Selina Lake’s Handmade & Vintage Summer Fete, Kingston Upon Thames
H&A's Alice Roberton spends a delightful day enjoying all things pretty, handmade and vintage
Last Saturday (29th June) I attended Selina Lake's Handmade & Vintage Summer Fete in the historic Market House building in Kingston Upon Thames. An author and freelance interior and lifestyle stylist (see her beautiful work in the August issue of H&A, out on 4th July), Selina is one busy lady and I have no idea how she manages to find the time to organise these fairs - this is her second - but organise them she does, and very well, too. The day was a winning combination of talented makers and traders offering up pretty one-off wares to a crowd keen to create beautiful living spaces.
I enjoyed a busy day of welcoming new and old readers to the colourful H&A stand. Carolyn Ganski, who has been finding inspiration within the pages of Homes & Antiques for the past two years, was delighted with her new subscription which came with a free Orla Kiely stationery set.
Trading next to me were Holly and Steven of Nicholas & Steele who own a shop in nearby Wimbledon. ‘We didn't want to miss out on today, so we left a note on the shop door saying we’d be here and lots of our regular customers have popped down, which has been lovely,’ said Holly.
Avid H&A reader Clare West bought this gorgeous little A&F Pears Soap bottle from Nicholas & Steele, which has been brought to life by a Victorian scrap and a piece of cotton crochet trim.
Business partners Liana Allos and Becky Price run Mango Studios in nearby Walton and were shopping for props for their ever-popular vintage themed photo shoots. They hit the jackpot on lighting stand Folly & Glee, which specialises in making original bark cloth shades.
It was lovely to bump into traders Gisela & David Barrington. ‘Today, we are just shopping and I came knowing exactly what I wanted to buy and I’ve been successful. I’m especially pleased with my embroidered brooch from Hen’s Teeth,’ said Gisela.
Artist marker Viv Sliwka, of Hen’s Teeth, makes the most charming range of goods using old cloth, paper, buttons, stamps and embroidery with each piece telling a little story.
Our very own South-East agent Jacquie Robinson was also there in her trademark pinny, multitasking as trader and fabulous tea and cake lady!
This is where you’ll find H&A selling the latest issue of the magazine, great subscription offers and other lovely wares throughout July.
Sunday 7th July 9.30 - 5pm Stourhead Vintage Fair, Memorial Hall, High Street, Stourton, Wiltshire, BA12 6QD
Sunday 7th July 10.30am - 4pm Moore Vintage, The Royal Masonic School For Girls, Rickmansworth Park, Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 4HF
Saturday 13th July 10am - 4pm The Bath Brocante, Alice Park, Lower Swainswick, Bath, BA1 7BL
Saturday 13th July 10.30am - 4pm K & A Pop-Up Vintage, Adastra Hall, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 8QH
Sunday 14th July 10am - 4pm The Yanks in Stockport Fair The Vintage Village at Stockport Market, Stockport Covered Market Hall, Cheshire, SK1 1EU
Sunday 14th July 9am - 3pm Guildhall Vintage and Antiques Fair, Palmer- Tomkinson Centre, Wanlip Lane, Birstall, Leicester, LE4 4GH
Thursday 18th July 9am - 4pm A Talent For Textiles, Brownsword Hall, Poundbury, Dorset, DT1 3GN
Saturday 20th July 11am - 3pm Vintage Jumble, St Matthews Parish Centre, 27a The Drive, Northampton, NN1 4RY
Sunday 21st July 10am - 4pm Discover Vintage @ Ripley Castle, Ripley, nr. Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3AY