The Cotswolds Vintage Fair, Toddington, Gloucestershire
H&A’s Alice Roberton enjoys a spot of shopping over the bank holiday weekend
This annual fair always attracts an enthusiastic crowd of hardy vintiquers looking for homewares, curios, textiles and handmade goods and luckily the traders always come up-trumps with some fabulous bargains and unusual finds. While H&A agent Jacquie Robinson was selling her vintage homewares, the September issue and magazine subscriptions I took the opportunity for a proper look around and a little shopping of my own. I’ve been looking for a white and blue bread bin for my weavers cottage dresser for years so I was delighted with my find!
Jacquie was trading next to Linda Baker of Vintage Alice, who describes her business as ‘an ever changing emporium of vintage treasures and handmade vintage-inspired gifts’. Naturally, I loved the name!
Organisers of The Cotswolds Vintage Fair, Kristina Horne and Julie Bircher were brought together by their love of making, knitting and crochet and have have been trading together as Yarnit for several years. They were thrilled with how the day went.
Penelope Menato’s stand Rosablue sells vintage-inspired handmade originals and the lovely mix of colourful digitally-printed cushion covers alongside the maps looked fabulous.
It was lovely to meet Sally Harper and Ella Kelly who were so pleased to have come to the fair, they are already plotting their autumn fair visits and can’t wait for October’s Vintage & Handmade in Chipping Sodbury.
H&A readers John and Julia Wykes from Stratford-upon-Avon were enjoying a day out of vintage shopping, followed by lunch: ‘This 1930s Lyons Bros horse we’ve bought for £30 from Vintage Treasures was a real find and quite a treat, we can’t wait to get it home,’ said Julia.
Outside in the marquee I found Helen Rawcliffe from Cheltenham, with shopping partner Bryson (a minature Schnauzer), with a pretty painted mirror, destined for her bathroom, which she bought from Rosiebud Decorative Vintage.
The whole fair was delightful with plenty to rummage through. These two shoppers seemed to be enjoying the delights of old issues and front covers of Women’s Own magazine.
Here’s our last fair in August, followed by our September line up. Do visit H&A at these fairs for great vintage homewares, handmade goods, the latest issue and great subscription offers.
Saturday 31st August, 9.30am-3pm - The Vintage Bazaar in Devizes, The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1BN
Saturday 1st September, 9.30am-4pm - Teatime Vintage Fair, Clapham Village Hall, Clapham, North Yorkshire, LA2 8EQ
Saturday 7th September, 9am-7pm & Sunday 8th September, 10.30am-5pm - MK Handmade & Vintage Extravaganza, The Centre (in front of John Lewis), Milton Keynes, MK9 3ES
Saturday 7th September, 10am-3pm - Kitsch and Stitch Vintage and Makers' Fair, The Vestry Hall, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 3HA
Sunday 8th September, 10.30am-4.30pm - London’s Vintage Furniture Flea, York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PJ
Saturday 14th September, 11am-4pm - Northampton Vintage Fair, St Matthews Parish Centre, 27a The Drive, Northampton, NN1 4RY
Saturday 14th September, 10am-4pm - A Talent For Textiles, Masonic Hall, Church Street, Bradford upon Avon, BA15 1LN
Wednesday 18th September, 11am-7pm - The Autumn Decorative Living Fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London, SW3 5EE (Win tickets to this fair! Look out for our October issue, out on 5th September for more details)
Saturday 21st September, 10.30am-3.30pm - Homemade Heaven & Vintage Style Fair, Knutsford Civic Centre, Toft Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0PE
Saturday 21st September, 9.30am-3pm - The Vintage Bazaar, Victoria Halls, Hartley Wintney, RG27 8RE
Sunday 22nd September, 11am-4pm - Let's Do Vintage, St. Mary's Art Centre, Strand Street, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9HN
Saturday 28th September, 10am-4pm - The Vintage & Antiques Fayre, Clarence Hall, Beaufort Street, Crickhowell, NP8 1BN
Saturday 28th September, 10.30am-4.30pm - Hexham Vintage Fair, The Trinity Centre, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3LS
Sunday 29th September, 11am-4pm - The Vintage Home Show, Chiswick Town Hall, London, W4 4JN