The Vintage Bazaar, The Corn Exchange, Devizes, Wiltshire
This wonderful fair opens its doors in Devizes to a crowd of eager treasure hunters
The second Vintage Bazaar to hit Devizes this year brought out the hardiest shoppers in the area, all keen to snap up must-have finds or seek out special pieces to add to their collections. With some of the best vintage traders in the south, the stands were full of irresistible bounty from French brocantes, UK fleas and beyond. BBC Antiques Roadshow experts Marc Allum and Lisa Lloyd, who live locally, popped by to tell me how much they were enjoying their day of shopping for antique furniture and vintage clothes: ‘In addition to this great fair, Devizes has some impressive antique and vintage shops,’ Marc said.
Liz Van Hasselt, co-organiser of the Vintage Bazaar fairs, which also take place in Frome and Hartley Wintney, was wearing her much-admired French workwear coat (as seen in our September VIP feature). H&A subscriber Lizzie Heffer picked up this wonderful 1930s Mary statuette from Liz, sourced in France this summer, as a gift for a friend.
As always, it was lovely to meet stalwart readers and hear how much our newer readers have fallen for H&A. One such visitor was Sue Bradshaw from Yay Retro!, who recently discovered the magazine: ‘I can’t believe I hadn’t found it before, I just love it!’ she enthused.
Emma Sutton, who recently bought a 1950s wooden clapboard house in Cirencester has quite a collection of floral pictures. She hoped this lovely find, bought from Lois Pinnock, will look perfect in her bedroom.
1940s enthusiasts and Blitz Buddies re-enactors, Joseph and Rowan Peare-Harte, fuelled their passion for Bakelite with this gorgeous mint-green picnic set, complete with basket, and an original Pifco hairdryer to add to Joseph’s growing collection.
There were some lovely retro collectables on the Vintage At The Village stand. Look out for their fair on 17th November at Puriton Village Hall in Somerset.
Do come and visit Homes & Antiques at a fair near you to buy great homewares, textiles, magazines and subscriptions. Here’s where we’ll be during the next few weeks.
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