H&A at the Dairy House Antiques Vintage Textile & Costume Day

The bunting was flying at this lovely antiques centre on the Wiltshire/Dorset border

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The bunting was flying at this lovely antiques centre on the Wiltshire/Dorset border

Last Sunday (14th April), the fabulous Dairy House Antiques on the Wiltshire/Dorset border, near Shaftesbury, threw open its doors for its third annual Vintage Textiles & Costume Day. Set in stunning countryside, the former dairy plays host to around 20 regular dealers in antique and decorative furniture, textiles, lace, china, silverware, jewellery and collectables – and with the bunting flying and the smell of fresh coffee in the air, the day had a real brocante feel to it.

For events such as this, proprietor Sue Meager invites other local traders to come and sell their wares alongside the regulars. The result is a highly regarded fair that draws crowds from miles around. 
Taking a stand outside was Elaine Kirsch with her business Ted & Bunny, selling special pieces: ‘I often find my suitcase is full of wonderful buys when I return home from my holidays,’ she said.
On the subject of bunnies, I also loved the work of Chloe Cyphus, who makes the most adorable lavender-filled bags and rabbits using 19th century textiles. Working from her home in Wiltshire, Chloe is a French and Swedish painted furniture specialist and also the brains behind another gorgeous event, The Avington Brocante, which will be held in the grounds of Avington Park, Winchester, on Thursday 24th May. One for the diary, I’d say!
Looking inside, I found Mary Hossack of Hossack & Gray, who specialises in upholstery, antiques, bespoke furniture and restoration. Mary divides her working time between Somerton in Somerset and a studio in East London, and is organiser of the Buttercross Vintage Market - a lovely sounding fair held on 28th April in the Somerton Parish Rooms.
Many of the traders occupy individual rooms within the former dairy, some large and some small. H&A had a lovely, homely corner for the day.
As I was chatting to dealer and H&A reader Debbie Jeffrey, Camilla Wood, above, popped by and bought a small toile cushion from her. Camilla has spent the best part of six years renovating a 17th century former monastery in Le Marche, Italy. ‘I've bought so many pieces from here to furnish the property,' she said. 'This cushion will sit on a little painted chair I bought here earlier in the year.'

I’d thoroughly recommend a visit to Dairy House Antiques, which is open seven days a week. Sue is holding another event, ‘Indoor Living & Outdoor Life’, here on 1st July.
Don’t forget, H&A will be at these April events too - both promise to be pure vintage heaven:
This Saturday, 21st April, The Vintage Bazaar at the Cheese & Grain, Frome, Somerset
28th-29th April, Festival of Vintage at York Racecourse