The Christmas Vintage Bazaar in Frome

By Alice Roberton,
18th December 2012 - 14:26
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H&A’s last fair of the year gets everyone in the mood for Christmas
The Vintage Bazaar was a flurry of activity with cheerful traders and happy last-minute Christmas shoppers last Saturday. There was everything from 1950s dancing shoes and sparkly dresses to vintage glass baubles and tiny tree crackers. Regular fairgoer Marjorie Hutchinson was dressed up to the nines in a very cosy-looking ensemble. ‘I love to buy and wear things that make me smile,’ said Marjorie, who is an avid costume and textiles collector.
Marjorie bought her pretty satin shoes from Donna Flower, who had a gorgeous selection on display. They looked very tempting as the light streamed in on them - oh to have Cinderella-sized feet!
Woo Gilchrist of The Devil Makes Work was sharing a stand with Tracey Hewlett and selling some lavish soft furnishings in which Flo (pictured in Woo’s arms) found a cosy place to snooze.
It was lovely to see Sue Meager trading at the fair. Sue runs Dairy House Antiques near Shaftesbury in Dorset and told me how delighted she was to have been shortlisted for a rather exciting award - find out more in the February issue, out on 3rd January.
I spotted a chuffed Janine Dobinson from nearby Bradford-upon-Avon buying a couple of adorable French cotton dresses for her daughter from Sarah Dinsmore of Blue Zinnia Vintage.
The fair offered everything you could possibly need to create the perfect vintage Christmas with stallholders choosing lovely festive colours for their displays.
I really loved the 1900s little boys bandstand jacket and trousers on textile dealer Alex Cunha’s stand. Alex’s assistant Pauline Wheeler (pictured) told me that if it hadn’t sold by the end of the day Alex was going to use it as decoration in her house. What a fabulous idea.
Homes & Antiques will be back on the road again in January, but in the meantime we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
January fairs
Saturday 12th January 11am - 2pm.
Vintage In The Shires Vintage Jumble - St Matthews Parish Centre, 27a The Drive, Northampton.
Tuesday 15th January - 7.30 - 3pm 
Bath VA Vintage & Antiques Tuesday Market - Green Park Station, Green Park Road, Bath, BA1 1JB