS
Sunday 9th, 11am-4pm - Let's Do Vintage - In Springtime, St Mary's Art Centre, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9HN
Sunday 16th, 11am-4pm - Crystal Palace Antique & Collectors Fayre, Phoenix Centre, 66 Westow Street, London, SE19 3AF
Monday 24th, 10am-4pm - Vintage at the Village Hall, The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AD
Saturday 29th, 9.30am-3pm - The Vintage Bazaar at Hartley Wintney, Victoria Halls, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, RG27 8RE