Alice Roberton pays another visit to this vintiquer's heaven in Gloucestershire
The Original Vintage & Handmade Textile & Fashion Fair held in Chipping Sodbury four times a year is one of the most popular vintage fairs on the scene, always offering a wonderful mix of traders selling the most gorgeous fabrics, trimmings and one-off fashion pieces. Polly Herbert (above) soon found what she was looking for on her daughter-in-law Anna's stand selling children’s vintage clothes and toys. She bought a pretty little cotton dress for her newest granddaughter.
Cousins Elizabeth Bennett and Sue Brown regularly meet up at this fair to collect items for projects. ‘I’m always on the lookout for mother-of-pearl, beaded flowers and other bits and bobs,’ said Sue (above right), who showed me this unusual crochet example.
I had a good chat with Gertie Strahl of Treutmade about the Suffolk Puffs, known as Yoyos in America, on her stand. ‘These Yoyos were made from feed sack fabrics in the 1930s and were commonly used by newlywed brides to make quilt tops,’ Gertie told me.
Niki Fretwell’s stand was looking lovely as usual with its neatly folded fabrics and delicate handmade pieces. Maker Niki is a regular on the fair circuit and also has a shop, Nostalgia At No 1 in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, where she sells the most delightful mix of vintage and handmade dolls, gifts and home accessories.
I was trading next door to talented maker Gillian Smelders, who designs and makes individual jewellery.
I also came across Thread & Ink from Leicestershire for the first time. I loved the nature-inspired, hand-printed and embroidered textiles and cards.
Emma Hollingsworth travelled from Bath for a browse and ended up finding what she’d been wanting for some time - a seersucker sundress. ‘It’ll look gorgeous with a pair of sandals and a tan,’ she smiled.
The next Vintage & Handmade event will be the Vintage & Handmade Spring Fair on 25th May.
You'll find Homes & Antiques at more fairs than ever before this March as we’ve taken on regional agents. Do come and say hello to us at an event near you!
Saturday 2nd March, 9.30am-3.30pm - The Vintage Bazaar, The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes, Wiltshire
Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th March - The 24th Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, The Pavilion, Bath
Saturday 9th March, 10.30am-4pm, K & A Pop-Up Vintage, Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks, West Sussex
Saturday 16th March, 10am-3pm - Kitsch and Stitch Vintage and Makers' Fair, Vestry Hall, Cranbrook, Kent
Sunday 17th March, 11am-4pm - The Vintage Home Show, Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester
Thursday 21st March, 11am-4pm - Sussex Country Brocante, Wisborough Green Village Hall, Wisborough Green, School Road, West Sussex
Saturday 23rd March, 10am-4pm - Lady Magpie & Me Spring Fair, Castle Douglas Town Hall, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway
Saturday 23rd March, 11am-3pm - Vintage In The Park, Abington Park Museum, Park Avenue South, Northampton