The Sussex Country Brocante in Wisborough Green
Alice Roberton enjoys a visit to the Sussex countryside
The little village hall in Wisborough Green was packed full of pastel painted furniture, potted-up hyacinths, aged enamel ware and posies of flowers last Thursday for the fabulous Sussex Country Brocante.
Organiser Lucy Haywood of Love Lane Vintage (pictured with her dad Ray) has just launched a collection of handmade clothing. The range includes garden coats, meadow dresses and utility aprons made using antique French linens, hand dyed fabrics and pretty cottons.
The brocante is a family affair, with Lucy’s sister Laura Fisher of Wild Willow also there selling beautiful cut flowers and ‘old things’ while their parents served delicious tea and cakes in the cafe.
While I was at the Wild Willow stand, textile designer Emma Shuckburgh stopped by and bought this old (possibly 1930s American) quilt in need of some serious love and attention. By her own admission the job of fixing it was beyond her, but happily seamstress Paula Guild was on hand to offer advice and is now relishing the job of bringing it back to life.
I found vintage designer and writer Sarah Moore browsing the stands. She found herself a fabulous fabric-covered 1930s-40s umbrella stand at Faded Rose Vintage.
I loved the rows of Ladybird books on Emily Richards’ stand Love Emily Vintage. 'My first love is old books,' she said, as she showed me this hand-painted French postcard album.
I loved the papier mache and clay animals made by Simone De-La Nougerede of Ayres & Grace. ‘Each piece is a one-off and hand-sculpted,’ said Simone.
Gazehound Vintage was trading opposite me and is one of the many fabulous traders you’ll find back at this fair on Thursday 20th April.
Homes & Antiques will be visiting the following fairs in April:
4th-5th April - Newark Antique & Collectors Fair (The Textiles Tent), Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark
6th April - Saltaire Vintage Home & Fashion Fair, Victoria Hall, Saltaire, West Yorkshire
6th April - Lady Magpie & Me Spring Fair, Castle Douglas Town Hall, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway
(Please note, this is the postponed 23rd March event)
14th April - 4th Annual Vintage Textile & Costume Day, Dairy House Antiques, Semley, Nr Shaftesbury, Dorset
27th-28th April - Festival Of Vintage, York Racecourse, York
27th April - The Vintage Bazaar at Hartley Wintney, The Victoria Hall, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire